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French By Design: i ♡ weekend


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French By Design: i ♡ weekend.

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Miss Mischief



Unlike Barnaby Pickles Miss Miel Miaow is not camera shy, far from it she will always oblige and give you a stare for the camera.

Having hunted for her for ages the other day i found her sound asleep in an Ikea bag on top of lots of boxes in our kitchen. She’s obviously a thrifty cat choosing to sleep in an Ikea bag there were lots to choose from, Sainsbury’s, Intermarche, Eleclerc etc


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A village celebration

On the 4th January 2014 we were invited to attend the official celebrations for the completion of the renovations of the school and Marie offices and village hall.

Anyone who lives or has visited France in winter will know that small villages are ghost towns, you can go  days without seeing another human being. So it was to my surprise to see so many people at this celebration, where did they all come from? Did they come out of hibernation or were they from other villages? whatever the case it was lovely to see so many people attending the celebrations.

Our outgoing Marie Claude Barthez was in all his finery and had invited officials from all the covering bodies, we were even blessed with a visit from our senator.

The day had begun as damp grey day but at 11am precisiley  the clouds broke and the sun shone for the next few hours, I’m sure Claude had specially ordered the sunshine.



After the official cutting of the ribbon we were all ushered around the school buildings to see the handy work of the builders, and wow they had done a great job, what amazing facilities for a junior school, the very latest technology and computers for every child. The village junior school is shared between two villages Fayssac and Cestayrols, The infants is in Cestayrols.

Then after our nosey around it was off to the village hall for the speeches and oh how the speeches went on and on and on and on, luckily being in France there was plenty of wine on tap and lovely nibbles prepared by the wives of the councillors.

We met some lovely people during our nosey around the school and learned lots about the village, there used to be two cafes and bakery and a grocery store, only one cafe exists our amazing Au Cafe Joubert the other one which was opposite is now a house as is the grocery store and the bakery.

Whilst looking around the Marie buildings we saw some old photos of Fayssac and our official coat of arms


which i must say has all the important things on it like grape vines and more grape vines… perfect.

Here is a fab black and white photo of the village, not sure what year it is, just in front of the church is where the school now is and the second  large building just behind the church is our house.


This is our main street 90 years ago, just left of the car is where Au Cafe Joubert is. Its obviously summer as there are people about.


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Another stunning day

After a grey damp start to the week we have been granted a stunning sunny day, with the temperature shooting up to 19 degrees.

So pickle and I headed out for a long walk, i needed a break from the wallpaper striping, which has until now been easy but it seems the paper on the walls of the downstairs bathroom have been glued on with superglue so its a painfully slow process.

Anyway back to the sunshine, arghhhh its so nice to feel the warmth of sun on your skin, its a tonic.

Every time we get a sunny warm day i keep forgetting its still winter and want to plant things , but i must resist as a cold blast will kill everything, hey ho ill just have to enjoy the sun instead.



View of our village in the distance from the other side of the valley, if you look closely you may spot the pickle.

The muddy field is beginning to show signs of greenery, which means spring is on its way, hopefully.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

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