Thursday, 31 July 2014


Tomorrow is the start of August and the antiques trade take some time off. The shop is staying open until the last week in August, but the website is there 24 hours a day………..the joys of modern technology!

It seems that lurchers are the 'in' dog in or business and we are now exception. There are two in the shop and the youngest and latest arrival Lucy is also going on holiday down to our house in the South-east of France.

She has been in holiday mood for some time and her favourite toy is her yellow ball.

Just hung in the window is a Japonese early Edo screen circa 1650. The scene,  deer by moonlight, is from the Tale of Genji known as the ‘first’ novel. Written in the 11th century by Murasaki Shikibu, a lady-in-waiting of the Japanese court.
japanese screens
Meanwhile with thoughts of the holidays in mind this is where the three of us head off to………
Dog walks in the morning, buying food in the local markets and maybe a little bit of antiquing, 
A lazy lunch with friends by the pool, and long dinners under the wisteria pergola …….
but in-between  it is books and a cold drink by the pool. 
And, when we aren't there the house is for rent and  autumn is one of the best times, the intense heat becomes easier the tourists are gone and the vines are being harvested and the weather is glorious.

My colleague France Lasserre will be at the fair in Issigeac in the Dordogne this week end with her signature died blue linens and small decorative antiques Sat 4th and Sun 5th Aug

There will be more about antiques, lurchers and France soon, you can see more about the house in Provence here

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