Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Simply Neutrals Tuesday

What is about being in France and at the cottage which makes me forget that I have a computer, lol? When I am in the UK, I spend most of the day in my craft room and on the computer, but here in France? The poor computer gets very much ignored. I feel terrible though about neglecting my blog and not taking part in any of the parties and challenges which I so love, so today I decided that I must post for Simply Neutrals Tuesday. I found this really sweet little couronne de mariee. It is not antique, merely vintage, but it is so adorable. And because it is not made from wax, it isn't quite so delicate and can be handled much more easily -

Toodlepip xxx

Monday, 25 April 2016

La Randonnee de Cuzy

Good grief, where have the days and weeks gone? How can it be a whole month since my last blog post? It did take me a long time to get over a horrible bronchitis, which had completely floored me, and the weather has been most uninspiring for much of the time we have been here at the cottage. But, yesterday the weather god was smiling on us, and gave us a very pleasant, if somewhat chilly Sunday for the annual Randonnee de Cuzy.

It is always such a pleasure to get together with our wonderful neighbours and friends and have a few hours walking through the beautiful Bourgogne countryside. We normally choose the shortest walk, just over 9km this time. The kind of half way refreshment tent is always at the top of our lane, and at least one of the 3 different lengths walks always goes past our cottage as well. Which is a great excuse for me to only do half the walk and spend some time with the doggies :-). Andy always finishes the walk with the others and then either jumps in the car and comes and picks me up for the meal in the village hall or I get a lift with one of the neighbours who didn't do the walk but partakes in the 'repas'. 

So, let me take you on a little womble through the countryside which I so adore.
We started at the Cuzy village hall of course, slowly winding our way up the hill -

We passed this sweet little cottage, deserted and slowly falling down now. It is such a shame to see these lovely old buildings so unloved and uncared for -

It could be such a sweet little holiday retreat for someone.

It was so lovely to see the sun shining through the delicate new leaves on the trees and hedges, their greens so fresh, so pretty -

I love seeing the wild orchids, which flower at this time of the year -

and these small wild violets are so very pretty -

Fascinating huge, ancient exposed tree roots, covered in moss, do woodland fairies make their homes inside? -

This was the biggest ( and scariest ) ant colony I had ever seen, there must have been millions of them -

It was such a pretty sight, large areas of the forest floor covered in masses and masses of tiny white flowers, like a lacy carpet -

Never forget the humble weeds, which make the wayside look so very pretty -

Whenever we came out of the woods, there were beautiful views to admire -

Miles from everywhere, in the middle of the woods, a rusty, thick old iron bucket. How many decades has it been lying there?

Half way, and oh those refreshments in the marquee at the top of our lane are so very welcome!

And I leave you with another pic of those wonderful wayside flowers which just shout SPRING -

Toodlepip, xxx

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Got sidetracked again!

Seems to happen more and more often these days, lol. So, finally, I can show you the beautiful card my dear friend Alexandra sent me for my birthday. I so admire her style, the combination of vintage and modern, the gorgeous colour scheme, it is perfection in my eyes -

Ganz herzlichen Dank, meine liebe Alexandra, die Karte kommt mit nach Frankreich und rein in meinen Craftavan!

I also managed to find time to make my Tag Tuesday tag, on the right day! The theme was EGGS. I used 3 different greens and a yellow distress ink to colour the background in kind of Springy greens and then embossed it with little flowers. Highlighted some of the little flowers with Treasure Gold, it doesn't show up very well in the photos though. Used a scrap of 18th Century book page, printed out some antique egg images and added a sliver of corrugated cardboard. That was pretty much it -

Toodlepip xxx

Monday, 21 March 2016

A very late Simply Neutrals Tuesday post

Simply Neutrals Tuesday No. 19 already, my goodness, how time flies. And I am a week late to the party, lol, but better late than never, right?

I received a package from Suzy ages ago, as she wanted to make sure I got it before going off to France again, and it was agony seeing it every day and not opening it, but I was determined not to touch it until my actual birthday. Darling Dorthe also sent me a package a while ago, and again, it was so very hard not to open it before the day.

Suzy and I had agreed that I would open her gift while we skyped, oh my word, that was so much fun! I am glad I couldn't really see me, tehehehe, I must have pulled such funny faces. It was as if Suzy was sitting with me in room, watching me opening her gift. And because I couldn't skype with Dorthe, I opened her gift together with Suzy as well! Brilliant, it made it a real special occasion.

As Suzys gift was the first to arrive, I'll show you hers first. She had told me I would never guess what it was, she had only ever made this one, and she was right, I wouldn't have guessed in a million years, lol.

This is the beautiful hanger, a gorgeous gift in its own right -

And this is the OOAK, the only one ever made, gift :-) -

Can you tell yet what it is? Look very closely...........

YES! It is the most beautiful crochet hook holder, I am so thrilled to bits with it. I love crocheting, so this will be by my side, and used, quite often. Thank you, my dear dear Suzy xxx.

Dear Dorthe's gift was such an amazing surprise as well. First of all, she had made this stunning card, which is so typically Dorthe, nature inspired, with a beautiful bird and found objects. Nobody does 'Nature' better than Dorthe -

And then I unrolled this wonderful piece of, well, don't quite know what it is, matted fibre ( awesome wrapping ), and found these inside, OMG -


Aren't these the most exquisite medallions you have ever seen? The back of them is as pretty as the front, so beautifully finished. I want to attach them to a garland to hang in my craftavan in France while I am there, and I know they will look stunning. Dorthe, you are such a loyal, loving friend, thank you so very much. xxx

My beautiful friend Alexandra sent me a gorgeous birthday card. She always remembers my birthday, and I am the worst friend, I usually forget hers, and she always forgives me. One year I will get it right, Alexandra :-). My camera ran out of juice while I was taking photos, and by the time it was charged up again, the light wasn't good enough any longer. I will take photos in the morning and show you in a separate post, you will love the card! I love her style and I adore the colours she chose for the card, and......... ah well, you will have to wait until tomorrow.

Thank you for visiting, toodlepip xxx