Monday, 22 July 2013

Car Boot Sale.....

......Breton style !

.......... saucisse frites anyone ?                                                              
                                      man's junk is another's treasure                                                                                                                                        

.....glad I didn't have to clean all this

....hard  to resist, but do I really need more than 4 sewing machines ?

Vide Greniers are good fun and there is always a bargain to be found !  I had to fight hard against buying the little electric Singer, from the mid 1950s and complete with the original instruction book, spare bobbins & feet, at 20 euros it was certainly a bargain - I just hope it found a good home .

Have I mentioned we're in the middle of a heat wave ?

 Average temperatures over the last 2-3 weeks have been 34C with highs of 39C!  Not that I am really complaining , but I can't help but wonder what happened to Spring  this year as we seem to have missed it somewhere along the line .


Saturday, 20 July 2013

It's been a While ...

......but a finished quilt at last :-)

My floral half  hexies done !

Think the feathers are improving too :-)

Talking about feathers - have you seen the videos on this Blog -  amazing !!

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Italian Interlude - Part 1

Its been a while since I first posted about my cruise and as time seems to be flying by as usual,  here we go with Part 2.

We arrived at Sardinia early morning and anchored about a mile off  Alghero,  a lovely town surround by beautiful beaches.  A nice sunny day but still the darn wind blew. Not very good, this being one of the ports on the itinerary that called for transfer ashore by tender - not for the faint hearted or anyone prone to 'mal de mer'.  Wheeee!!  Here we go!

The idea was that we would spend some time looking around and then chill out on the beach and maybe a swim.  No chance with conditions like this !

Enough swell to tilt a 77,000 tonnes plus ship, and this wasn't our worst sea !

The choice was between being sandblasted on the beach and pulled off your feet by the surf , or ducking into the town and taking a tour on one of these

Before all the horse lovers shout 'shame!', the horse wasn't actually doing anything other than having a little exercise as the cart was fitted with an electric motor to do the work - got to be a unique definition on the term 'horse power' :-)

A stroll down main street

Something that caught my eye was this church dome

Now where have I seen this before  - maybe here ??

After spending the morning wandering through the town having our heads blown off, we decided enough was enough, so grabbed some lunch then headed back to our ship to watch the tenders scuttling to & fro

All of them eventually getting back safe & sound and stowed back on  board.Looks a lot calmer here in the lee of the ship  doesn't it ?  Watching all this going on reminded me of ducklings chasing after Mother Duck to tuck safely under her wings :-)

Hope you enjoyed Alghero - next stop Pisa & Florence.

Sunday, 14 July 2013


Bonne Fete A Tous !


Thursday, 11 July 2013

Bon Anniversaire !

( photo courtesy of Le Tour )

100 years of the Tour de France, the biggest FREE sporting event in the World, and we are lucky enough to live very close to Stage 10 of this year's route, so off we went on Tuesday to cheer them on and enjoy the show.

First came the parade of  the sponsors' advertising vehicles



Just a few of the weird and wonderful vehicles that hurtled past us in a cavalcade that lasted just on an hour ! My apologies for any blurred photos, but they were moving some:-)

Then there were cars covered in cycles

as well as motor bikes by the score

We even had a flight of helicopters - look closely !!

then eventually, the real stars of the show - the competitors !!

The Leaders

These 5 riders led the race until within a couple of kilometres of the finish, and it was a little sad to see them being swallowed up by the rest of the field after such a grand effort.

The Peloton - well, part of it !

I got so caught up shouting encouragement to this year's great British hope, Chris Froome , that I missed the photo of him in the Yellow Jersey :-)

Unfortunately, there has been a lot of negative publicity about the race over the last year or so, but when you stand at the roadside in temperatures of   30C,  you cannot help but admire the physical effort of the competitors passing you at speeds over 40 kms per hour, and hope that this year it will be a controversy free Tour de France. 

                                  Vive le Tour !

Footnote :

The Tour is very close to the hearts of all Bretons as one of their own sons , Louis Bobet, won the race 3 times in the 1950s and lived just a few miles away -  today's stage passed through his home town as a mark of respect. Brittany was also represented today by Julien Simon , one of the leader riders in the photo above.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Bloomin' June !

Before I carry on with the Traveller's Tale, I just want to tell you about my second visit to these gardens .  I promised myself that I would try and go back at least once a year at different times to see the changes that take place with the seasons.  This year I really wanted to see the roses, and it didn't disappoint !

Roses of  every colour


and not just roses...

colourful borders.....

Lilies, poppies, peonies & camellias .....

and those hidden, secret places !  The black petunias were really stunning, and just look at the black arum lily in the centre of the planting !

Lastly, just take a really good look at this

I played about in Picasa so that you could see the fish more clearly - they were actually coming to the surface of the water with their mouths wide open !  Yes, the orange circles just above the words 'fish' are their mouths  - don't know if they were catching flying insects or gasping for breath as it was the hottest day we've had so far this year.  Whatever they were up to, they were all at it :-)