Sunday, June 2, 2013

Chateau d'If - Monte Christo's jail

On a sunny and not too cold day, Amandine took me to a trip in the Frioul islands near Marseille.
The nearest and smallest one is that of Chateau d'If, where Monte Christo was imprisoned.

The jail as the boat prepares to land.
seen from the next island.

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Monday, May 20, 2013

The final clue


Yes, I was in Lisbon, Portugal.
Amandine and I spent 4 wonderful days there, taking it easy in the city and outside in Sintra.
The town is beautiful and the people are very, very nice and friendly.
Lots of eye candies to enjoy.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Guessed where I went to?

A few more hints

Monday, May 13, 2013

Want to see more?

Another style, still at the same place...

Friday, May 10, 2013

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Let's pretend

it is spring...

(The gorgeous tree at the background belongs to my neighbour)
and get ready for the heat (taken from the last Burda issue)
in truth, I'm wearing two polar fleece right now... sigh...

But I'm sure the week is going to be warm and beautiful

Take all care!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013


This is a pattern by Emily Ross, that you can find here.
I first saw it at Bouclé+ Café in Berlin, a yarn shop hold by Gabriele Reimann, from whom I purchased the yarn. I do love this yarn, perfect for this pattern.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Happy Easter to All

May the Easter Bunny visit you, bringing a galore of chocolate eggs!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Tree in PJ's - about the artist

The artist behing the trees is Yayoi Kusama.
You can learn more about her here.


Friday, February 8, 2013

Harikuyo - Festival of the dead needles

Do you remember the Harikuyo needles book I made last year?

It was an idea by Susan from Play With Needles.
Today is the Harikuyo festival, and Susan had the great idea to invite us to take part.
Go to her blog to see how needles are honored by her students.

I'm lazy compared to the ladies who have already posted. I've just kept mine in the last sheet of my book...

To learn more about the festival, see this post by Susan.

I'm going to grab a cup, jump on my sofa, and visit those other ladies's blog, they sure have eyes candies...

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Port Saint Louis du Rhône

Thankyou for your comments on my itty bitty teeny calendar :-)

The present post is a ghost post:
I've spent the week end in Port Saint Louis du Rhône. Gorgeous name for a little town, isn't it.
It is at the very bottom of the Camargue, meaning it has a worth the trip wild life. But it is also an industrial site, close to Marseille, with a lot of chemical and oil industry, still more or less alive (They are closing one after the other). To go there, you have to drive through a flat land, that is both ugly (on one side) and gorgeous (on the other side of the road).
This weekend was one with a wind warning. I often complain about the wind blowing in La Fare, but it is nothing compared to the wind in that part of Camargue. Difficult to stand, difficult to walk, and don't even consider smoking a cigarette... Besides, I was there to attend conferences, and was busy all the time I spent there. However, as we went for lunch, I took a few pictures.
This is how a small town in Camargue looks like on a windy Saturday, around noon...

The most interesting feature is the heart-shaped cross, that is the symbol of Camargue, and that Christian Lacroix often used in his haute-couture dresses and jewels. Oh, I forgot, we had "daube de taureau" (bull + red wine casserole). I could kill for some :-)

I wish you a safe week. Take care.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

In the mail this week: this itty bitty tiny calendar my sister made for me. Isn't it lovely?I love it!
And those are beetroot scones, from a recipe by Clea with hazelnuts, goat cheese, gouda and beetroot.
To go with a salad (for me with a vegetables soup tonight).
Clea created the recipe for Hello Fresh. Although I don't think it is available where I live, I like the concept: They deliver a basket of fresh food (meat, fish, vegetables) that are available at this time of year, to your place, for the amount of guests you want, together with some unusual recipes to try. Thus providing all you need to cook a healthy meal under 30 mn.

That'll be it for this weekend.
Have all a good week and take care!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The reason of the trees in PJ's

I knew you would want to know more about those trees.
They got dressed by mid January. They stand in Aix en Provence's main street, and I go there quite often.
I discovered them on a Friday night, I thought I was dreaming, a bit like Alice in Wonderland, when I saw all those trees in polka dots. And they made me smile. By the way, they are wrapped into strips of knit fabrics.

Their reason is MP2013 
Marseille Provence, European Capital of Culture for 2013

You can see the details if you click the link above.

Although I was tempted to go, I did not attend the opening night, too many people, too complicated to drive there, too busy with other stuff, and my personal kitchen grand opening on the same weekend.
I heard it was a big success, and that the people enjoyed it.
It will last a whole year, not only in Marseille, but also in Aix en Provence, in Arles, etc, with many exhibitions, on the streets or in museums. I intend to catch up next month, and share pictures with you.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

For Estelle

Estelle, I know you want to see them, so yesterday morning, I went on your behalf.

They were still sleepy, they did not want to wake up. 
Even the cars went slowly past them, to avoid disturbing them.
Who ? .
The trees in JP's of course. 
This one stands guard.
while his brothers make themselves comfortable along the street.
They have a blast all day long, being at their best at night, when hundreds of birds gather to perch on them, and discuss the adventures of the day. Believe me, it is quite a noise! 
Then, they go silent one by one, and prepare for another night under the stars. 
Look, they are waving you good night.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

While the elves were working

I was knitting another pattern by Ysolda Teague

PS: Beforeyou ask, I spent the morning cooking.This week's offering:
Bitter sour chicken

bread and a quiche
and custard