A Sgt. Pepper moment!

On our arrival at the Brocante in Sarlat last Saturday morning the first thing that I noticed was a Sgt. Pepper’s costume and wow it did bring back fond memories of the Beatles brilliant album and the area of “flower power”.

I remember my parents not letting me get a ticket to go to a Beatles concert because they thought that they were a bad influence! So I stood outside the concert hall with hundreds of other fans waiting for the Beatles to come out, I was a few inches for Paul.

It is fifty years since Sgt. Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band was released.
 

Another wonderful memory recalled from seeing this peddle car.

A boy that lived on the same road as my family had a red peddle car for his Birthday that I fell in love with. I was only five or six.
 

This is one of the brilliant things about Brocantes, the memories, whether it is your own memories or other peoples memories. For example; when I look at linen pillow cases that have been embroidered with the initials of the persons name and I wonder who the person was and what history do they have?
 

Wonderful copper pans gleaming in the sun.
 

We found a chair for the veranda and it is so comfy. Unfortunately only one chair so Paul and I are on a “time share”, one hour me, one hour Paul, it works until we find another chair, perhaps at the Daglan Brocante this weekend, 3rd and 4th.
 
 

Mortisha

Before we moved to France we sorted through a lot of items, some that would fit well in the French property and much that would not. Sometimes difficult decisions were made about what to keep and what to dispose of. One of which was the old wrought iron candelabra, I thought no, it should be left behind, Paul wanted to take it for personal reasons. Yes it was and I am so glad that we did.

It was not until I started to renovate the candelabra that I began to remember where it came from so many years ago. It was a gift from my father in law who died seventeen years ago. So while I worked fond memories of him came flooding back. Recalling our first meeting when he welcomed me as ‘Mortisha, from the Adams family. Well I was dressed in a long black dress with hair flowing past my waist and wearing a large black floppy hat. In my defence I was only seventeen at the time and it was in the late 1960’s.

Fond memories Fond memories of a man who is still missed today.
 

Cheers DadI think that he would have loved sitting on the veranda by candle light sipping a drink or two. Cheers Dad.
 

Now that the warmer days are here, flowers are starting to develop and open in our courtyard.
apple blossomMagnificent is the apple blossom on our new tree which looks and smells gorgeous.
 

I just had to take pictures of our babies relaxing in the spring warmth.
relaxing in the shadeCleo on the veranda steps dappled by the sun.
 

This is the life...Angel, or as she has affectionately come to be know Groucho Marks, she was not in a good mood that day.
 
 

Vide-greniers and Brocantes:-

Sarlat 27th May.
Daglan 3rd and 4th June.
Castelnaud-la-Chapelle 13th July.
Saint-Cyprian 26th and 27th August.
La Roque-Gageac 3rd of September.

 
 

Our New Find.

Last Sunday our friend Judith took us to a Brocante near the village of Catus which is about thirty minutes drive from Daglan. Somewhat off the beaten track but my goodness what a find, there is a large building full to the brim with antiques, furniture, books, paintings etc., plus smaller out buildings and every available outdoor space covered with furniture, china, garden ornaments etc.

Judith took Paul and I into the main building first, ‘wow’ does not come close, there is such a lot of furniture, if you were hunting for that ‘something special’ there so much to look through. Paul and I will certainly need to go back and hunt for other pieces.

I told Judith that I was looking for a chair for the spare bedroom so she took us to a room packed with chairs from wall to wall, floor to ceiling, all piled higgledy-piggledy onto each other. A couple caught my eye but the above chair had the edge, luckily it was near the front but still buried under a few other chairs.

After a few contortionist style wiggle moves by Paul the chair was pulled out. It was dirty but in good condition.

This is the ‘before’ picture. Before dusting and extensive cleaning with soapy water and lots of cotton buds. After which Paul rubbed on several coats of scratch cover to hide a few wear marks at the corners. After that had dried and was buffed I returned for the final polishing.
 

Looking good, I love the carving and warmth of old wood .
 

Our new – old chair now sports the latest of my embroidered cushions, depicting two women in conversation standing in a field of fantasy red flowers with yellow stems.

My last embroidered cushion for this year will be completed in a few weeks time. It shows a central piece of trumpet flowers with the greenery, like the above, alongside the central piece and the corners.
 
 

Event:- Sarlat Chocolate Festival, this Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th.
 
 

The last Crusade and the curious iron!

Part one of our trip to La Rogue-Gageac.

 

The Brocante at La Rogue-Gageac was wonderful and it was so large that it extended from the road to the water front, in one direction and from the cafes through to the end of the car park on its South side. Brimming with everything from Dinky cars, antique and not so antique furniture, paintings to linen and lace.

I love looking at the most curious items while searching for the particular pieces that I would like for our home.
 

La Rogue-Gageac Brocante, antique fair, DSCN1764This selection remaindered me of the scene in the film The Last Crusade, when Harrison Ford had to pick which chalice to drink from.
 

La Rogue-Gageac Brocante, antique fair, DSCN1761This desk took Paul and I back to the late 1950’s when we were at school learning while sitting at desks which were similar to the one above. I was lucky though I had fountain pens rather than the ink wells in this desk. You could also buy the class photographs from the 1930’s, 1940’s, plus end of term school reports.
 

La Rogue-Gageac Brocante, antique fair, DSCN1765Believe it or not this stack of cushions are porcelain, they look so real. They were so interesting that I was tempted to ask the price but where would I put them?
 
La Rogue-Gageac Brocante, antique fairTemptation over with, I have always wanted a flat iron as a kind of homage to the women who had to use them, who I have great respect for. This particular one is fascinating due to the fact that it seemed to have belonged to the Gendarmerie which is cast into the iron along with the Gendarme emblem. After we had purchased the iron we were talking to another antique dealer who said that it was unusual and rare!

I do seem to find linen and lace from a long distance away, I know exactly where the various stalls are, (Paul calls it my linen magnet). One stall had displays of manufactured lace and hand made lace. Resistance was very futile, this particular hand made lace is from about the eighteen hundreds and absolutely gorgeous. There are two possibilities for the lace, either on a pillowcase or a white linen top – It is so special that I think it should be the top.
 

Event:- the last Brocante in our area will be held in St-Cyprien on the 24th and 25th September.
 


Tear drop and other vintage vehicles at Castelnaud la Chapelle

First of all a large sorry for anyone who went to Castelnaud over the weekend expecting to see a Brocante and vintage vehicles. Like us you must of been disappointed for the lack of things to buy. We found out too late that the antiques in question were antique adornments and spare parts for vintage cars!

However, we were not disappointed with the vehicles they were truly awesome. One of which was “teardrop” that neither of us had seen before.

The name “teardrop” derives from its tear like shape. The first was built in the 1930’s, by Louis Rogers in Pasadena, California and became very popular in the 1930’s and 1940’s America. They are strong and aerodynamic and designed to provide a simple but very functional purpose. During the Second World War they were built with recycled material and aluminium from army surplus.

The standard cabin size: 1980mm length by 1194 mm width by 1066 height. The back opens up for the kitchen which incorporates a sink, oven, refrigerator and storage space. At the front believe it or not is a double bed! Teardrop is compact and lightweight only 500 kg and is therefore except from tax, always a plus.
So ideal for anyone to tow around the many camp sites in the Perigord.

DSCN1397“How did they get a double bed in here”
 

Vintage and Veteran CarsEverything that you could need, including the kitchen sink
 

DSCN1382Bonnie and Clyde Cars- I just needed a gun and a cigar and I could have replicated the famous Bonnie pose.
 

DSCN1387Paul drove a red MG when we were in our teens. Seeing this car did bring back fond memories of our drives over the Yorkshire Moors.
 

DSCN1388The picnic car – vintage basket on top with champagne of course and another first for us, a one wheel trailer.
 

DSCN1391Does anyone remember Dallas? It just needed a man wearing a Texan hat. This is not a Duesenberg but modern day Zimmer, the designers take their inspiration from the 1920/30s classic
 

DSCN1394There was also vintage farming machinery, this is the only one that I have seen made out of wood with only a hint of metal.
 
 
Events:-
Daglan Art’ Ceou Exposition from the 19th June to the 3rd July  http://www.daglan.fr/artceou2016/

Daglan market every Sunday morning.

Sarlat market every Wednesday and Saturday morning.
 

 

We planned a picnic in the car

Oh if only in one of these!

Last Sunday we thought that it would be a good idea to have a picnic breakfast beside the Dordogne River. However, the weather strongly disagreed with me, it was not raining but it was to cold and blustery. Plan B then, a picnic in the car looked good, then we would go on to St Cyprien for the Sunday market where I buy vegetables and fruit most weekends. But first Maison Carré at Castlenaud for their delicious pain aux raisins and croissants aux amandes which are freshly baked.

Imagine our surprise when we drove into the car park to see in front of us a wonderful display of vintage cars – beautiful.

Breakfast can wait a few minutes!

DSCN1232So elegant I so want this one.

 

Vintage and Veteran carsAnd perhaps these for Paul.

 

DSCN1236As we were taking photographs, more and more cars were arriving.

 

DSCN1237I expected Bonnie and Clyde to jump out at any moment.

 

DSCN1240A picnic in the above car would be wonderful, strawberries and champagne – yes please.

 

Brocante – flea Market

This particular Brocante was just outside Sarlat, it took us ages to find it but when we did it was well worth the effort. I love spending an hour or so looking around the stalls and talking with the stall holders who seem to know the history of every object they are selling.

I seem to have a radar for anything linen and lace, so that pillow cases, table clothes, clothes etc are a magnet to me. However, on this particular visit I was looking for bedroom furniture. Something that needed renovating would be great for me to work on.

Brocante I was unsure if the gentleman in the beret was displeased with me taking his picture, or with his friends playing!

chestI took this picture for our son, who would love this chest.

metal bath I can remember my Great grandmother having a metal bath just like this one; it brings back happy childhood memories of her.

ironThis iron was so heavy I had trouble picking it up. Saying that I do wish that I had bought the iron, it would of looked great beside the fireplace in the lounge or in the kitchen.

Sadly, there were no bedroom furniture for me to buy but on a positive note I will need to visit more Brocanties on our next visit, great.

Event

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