Friday, 19 September 2014

Mincher Garden - Good Fences

We have several gardens where I live
considered to be gardens of
national significance.

Mincher is one such garden.
I visited in Spring about three years ago.
These photos are just to whet your appetite
Mincher has much to offer the
enthusiastic gardener!

I'm joining Theresa for her Thursday meme

Thank you to everyone who visited and left
your sweet comments on my previous post for the
Around the Word Blog Hop!

Merci à bientôt
be kind to one another!


Monday, 15 September 2014

Mosaic Monday and Around the World Blog Hop

Photos taken on our trips to France over the years.

I have been invited by my friend Barbara of

to take part in this

"Around the World Blog Hop".

Barbara and I became friends earlier in the year through 
another blog party.
I was delighted to see a blogger from France taking part!
It's no secret I am enamoured with all things french -
one could even think it was fate 
that brought Barbara and I together!

Barbara's blog is about everything I enjoy and then some.
She gardens, is a very talented artist
and has a beautiful gîte for rent on her property!

If you are planning a trip to France contact Barbara!

Please pop over to her blog and say hello
she would love to meet you!

Chateau d'Ancy, A village lavoir, A gate bell, Chateau Fontainebleu.

As part of this blog hop I have four questions to answer!

1. How does my writing/creative process work?

Because I've joined several weekly blog parties
my posts relate to the topic or genre of the party.
Every Monday I join Judith of Lavender Cottage
for her party, Mosaic Monday.
I enjoy photography, editing photos and making mosaics.

I also join Donna's "A Personal Photo Challenge"
once a month.
Donna gives us a topic and provides tips and advice
on helping us to meet her challenges.
It's great fun and a good way to learn more
about taking good photos.

Photo taken by me of my granddaughter skipping up the steps at Fontainebleu Chateau - France!

2. Why do I create what I do?

Very simple - mostly for my granddaughters.
I enjoy creating and making things for them
so they have a little piece of me with them in France.

On my side bar there is a photo of a
Nursery Rhymes boardbook I made for my eldest
granddaughter when she was two!
It's been read and played with by three little ones now
so it is getting a little tatty!
I've always enjoyed creating things.

3. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I don't really think of my blog as having a particular genre!
Four years ago I started blogging 
because my daughter was living in France
 this was a way of keeping
in touch with each other.

My posts are usually photo heavy with limited writing.
I'm always aware that we have a small
window of opportunity to grab the reader's interest.
There are so many amazing blogs out there
and we are all like butterflies
flitting from one blog to another to see
what everyone is up to
while we sip our morning cup of tea or coffee!

4. What am I working on now?

I have several projects on the go including
an on-line class of Nellie Wortman.
I'm making a fabric and lace book
about my mother.

I'm also finishing a Miss Maggie Rabbit
a pattern I bought on-line from Posy Gets Cozy.
It's a Christmas present for my youngest granddaughter, 

I have always had an interest in patchwork
and I have joined a class at my local patchwork shop
Patchwork Passion on English Paper Piecing.
I'm making a Brigitte Giblin pattern
of a little hexi bag!

(My cousin made the bag on the left - I'm making the same one)

I'm hoping you're still with me because.......

now it's time to introduce you to 
two other New Zealand bloggers
I would like you to meet!

has been blogging since 2007.
She has a beautiful blog and writes it
from her home on Waiheke Island.
Carolyn's was one of the first blogs I joined
and we both say we will meet up one day!

If you're a teddy bear lover then you are in for a treat
as she makes exquisite bears and this one is called
Miss Emmanuelle Avatar!

My second New Zealand blogger is

Julie lives on a farm and has a large country garden.
She also has a cottage in her garden full of
tempting goodies she has made!
From angels to gollywogs and much, much more...
she has an amazing talent with needle and thread and
this is what I won in her Giveaway a while back.

I also invited my dearest friend Dagmar of  Studio D
to join us - she accepted with great excitement

even though she is due
to leave on a cruise in a couple of weeks.
However, she has since had to decline due to
family circumstances beyond her control.
Please pop over and meet Dagmar
you will love her blog
it's full of colour and joie de vivre!
She is one of the sweetest people I know.

Thank you Barbara for inviting me to take part
and thank you to both Carolyn and Julie
for bravely accepting my invitation!

They will be posting on Monday 22nd September.

I'm sorry you couldn't make it Dagmar
if you would like to join in later
that would be great too!

I'm joining Judith for Mosaic Monday
please pop over and see what everyone's
posting today - we would love you to join us!
If you need help with making mosaics
I'm only too happy to help.

Merci à bientôt
be kind to one another!

♥ Shane 

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Personal Photo Challenge - Motion

September's photo challenge topic set by Donna
is movement.

I took these photos in France in a village during the
Fête de la Musique

it was a very lively performance from the
local marching girls!

To see more photos visit Donna here
if you've got some photos with movement
why don't you join in too!

Thank you Donna for hosting!

Wishing you a happy weekend
thank you for popping in and 
leaving your kind comments.

Take care and
be kind to one another

Merci à bientôt

Shane x


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