Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve

Wishing you all a very happy Christmas
With much love and best wishes

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas on the Cote d'Azur Part 2

The Christmas Tree and Pere Noels, post box in Sanary-Sur-Mer

Another day when it has done nothing but rain, in fact, pour, there were supposed to be fireworks tonight in Sanary and some of the neighbouring towns, sadly they were cancelled.  I have been coming here for ten years, in all seasons, I have never seen it rain like this before!

I have spent another day lolling around indoors, I hope there is some respite tomorrow as I still have a few things to do in town tomorrow morning.  A couple of days ago we met up with some friends in Saint Tropez, it was raining, the town was completely deserted... 

I love boats and yachts, one's that include wood, brass and sails, not these floating, plastic gin palaces, this one has 'Don't Touch' written on it, don't worry I would not set foot on it even if you paid me, which ironically is probably the point!

We headed off to hole up in a restaurant, for warmth, wine and pizza.  Love this tree and the chap trying to get his parasol down, at least I think that is what he is doing!

Back in Sanary, Sanary differs from some of it's better known neighbours on the Cote d'Azur because it is vibrant and busy all year round, shopping is always a joy here...

Have to have a rest and a quick aperitif!

Bought some flowers for Belle Mere, could not decide, I like plain white but Belle Mere likes colours, so I bought both.

Fell in love with this dog, sitting on a chair at one of the cafes, he was like a mini whippet, with the most enormous eyes, sporting a very fetching black, woollen, coat.

It's the orange season here, they are everywhere

Roasted chestnuts?

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas on the Cote d'Azur

The rain finally abated, and it turned out to be quite pleasant, it was market day in Sanary-Sur-Mer today, it was a great atmosphere, lots of people were out and about buying last minute bits and bobs. The real show starts at night, this year the local mayors have surpassed themselves.




Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Vintage Inspired Fashion

We have swapped the majestic snow capped mountains of the Pyrenees, for the gentle shores of the Mediterranean, where we are spending Christmas with Belle Mere, I hoped to bring you some fabulous photographs of the beautiful Christmas lights in Sanary, however, yesterday when I was just getting into my snapping stride, the battery on my camera ran out.  Grr, I hate it when that happens and today it has done nothing but pour with rain, so I have stayed in reading all Belle Meres wonderful magazines and stuffing myself with chocolate. 

I love the vintage feel of this fashion shoot from Gala Magazine 15th December 2010, discovered at Belle Meres, whilst idly flicking.  Photographed by Elisabeth Novick and styled by Florence Beaufre.  Please excuse the picture quality, as there is no scanner here I had to snap them directly from the magazine.

I hope it stops raining tomorrow, I need to go into town to get some last minute bits and bobs and I really want to photograph all the beautiful sparkling lights.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

White World

 This is what this morning brought (see previous post), it's stopped snowing, the sun is out and it's a beautiful day.  The snow blanketed countryside looks lovely, fortunately it is not causing any disruption here, I keep hearing news reports from the UK, where the snow is causing chaos on what has to be one of the busiest weekends of the year, I hope it's not hampering any of your plans.

It's oh so quiet...

The bamboo is bent over with the weight

Nothing has been in the lane since late last night when MG took Crusoe for his constitutional!