eating al fresco in the autumn – a timelapse video just for you

by Sharon Santoni

dahlias in autumn tablescape

This week we are blessed  with lovely autumn sunshine, crisp leaves just tinged with red, orchards full of apple trees bowing low with the weight of the heavy fruit.

My brocante tour was a busy and fun week and my guests have returned home with their treasures to cherish and I hope many happy memories of Normandy.

dahlias in autumn tablescape

Late September to early October is generally the last chance in the year to eat outside;  we are making the most of it!   Quick lunches solo, or longer lunches with friends like yesterday when Stacey of Stacey Snacks   came for the day with her husband Henry.   My friendship with Stacey is a  happy result of blogging, and this is not her first visit here.  She is in Paris for a week, and her instagram account reads like a connoisseur guide to fine dining.

So now I have the tour behind me, and enjoyed my ‘day off’ with Stacey yesterday, it is back to business here … and for you today a quick table scape coming together to music, I hope you enjoy.


theycallmemommy September 30, 2015 - 5:01 pm

This is just lovely! 🙂 My children were dancing to the music! 🙂

Lynn Groves October 1, 2015 - 5:18 am

Just gorgeous…I can almost feel the crisp air!

Colleen Taylor September 30, 2015 - 5:24 pm

Beautiful & charming video & so enjoyed. I can’t wait for our summer to go away because then our gorgeous weather begins. Funny how seasons bring out the worst & the best in people & nature.

franki September 30, 2015 - 5:59 pm

Amour!! franki

May September 30, 2015 - 6:31 pm

Thank you for the adorable video! Your table looks delicious.

Lynn September 30, 2015 - 6:33 pm

Just lovely! I watched the video while eating my (beautiful) lunch at my desk, but imagined I was there.

bonnie poppe September 30, 2015 - 6:40 pm

The time lapse video! What a treat, as I’m sure the lunch was.

Vicky from Athens September 30, 2015 - 7:02 pm

Sharon – Thanks so much for inviting me to lunch! How lovely!

Sandra Sallin September 30, 2015 - 7:05 pm

How utterly charming. A beautiful setting for a beautiful day. Thank you.

joann September 30, 2015 - 7:13 pm

That is so lovely!! Charming and delightful in every way!!

Lise-Lotte September 30, 2015 - 7:23 pm

That was really fun! And inspiring as always!

Marian from UK September 30, 2015 - 7:37 pm

Sharon that was lovely! I just love this beautiful Autumn weather and we too are making the most of it outside, but for us it’s working in the garden as we have been creating a new one from scratch. A cottage garden for an old cottage I hope. It’s coming along and today I moved a Stewartia (do you know them?) – wonderful small tree or shrub – small leaves, Gorgeous white flowers with yellow centres in summer followed by stunning red orange and yellow leaves in autumn. I’m hoping that next summer and autumn we will finally be able to sit down and see flowers instead of soil! Then, I will endeavour to prepare a pretty lunch table as you have done! Thank you.

Sheil in SF September 30, 2015 - 7:44 pm

Beautiful table. Would love to enjoy a meal with you there. Any plans for a Provence tour in 2016?

Jan miller September 30, 2015 - 7:47 pm

Hi Sharon,
I too was in Normandy this weekend,my sister has just bought a beautiful House near Alençon and we ate outside too,i am back home now ( near Perpignan) and it’s pouring with rain !!!!
I love your blog your brocante etc.and would love to come and see you next time I’m up your way.
Keep up the good work.

Keith September 30, 2015 - 7:57 pm

That salad looks absolutely delicious, and so appealing.I never realised one could eat dahlias, and other flowers! Is it nicer than a Salad Niçoise?

une blague! La décoration de table est fantastique . . . . .

Wilson Isabelle September 30, 2015 - 9:18 pm

Superbes vidéos! Cela met l’eau à la bouche! Je vais aller cuisiner maintenant. Merci et à bientôt.


MaryD September 30, 2015 - 10:17 pm

Sharon, the video was lovely, will watch it over and over again.

Our French Oasis September 30, 2015 - 11:06 pm

What a fabulously fun video and a stunning table, thoroughly enjoyed watching that, thank you:)

Pandy October 1, 2015 - 12:58 am

Lovely, just lovely! ; )

Dianne Sawyer October 1, 2015 - 1:06 am

That was a fun little respite since I’m simmering in 100 degree heat in Southern California. I’m not at all familiar with the singer Charles Trenet so I looked him up and listened to his upbeat rendition of La Mer.

Marilyn October 1, 2015 - 2:13 am

Thanks for the inspirational video. It makes me want to run outside and play with a table scape.

Elvie October 1, 2015 - 2:49 am

Hi Sharon loved the music video,so happy and exciting,makes you feel like dancing.Thanks again for all your emails .Really look forward to them.Elvie

Mary/Indiana October 1, 2015 - 4:51 am

Thank you for the cute little video complete with
a little French song! Loved it all! Made my day!

Sue Malizia October 1, 2015 - 5:19 am

Love the video and tunes!!! =)

Sue Fogarty October 1, 2015 - 11:47 am

Thank you for that little happy interlude. Love your floral seat cushions.

Dianne Sawyer October 2, 2015 - 12:36 am

Has his side note to your beocante tour, has a great blog called Paris Fleamarkets and Thrift Stores that your readers may be interested in. I hope you don’t mind that I tucked him into your blog.

Dianne Sawyer October 2, 2015 - 1:17 am

Let me try this again: as a sidenote to your brocante tour, has a great blog called Paris Flea Markets and Thrift Stores that your readers may be interested in. It also has a link to a blog about Antiquing Outside of Paris.

Christine October 2, 2015 - 2:16 am

Lovely tablescape and video!

Heather in Arles October 2, 2015 - 12:21 pm

Impossible to watch the video without smiling…impossible!

Marty October 2, 2015 - 8:43 pm

That was lovely. Would so much love to see pictures of the inside of your French Country Home as you did with your girlfriend’s homes and you guest cottage.

stacey snacks October 5, 2015 - 9:35 pm

WE were the lucky ones!
The beautiful weather and your company was the highlight of our trip!



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