Saturday, 17 September 2016

Chocolate Chips

We've had such a fabulous few days. My sister Ros and my brother-in-law Steve came to stay for a few days. They travelled over in their motorhome and stayed a few days with us before moving on to the Loire region.

We had a wonderful relaxing time with some delicious lunches out, walks with Spencer and a day out in Concarneau.

Here we are on the bridge on Spencer's favourite river walk at Scaer.

It was market day in Concarneau. What a fantastic market!

Live music in the ville close (walled town).

An interesting walk along the ramparts.

Back at chez nous, my brother-in law Steve did some fabulous work on the electrics in the workshop and barn. We are so pleased as it's made life much easier and Chris can see what he's doing in the workshop now!

If your wondering why this post is called 'Chocolate Chips', it's from the quote, 'in the cookies of life, sisters are the chocolate chips'. I was looking for a title for this post and found some great 'sister' quotes and sayings. Here are some of my favourites.....

'Sisters....different flowers from the same garden'.

'Sisters are for sharing laughter and wiping tears'.

'A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost'.

'Sometimes being a sister is even better than being a superhero'.

'Sisters function as safety nets in a chaotic world simply by being there for each other'.

'A good friend knows all your best stories.
A sister has lived them with you'.

'I smile because you're my sister.
I laugh because there's nothing you can do about it!'

I'm very lucky in that I have two lovely sisters!

Thank you for popping by!

Maggie xx

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Cosy Things

I forgot to show you the beautiful grapes given to us by Pierre and Gabrielle. They grow them in their polytunnel.

They also gave us some fresh lettuce and half a dozen eggs from their chickens.

My little flower bed at the front is beginning to look prettier with a bit more colour appearing.

 The girls down the lane having a nice drink.

We had some hot dog rolls left over so I made a bread pudding. It was delicious but was more what I would call a bread and butter pudding. I made a couple of simple alterations to the recipe - I let the bread soak in the mixture for half an hour or so, added a handful of sultanas and sprinkled demerara sugar on top. Very easy to make and great for leftover bread. Click here for the recipe.....Simple Bread Pudding.

I've enjoyed some sewing. Several years ago I had cut out these large squares of pretty floral fabric with the intention of making some patchwork curtains. I brought them to France thinking I could make something with them. My first thought was a table cloth but I realised I had enough to make a large quilt. So I drew up a simple pattern and sewed them all together.

Here is the completed quilt top....light shining on it from the Velux window. I will take it back to England to quilt (possibly by hand as I find the thought of machine quilting such a large size a little daunting!) and then probably bring it back to France. Nice to make use of these pretty fabric squares at last!

So lovely to have your company!

Maggie xx

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Pottering, Friends and the Seaside

Feeling quite tired after our visitors had left, we pottered about for a few days managing to get some outstanding jobs done. A Breton tradesman, who had fitted our wood burner, came by to re-install the sink in the downstairs toilet. We also made time to catch up with some friends. We spent a lovely morning at Pierre and Gabrielle's, drinking coffee, eating French cakes and then walking in their beautiful garden. We popped by and had a nice chat with Henri and Yvette. Also, Maureen, popped by our house for a cup of tea. Maureen is a Facebook friend, who I had only met in person briefly and who lives nearby.

We moved and reconstructed the goat pen.

After a few days pottering and socialising, we had a night away in Harvey J. We decided to try somewhere new and headed to Penmarc'h on the South West coast. Unfortunately the sat nav stopped working on the way and we had to resort to the old way of doing things....reading a map!!

We found an overnight aire for the motorhome at St GuenolĂ©. 

It was just minutes away from the rocky coastline. We went for a beautiful walk along the coast and long sandy beach.


It was lovely to have a break away at the seaside.

Thanks for popping by!

Maggie xx