Sunday, November 29, 2009
If you would like to join us, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post and some of us will come and visit your Advent post! The only rule is to post once a week between now and Christmas, on either a Sunday or a Monday, and (we hope) to pop round and say ‘hi’ to some of the other participants.
So, let’s get visiting:
Jane at Marigold Jam
Yoli, the Apron Senorita
Jus in her New Zealand Beach Hut
Michela, with the Little Secrets from her Garden
and her special Christmas in Italy blog
Kaye, who runs a really helpful site for Sandwich Generation carers
Angela over at Tracing Rainbows
Claire at Dolly Dollop
Jen, the Madmum at the Madhouse
Elizabethd at French Village Life
Mrs Cozy Home of The Cozy Home Chronicles
Vicki at Vintage Vicki
Sarah at Red Gingham
Serenata, the Balancing Kiwi
Lyn of Everyday Life
Maria of Me and Ma
Lorrie at Fabric, Paper, Thread
Mami, whose Photo Diary comes direct from Japan (a fourth continent, hurray!)
and also has a special Christmas in Japan blog
Felicity at Joshy and Belle
Yvonne at Country Bliss
Manka at Little Rose Cottage, in Hungary
I am really looking forward to reading all your posts today and tomorrow (and maybe later in the week too, if it takes me a while!). I would love to do a little 'round up' post of ideas from your blogs, but for that I will need permission to quote you and/or borrow your photos. If that's OK with you, perhaps you could just leave me a comment here, and of course I will link back to you - that's the point!
Now, don't forget my own Pause for Advent, below, in all the excitement, will you?
In one jar are some well-washed stones, and in the other is sand. 'Mummy's finally flipped, ' joked Son 1, when he found me drying the sand in the oven this week. At least, I think he was joking...
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
I'm going to stay in with this one. I think he may be able to keep us in our old age!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
The teapot on the mantelpiece took on an atuumnal feel after a walk at the weekend.This inspired me to put the rest of our hedgerow gleanings into another teapot!Following today's dusting and clutter-clearing, I put it onto the wonderful 'seasons' embroidery which Elizabethd gave me this summer. (Do check out her blog today- she has a great post about a French tradition.)Behind it, and doubling its effect, is my favourite Vide Greniers mirror from the summer.In the wider area I left some of the Indian Corn and other harvesty things I found at an autumn VG, plus my storage jars from the troc shop. I HAVE done well this year...
Please do click on the logo to your left if you would like to join in!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Over the year I've planted lots of bulbs, to provide spring flowers, and have thrived on Ben's wild meadow flowers and his roses through the summer. It was the foliage and berries of last autumn that really inspired me, though, and once again I find myself loving the autumn arrangements, such as this accidental vignette on our kitchen table, best of all.
My reasons for the challenge were varied - to save money and to reduce the environmental impact of my shopping on the one hand, and to inspire creativity and appreciation of our local area on the other.
I have a few other autumnal projects which I would love to share with you, but life keeps getting in the way... Maybe one of these days!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
I’ve been inviting bloggers to get together for an informal series of Advent posts – the rules are vague, because what I’d really like is for people to share something that’s important to THEM for Advent, rather than feeling they have to fit in with what anyone else is doing.
If you would like to join us, here are the rules, such as they are:
Post four times in Advent, either on the Sundays (29th Nov, Dec 6th, 13th, and 20th) or on the following Mondays.
Use the ‘A Pause for Advent’ picture at the bottom of this post, or the little one in the sidebar, to link back to my blog, which will give the links to the other Advent bloggers.
Post about ANYTHING on your mind this Advent – traditions, family, craft, questions, hopes, experiences, faith … it’s up to you!
Visit the other Advent bloggers as you are able, to find out what’s on THEIR minds this Advent.
If you would like to join in, please let me know in your comment on this post.Here is a list of those who are already signed up:
Jane, once a fellow Englishwoman in France, but now back in the UK at Marigold Jam
Yoli, the ever-inspired Apron Senorita from Texas
Jus, heading towards a summery Advent in her New Zealand Beach Hut
Michela, with the Little Secrets of her Italian Garden
Kaye, who runs a really helpful American site for Sandwich Generation carers
Angela, with her delightfully quirky British sense of humour, over at Tracing Rainbows
Claire, just returned to England from her New York trip, getting back to blogging at Dolly Dollop
Jen, the Madmum at the Madhouse (which is in England – where else?)
We’re represented on the continents of Europe, North America and Oceania (well, Jus, that's what we call your continent here in France, but what do you guys call it?), but it would be great to have some more of you (from anywhere at all!) with us on our little pause in the journey towards Christmas.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
What was all the fuss about, I wondered? The answer is that this is the new, unmatured wine of this year's grapes, and a little bit of it is put up for sale the moment it's bottled - the 'release' date is the third Thursday of November each year. Thus, ever since we've lived in France, we've bought ourselves one bottle on the third weekend of November. It's not expensive, and in fact it's not considered a good wine ('unsophisticated', you know...) but we enjoy the tradition and I actually enjoy the taste ('unsophisticated', you know...).
I am just about to re-open my blog shop (I THINK I've worked out how to close it down while I tinker with it), and I do hope that all the Paypal buttons work and I haven't done anything silly! The really, really wonderful buttons above are available for sale - that was a bit of a wrench...
Thank you very much indeed for your kind comments yesterday - you really are a lovely bunch of people!
Friday, November 20, 2009
I’m grateful to Ben for having the idea of coming out to France in the first place, and grateful that I had (just enough) courage to listen to him.
I’m grateful that my mum brought me up to love thrifting and antiques.
I’m grateful that I love very small treasures…
I’m grateful to the blogging community for reminding me of how wonderful my collection of small vintage treasures is.
I’m grateful that local Vide Greniers have been full of affordable excitement and characterful stallholders all summer.
I’m grateful that we now have a computer that works!
I’m grateful for specific help from bloggers when I first spoke about setting up a little shop – particularly to Sonia who told me about the Paypal Buttons… … and Elizabeth who reminded me about French tax law! I’m grateful for the buyers – you know who you are! I’m grateful that my email link was working when everyone was buying last night – something went wrong with it this morning! I’m grateful that Tif and Toni have posted some really super advice and ideas for wrapping packages recently…I’m grateful that I’ve always saved padded bags!
I’m grateful that I had time to visit the post office when there were no queues today.
I’m grateful that the man at the post office was prepared to spend lots of time on me as I worked out all the posting options – things will be easier next time!
Thanks to all of you, for your part in that, and thanks to God for all these good things and more.