Thursday, September 22, 2016

market day #10

A sad sign of the times.  Since the attack on Nice earlier this year two huge lorries are parked at the top and bottom of the main drag in Villefranche on market day to prevent anyone driving into/at the crowd.

Thursday, September 1, 2016


I bought this key a few months ago and recently a friend of mine showed it to the director of our local museum.  I had thought it might be 17th century but it turns out to be from the end of the 15th - around the 1470s or 1480s.  It would have opened  a coffer or box rather than a door.

Over 500 years old - I can hardly get my head around it.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

curious neighbours

I was photographing things for the shop yesterday morning when I suddenly had the feeling that I was being watched...!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


One of the best things about August is tomatoes from the garden.
(little dish here)

Monday, August 1, 2016

Sunday, July 17, 2016

for me

Even though I buy things every week I am not acquisitive and get even less so as I get older. I am happy to search out and buy things I like and then see them go off to all corners of the globe. (corner? globe? never thought about that one before!) 
My favourite presents are ones that I can eat or read. But... I saw this little old French tile at this morning's brocante and thought - you're coming home and staying home with me.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

myrtilles 1942

I bought this jar at the brocante yesterday. I wonder why it was never used again - but kept for 74 years?  Those are 2016 blackcurrants by the way not 1942 myrtilles!