Monday, 8 October 2012

back home

since returning...a few mattresses have been spotted!  i know i'm home!

and this weekend i took a lovely stroll through Hampstead Heath
the stunning Hampstead Heath
the wonderful views
and full of the most amazing old trees
the mini house next to Kenwood - for a quick cuppa
mini ponies at Zippos on the Heath
and am getting ready for Halloween - my fave holiday!
i think i found a feathered friend for the crow in my painting
strange little bird (found in an antique shop in Littlehampton) and strange flower from a florist beside the Heath - spooky!
what to do with old loo rolls!

France 2012

the view from the pool...bliss
Just back from a week away with the folks in Flayosc.  Too bad i caught flu just before I left - so spent most of the holiday coughing and spluttering - but somehow it was more bearable lying beside the pool and sipping wine - i wonder why!
fell in love with the neighbour's new house
looks stunning in this crazy Provence light
dinner at local Flayosc restaurant - Le Cigalon - with the folks
yummy mummy!
my swan shaped profiteroles!
my dad and his flaming strawberry creme brulee!
bye bye lovely rose...till next year!
We spent a day in Tour Tour - the beautiful village in the sky - which featured in Day of the Jackal, where we caught an exhibition of now deceased ex-pat resident artist Ronald Searle.  Such a stunning place to visit.
fabulous view
Tour Tour
the Town Hall

a typical Provence fountain
the best view in the village
the door of a local art gallery
a vintage sign at a local cafe
i love this little house - wish i could live here, amongst all the artists
St Deinis church
so peaceful inside

i've never seen these before...gaudy but beautiful ceramic flowers

really rather lovely.
probably the best final resting place in the world

Blue Skies Two

Whilst visiting Goodwood we stayed at Blue Skies (where I had stayed the previous February with Emma, Rex and Greta) in the house of a friend of Emma's in East Preston/Angmering. Its a lovely big old homely house with a path from the back door to the beach - so we spent lots of time walking along the sea shore and the weather was glorious.
Blue Skies from the back
the path to the sea.....
the shingle beach

my mum and dad - in the breakfast room
while the folks went to Goodwood - I ventured out and walked to Littlehampton
a stunning stroll...
with the obligatory beach huts!
Thomas Heatherwick designed East Beach Cafe
lunch is fish and chips at Fred's
and ice cream for pudding!
even spotted a Littlehampton mattress!

My Mum & Dad had to leave on the Saturday night as they were driving to France the following day so Jo, Zoe and Zak came down from London for the night and following day.  More walks on the beach, another trip to Littlehampton and some fairground rides - a fantastic weekend away.  I love it there and can't wait to return.
waiting for the London crowd to arrive - what a perfect spot to read my book
the lounge
and by the way...this was my bedroom with a view...gorgeous!
morning! Jo & Zoe have a giggle and a morning cuppa before we head out
Zak having fun on the "do not climb" irresistable climbing things!
ha ha ha!
its got to be done!
bye bye Blue Skies...till next time!