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Spending the Night with a French Queen

It takes a lot to impress French Boyfriend especially when it comes to traveling and I adore surprising him.Sleeping in haunted Chateaux,intimate oper...
03-10-2022 19:26

French Food Friday -French Onion Soup

  Bonjour from a chillier SW France, We have a lot of onions and as it has turned cold, I am turning to one of my go to recipes by the fabulous Ray...
30-09-2022 19:26

Time to get snapping

 Our local library is in the process of creating an exhibition of old cameras.I could not resist taking a photo as they look so fabulous. It is time...
26-09-2022 19:16

Hermes - fit for a Queen

 It was lovely to read this morning that one of the Queen\'s favourite horses was wearing of of her favourite Hermes scarves at her funeral on Monday...
21-09-2022 19:19

What a day...

 Yesterday was a very strange day.It was the day we said adieu to our beloved queen.It was also French Boyfriend\'s birthday.A day of mixed emotions ...
20-09-2022 19:20

The Queen's Favourite Dessert Recipe

 Today I felt it was fitting to share on of Queen Elizabeth II\'s favourite recipes with you. The Queen loved her chocolate treats, every year the r...
16-09-2022 19:17

Saved from the revolution - Marie Antoinette's Pearl Necklac

 When Marie Antoinette realized that her life was in peril during the French Revolution, the much-maligned Queen of France sent her most precious i...
14-09-2022 19:16

It's time to get the pearls out

 Ever since the 1930s when the fabulous and very French fashion style icon Coco Chanel famously layered heaping strands of faux pearls around her nec...
13-09-2022 19:20

A fabulous photo of a fabulous Woman

Photo Loomis Dean What a fabulous photo of Queen Elizabeth II this is.If only we were able to peak into her wardrobe, I am sure it is a magical place...
12-09-2022 19:16

The special relationship between Elizabeth II and France

 Since the Queen\'s death we have seen some amazing reporting on the French News Channels about how the Queen loved France and how that love was reci...
10-09-2022 19:17

Our hearts are broken

 Our hearts are broken.Rest in peace your Majesty and mille mercis for being the guiding light in our lives. Such an inspiration to us all ?Leeann x ...
09-09-2022 19:37

Time to get Gustavian

 It has been a hectic couple of days and I am in the mood to slow things down a bit.A   dose of Gustavian should do the trick.Gustavian style is so...
07-09-2022 19:49

Bonjour Septembre ?

Happy, happy, happy!I am so happy that September is here. The last 4 months of the year are my favorite months and I plan to make the most of every d...
01-09-2022 19:46

For Teddy Bear Lovers ?

 I could not resist sharing a photo of one of our latest arrivals....
30-08-2022 19:48

French Food Friday - 4 Hour Baguettes

recipe and photo from hereBonjour from a very humid SW France,This week\'s recipe is one of my favourite recipes and one that I will be using this wee...
26-08-2022 19:45

Back in Stock - Authentic Hermes Ribbon

 Just to let you know we have just received some more 100% authentic Hermes ribbon from our contact in Paris,  who specializes in luxury French bran...
25-08-2022 19:43

Something pretty ?

I am in the mood for something pretty to start the day and this fabulous photo from Chateau de Villette is perfect.Belle journe tous ? Leeann x ...
24-08-2022 19:41

Bath time

 This looks like the perfect place to unwind after a busy day and it reminds us that we can have fun when decorating a bathroom...belle journee a tou...
23-08-2022 19:45

France and stripes

 The French love their stripes, there are three on the french flag, the French navy wear stripey shirts and it was those stripes that inspired Coco C...
21-08-2022 19:15

French Food Friday - Cherry Soup

recipe and photo from here  It is cherry season here and as it is very hot, a nice cool and refreshing soup is required.This recipe is one that I mak...
19-08-2022 19:15

Roll on September...

 I am counting down the days to September. September is one of my favourite months with sunny days and cooler nights. A month in which we can - sta...
18-08-2022 19:18

Some new arrivals

  Bonjour from a cooler SW France,It is much cooler here as the storms finally arrived on Sunday. Here in France it was a long weekend as yesterday ...
16-08-2022 19:20

Bon week-end from a very hot France

 It is hopefully the last day of the 4th heatwave in France today and the storms are supposed to arrive in the early hours tomorrow morning.Most of F...
13-08-2022 19:16

French Food Friday - French carrot Salad

   If you cannot handle the heat, stay out of  the kitchen and that is what I am trying to do this week.We have another very hot day forecast and ...
12-08-2022 19:16

It is warming up...

As if the first 3 heatwaves were not enough, heatwave no. 4 has arrived and will be staying until Sunday.Last night whilst we were preparing dinner to...
10-08-2022 19:15

Wish we were there

 Today we are wishing we were by the sea. Our weather forecast is for another very hot week this and the idea of being able to wear a top with sleev...
08-08-2022 19:17

French Food Friday - SImple Salade Nicoise

 Bonjour from a very hot SW France,The gift was put to good use last night as the majority of the fresh and local vegetables were used to make a simp...
05-08-2022 19:19

A thoughtful gift

Our lovely neighbours have a house in the village and a farm in the countryside so literally have the best of both worlds.I found this basket of goodi...
04-08-2022 19:41

Fleur de lys and a monogram

 You do not get much more French than this set of 12 stunning monogrammed linen napkins.What makes these napkins that little bit extra special,  is ...
02-08-2022 19:20

On your marks....

We did not have far to travel this morning as our village was hosting an antiques fair.I found some tresors, some have already been listed in our etsy...
31-07-2022 19:13

French Food Friday - Simple French Potato Salad

photo from here  We always seem to buy more potatoes than we can eat so I am always on the look out for ways of using up potatoes.So I was happy when...
29-07-2022 19:17

In the mood to shop

  Why change  the habits of a life time" That is my excuse and I was sticking to it.I adore shopping and pride myself on the fact I can shop anywhe...
25-07-2022 19:15

Bon week-end?

 Wish we were here.... Bon week-end a tous? Leeann x  ...
23-07-2022 19:14

Fench Food Friday - Recipe: Salmon Rillettes from Three Star

 I am in the mood to make something different this week-end  and this recipe looks perfect.It comes from chef Eric Ripert\'s Three Star Michelin res...
22-07-2022 19:17

Lemons & cloves

 We have an unwelcome guest in our house who leaves a calling card in the form of an itchy red bump.It is unusual as we do not see or hear a lot of m...
21-07-2022 19:18

Love this kitchen

   T So gorgeous and so tidy. I love ...
20-07-2022 19:18

Rest day

 Just watching the Tour de France riders made me hot yesterday, how they managed to compete in the extreme heat is beyond me.Today it is even hotter ...
18-07-2022 19:23

French Food Friday - Nutella Dipped Frozen Bananas

Photo and recipe from the Kitchen Confident It is hot here so icy cold treats are a must have.I will be using this recipe this weekend once I have st...
15-07-2022 19:18

Happy Bastille Day ?

 Happy Bastille Day? Bonne fete nationale la France?Leeann x ...
14-07-2022 19:17

One day to go

I have been so busy looking after guests I have not had a lot of time to think about tomorrow\'s celebrations for the 14 juillet.Most towns and villag...
13-07-2022 19:17

The early bird

 A busy weekend with not a lot to show for it.That said,it was great to be out of the house early and profiting from the fresh, cool air before the h...
11-07-2022 19:30

French food Friday - French bistro salad

 photo and recipe from here Bonjour mes belles,I cannot believe it is already Friday - where has the week gone"This week\'s recipe is perfect for bru...
08-07-2022 19:16

Object of my dreams - Louis XVI wallpaper

 How beautiful is this real authentic Louis XVI wallpaper"I found it on this French auction website this morning whilst doing a little "window shoppi...
06-07-2022 19:27

What a weekend....

  20,000 visitors and lots of lovely sunshine.  The festival was a roaring success and worth waiting two years for 9am  Sunday morning saw a par...
05-07-2022 19:20

French Food Friday - Rosemary & Parmesan Popcorn

 French boyfriend is not a fan of popcorn but he likes this popcorn made by the fabulous and very French two Michelin starred, Raymond Blanc. Rosema...
01-07-2022 19:16

Calm before the storm

 Our  village is getting ready to play host to a very important regional festival for 3 days commencing this Friday.The last of the decorations are ...
29-06-2022 19:17

Ready, set, go

 This table looks very inviting and there is nothing nicer than a whiter than white freshly ironed  table cloth with some crisp white napkins.For an...
28-06-2022 19:20

In the mood to play

 I hope you had a lovely weekend. Ours was a chilly and wet one which we loved every minute of.After having a heatwave for over a week, rain and 19 d...
27-06-2022 19:13

A new find - 200 year old Toile de Jouy

 Yesterday I decided to start doing some research on a piece if antique toile de jouy that I purchased at the weekend.It is covered in ornate designs...
22-06-2022 19:19

Happy International Yoga Day

 Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion i...
21-06-2022 19:22

French Food Friday - Glace au yaourt/ Yogurt Ice-cream

We are in the middle of a heatwave and there is nothing nicer than a cool and refreshing ice-cream. If you feel like a making a quick and healthy tre...
17-06-2022 19:18

Hot in the city

 We along with rest of France, are having a heatwave.It was 21 degrees at 6am and it will rise to 36 degrees today.The hottest day is set to be Frida...
15-06-2022 19:18

Everywhere you look

 Poppies or coquelicots as they are called in French, are popping up everywhere.Such a lovely sight and a welcome splash of colour before the sunflo...
13-06-2022 19:17

French Food Friday... Clafoutis aux pommes

 photo and recipe from here Bonjour mes belles,We love apples and for some reason I prefer them cooked to raw.This is an easy recipe and it tastes go...
10-06-2022 19:20

The search is on

photo from here  It sounds easier that it sounds. Some people take pot luck and find something when they get there.There are others who spend hours ...
09-06-2022 19:16

Vintage Toile de jouy

 Just a quick note to say that we have listed some fabulous and large pieces of vintage toile de jouy ...
08-06-2022 19:17

Bonjour lundi?

 Bonjour mes belles,How was your weekend" Ours was a busy one and we have an additional day today as it is a public holiday in France.We found a few ...
06-06-2022 19:19

Celebrating the Platinum Jubilee - Strawberry Cupcakes

 To commemorate the Queen\'s 70th Platinum Jubilee I made Strawberry cupcakes which I have given as gifts to our French friends and family.The part ...
03-06-2022 19:19

Croissants & cafe?

 France, you never cease to surprise me... This charming scene was worth getting up early for on Sunday morning.We found a few goodies which will be...
31-05-2022 19:17

Belle week-end ?

Belle week-end a tous ?Leeann x  ...
28-05-2022 19:19

French Food Friday - Pesto and Egg Baguette Sandwich

 The forecast is for lots of sunshine this weekend so we plan to pack the picnic basket and head somewhere nice for a picnic.This recipe is perfect a...
27-05-2022 19:18

A long weekend

 Today is a public holiday as it is Ascension day. Ascension Day is the 40th day of Easter. It occurs 39 days after Easter Sunday. It is a Christia...
26-05-2022 19:20

On my shopping list

I  love this top from Sezane.Broderie anglaise is a favourite of mine for summer as it is so pretty and easy to wear.Amicalement from a cooler SW Fra...
24-05-2022 19:22

A sign of things to come

 After two years of confinement and restrictions, seeing the stars on the red carper for the Cannes Film Festival 2022 is a happy sight.Today we than...
18-05-2022 19:37

The perfect summer accessory

 Le velo - the perfect summer accessory. Not only is it a practical way of getting around, it is a great form of exercise.We have a shop that hires e...
17-05-2022 19:17

Celebrating Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI's wedding

 On this date in 1770  Marie Antoinette and future King Louis XVI of France were married.So we plan to celebrate by having a cake or two...Belle se...
16-05-2022 19:41

Displaying copper molds

How gorgeous do these copper molds look in this hotel dining room" The hotel is really stunning and you can see some more photos ...
12-05-2022 19:15

Every girl needs at least one of these

 White T Shirt and a great pair of jeans = a winning combination. This is also timeless as you can see in this photo of the very fabulous Jane Birki...
10-05-2022 19:14

Another sunny Sunday

 A sunny Sunday, perfect for shopping for antiques, followed by a leisurely lunch by the lake.Belle semaine a tous ?Leeann x ...
09-05-2022 19:19

Just listed

 I have added some new items to our online boutique and have a few more to add today.One of my favorites is this authentic vintage publicity for Absi...
05-05-2022 19:16

A beautiful day

 Yesterday was a beautiful day with lots of lovely sunshine. When I got up at 4.45 am it was chilly but it warmed up as the day went on.You need to d...
02-05-2022 19:18

Joyeux Premier Mai...

 Je vous envoie ce petit brin de muguet pour qu\'il vous porte Bonheur...I am sending you a piece of lily of the valley to bring you happiness....
01-05-2022 19:39

French Food Friday - Petite French Yogurt Loaves

Bonjour from a sunny and very warm SW France,As you know French Yogurt Cake is one of French Boyfriend\'s favorites and I make it on a regular basis....
29-04-2022 19:18

Diane the Huntress Toile de Jouy

 Look what I found whilst looking for a hotel in the Loire Valley. A beautiful bedroom in a fabulous chateau hotel, decorated with Diane the huntre...
26-04-2022 19:19

French Food Friday...Les Nonnettes de Dijon la Marmelade d

I am in the mood to make some nonnettes.Nonnettes are a Dijon specialty made with gingerbread and orange marmalade.    Les Nonnettes de Dijon la ...
22-04-2022 19:15

Happy Birthday to the Queen of Our Hearts

 Wishing Her Majesty the  Queen, a very Happy 96th Birthday.God save the queen, a queen of our hearts ??Leeann x ...
21-04-2022 19:17

A sleepy Tuesday

 Yesterday felt like Monday and it was only when I asked myself why the bar was open on a Monday, that I realised this was because it was in fact Tue...
20-04-2022 19:18

Some eye candy

Bonjour mes belles,I hope you are having a lovely Easter. In the latest Drouot cataloque, there is a listing for an auction of items belonging to the...
18-04-2022 19:18

Joyeuses Paques/ Happy Easter

 ??Joyeuses Paques????Happy Easter??Leeann x ...
16-04-2022 19:37

Easter recipe - Carrot cupcakes

 I hope you have had a lovely week, ours has been a very busy and productive week and w are looking forward to the weekend.Carrots and Easter seem li...
15-04-2022 19:41

4 hours later...

Guess what we are having for breakfast this morning" Home made hot cross buns with custard crosses.Made with love and a lot of effort.Some things in ...
13-04-2022 19:14

It's T Shirt weather

 We have a high of 23 degrees forecast, it will be nice to put on some lighter clothing.A new crisp white T shirt, a pair of slightly flared jeans an...
11-04-2022 19:17

French Food Friday - Tourte Pascale

 Finally I have found a recipe I want to make for Easter.  In French Boyfriend\'s dreams I would be cooking lamb but I do not eat red meat and just...
08-04-2022 19:17

Addicted to lampshades

I have just been browsing through a "deco ideas" folder on my desktop and realise that I am obsessed with lampshades and lighting in general.This said...
06-04-2022 19:17

Interesting reading - Top ten brands in France

 According to a study taken in January 2022, the top 10 brands in France are as follows:Leroy Merlin- French headquartered home improvement and gard...
05-04-2022 19:16

Antique Chocolate Bunnies

 How adorable are these chocolate bunnies" A chocolate shop in New Zealand is making them for Easter using an antique chocolate mould.You can find ...
04-04-2022 19:16

French Food Friday - Chocolate Madeleines

Happy 1st of April from a chilly SW France.We do not have long to go now until Easter is upon us and I am thinking about what I will be making this ye...
01-04-2022 19:15

Time for some painting

One coat of chalk paint has been applied to this antique fronton  and another will be applied today.Then it will be given a light sanding, two coats ...
31-03-2022 19:18

Peony Magic

I often think that the universe loves to put us to the test and yesterday was one of those days.In my head the day had been planned out and there was ...
29-03-2022 19:19

French Food Friday - Warm Pear Salad with Roquefort Dressin

Todays recipe is one of my favourites and perfect for an entree or light lunch.All you need to add is some slices of crusty baguette and you have a ve...
25-03-2022 19:16

A romantic gift

This delicate ring was a gift from an 18-year-old Napoleon Bonaparte to his first love, 26-year-old Caroline du Colombier. At the end of 1785, the yo...
24-03-2022 19:15

An unexpected surprise

 Look what I spotted when out shopping yesterday. Luscious looking strawberries, what a treat.Just looking at them makes me hungry...Belle journe...
23-03-2022 19:16

My Week-end Project

 Bonjour mes belles,I hope you had a lovely weekend. A lot of my weekend was spent working on my latest purchase, this beautiful chandelier.It was fo...
21-03-2022 19:16

French Food Friday - Chicken Chasseur

  Bonjour mes belles, I first posted this recipe in 2015 and I think it is time it made another appearance. It is an easy to make meal and perfect ...
18-03-2022 19:18

JOYEUSE SAINT?PATRICK/ Happy Saint Patrick's Day

 Joyeuse Saint?Patrick.Happy Saint Patrick\'s Day.Leeann x  ...
17-03-2022 19:21

A balancing act

 It is just a question of balance, I tell  myself as I flit from task to task. Hence this fabulous photo from Rodney Smith sums up my mood.The weath...
16-03-2022 19:17

All it takes

 It is 6am in the morning and  I have just glanced at my phone.Up pops up a  fabulous photo with a link advising that we can fly to Porto for 8 eur...
15-03-2022 19:18

French Food friday - Kugelhopf

 One of the stories about the origins of this brioche, states that this  Alsatian brioche actually comes from Bethlehem. A Wise Man, while exitin...
11-03-2022 19:15

A quiet bloomer

 It all happened so quickly, one day there were closed buds and the next day, this is was greeted me as I stepped out of the house.A spectacular sigh...
09-03-2022 19:16

French Food Friday - Mini Matcha & Raspberry Friands

 Bonjour mes belles,I cannot believe it is Friday already. This week\'s recipe is one of my favorites and I am sure other green tea lovers will agree...
04-03-2022 19:14
 



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