Monday, 30 September 2013

Moving North

We've started our slow move North on our way back, but we're keeping the sun as  you can see.

Coffee on a windy Aire on our way to 

Lamotte Beuvron, near Orleans, having been recommended a delightful Aire by
the river. It wasn't! It was crowded hot and dusty, so we moved on to this...

A beautiful Aire by the lake, and the village of La Ferte Beauharnais nearby, which was equally charming, with wonderful architecture.

Too good to miss the opportunity to sketch outdoors in the cool of the evening.

Our next stop was the highlight if this trip for me as we visited Alencon, the home of French needle lace. I had the most wonderful morning immersing myself in glorious samples and pieces. 
No pics I'm afraid as it was not allowed.

So here's just a few of the sketches I made before being very politely asked to leave as it was 12.15 and they shut for lunch at 12.0, I had been there since 10.0 and completely lost track of time.

Walking round the town we found this amazing cathedral ....

With these wonderful flying buttresses.

And to top the day off there was a lace and needlework festival in the town and I got to see this lady's work.

Her name is Veronique Zimmerman, I will link to her website when I get home.

She makes amazing work using bobbin lace and needle lace.

This is a photo of her work in progress taken from her flyer.

And before we stopped at our current stop we visited another cathedral at Sees, what a day, for inspiration, research, sketching and history.

Unfortunately the sun has left us now to make room for the rain.


Heather said...

Such wonderful cathedrals and that old cottage is very quaint. I love the lacework pieces - how fortunate that you were there at the right time to see them.

Pat said...

What a day indeed. Love the crazy house/barn and the needlelace is stunning.