the lazy loot shoot

by Sharon Santoni

My spring tour came to a close on Thursday and I have been enjoying a quiet weekend with family and friends.   The first of May is a bank holiday and there were fairs to be found, but I took it easy.  In fact the only fair I hit this weekend was in our village, where I foolishly attempted to shop with Gibson and Ghetto … what can I say?  It was a mess!

These mutts are great at country walks and charging around the forest but when it comes to walking in a straight line and on the lead they score 0 out of 10.  I took my camera with me to the fair, thinking I might get a nice shot of them in front of a pile of brocante treasure … ha!  in my dreams, I was lucky to get out of the place in one piece!

I spent my time apologising to other dog owners and various shoppers, and just managed to buy these few pieces before heading home, promising the hairy hounds that they were never, but really never coming to a fair again.

In the meantime, here are the few pieces I found.  I simply love the pair of paintings on soft canvas.  Pure 1930’s charm.


I think the copper kettle is grand, and the copper chaffing dish delightful and the verdigris metal platter is divine.


I hope you have enjoyed the first weekend of May, and that the sun shone for you.

Oh yes, and please don’t tell me that Ghetto needs a haircut … we know,  it is booked for this week!


Sandra Lambiotte May 4, 2014 - 7:29 pm

I think Ghetto is absolutely precious and I think he feels as though he is extremely handsome just the way he is – without a hair cut. He has such expression in his face. I bet his little mind is always in motion. Actually he probably wasn’t impressed with the fair. He was probably thinking of other things he would rather be doing.

Your treasures from the fair are wonderful. I especially love the copper kettle and the little white stool.

Thanks so much for sharing. Do enjoy your beautiful part of the world while spring has her dressed in her very best.


Colleen Taylor May 4, 2014 - 8:14 pm

I love the loot that you did find. In my eyes from afar, Ghetto can do no wrong. Easy for me to talk huh! Hope you are relaxing & enjoying it all.

Katherine Leighty May 4, 2014 - 8:40 pm

Which is why our springer(she is the very definition of springer), Bebe stayed home safe in her kennel today! You hauled home some good loot…adore the tray and the paintings are grand…Martelli looks familiar might try looking that up! Have a lovely weekend and rest!

Katherine Leighty May 4, 2014 - 8:44 pm Reply
Heather in Arles May 4, 2014 - 8:46 pm

There is no way, NO way that I could have bought even one thing with my Kipling in attendance (Ben, the “good boy” would have charmed everyone but that is another story), so I give you mucho credit for buying as much – and as wonderfully – as you did!

Kim May 4, 2014 - 10:13 pm

Ghetto is cute no matter what. My Bailey needs to be groomed, too.

Denise May 5, 2014 - 1:13 am

Oh no Sharon, That little dog will those precious curls and black button nose. What could he do wrong, yes he looks mischievous but I still think he’s the best.
the loot love it. what a great way to start the morning.
Give him a treat for me.

Sandy May 5, 2014 - 3:17 am

I really think Ghetto looks like he has a smirk on his face. I’m sure he is thinking of all the trouble he can cause! He is just too cute!

Esther George May 5, 2014 - 3:46 am

Hi Sharon, love the loot, but right now I only have eyes for Ghetto so cute… I like guys with slightly long hair. So he is going for a haircut all I can say is, may the force be with you! Thank you for sharing, till next time Regards Esther from Sydney.

Helena Botha May 5, 2014 - 7:00 am

Copper is making its come back and paired with the softest of pink … just beautiful.

Christl May 5, 2014 - 8:09 am

I really love Ghetto like now. He’s perfect. And your findings are great.

Mil besitos, Christl

Delaine May 5, 2014 - 12:01 pm

Hi Sharon!

Any day seeing your great brocante finds and your precious dogs is considered a great day! Hope you are doing well!

Marian from UK May 5, 2014 - 12:08 pm

What a lovely start to May! Lovely weather here in Wiltshire too so have been able to do some gardening at last. Wish I could have gone to a fair like you, with or without a mischievous Ghetto (we have a similar charmer in the family called Bentley!). The finds are great, I have just been given a similar copper kettle by a friend and they are beautiful. Your photos too are very evocative and full of inspiration. Thank you for sharing them. Have a good week.

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Jeanne McKay Hartmann May 5, 2014 - 1:51 pm

Happy May, Sharon. So now we know that Gibson and Ghetto’s talents do not include sniffing out loot at the brocante. Oh well, at least they are cute. Have a wonderful week!
PS: I am taking my family fox terrier, Lila, to get a cut on Wednesday – she and Ghetto would have a marvelous time getting into trouble together I think! XOXO

Mary in Oregon May 5, 2014 - 6:02 pm

I was going to say that I would take that stuffed copy of Ghetto (1st photo) standing on the chair! What a RIOT!

Mary in OR

Peggy Braswell May 5, 2014 - 6:36 pm

Ghetto is adorable + almost as cute as Barkley (said a proud parent) love the things ya,ll got.

Emm May 5, 2014 - 7:07 pm

Nice loot! especially the dear little footstool. Ghetto seems to be considering how soon he can escape his modeling duties and get down and dirty.

Caterina B May 6, 2014 - 11:08 pm

I think Ghetto is adorable. I have two Westie terriers and like them shaggy. They do get haircuts every 3 months, though.
My experience is that any kind of terrier is stubborn, stubborn!

Julia May 7, 2014 - 8:55 am

Dear Sharon, I think Ghetto looks adorable – all shaggy and huggable and he poses so well amongst all the gorgeous treasures you managed to find before no doubt being dragged away at the end of the lead by your four legged brocante followers which in this case sounded like they were the leaders….May sounds like a devine time of the year around your village – and I do enjoy your garden pictures as it comes to life for the summer!!…Always a pleasure to read your blog…

JudyMac May 11, 2014 - 3:56 pm

Hope you don’t mind that I have used a picture of Ghetto (where he’s looking to the side) as a screensaver. Even though I’m more of a cat person, I think he is just a divine looking dog, and hope he has the personality to match.

April March 29, 2015 - 10:52 pm

I bought a copper kettle identical to that one last year in Brighton for 32 pounds. It was my “thing” from England. Every time I look at it or use it, to me it is the embodiment of my trip to England. I have been trying to think of what I should be on the look out for this year during our trip to France. I cook most things from scratch for our family and spend a lot of time in the kitchen. In Tuscany I bought some olive wood utensils and cutting board. So what do you think would be the “thing” from France? I would love one of those blue and white soup tureens, but not sure about the logistics of getting it home, or how expensive it would be to buy the real thing. I love that my kettle and olive wood utensils are things that I use and are part of my daily life. They are daily reminders of wonderful trips. Is there something you would recommend besides a tureen? Or tips on how to get it home? Best place to buy? I’m a minimalist packer, so it would likely be my carry on item packed in a box on the plane home. I have started at the beginning of your blog and have read this far backwards. I love it. I love French cottage style (working on it in my home and gardens), love flowers, gardening, all of it.


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