images from a sunday in Normandy .. and a modest loot shoot

by Sharon Santoni
 Well yesterday I saw the sun rise and I saw it set and the hours in between just flew by!
First fair of the season, modest but still enjoyable , a cold cold start, but I came home with a few nice things to make me happy.
Would love to show you the chippy stools I nearly bought, and the black desk I hankered after but left behind … but when the weather is that cold I’m afraid the camera is left in the bottom of my basket.  Next week I’ll do better, promise!
Here are a few of the things I found; including a beautiful sheet, some ticking, a yellow jug then a roll of yellow ribbon just for fun …. a quirky painting that I love and some – more! – oval ironstone plates (don’t know why I like these so much!)  some pretty volumes of Victor Hugo, including les Mis!
First horse jumping competition of the season too, and we went along to support some friends taking part.  So many memories of the years when my girls competed, how many Sundays were spent this way … grooming, warming up, holding my breath as one jump followed another, un-plaiting manes, and returning home weary but happy.

 There seemed to be as many dogs as horses at the show, and that sort of added to the charm – I really should have taken Ghetto and Gibson too.  An afternoon outside, with horses all around, and the added interest of a competition – good country fun!

All of that under a bright crisp sky, with birds singing loudly to encourage the arrival of the spring that we so long to see.
Hope you had a peaceful weekend too.
 Thank you to the lovely readers who sent me some
very special emails this weekend, answers are on their way.
If you are interested in anything from the loot shoot just drop me a mail.[blank]


Deborah March 4, 2013 - 10:49 am

What a mistily entrancing day – with loot!

Pam March 4, 2013 - 11:00 am

we are headed to normandy this weekend en route to ireland! loving those books!

Barbara Lilian March 4, 2013 - 11:03 am

Isn't it nice to get back into a (sort of) routine, doing the things you love to do, even if it means being up at the crack of dawn to search for bargains at the brocante sale. Lovely misty photos.

Angie Burrett March 4, 2013 - 11:09 am

I love Normandy, and your blog is always so much fun to read. It is always great when you find treasures like books plates etc. – they have gone to a good home! love the misty pictures too – thanks for sharing.

thefarmfiles March 4, 2013 - 3:19 pm

I love the story you tell with your photos. Looks like a great (and beautiful) day!


Katherine March 4, 2013 - 3:28 pm

I can hear your happiness in the words you write. Thanks for sharing your day and the happiness with us.

Julie March 4, 2013 - 4:12 pm

I love the painting! And the books. I am such a fan of old books.

The enchanted home March 4, 2013 - 4:38 pm

Can we trade places for one day? I will take your horses, brocante and dogs and you get my searches for the parking mall, going to Costco with hordes of other people and traffic jams!
Say its a deal and I will be on the next flight out of here:)

Sarah March 4, 2013 - 7:02 pm

Your life in Normandy makes me a tad envious. Living in France was once a dream, but visits have had to suffice. So it's a treat to tag along with you via this blog. Thanks for sharing.

Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon March 4, 2013 - 7:20 pm

It was 86° F at my house. It was hotter on the asphalt parking lot at the market where the battery went dead on my car alarm fob. If you have need of how to disarm a car alarm, I am your girl. Other than that all it's all good.

Lovely peaceful scene – if I could paint the first photo would be the my project. Also made me miss our Tennessee Walkers.

Lorrie March 4, 2013 - 9:11 pm

Synchronicity is happening in my world. I saw Les Miserables (the new musical) back in December, but this weekend I dreamed I was on the set and Victor Hugo himself was the director and talked to me, things I can still remember. Then I see these old editions of Les Mis on your blog. I'm being haunted by VH.

French Heart March 4, 2013 - 9:48 pm

Love the books. We also had the riding lessons, weekends at the 'barn' and competitions in our past. Fun and great training for children. As a result, someone gave me a foal in the blood lines of Northern Dancer!

Love the photos of mystical Normandy.

PURA VIDA March 4, 2013 - 9:57 pm

I am just crazy for those linens. I've been having slow internet issues and look forward to catching up what I've been missing in your world!

zanetastyle March 5, 2013 - 3:24 am

Tina is funny and not the only one who wants a trade((:
I have a pile of snow to top that what Tona offered and so please tell me when and I come!
Hugs z

Farmlife Citylife March 5, 2013 - 4:26 am

I spent Saturday afternoon in Sydney wandering through my favourite french Antique store. Would love to visit the brocantes in Normandy one day soon.

PamLuvsPink March 5, 2013 - 7:05 am

Hi Sharon!!!!!

WOW!!! What a weekend!!! You need the week to recover the excitement of it all!!

I love the treasures you found. Love, love, love the white sheet. So elegant!! The yellow jug is a great find. The 1st picture of the horse was so beautiful. I love horses and specially the ones that have those characteristics of having the white with the tan coat. If I can recall they are called a Palomino. Beautiful.

Thank you so much for the beautiful pictures and taking us to the fair with you!! The morning pictures are breath taking. Just beautiful!!


noreen March 5, 2013 - 10:23 am

what beautiful pictures, love the misty ones. The linens are georgeous. We had a scorcher yesterday of 35 degrees, so at this time of the year, we look forward to the cooler autumn weather

peggy braswell March 5, 2013 - 6:13 pm

What a wonderful weekend + all your loot. Beautiful

Karen (Back Road Journal) March 7, 2013 - 2:34 pm

I enjoyed seeing your little treasures from the first fair of the season. It sounds like a lovely way to spend the day.

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