They've been living over there about three years now, and I was tremendously impressed at their fluency in French and how hard they have worked to achieve that and their beautiful restored farm complex. On Saturday they took me out to see some of the gorgeous medieval stone villages and towns in the area, each one with its chateau. It really made me want to work more on my dollshouse French gatehouse, which I built a few years ago but have never really finished the inside of (story of my life).
On Sunday Anita and I got the train back up to Paris and went to the SIMP dolls house show. I'd never been before, and felt somewhat intimidated in case I couldn't make myself understood to French dealers (my French is not much better than pigdin) but I shouldn't have worried as there were dealers and customers there from several European countries and lots of people spoke at least a little English. The standard of most of the work was surprisingly high, as were some of the prices, but I did pick up some accessories for my French tower (a wall fountain, some pottery for the kitchen) as well as a tv for my Canadian house, some lovely knitting for my knitting shop, and a kit to make a sales display of embroidery silks for my quilting shop. Afterwards I got the Eurostar back to London and the train back to my house, finally arriving home quite worn out at 9:30 p.m.
So what have I been up to?
I had two dollshouse friends over for a work morning, and I turned this empty shelf, into a filled up office shelf for the sales office area of my quilt shop. The laptop and printer are from Jim's Printables site of free printies, as are some of the office products, the calculator and tape dispenser are metal minis I picked up somewhere and painted, the basket of quilting goodies on the bottom shelf came in a swap, the filing box is from Jim's site, I made the in-tray from coffee stirrers.
And you didn't think I was going to let you get away without another garden picture, did you? The roses I blogged last week continue to expand, to the size of small dinner plates now. That is my husband's large hand in the photo and they have gotten bigger than that since then. I don't remember them ever being this big before, our wet/dry spring must have suited them.