A picture tells a thousand words. I could stare at this for hours there is something so peaceful about the old stone and water. This past week I have been in Normandy, in many ways very different to our part of France, but in others just the same.
It was a slightly hectic schedule but we did find the time to just walk, strolling through villages and discovering tiny alleys and being always inquisitive we just had to discover where they went. Minutes quickly turned into hours as we took left and right turns and ended up far from our starting point!
We spent a lot of time searching for new things for our shop, always sticking to our rules. We only ever buy what we would want in our own home. These century old houses made me think of a bygone era and I just love these antique horn and silver salad servers we found in their original presentation box.
I imagine this village square has changed very little over the decades.
I was rather happy to find this set of three antique magazine illustrations in their original wooden frames from the early 1900’s. I can just picture these ladies living here.
And this antique French railway oil lantern. The oil tray is removable and I added a candle when we got home!
I’m always inquisitive when I find old doors in stone walls, where do they lead, what is behind them? Sometimes I get to find out.
A courtyard perfectly situated for outdoor living. And if you’re anything like me dining alfresco is one of the real pleasures of summer. I can tell you it was so hot that the idea of whiling away an entire afternoon here, on a comfortable chair, was extremely tempting.
It’s the same back at home, the terrace draws us all together like magnets. And when dusk falls, we lay the table with some antique china and a few flowers from the garden simply arranged in vintage mustard jars and within minutes we’re all set for an elegant evening.
I loved walking through these Normandy villages
but I also longed to be back at home with the rest of the family, back on our terrace with the antique chandelier, eating outdoors, just another casual summer evening.
But before we headed back, there were a few more places to discover, a few more roads to be walked, a few more photos to be taken and more antiques to be purchased.
I know this has been a slightly different post to normal, less words for sure! But I so wanted to share my Normandy photos and some of the treasures we found and also I wanted you to realise how easy it is with just a few vintage accessories to turn any evening into something special.
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Stay safe and have a great week xx