Sunday, 17 June 2012

Escape

We've escaped for the week to beautiful rural France to a perfect little cottage in the Dordogne.


Simply but tastfully furnished in French country style (I love that dresser!)


Le Petit Fournil is a cosy and comfortable retreat.


We've only been here twenty four hours but already we are both so relaxed yet have done so much. We had a fabulous supper with our lovely hosts Jules and Charlie on our arrival last night... and discovered that Charlie actually played in the band at our wedding eight years ago. We knew there were local connections to back home which is how we ended up here but we never knew that before last night!


This morning we've had a wander around the local town of Mareuil and visited an Art Fete where local painters and sculptors were all working outside to produce work that will be entered into a competition this evening. After that we had a wander around a flea market/boot fair.


Yet we've still had time to sit and soak up the sun with a glass of wine over lunch (he's allowed... it's his birthday!)


And I've even done some of the sewing I've got to do this week on the vintage bunting I'm making for the Cambridge Folk Museum.


It's amazing when the pressure is off how much can be done in just 24 hours. Anything seems possible... even doing a blog post whilst on holiday!

31 comments:

  1. Oh, I can feel the tranqquility radiating out of these photos. How delightful - enjoy the rest of your stay (I'm sure you will).

    N x

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  2. oh boy does that look idyllic Gina. send some sun this way please!

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  3. I shall look out for that bunting when we are next at our son's in Cambridge.Enjoy the Dordogne.A beautiful area we have visited many times.

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  4. Awe Gina, lucky you!!
    Enjoy. :)
    Vivienne x

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  5. Oh that looks idyllic - you've got me yearning for a holiday now!

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  6. Looks lovely Gina, and you both deserve a relaxing break in the sun. Have a lovely time xx

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  7. Happy Birthday Stewart! Have a wonderful peaceful week both xx

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  8. Looks a wonderful place, enjoy your week :-)

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  9. What bliss to sit and sew in the sun - I've not done that this year yet! Your bolt-hole looks delightful and in such beautiful surroundings. Enjoy your break and Happy Birthday to your husband.

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  10. Ohh, it all looks so blissful!
    xx

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  11. sorry to hear you were a bit low but am so glad you are having a good time - can I look forward to a sketchbook project this summer or are you too busy and too fed up?

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  12. Have a wonderful time, that looks like THE perfect setting to be sitting embroidering the bunting.

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  13. So lovely to see some one sitting in the sun! I know its winter here in Oz but we havent had a 'proper' one for so long we have forgotten what they are like! Grey and drizzly for ages, and cold!!
    Enjoy every minute.

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  14. hope you are having a good time and relaxing Happy Birthday Stuart.

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  15. Oh my goodness, that looks utterly idyllic = and what an amazing coincidence about the band! Love those pictures of you both relaxing.

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  16. Oh that looks like such a lovely place to visit. The trouble with living here in Australia is that we are so far from France!E\
    Enjoy.

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  17. Looks like it's just what you need. Beautiful place.

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  18. It sounds wonderful, I can't wait to go to France again, even the pictures make me feel relaxed. I'm glad you're feeling more relaxed.

    Annya

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  19. It sounds wonderful, I can't wait to go to France again, even the pictures make me feel relaxed. I'm glad you're feeling more relaxed.

    Annya

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  20. Oh Gina, that looks idyllic and you look most at home there under that parasol with your sewing. Have a wonderful relaxing time x

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  21. Gina - you're never going to believe that we have spent four holidays just down the road near Vieux Mareuil! (Not at the same place this time, though). You must go to the market at Brantome on Friday. It is a very pretty town with a river meandering through it. And if you are feeling very brave, you can canoe down the Dronne ending up by going round the town being watched by everyone hanging over the bridges - but nowhere near as daring as the caves in New Zealand! Anyway, enjoy your rest - you both deserve it. Kim x

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  22. What a lovely place I think it would be wonderful to sit and stitch in that garden.

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  23. We used to pop over to France at the drop of a hat but it all seems to have ground to a halt now, so seeing your pictures has made me quite jealous. But happy that you are enjoying yourselves.

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  24. Wow that looks absolutely perfect - enjoy yourselves.

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  25. Oh you lucky girl -- it looks wonderful. Have a great time!

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  26. It sounds so perfect, enjoy lots of r&r you deserve it. The village looks lovely and a trip to the flea market, perfect.

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  27. Glad you're having such a lovely holiday and Happy Birthday to Stewart

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  28. Looks absolutely idyllic, what palace to stitch in :-)

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