the damp loot shoot

by Sharon Santoni

It is hard to convey just how damp it is in Normandy right now!  We seem to have had incessant rain for days or even weeks,  ….  I wanted to take some pictures of the pretty creeper covering so many houses in the valley at the moment, but conditions are not ideal so that will come later in the week

Anyway back to the loot.  Needless to say the fairs are tricky in this weather, and once I get home and dry myself off, I don’t feel wildly enthusiastic about setting up a loot shoot somewhere in the garden, so today I shall simply show you shots of stuff I found today, and during the week on a foray into deepest normandy.
…. I found a few more monogrammed teacloths, ….yes I know ….
 I have loads already but these are quite lovely, with their red AS
 the sweetest glove box, lined in and out in a pretty 19th century cotton

a really charming and feminine chandelier, and these excellent tin plaques with MA written on

and the most wonderful hat box, from Paris, but a store speciallising in hats for American and English clients – !!

some lovely tiny Sarreguemines coffee cups and a few more bits ….
I’m hoping to update my store very very soon, so all of this stuff will be available for sale
thank you for your patience 🙂
 and finally, Quick is out regularly despite the rain and is strengthening that leg,
thank you for the emails asking after his convalescence.


Terra October 21, 2012 - 4:54 pm

Each of your photos conveys a mood of beauty and peace; perhaps the damp contributes to this. Damp is not fun to experience but creates a romantic atmosphere.

Kristie Franklin October 21, 2012 - 5:58 pm

Even though it is raining the photos of the creepers on your photo is beautiful. I love all of your finds. The cloth covered box, tea towels (which you can never have enough of) and the tin plaques are my favorites. Thanks again for sharing your travels of France with us everyday. 🙂

Our French Inspired Home October 21, 2012 - 6:43 pm

I'd take Normandy even with the rain any day. Like the tin plaques but wish they had my initials! Still some great items as always. – Tonya

Wild Oak Designs October 21, 2012 - 6:44 pm

I absolutely love reading your blog and looking at all your pictures!
I think everything you brought home is wonderful, but my fav is the collection of linens you are able to get!
I have a great soft spot for linens (as anyone can see from my store on etsy), but yours are simply sublime.
Quick is beautiful, and though I must have missed what happened to the leg, I know that rehab is long and has to be careful….
What beautiful countryside you have.
thank you for daily sharing your life with all of us!

hopflower October 21, 2012 - 7:04 pm

I love most everything on here. The cups are charming, and of course, I love the tea towels.

Stacey Snacks October 21, 2012 - 7:07 pm

Nice to see Quick is out and about (and hopefully without prozac!).

I love the M.A. plaques, so beautiful, I love anyone's monogram.

Today's Treasure by Jen October 21, 2012 - 8:16 pm

Beautiful shot of Quick. Envious of your weather, still too warm here for fall. I am looking forward to those great menagere crocks being listed in your store… love them!

Vicki October 21, 2012 - 9:15 pm

You have the most incredible finds. The chandelier is wonderful. Each thing you bought is so unique. Your loot was worth getting out in the rain. I agree with a previous commenter about the peace invoked from your always-terrific photos. I can sense the quiet, muted world. Living in the midst of drought, we in the U.S. Pacific Southwest are parched, and both plantlife and wildlife suffer. We had a noticeable absence of rabbits in the hillsides this spring and summer, no raccoons, few opossums. There's just no water to sustain them. I see the ocean every day and wish somehow it could translate to fresh water for the dead, dry land. I love the way rain softens your beautiful, Normandy world.

Mouse October 21, 2012 - 11:03 pm

Ah the rain. In Brittany I swear it rained from all angles, including upwards at times. And when that west wind blew and argued with my gate…

Amelia October 22, 2012 - 12:04 am

Sharon, even in the rain you've managed to haul home some wonderful loot. I like the chandelier and the old hat box. Thanks for the update on Quick. Happy to see a picture of Quick out exercising his leg. You've been a trooper about getting him well and back on his feet. Hope the rain will let up and the sun comes out in your neck of the woods.

Corrine October 22, 2012 - 1:01 am

When it is raining so much we all bemoan the wet, yes? Then when it doesn't rain, we fret about the dryness. No matter what the weather, however, you do very well on your searches. I cannot believe what amazing items you find. I collect antique linens and those embroidered tea towels are fabulous. Thank you for sharing your adventures with us!

Susan October 22, 2012 - 3:07 am

Love the monogrammed tea towels – I love any kind of vintage linen!

I would love some dampness around here – we're almost into November, and temperatures are still in the 80s here in Texas.

Nice loot haul!

Magnolia Verandah October 22, 2012 - 8:54 am

Love those tea towels too and the china. Shame about the drizzle.

gigih hb October 22, 2012 - 12:48 pm

certainly glad ya if was there, I lived in Indonesia, wanted to go abroad. just a cobbled street. Greetings yes

sheepyhollow October 22, 2012 - 2:04 pm

Hooray for dear Quick!!!

peggy braswell October 22, 2012 - 4:27 pm

Beautiful photos+ we need some rain!


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