Monday, 22 October 2012

A Village in France


As a lot of you know I spent two months in
France this year visiting my daughter and
three beautiful granddaughters!


Almost every day I had a walk 
through their picturesque village.


I was accompanied by baby Jessie in her pram
and Roxy their old Jack Russell!


Their Village is only two hours from Paris
and many of the houses have been
bought up by Parisians
as a country retreat.


They come up most weekends.
Those with children are more inclined
to become involved in village life.


As you can see most houses
are very well protected
by high walls and solid gates.
Everyone is security conscious.


Gardening is a passion with the French,
I'm amazed at the number of magazines
one can buy on the subject....
but that is another story!


I do hope you've enjoyed our stroll
through my family's village -
it has become quite familiar to me
over the years.
People now call out 'Bonjour'
as I pass their gate -
not a soul speaks english
and my French is still limited, sadly
even after all these years -
I must try harder for next time!!

Today I'm linking this post to
two Mary's
(thank you both for hosting your lovely parties)

Mosaic Monday at Little Red House
Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage

Please have a look at both blogs
for some wonderful inspiration!

WELCOME
to all my new followers
thank you for joining my blog!

Take care everyone and
be kind to one another
hugs and love
Shane ♥ 

Rosa Souvenir de la Malmaison
introduced in 1843 by Béluze of France


33 comments:

Ann at eightacresofeden said...

What a lovely village your family lives in Shane. I love to see that even the walls are high there are climbing roses and I can only imagine what some of those gardens behind those walls must be like. I grew up in an English city surrounded by concrete and high walls at the back of the terraced houses. Though we had no grass just a concrete yard, my mother filled it with containers and tubs of bright flowering plants. She did the same at the front of the house in the tiny frontage we had. It certainly brightened up the street and the days of passers by.
My daughter is heading your way very soon - she leaves for NZ on Wednesday with 2 of her friends. We have had some sweltering days. It reached 40c on the weekend on the day I had a market. I just about melted under my gazebo.The cooler weather in NZ will be a shock to her system but she is very excited about going to the places where she grew up and seeing family and friends.
So lovely to see your pictures - thank you for sharing.

Betty said...

Hello,
I came to visit and learn more about France. Your photos of the village homes is amazing. Thank you for sharing your family.
xo
Betty @ My Cozy Corner

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi Shane, What a wonderful place to live. Your daughter is very lucky. This kind of architecture always talks to me and I love the beautiful roses climbing up on so many walls. I'm dreaming of such surroundings.
Thank you for sharing the lovely pictures!
Hugs,
Julia

viola said...

It's really wonderful live in such a beautiful country!
Thanks for images that you have shown
Good week

podso said...

Shane, thanks for your visit to my blog. I love your mosaic here and all the photos of such a beautiful village that your daughter lives in. What a treasure. And yes, I too would take lots of walks.

Linda said...

What a pretty village! The surrounding countryside you can see in the last photo looks beautiful too.

Junibears said...

Thank you for sharing those beautiful photos Shane. It looks so different to the village where my son has his apartment in SW France. It's such a big country. (compared to little old UK!!) LOL!
Higs xx

Susan said...

It looks like a beautiful place to visit! Thank you for sharing your pictures!

It's me said...

I love France.....beautiful post darling...i wish is had family in France.....love love love Ria...xxx..

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Thank you for taking us on your lovely trip! I adore France. Ready for a trip back across the pond. How lovely to spend time with those you love surrounded by beauty. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Boogieboard. Wishing you a beautiful week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Dagmar said...

Hello Shane,
it must make you happy to have those wonderful memories of your two months in France..what a lovely village it looks like....I am sure you miss your little grand daughters all the time..do you Skype with them?

Come say hi as I am having a giveaway❤

Life Images by Jill said...

we spent 2 wonderful weeks in France in 2005. I would love to go back, and stay in a village. You really must cherish having the time with your daughter and grand-daughter. Time to learn more French I think! Thank you for sharing with us. Have a wonderful week. I am linking up to you through Mosaic Monday.

A Garden of Threads said...

A beautiful village. My French is limited to what I learned in High School. Take care and have a great day.

Rosewalk Cottage said...

Thank you so much for the beautiful tour of the village and thank you for sharing. I am your newest follower.
~Clara

Elizabethd said...

The villages in France can be so different. What a pretty place your daughter lives in, prettier than many of the Breton villages I think.
You must feel very much at home now!

Rustic Vintage Country said...

Thank you for the stroll through such a lovely place x

Linda said...

Oh how could I not be enamored by the beauty of this village. I just adore seeing homes like these with their garden splendor. I too took lots of pics of homes and flowers while in France. Aaaah, to live in France. Thank you for taking me to your daughter's hometown.

Tammy Partin Spangler said...

Oh, to be able to take a stroll though a French village! It's absolutely beautiful! Thanks for the visit and to answer your question....when I put up my post I include the party links that I plan on joining. Then once the party starts, I stop by their blog and link up. I wish there was a way to automatically link up! This way just saves a little time!

Dorthe said...

Dear Shane,
that was wonderful photoes of the village ,holding your beloved family.
It looks so beautiful,cosy and most charmant ! Lovely with the climping roses, and old houses.
Thankyou for the tour through their little city.
Hugs,Dorthe

Happyone said...

Oh yes, I did enjoy your walk through the lovely village. : ) I wouldn't mind a walk there myself.
I'd love to walk by all the beautiful gardens.

Radka said...

Lovely memories, thank you for sharing :-)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You made some wonderful memories! And it's so nice to have lots of photos of a trip like this! Beautiful!

Lorrie Orr said...

I can just imagine the delight of walking through this French village with your sweet granddaughters. Such a picturesque place.

Wishing you a wonderful week (I'm late getting to all the mosaic monday posts)

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Beautiful village in France, very charming, very lovely~

Rhonda said...

Sweet Shane, how blessed you are to have French life for a solid 2 months with your precious family.

Your images are so sweet and now I long for France even more.

You could share this every day of the week and I'd be happy. :)

Pamela said...

What a beautiful village Shane and how lovely to walk through it with your sweet grandaughters and their old puppy.
Travelling is far more about experiences rather than sights and I bet you can't wait to visit again.
Thank you for posting such glorious pictures. xx

Margaret said...

Gorgeous stroll thank you, oh so pretty!
Off to check out your links Mx

suziqu's thread works said...

Oh Shane how very fortunate you are to be able to visit France and be with your daughter and grandchildren for two whole months and stroll the neighbourhood taking in all this very old beauty.
Those climbing roses over that home are absolutely stunning and it is something we don't see here!
No wonder it was so hard to come back home!
Sending love and hugs,
Suzy

Marilyn said...

I just love the little villages in France. How I wish I could spend more time there. In the meantime I will enjoy your stories and photos. Just lovely!

Jeanne said...

Beautiful and lovely sweet friend.
Much love and many blessings

Steph said...

Such beautiful landscape!!

BadPenny said...

What a very beautiful village. I hope the second homers from Paris join in with village life !
Thank you for visiting me - lovely to have you there !

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Shane,

Love the beautiful village your daughter lives in and must have been so wonderful staying with the family.
The stroll every day must have been great looking at all the lovely houses and gardens.
We couldn't get over how friendly everyone was, with their Bonjour, every time you walked into the Post office or shops.

Hugs
Carolyn

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