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Tomorrow the girls are going shopping....

{the fabulous and UNNESCO classified city of Bordeaux}

Yes that is right girls Mr FF is unchaining me from the kitchen. Lucky, lucky moi is going to the fabulous city of Bordeaux, with a fabulous friend, who is the owner of a gorgeous gift shop in the village in which we live.

We are going to see a few suppliers, have lunch and shop, I cannot wait! Look out Bordeaux, the girls are coming shopping...... L x

So many words......

{image from here}

So many words for kissing in french.....

allez bizzzzz
bises
bisous
biz
biz amilcales
bizou
de grosses bises
des bises
des bises plein
gros bisous
gros, énormes bisous
je me permets une bise
je te fais de gros bises
je te fais un gros bizou
je t'embrasse
je t'embrasse très fort
mille baisers à toi
tout plein de bisous
un énorme bisou
une bise sur chaque joue



But then this could be a result of the French liking to kiss a lot! Not that I am complaining.......

Mille baisers à tous

L x

Merci beaucoup Romantic Homes and to you all..

{Image from the fabulous and very kind Kimberley}

A couple of days ago I received a comment on my blog from the very gorgeous and also talented Kimberly, owner of the beautiful blog Mimi charmante to say that fabulously french had been mentioned in this months edition of "Romantic Homes" along with her blog and that of the fabulous Vicki Archers blog French Essence, which is also one of my favourite blogs.


{Image from Kimberley}

I have not stopped smiling since and just wanted to say a big merci beaucoup to Romantic Homes and also to ALL of YOU, because without you, there would not be a blog.

And merci beaucoup to Kimberly who kindly offered to get me a copy of the magazine and send it to me. I cannot wait to get it :-)

Mille baisers from a very happy kiwi girl in France, L x

Love, love, love....

{image from here}
this photo. I just had to share it with you...... Today was sunny and warm and we saw swarms of crane birds flying overhead, they are coming back from Africa which is a sign that Spring is on its way, cannot wait!

J'espère que vous avez un mercredi heureux

L x

Vide Grenier Treasures....

Hope that you all have a fabulous weekend. Ours was a busy one and seemed to fly past before we knew it Monday was already upon us.

Yesterday morning we were up early as there was a vide grenier in a local village. We went to one a couple of weeks ago in the same village but realised that we were a little late arriving as the locals were walking down the street with bag loads of goodies meaning that all the good items were going like hot cakes.



So yesterday we arrived at 7h30 and were fortunate enough to find some fabulous treasure.

The first item that caught my eye was this vintage statuette of Our Lady of Lourdes.






She is made of metal and has 4 detailed scenes around the bottom of the statue.


The first has the words "Basilique et Eglise du Rosaire" complete with scene of the church.


The second has the words "Je suis l'immaculate conception" and a scene of a a person kneeling at the feet of the Sainte.


The third contains a scene of the caves and has the words " …

Fabulous french linen website

I read about this company in the latest version of the Cote Sud magazine.


It is called Longmetrage and is run by two woman;Tania Rein & Sophie Dahan who are based in Paris.

Not only do they have a passion for antique linen, they take it and make it look like new.


Although I am a lover of white linen and have a lot of it, I do like the colours that they have chosen.



Especially this fabulous grey colour, it really breathes life into something old and makes it new again.

You really notice the detail on the linen when it has been dyed, it "pops" out at you.
I love the ties on the pillow cases, very pretty and oh so french. Maybe I will have to have a go and dye some for myself, what do you think? Good idea or not so good? Je vous souhaite un merveilleux week end,L x

Friday flowers....

Another week has rushed past. Just wanted to wish you a very happy weekend, hope that the sun shines where you are.......
Je veux vous souhaiter à tous un week-end très heureux.

L x

No you cannot have it...

{Image from here}
Bonjour mes amis,

I am pleased to report that that the shopping trip was a success.

We got everything on our list and more, but unfortunately no clothing or shoes "pour moi,une autre fois peut-être ".

In France the stores do not hold a lot of stock so you often see something you like only too find out that there are none in stock and that they are not getting any more or if they are it will be arriving in 12 weeks time.

So I was happy when we were able to buy what we wanted, not sure that Mr FF agrees with this though as shopping makes him a little grumpy.

We managed to fit in a visit to Maisons du Monde, which is one of my favourite stores and they always have items that are different to the other stores.

I bought a mirror for the bathroom and some wall lights to go on either side of the mirror and was in the process of leaving when I realised that I had lost Mr FF.
I found him lying on the funky red couch that is shown above, he adores it and is convinced that it…

Going shopping

{Périgueux - my favourite place to shop}
Tomorrow we are going to Périgueux , my favourite city which is about an hours drive from Maison No. 20.

We are going to do some shopping or as it is called in french "faire les courses".

Normally my shopping list would consist of clothes, shoes and interior items for the house.

So far I have on my list for tomorrows outing:

*Toilet
*Electrical cabling
*Tiles for bathroom
*Mirror for bathroom
*Rattan Stools for kitchen island (yet to be built along with rest of kitchen)
I am interested to know what is on your shopping list, is it as exciting as mine?A bientot,L x

B is for........

...................Boulangerie.

A boulangerie (noun) is a bakery that specialises in baking and selling bread.

Where would France be without the humble boulangerie? Our village is only small and yet we have 3 boulangeries. Recently a large supermarket opened and we thought that this would harm the boulangeries but no the locals still go to the boulangerie for their daily bread.

Did you know that there is a law in France that states that everyone must have access to bread so that means that if you live in the tinest most remote village, you will still have access to bread as it will delivered to a drop off point in your village.

It is against the law in France to use preservatives in bread. So the baguette is made everyday in bakeries across France.


The humble French baguette

The bread is characterized by its long length, the slit cuts on top, that are actually made to enable the proper expansion of gases which in turn is responsible for the crumb or the soft inner part of the bread and the …

"La Vie en Rose"- a dedication to Edith

{image from here}

First of all, before I start my Pink Saturday post, I would just like to wish Beverly, the woman responsible for Pink saturday, a very speedy recovery. Beverly, we hope you get well soon because you are too special to be sick.
As many of you already know, Edith Piaf, was popular in the 1940s and 1950s for her love songs, including the very fabulous chanson "La Vie en Rose" (Life through rose coloured glasses:)

Quand il me prend dans les bras
Il me parle tout bas
Je vois la vie en rose

When he takes me in his arms
and speaks to me softly
I see the world through rose-colored glasses


Edith had a particulary sad life which was captured in the 2007 movie "La Mome", with the very beautiful and also very talented Marion Cotillard playing the role of Edith Piaf.

Todayh I would like to dedicate today's Pink Saturday post to Edith as a reminder that life is so short and every day is precious so make sure that it counts.


Here are some facts about Ediths' tragi…

Love, love, love.....

{all images from here}

Love these chairs, they are fabulous. Where has this website been all my life?


I adore Louis style chairs as they are so adaptable and you certainly cannot get much more adaptable than this.......

What fun they must have had designing these fabulous chairs...



This one is perfect for Mr FF, he is after all English.


And as a girl that loves shoes, I can relate to this one......




I have an antique couch similar to this, in one of the rooms at Maison de Poitiers, and love it as it is so classically French but this one certainly makes a statement......Rule Britannia rule!


If you want to see more of these fabulous and oh so unique pieces then a visit to the Jimmie Martin website is a must. Jimmie martin,je t'adore.

L x

ps I have some dates for the Patine Spring 2010 Workshop and will updating the website later today

Introducing some Australian friends....

{image - French Desire website}

Today I would like to introduce you to two Australians; Sharon & Dave Stratford, who love France and have set up a couple of business ventures in Australia, which have resulted in many Australians buying a property in France and on the home front being able to purchase french items down under.{Sharon and Dave Stratford}Sharon and Dave's love affair with all things French started 15 years ago when they visited France as part of a whirlwind six week round the world tour.

Since then, the couple with their 2 children, have been back to France over a dozen times with their trips ranging in duration from one week to two months.

Sharon has even written a book about her experiences whilst hunting for a house in France which I found very entertaining and it reminded me of when I first came to France.

The French Desire website is a wonderful site to visit and not only does it contain details on their property hunting tours, it also includes a lot of informati…

sometimes.....

{image from here}
......pictures speak louder than words ever can. L x

Lost bread & patine update.

{fabulous loaf of brioche,see below}It is 10h33 Monday morning and I feel exhausted already.......My morning started with a quick trip to the Post Office to post an item that I sold on etsy and to collect some antique handles for a set of drawers (commode in french) in our bedroom.


Although it looked so fabulously shabby it was not terribly practical with it's missing handles so I have spent a few weeks searching for some on ebay.fr and was happy to collect them this morning.I also picked up a fabulous french print......which is titled "Le Lever" and has a fabulous french poem underneath.
Sorry about the photo, I will take a better one later today.

Yesterday we went to a vide grenier in a village not far from where we live and I found a few goodies which I will tell you about later in the week.We also managed to squeeze in the marche aux puces/flea market at Bergerac which is held on the first Sunday on every month. Although we did not buy anthing there were some fabulous a…

Friday Flowers...

There are too many beautiful flowers to choose from so I thought that I would let you choose your own.

I am looking forward to this weekend as we have quite a bit planned. We are going to a Vide Grenier on Sunday morning and after this we are going to our lovely friend's house for lunch.

Martine, if you are reading this, we are really looking forward to Sunday.

What are your plans for this weekend?/Que faites-vous ce week-end?

Je vous souhaite un beau week-end, plein de bonheur.......

L x

Love this photo....

{image from here}I found this on flickr, it made me smile.......hope that it makes you smile too.
Je vous souhaite à tous un jeudi très heureux,

L x

Shop update.......

{new stock -fabulously french}

A quick stock update.....

We have one set of the bottle wings remaining and it is unlikely that we will be getting any more.



We have 4 draft stoppers left, 3 taupe with black stitching and one in the red striped fabric with red fancy stitching.



Taupe/creamy white fabric with black hand done cross stitch


Red/white striped fabric with fabulous red embroidery


We have a few Petit Coterie burlap cushion covers remaining, including 1 x Paris No.1, 2 x Bonne Nuit, 2 Reves x doux and 2 x Majestic Accent.











I have added quite a few new products today, including this fabulous antique lace collar.



For further details please vistit the fabulously french "new in" page.

A bientot,


L x

A splash of colour.....Kenzo

{All images - Kenzo Maison}Hope that you all had a fabulous weekend. Ours went a little two quickly amd I cannot believe that it is Monday morning already.
As you know I am a lover of neutral colours but have weak moments when I need a colour fix.


Kenzo is one of my favourite designers as his collections always contain colours that "pop".

I love mixing french and asian pieces together as they happily bounce off each other.
These cushions are just the thing to brighten a rainy, cold day in SW France as they make me feel that I am somewhere bright and warm.


This is my favourite photo, I love the cabinet and the candle holders are fabulous. The red cushions and throw look amazing in this gorgeous setting.



Love the oblong pillow in this photo, I have just got a few similar looking silk pillows in for Fabulously French which I will be photographing and adding to the site today along with a few other chinoise inspired goodies.



Love the pyramid floor cushions in this shot.................…