cherries, new cushions and that dog

by Sharon Santoni

cherry clafoutis on a tea table

After a busy busy week, it is nice to slow down this weekend, and enjoy the beautiful June sunshine.  A friend came round for tea, and I was pleased to put out the new cushions I made during the week, and sit with her in the garden.  The cherries are wonderful this year, so I made my favourite  cherry clafoutis and we ate some while it was still warm.

fox terrier on cushions

Ghetto doesn’t really get the whole ‘new cushion’ thing.  Or if he does, he simply assumes they were made for him, and that any one else needs his permission to sit down.

dog on sofa in the garden

I didn’t argue with him, he’s had a big week too: posing for pictures; being filmed; barking at the postman; fetching the ball for guests in the cottage ….. being a fox terrier is  a full time job.

table and chairs in the garden

I hope that you are enjoying your weekend, and taking some time out too.

Thank you for reading me, you are the best.

fox terrier ghetto asleep on cushion


Cheryl Sharp June 13, 2015 - 7:26 pm

Thank you for being my touch of France!

Sandra June 13, 2015 - 8:06 pm

Perfectly said!

Delaine June 13, 2015 - 8:00 pm

Love this post and love that dog! Have a great weekend!

Sandra June 13, 2015 - 8:05 pm

Love the photos and I do love Ghetto. He is such a personality. I especially love the photo of him on the sofa and the white roses in bloom in the back. Beautiful! Beautiful! Also especially love the yellow/gold toile pillow – so pretty.

Now to some exciting news! You may remember I was the winner of your poppy seeds. Well, I planted them on a cold misty morning in March. My husband decided to help me with a bit of weeding in the place that I planted them and was leaving this spot alone until I could determine the poppy plants. Good news – I have one strong, healthy plant! I will keep you posted and I also held back a bit of seed, so I may try and seed some more this fall.

Thank you for your wonderful work, photos and as Cheryl Sharp so perfectly said, “being my touch of France.”

Sharon Santoni June 13, 2015 - 9:20 pm

Hi Sandra

I’m so glad to hear that you have at least one plant from the seeds! Be sure to keep the seeds from its flowers and soon you will have a poppy jungle!


Deborah Miles June 13, 2015 - 8:07 pm

This Texas girl loves all that you post. Love your dog! You have another right?

Sharon Santoni June 13, 2015 - 9:21 pm

That’s right Deborah, Gibson was off entertaining our guests 🙂

Vicky from Athens June 13, 2015 - 8:09 pm

I’m with Cheryl . . . thanks for being my touch of France, too! I was just looking at your cherry clafoutis recipe earlier today and thinking that I needed to get some cherries and make one. Now I will for sure. Looks soooo good!

Teje Ellis June 13, 2015 - 8:15 pm

Lovely photos as always. Your posts brighten my days, and remind me what the true pleasures of life are. Thank you!

Jeanne McKay Hartmann June 13, 2015 - 8:16 pm

I’m quite jealous of Ghetto. Although, yes, being a fox terrier certainly is tough work… I bet he was wondering why you didn’t serve him up a slice of dessert, Sharon. Hope you are having a lovely weekend, too! XOXO

Nancy June 13, 2015 - 8:27 pm

Sharon, I get such a thrill out of seeing your photos and reading your news. Your aesthetic and mine are in agreement as I love all you show. Thank you for fulfilling some of my desire for things beautiful and French! Keep up your good work.

Colleen Taylor June 13, 2015 - 8:35 pm

What a bright spot in my day you are Sharon! I love this post & I’m so impressed with the sewing of your cushions. That cherry clafoutis recipe & photos have made me indeed quite hungry now. Ghetto is charming as always. X

Susan Gabriel June 13, 2015 - 8:44 pm

Salut Sharon,
There is a certain elegance in being out of doors, yet being pillow-comfortable. I could smell the roses and the clafoutis and felt a slight breeze grazing my check. Escapism is always appreciated on the weekends. Merci !
Susan Gabriel, Gabriel Papers

Carolyn Marshall June 13, 2015 - 8:45 pm

What’s not to love about absolutely everything in your beautiful photo Shoot! The new cushions are the icing on the cake and, of course, there’s “that dog”….Mr. Celebrity! Thank you for the treat.

Gail June 13, 2015 - 8:50 pm

What variety are the white roses? I’d love to create a rose arbor here outside of Philadelphia.

Sharon Santoni June 13, 2015 - 9:23 pm

Hi Gail

The white roses in the background are Iceberg, It was planted last year to replace another that had died. I’d say it’s happy here 🙂


Paula June 13, 2015 - 9:04 pm

I always love reading you!!! I look so forward to it!!!

Agnes Baboo June 13, 2015 - 9:05 pm

Hello Sharon,

It’s such a bucolic little corner that seems timeless and encourage to meditate…

danae sparrow June 13, 2015 - 9:14 pm

The cushions and pillows are beautiful and that cherry clafoutis must be magnificent (Alain Ducasse no less)–thank you for sharing Ducasse’s recipe. Yummy. The fox terrier is absolutely adorable. What an afternoon in the sun!

Schwartz Nicole June 13, 2015 - 9:23 pm

The same for me: “thank you for being my touch of France”!
Native de France mais vivant actuellement en Suisse, je suis et j’aime votre blog.
Tellement bien fait et de très belle photos. Cela donne envie de passer vous voir et de profiter de votre B&B. Merci pour ces belles photos de votre maison. Je me réjouis à chaque fois de découvrir autre Chose.

Maria Luiza June 13, 2015 - 9:50 pm

Yours post and all the charming comments are especially delightful today, spreading good feelings and sensations.
Thank you and your readers – and dear impossible Ghetto, of course – for this lovely moment.
Hope you all have a wonderful week!

Sandra June 13, 2015 - 10:13 pm

Thank you and you also have a lovely weekend!

suzanna June 13, 2015 - 10:36 pm

Beautiful as always Sharon! LOve your fabric on the pillows you made….and the colors and face of Ghetto, so pretty and cute! Devine to sit on your garden….your roses are over the top….heaven to my eyes! xoxo

Naomi June 13, 2015 - 10:54 pm

Your cushions are soooo beautiful. Apologies if I missed an earlier post, but where did you buy them?
I showed your first photo to my teenage daughter and I said I don’t know which I love more, the cushions or the pie. She said that she loved the flowers the most. We agreed that its wonderful how your photos are so full of beautiful things. X

our French Oasis June 13, 2015 - 11:03 pm

I love Ghetto, he is so cool and of course you made the cushions just for him! have a lovely weekend 🙂

CÉLINE CHOLLET June 13, 2015 - 11:04 pm

Les coussins sont magnifiques Sharon ! J’aime beaucoup le jaune, c’est une toile de Jouy ancienne ? Le clafoutis à l’air délicieux…
Bonne fin de week-end !

Denise June 13, 2015 - 11:20 pm

Sharon, Love the cushions but I am especially happy to see Ghetto. Love him he’s very special. It is great to see him again.

Janet Pucillo June 13, 2015 - 11:22 pm

Are the dessert plates antique? What is the pattern? I love them!

suzana borlovan June 13, 2015 - 11:43 pm

Ghetto is doing what he loves best and what a great human you are to allow him that pleasure, and I’m sure he thanks you for his new cushions. x

Penny June 13, 2015 - 11:52 pm

my favorite kind of posting! that adorable Ghetto!
xx, p

Kathy June 14, 2015 - 12:30 am

You have wonderful posts!

Diana June 14, 2015 - 12:45 am

No Sharon , it’s YOU who are the best! So talented in so many ways. It all looks simply delicious and Ghetto is in doggie heaven! How lucky is he?!

StitchinSweetSue June 14, 2015 - 1:20 am

been thinkin’ about you sharon, and here you are:) i’d nearly swoon to share a piece of cherry yumminess with you:) wishing you a peaceful weekend…

Bronwyn June 14, 2015 - 1:46 am

This is my first read and comment and I am so glad that I found you. I have been a Francophile for ever and after my recent holiday in Japan we met 2 lovely French women who are Rugby and Tennis fans who have invited us over to stay with them. I intend to sew some cushions today and order the Susan Loomis Cook Book but unfortunately I cannot make the Cherry Clafoutis until December as it is winter here in Sydney, everyone enjoy your clafoutis I will be thinking of you.

Mary S June 14, 2015 - 2:28 am

I read your posts every day and love them all. But when you post pictures of Ghetto and Winston it’s a BONUS. I love those two! Winston is so regal and patient and Ghetto is just a goofy adorable little fellow. Please keep including them in your pictures. I love French antiques, and fabrics, and desserts…. but I LOVE those two pups more! 🙂 Thanks!!

Esther George June 14, 2015 - 2:37 am

Hi Sharon, absolutely dreamy … Love your cushions and the rose looks beautiful, Ghetto well he looks very regal amongst all that beauty. Thank you for sharing beauty and insperation as always. Have a lovely week. Till next time regards Esther from Sydney.

carol Transou June 14, 2015 - 3:27 am

The white roses are wonderful. And, I believe you are using some of the blue china that you just bought…..for serving the clafouti. Am I right?

Everyone notices your dog Ghetto —–while I like the name – I am curious as to how you decided to name your dog that particular word.

Carol Transou at

Elvie June 14, 2015 - 4:54 am

Ghetto is so cute ,we have a beautiful collie Jed is his name and spoilt to bits like yours are .love the cushions.Thank you for your emails and all the wonderful things you do.Have a loverly day Elvie

Rosemary Green June 14, 2015 - 6:39 am

Love your page, love your blog, love your dog!!! ♥♥♥

sylvia faye June 14, 2015 - 8:29 am

The setting sooooooo inviting…

Can smell the white roses…white makes me think of Blessed Mother. What is the name of the rose?

The plates look like the ones you recently purchased.

The dessert mouth watering and hopefully the tea was hot…….

Love your posts of homey wife and mothering to family and animals.

With a grateful heart,
Sylvia Faye

Susan (une femme) June 14, 2015 - 8:42 am

Sharon, he is SO cute!! It was delightful meeting you, and I hope we’re able to do so again soon.

Jill Cannon June 14, 2015 - 9:43 am

Dear Sharon,
Your way of living, beautifully captured in your photos, inspires me to slow down and take a long deep breathe….usually followed by a sigh!
I adore your new cushions. Did you use vintage fabric or can you share the brand/name of the fabric or where to purchase please?
Enjoy June. Thank you,

Janis June 14, 2015 - 2:12 pm

Love your posts, and I want to visit your guest cottage!!! It’s wonderful to see your area of France in such a lovely way!!!

Donna June 14, 2015 - 2:16 pm

Thank you for sharing your life with us. It’s a thrill to receive your posts! They’ve inspired me to visit Paris, and discover more of France. The NYTimes suggests a vacation destination today…Franche-Compte, and described it as a well kept secret! Are you familiar with this place?

Karine June 14, 2015 - 2:18 pm

Bonjour sharon,
Un vrai plaisir de vous lire à chaque fois, mais cette fois je sorts de mon silence et vous féliminé pour ces merveilleux coussins. Quelle est l origine de ce beau tissu qui va à merveille avec la toile à matelas ? Le chien est charmant ! A bientôt

Marcy feit June 14, 2015 - 3:04 pm

I love your site. I feel I have a friend in France,

Karena June 14, 2015 - 3:46 pm

Oh, no, Sharon you are the best! I love the new cushions and the cherry clafoutis looks so delicious!!

The Arts by Karena

Kim June 14, 2015 - 7:47 pm

Oh, the life of a dog. Love all those cushions!

Gayle Green June 14, 2015 - 10:20 pm

Love the cushions, the color combination is so elegant, and yet so French country quaint. Of course Ghetto is his handsome self and his fur colors blends in perfectly. I’m sure this isn’t an accident on your part. I adore your sense of design and amazing energy. Reading your blog daily is my perfect time of the day. Thanks for sharing.

Kerry June 15, 2015 - 1:37 am

Love that fabric…I’m in the process of making new cushions for my garden chairs as well. Yes, a dogs life is a full one isn’t it?! He does pose a great photo.

elliot June 15, 2015 - 2:22 am

You are so talented!! Your dog is cute…..
No loot shoot today?


Mary/Indiana June 15, 2015 - 2:31 am

Cute Pillows! Good job!

Pene June 15, 2015 - 7:07 am

Dear Sharon

I have just seen this post as I unexpectedly landed up in hospital for a couple of days, but lovely to get back to “normal” – be at home and see my garden and your lovely post.
I love making cherry clafoutis too although yours looks a bit nicer than mine – possibly more cherries for a start – I will certainly add more next time, but I too am in Australia (Brisbane) so it will be a while – although sometimes I do use frozen ones if desperate – one reason why not as good as the real thing!
As always I love the photos of Ghetto – especially these where he is demonstrating how exhausted he is from all his activities! And he manages to look quite clean on your beautiful cushions! – or did you just wash him?
Many thanks indeed

Jessica Conick June 15, 2015 - 6:48 pm

Love your new cushions and I need to try your cherry clafoutis recipe!

Rosalind June 16, 2015 - 5:41 pm

Well he’s just gorgeous – and your cushions are too! I have so much material stored up, taking space – linen clothes now out of fashion and even fabric collected by my mother who died in 1991. You have inspired me to get out my sewing machine – thankyou!

Sally June 19, 2015 - 8:04 pm

You just have to love terriors, always curious and busy. Ghetto is precious and sooo cute.

Olivia November 19, 2015 - 8:21 am

I love dog so much. I want to know some information about with them. Can you tell me any information? Thanks for sharing, I hope you will share. What is your name’s dog?


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