the gentle bucolic ramblings of an English rose, blooming in rural Normandy

Sunday, 3 May 2015

cherry blossom haiku

seen through a window
cherry blossoms float across grass
drifting in corners

joining Judith @ Lavender Cottage for Mosaic Monday
with images captured through my bedroom window this weekend
and my first haiku

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

bijou X

Collins defines the word bijouX as 
" something small and delicately worked, such as a trinket"
Back in January Monique @ A Half Baked Notion
along with hundreds of other bloggers was a participant in the
Grow Your Blog Party hosted by the wonderful Vicki @ Three Bags Full.
In her GYBP post which you can see by clicking here
Monique included a give away.

A beautiful pair of earrings and matching pendant 
using beads created by UK artist Jolene Wolfe.

I won the giveaway!
Imagine my delight when a pretty box arrived here at the Presbytere recently.
Inside delicate jewelry handmade by Monique.

X cited, well of course!
Linking to Mrs Matlock's Alphabe - Thursday once again
where everything this week is X rated!

Saturday, 25 April 2015

cherry blossom time

This week despite cooler temperatures
 (or maybe even because of ?) 
our ornamental cherry tree has blossomed into magnificent glory.

I spent some time earlier today arranging some branches into various vases.

Then even more time photographing the delicate pale pink flowers.

another hour or so playing with the images on picmonkey

before finally creating some mosaics using picasa, picmonkey and photoscape.

Linking to
Beverly @ How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday
 Judith @ Lavender Cottage for Mosaic Monday.

bon weekend!

Sunday, 19 April 2015

what's behind the door?

For Mosaic Monday this week 
some more photographs taken on our trip to Cyprus in February.

A collection of doors and shutters that captivated my imagination as we walked through the ancient cobbled streets and alleyways of Omodos, nestled in the beautiful Troodos Mountains.

The colour blue is synonymous with the Greek Isles of course, 
a different shade on every door.

Weather beaten and faded.
Always closed, sometimes padlocked. 

 The gardens behind them overgrown.
Rusting ironwork. 
Handles and hinges hanging off.
Each one beautiful in it's own way.

What stories could they tell?

Joining Judith @ Lavender Cottage

Sunday, 12 April 2015

early morning in a normandy garden

Whilst waiting for the coffee to drip this morning I was gazing out of the kitchen window and suddenly became aware of how much newness had appeared, seemingly overnight.

I grabbed my lumix and headed out the door to capture the blossoming fruit trees 
and a beautiful blue hyacinth for the soul.

Spring is nature's way of saying "let's party!"
the late, great Robin Williams.

This pretty blue and white variegated primula with a bright yellow eye
could get any party started!

Joining Judith @ Lavender Cottage

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

spring trilogy. #1 Plants

Regular followers will know that every spring three things happen here at the Presbytere 
to mark the season.

 #1. New plants for the potager.

When the sun starts to shine this girl's thoughts turn to the garden and all things veggie.
This morning I played in went to the garden centre.
This afternoon I got my hands in the dirt!
The plants that I bought were all pot bound with straggly white roots emerging from the bottom
 so into larger pots they had to go.
Sean the Gardner will be here on Friday to prepare the potager 
ready for planting out these beauties.

Courgettes/zucchini 3 varieties
cherry tomatoes
choux bruxelles 
(sounds so much fancier than brussels sprouts)
Belle de Fontenay early potatoes.

To add flavour to the herb garden new ciboulette/chives and persil/parsley plants
will go in alongside the thyme and rosemary which have overwintered just fine.
Have you been out planting and got your hands dirty yet?

Friday, 3 April 2015

Canadian magazines and coconut lime cupcakes

magazines from H
The magazine swap continued throughout our vacation 
with the arrival of these glossy Canadian magazines 
sent to me by Lorrie and H (a.k.a. Pondside).
Thank you, ladies.

 magazines from Lorrie
One recipe that I couldn't wait to try once we got back to Normandy
was the one for coconut lime cupcakes from style at home.

The frosting was very rich so I omitted the white chocolate 
and as there's only two of us chez nous I halved the quantities.

Seven pretty cupcakes for the SP and I to enjoy this Easter weekend.

Joining Michael Lee @ Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday and Everything Else.