Monday, 15 September 2014

On to the Tarn

After leaving the Dordoigne, we headed towards our favourite area of France, the Tarn. 

Our first stop was a town well known to us, Martel.




This church has an amazing interior which was of course a pattern lover's dream.




We had an amazing couple of very hot days here on a wonderful municipal campsite which cost an incredible 8.44 euros a night including electric hookup.


I even had this beautiful house to practice my sketching skills on, what a bonus.


Next morning we went to another market and of course I just had to buy some homemade soap.

We decided to have a quiet night on our own on a perfect picnic area, and woke up to this as our breakfast view. 


On the banks of the Tarn.

After an amazingly quiet night we headed off for our destination, a large Aire high up in the Tarn Valley. But first we had to visit a chateau.



The bells!!!


There's that man again!! In my shot.



More pattern


And of course tart :-) 

Thanks to everyone who's following our trip.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

On to the Dordogne

Before leaving the Loire valley we popped into the church at St Aignan and were delighted to see that it was still dressed for the wedding we'd heard during the day. 


It looked so beautiful and the alter was stunning. 


Couldn't resist this pattern shot.


The next day we made our way towards the Dordogne area and ended up at another lovely town called Montignac.




It was very hot so we called it a day and stopped for lunch French style.


This morning the market was in town and I bought Jasmine tea and some rather expensive lace, will show next time when I've photographed it.

 
This afternoon we visited the natural caves of St Christophe which have been occupied by man since Prehistory. 

 
This is a long shot of the location.


Who is this person who always seems to be in my shots? And I don't mean the guard on top of the gate :-) 


They even had a church hewn into the rock.


This model gives an idea of how it would have looked in medieval times.



A post from me wouldn't be complete without textures.

And finally ......


Look out !!!! The bears are coming in.

Saturday, 6 September 2014

In France and loving it

We sailed away to France on Wednesday and after having a complementary breakfast from P&O, thank you very much!


We set off for sunshine and new adventures.

First coffee at one of the splendid French motorway picnic areas.


And then onto a Camping Car Aire at a wonderful place called St. Nicolas de Bliquetuit on the edge of the river Seine.


I had a wonderful afternoon sketching this view.
And in the evening we were treated to a ship coming up the river that was so big we think it had a helipad on the bow.


It was very dark and this was the best I could do, but it was an incredible sight!!!

We made our way to the Loire Valley the next morning, 7 hours on the road, but it was worth it, as the next day we visited the chateau Cheverney.


And what a treat, a wedding dress and dinner  sevice to drool over....


Plus on course the tapestries....


And the Embroidered bed hangings.


All so sumptuous, it was wonderful.


We even got to see the resident fox hounds enjoying the sun :-)

After all that activity we're having a lovely chill day on the banks if the river Cher...


With another lovely town to explore tomorrow. 


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Saturday, 30 August 2014

Camping

For the past few days my daughters, their children and I have been on a camping trip, yes, braving the rain, winds and cold nights, we still managed to have a great time.


We kept warm in the evenings with the help of a lovely warm fire pit.....


And of course the obligatory toasted marshmallows.....

To warm ourselves up even more my granddaughter  Beth (above right) took some of us for amazing spa day at Centre Parks where she works.


Thanks very much to those who stayed behind and baby/dog sat.

Our whole group had a lovely day out at  Longleat  where we went on safari.....



 Luckily the monkeys didn't like our car after having examined it, but did take the trim off the roof of my daughter, Hannah's car, fortunately it clipped back into place.


We got to feed the deer, which the children loved.


We were lucky to experience a mixed bag of weather with sunshine after the showers.


And I was lucky enough to catch this amazing double full rainbow after a particularly heavy downpour.

Our youngest member of the pack was very brave and did a scary bike stunt one night in the dark with another camper's headlight on to show the way.


We all whooped and cheered hugely, much to his delight.

We topped off our trip with a shopping trip to the amazing shops in Frome, Dorset...


Where I bought beads, shoes, dribbled over patchwork fabrics and lace and was bought a lovely passionflower tea by my daughter Pru in an amazing well being shop.

Thank you all, daughters and grandchildren for spoiling me and making this year's camping trip so special.