Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Le Jardins de Bagatelle....








Many years ago when I attended my very first French lesson, we were asked (a very silly question).... why do we want to visit France!! My answer was that I wanted to see the gorgeous rose gardens at "Le Jardins de Bagatelle"......my (Australian) French teacher told me that I must be mistaken as "he" had not heard of such a place.....mistaken "I was not"!!!!
I hace been to this amazing 'parc' every single time I have been to Paris. I have seen the roses gardens at their very best (and depending on the time of year I vistited....not their very best). When there are no roses there is always something else to admire, the gorgeous espaliered fruit trees, the peonies, the Autumn colour, etc.......and this stunning little building, "Pavillon Louis XV at the Allee de Longchamp entrance. I love this building and take many photos each visit. The little house was home to a lady and many, many cats, but on my last visit the place was vacant and made free for me to peek  through all the windows (very exciting)!!! If I could bring anything I ever wanted back to Tasmania from France it would be this.....it is small, it is elegant and it is GORGEOUS!!!!

I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoy showing them to you.

The 'parc' is on the outskirts of Paris.....and it could be said that it is a little difficult to find if relying on public transport, but as I have said before......if time allows it is well worth a visit....Enjoy Lx.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Take me to Paris....






.....I'm just day dreaming!!!!

These photos are once again from last year.....(Winter).....sigh!.....Enjoy your week-end! x

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Chateau de Fontainbleau....



  

**just a quick post today...ill health has kept me from doing what I love**

Last year we spent a day at Fontainbleau....and of course we explored Chateau de Fontainbleau. Fontainbleau is a short train trip (less than an hour if memory serves me correctly) from Paris, departing from Gare de Lyon.
We arrived to a very chilly (frosty) morning in Fontainbleau, but with blue skies....so exploring was invigorating. We have been here once before (by chance) and we always promised ourselves that one day we would return. We did the long walk from the train station (there is a bus) but we preferred the walk through the park....Chateau de Fontainbleau is set in 130 acres of parklands and gardens....simply beautiful!!!
If you get to Paris (and have a day spare) treat yourself to a day here....it is well worth it!!!
We even discovered a delightful Italian restaurant to enjoy a delicious dinner (& warm ourselves) before setting out for home.                                                                                                                   **I loved the ghosty figures on the lawn...made entirely from chicken wire**

Friday, March 14, 2014

detail, detail, detail....





....did I mention detail??? I took these photos just prior to Christmas last year...(in Paris of course). I loved the colour of the building and (as I said) the "detail".....the balcony, the corbels, the iron work, the round windows.....everything in fact.
I included the photo of the man who walked into my shot, I was not happy that he stepped into my photo...but once back at our little apartment and I had time to view what I had taken that day, I was pleased that he did.....it gives you perspective of the scale of these wonderful building and the size of the corbels.....(far bigger than a man)! Enjoy Lx.......sigh!!!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

"Mr. Morgan's Last Love"....

Have you seen "Mr. Morgan's Last Love"? I saw it today....and LOVED it!!! A lovely story, no violence and best of all it is set in Paris!!! If you are looking for a 'nice' movie this week-end, well this could be it......I throughly recommend it!!!! Enjoy Lx

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

"sous le figuier"....




It appears that I didn't give you 'enough' in my last post? I hope this post shows you more detail and answers some of your questions......not all questions can be answered at this point as I do not know all of the answers.....colour etc., etc...
All of "sous le figuier" is self made......at this stage I have only purchased the windows and the stairs, but I have made exterior changes to the larger windows. The shop front, the body of the house, all the cladding, doors, shutters and all external details are 'scratch' made....(not sure if I like the term 'scratch made'....but that seems to be the term that is used by many....?).....but anyway, made by me!!!
Sadly I do not have any wonderful electric tools etc., that can cut multipal pieces of wood to the same length....instead I sit here and work away (slowly) with my (trusty) "Easy Cutter". It is the same cutter that I used to make the 'petite maison'....I did buy what was supposed to be a 'new & improved' "Easy Cutter" but I quickly returned to my old one.
This house is as deep as the 'petite mason' but not as wide or as high. I wanted the same depth so that I can have a rear room etc (dimension), but I didn't want the ceilings to be as high, so the over-all height is (obviously) lower. I am very happy with the over-all proportions...it is important to me to get this correct!!
I love working with 'strip-wood'.....I sit for hours with a bundle of different shapes and sizes to make details such as the 'lip' around the top of the house (where the roof meets the house) and of course the shop front.....I can't wait to get started on the interior, to make wall panelling, floor tiles etc, etc.....if it can be made out of wood, then that is what I choose!
There were/are so many wonderful building in Paris that gave me inspiration for this house and of course the 'petite maison'....but unlike the 'petite maison' this time I do not want all the fancy detailing and corbels etc.....I choose a 'plainer'  (less elegant?) house.
Okay....there you have it.....enjoy!!! Linda x

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Progress....?



I have made (some) progress...? I have been making shutters.....10 pair in total. I have not finished them as yet, as I have run-out of 'detailing' and must wait for a 'wood' order to arrive. But I couldn't resist putting the shutters in place to see what it (might) look like when finished. Mmmm.....so far so good????
The exterior is still just the 'raw' craft-wood (MDF). I still have to design and make a chimney, make roof tiles, and sand many (many) little (wooden) cobble stones for the front foot-path. I have a few ideas as to what colours I might paint the exterior....but at present I continue to concentrate on finishing all the work (detailing) before I worry about that too much....but my fingers are itching to get involved with the interior.......!!!
I hope you enjoy seeing what progress I have made so far, it might be more frustrating for you watching the slow progress of this project than it it for me.....because the days I am not working on my house I am playing with little Hudson who is now 9 months old and a total delight!!!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Doorway in Paris....



I love these doors.....I love everything about them!! They are not perfect, infact they are far from perfect. I found this door way on a reasonably busy street in Paris last year....I remember waiting patiently for a break in the 'foot traffic' so I could take these photos (& more).
Sadly here in Australia most people would not be happy until these doors were given a thick coat of 'full gloss' paint.....but for me, they are perfect as they are.

Miniature News: Work slowly progressing on 'sous le figure'.  I am (still) making shutters, 10 pair in total!!! I hope to have a 'progress photo' for you soon??!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

St. Valentine's Day....








It is said, that the only way to say "I love you" is with a 'rose'........personally I am not so sure?! I think a trip to Paris says it far better than any rose possibly could!! NOT that I am getting another trip to Paris (well, at least not yet?)....but these are some lovely roses that I photographed just last year while I WAS in Paris. I hope you have a lovely Valentine's Day......I know this post is a little early, (but better that than being late???). Enjoy x

Monday, February 3, 2014

I choose this one....!




As we walk around Paris, we amuse ourselves with which apartment we would like to buy and where we would best like to live......"amuse" is the key word in this sentence!!!! We spotted sun filled balcony apartments on cold winter days and thought that yes, sun is a 'must have' in Paris in Winter.....we also liked pretty apartments near a favourite restaurant and thought this would be fun....then we saw a wonderful apartments overlooking a spectacular park and thought that too would be a must (especially when grandchildren come to visit!!)......but my list of requirements vanished when I saw this gorgeous little (not so little) house. Yes....that will do nicely....thank you!

...isn't it fun to let your imagination run wild....lol!!!