30 March 2014

Scavenger hunt

My  photos for March.
I've had to do a lot of digging in my photo files to submit this time,
as I'm still not  well  and I'm now waiting to go into hospital for some treatment.
So please excuse my effort.

M. for mushroom.
This is a field mushroom which we often collect during Sept and Oct,
 it's the first time I've seen one as big as this.
I made cream of mushroom soup with it.

Mr France found this in September in the farmers field which is next to our boundary.

Our guests table set  for breakfast  in La Petite Maison.

Some Holly berries on the trees near our house.

This was taken in the late evening last summer
 of the Monastery in Rocamadour lit up.


This grate is our French 'Godin' wood-burner. with the door open.

Mr France working on the deck he built this time last year.

The chimney breast, which we built in our guest house .
 The bricks where from inside the old bread oven which unfortunately
 we were unable to save, it was too badly damaged.

Some antique cutlery I found at a Brocante
 when we first arrived in France 24yrs ago.

Some troughs and a hanging basket
 with Surfinas and trailing Geraniums
 on our summer balcony.

A cold  crisp morning ,
showing the frost on the ground and white on the tiles of our well.

A souvenir from our visit to the Basque  region in France, which borders Spain.
This was my ticket from our ride on Le Petite Train up the mountain.
The views were fantastic.

It's difficult to find a coloured door in my region of France.
Most of the properties are old stone cottages and have heavy oak doors ,
which are usually protected with a stain and not paint.

So this is my painted door.

I hope you liked seeing my contribution.

à bientôt
Barbara Lilian



05 March 2014

I suddenly realised it's March which means it's nearly Spring.

Usually I've been out in my garden 
 peeping in all the areas I know something should be showing signs of Spring.
But not feeling like or being able to do any work in the garden as
we had some nice sunshine today I took a stroll around and I wasn't disappointed.
 I found quite a few flowers.
These Pansies have been in flower all winter,
not as healthy looking as they should be.
also it looks like my Lavender cuttings are looking OK
strange as they don't like to be wet.
These Primula are always the first to flower.
just a few popping up here & there in the grass.

I didn't see any Crocus that were in the same area last year,
maybe they've rotted with all the rain we've had this winter.
  I know we have Voles that burrow under the surface of the ground
So I'd prefer it if they'd been eaten by them, it must be hard finding food.

This is another pot that I'd forgotten about, with more Pansies.
This will get moved around to brighten up an area that needs a bit of colour.

A large shrub of  Japonica.
Which flowers before the leaves appear.
It really should have had a good pruning.
I always bring a piece into the house to open up before they do on the shrub.

I hope these few flowers I found in my garden
brought Spring a little nearer to all my friends who are still getting snow. 
à bientôt
Barbara Lilian

28 February 2014

Scavenger Hunt - February

This is my 1st contribution joining in the February 

organised by

and already I'm having to apologise to you all !
Due to not feeling well,
not all of my photos have been taken in February.

I hope I'll be let of the hook this time. !
These are the photos I've chosen to show you for my 
February  Scavenger Hunt 


Feathered   family, proud father with his gorgeous friend
 their fluffed up chicks.

At 3 pm 

 when the sun is shining, this is where I sit to admire my garden


there's lots of different grains in this pile of wood.

The Lamp 
that lights up our terrace.


 to see this clock in Rocamadour France
You need to take 'Les Chemins de St Jacques de Compostelle'

 Honey from a local producer.

My Devon pottery honey pot brought with me to France .


If you were to go shopping at 'Galeries Lafayette' in Limoges
you could have lunch at one of the many restaurants
in  'Place de la République' and  see this beautiful fountain .

Something round

A garland I left  hanging from Christmas.
I've seen the birds coming to take the dried moss for their nests.


Lots of shadows from the low winter sun.


I know it's a flock of birds.
but the cranes flew over yesterday going back up north 
so I thought I'd use this for my photo of a group.
I have to tell you I only heard them,
I couldn't see them.
as it was pouring with rain and the sky was so grey 
 so this is an old photo.

Re purpose

This is my vintage wheelbarrow,
which I use to show off what ever flowers I have in bloom.
At the moment it's pansies and pine cones in vintage egg baskets.

This is what our sky has looked like for a long time

I've enjoyed taking these photographs
If you like to use your camera to capture a moment why don't you pop over to
green thumb Made with love

and see what the selection is for the month of March
and join in

à bientôt
Barbara Lilian

16 February 2014

My give away gift

I've really enjoyed participating in the give away.


it was me who won 
the give away from

 Already we have learnt a lot more about each other.
now looking forward to being a friendly follower.


would you like to see what my two winners


 will be receiving ?


If you want a surprise. 

Now is the time to  STOP scrolling down the page
and close your eyes, 

If you're like me you won't be able to resist a little peep
 and then think 
oh well ! it will arrive soon

It just won't be a surprise.

I hope my winners will like their gift.

à bientôt

Barbara Lilian

15 February 2014

My give away winners for the Grow Your Blog party.

First of all a big thank you to Vicki   for hosting the Grow Your Blog party,
 which has brought  many new followers to me and all who took part.
I thank all of you who read my post 
and especially those of you who are now following me.
Which I hope will enjoy reading my thoughts and sharing a bit of where I live in France.

And the winner of my give away is Shane from

As soon as I saw Shane's blog  Roses Lace and Brocante I knew I was going to like it. 
We have so much in common her connection with France and her love of lace. 
We even end our posts with the same message.
if you haven't already visited her, please pop over to see the lovely things she makes with lace.
then I decided to chose another name.
Well Mr France was my random chooser.
I asked him to give me a number then out came
Gill from 
 Dosie Rosie

I chose to read this blog because of the name, which is her nick name.!
and then I find she is also English.
This blog is so fresh, Gill writes as if you are with her and she's talking to you,
 full of  bits & pieces from her everyday happenings
and lots of different original craft things she makes.
Pop over to visit her

I hope they'll like my give away.
I'm sure they will find something to make with them.

I have contacted them both so that I can send the packets.
I've also taken some photos so that I can show you what I'll be sending.

but you'll have to wait until I hear from

Thank you once again Vicki for all your hard work in  helping us 'Grow our Blogs'

à bientôt

Barbara Lilian