Saturday, 13 September 2014

Today at La Tache

Cutting back the Wisteria and removing the seed pods...

Wisteria

General neatening of the concrete along the front of the house...

Front door into Living Room

And harvesting the grapes from the vine along the front...

Grapes from La Tache

Not sure how to use the grapes, though!

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Tidying Up at La Tache

La Tache is the hamlet where I have a second house.

I bought it as an investment and then the market plummeted.  I let it to a friend of a friend and that didn't really work out, so she has left and I'm trying to get it in order to let it out 'properly' for summer visitors.

A set of stairs is being installed...

Stairs opening 2

... and then the upstairs will be insulated and partitioned to form a couple of bedrooms. That hopefully will help with eventually selling the place too!

The downstairs needed a really good clean and some work, and the garden too.  Today I did some work in the garden and put in a rose bush...

Isabelle Autissier rose

...and some little violas that look a bit pathetic right now...

Violas

I'm hoping they'll bush out to fill the container!

I was also busy altering a little voile curtain and it's surprising how much time that takes!

Anyhow, tomorrow I'll be back, getting that garden into some sort of order - I hope!

Lovely Sunrise This Morning...

sunrise 11 Sept


Monday, 1 September 2014

Researching the Doves...

Bev, from Kainga Happenings, asked me if I knew when my doves plate was made, so I did a bit of research.

This is the mark on the reverse of the plate.

porcelain mark on doves plate

According to this site, this mark was used at the beginning of the early 20th century by A. Lebacqz & M. Bouchart.

It's a bit confusing as there are many marks for St Amand porcelain (I think I would class it as earthenware, or simply 'china' although the French information definitely refers to it as 'porcelaine') and, although there is quite a bit of information on various sites, I have not been able to find out anything about Messieurs A. Lebacqz & M. Bouchart.

This led me to take another look at the plate I bought from a previous brocante, with a flowered pattern called Marie-Louise, in a similar shade of blue...

Marie-Louise plate

On the reverse side is this mark...

porcelain mark on Marie-Louise plate

It seems that in 1818, Maximilien Joseph de Bettignies, a ceramicist from Tournai, opened a factory in the hamlet of Du Moulin des Loups at Saint Amand - the same hamlet on the mark on my Marie-Louise  plate. According to the same site as I used above, this mark was used for  long time - between 1896 and 1952 - a pretty good innings!

So now I think that St Amand china is a variety of china and not a manufacturer, referring to china that comes from the St Amand area.

Hopefully I will find out more about this later.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Bussiere-Poitivine Brocante

Lovely day and a good selection of stalls.  Unfortunately I forgot my camera, so I can't show you the model boats on the lake, but I can show you this picture I took in Paris in days of yore... (2007), although the ones at Bussiere-Poitivine were nothing like this...

sailing boats on pond 3

I'd love to have a model boat like one of these, with patchwork sails!  Hopefully you will see them better if you click on the picture.

I also bought a pretty blue and white plate...

Doves plate

...with doves on...

Doves plate, close

...and an old, faded embroidery.

Christmas embroidery

Christmas embroidery, close

I'm guessing it's for use at Christmas, from the holly and the berries...

Monday, 25 August 2014

Those Dolls Dresses...

I promised you pictures of the dresses on a couple of dolls, so here they are.

The blue one...

Blue dress on doll

...and the white...

White dress on doll

Very pretty, I think you'll agree.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

A Quick Update

...on those dolls dresses I was knitting.

Well, I finally finished them and here they are...

White and blue dresses

The blue...

Blue dress

...and the white...

White dress

...although the white looks a bit pinkish here.

I just have to put some buttons on the back and then I can show you them actually on some dolls!