Tuesday, 19 May 2015

We had a tree chopped down in the sheep field as it was worrying a neighbour who has a house near to it. The logs cut into lengths are great to put around the potage I have. I was imagining rustic raised beds. Doubly good is when you roll them over the slugs have hidden there and then the enthusiastic duck forage them with gusto.
 My searches at the Brocantes have turned towards these plates recently. Digoin as they are known as here. The name comes from the place of production in the North East. Very simply decorated by stencils. The one's below date to the last quarter of the 19th Century. You can check online by the marks underneath. They can be bought very cheaply and I think they are charming.
Digoin Sarreguemines

 They are growing so fast now nearly outgrown there pretend pond and I shall be showing them the actual pond soon. I can't wait to see their reaction.

I am really in love with this cottage. It is on a road and there is a neighbour opposite but otherwise the cuteness of it is too much.

The countryside here is incredibly beautiful and the roads are empty.

I spotted this desk out in the rain the other day outside the old school where I was taking part in an exhibition. I now have it in my study. It's even better in situ. The Mairie was also throwing away another 'bureau' so I am going out this afternoon to collect that too. Free. 

This is the time of year we are out and about looking for Vides Greniers or Brocantes. The lovely old properties are all for sale. I love them all. It plays in my mind all these abandoned places.The one below is a farm and above a village house.


  1. You live in a very beautiful place.

  2. All looking very beautiful Jane... I'd love to be there when the ducks see their first pond!! x

  3. I saw pink rust on flickr this afternoon and it looks as sad and abandoned as those cottages near you!! If we were not so stuck in our Lincolnshire Manoir and planning every winter from now on in sunsoaked gorgeous Arambol, Goa then we would have been off like rockets to your knock out corner of France, it looks a dream !! If you are over this summer will you come and visit us please in Long Bennington, perhaps we can tempt you to India when the snow hits the Morvan next winter!!

    1. Don't worry Roger I have got Goa on the backburner. I might be around in Sept wouldn't mind a visit your way at all. Love Flickr but you have to pay after 200 so I juggle a bit but then I have to delete. I need to invest in some new paint first and I want to try some Pip Seymour acrylics first.

  4. Lovely spring photos....love the plates....you seem to always find the best vide greniers & brocants!!