Had a wonderful afternoon last Friday wandering round the Frieze Art Fair with a friend. Personally my favourite was the ring of “Dancers in the Park”. I did not have time to see the whole of the exhibits but here are a few that caught my eye.

My favourite

Very minimalist

One way to store your jewellery and kitchen stuff

A novel idea for your make-up and creams in the bathroom

My friend and I both felt like sitting down for a make-over

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Only time for a very quick post this Friday as I have been on Granny duty for the last few days looking after my one year old grandson so have not had a moment to myself let alone time to blog. Still I had a free day today and managed to go to the Freize Art Show with a friend (which I will post about with pictures on Monday). In a rush to find something suitable to wear I discovered this scarf in the back of my wardrobe. I have had it for years and can’t remember where I got it from. I tend to keep are my scarves and I am certainly glad this one did not end up at the charity shop as I think it looks a bit like the one on sale at Net a Porter.

Picture taken by my friend Caroline (she should be a Professional!)
Yves Saint Laurent scarf

Tish Jett of http://afemmeduncertainage.blogspot.com/ is running a great series on women of a certain age. Do pop over to her blog it is well worth a look. Let us all support the cause of mature women becoming more visible.

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It is not often that I get to stay in such a magnificent French chateau. We recently had the honour of being invited to celebrate the 60th birthday of a very long standing friend. In fact someone I had known since my late teens. I have several very close friends from this time in my life that I still keep in close contact with. Even though our lives have taken very different paths, both geographical and in lifestyle, there is nothing to replace those long term friendships. Anyway back to a week-end of fun and celebration. What I found interesting was the very different approaches to sartorial elegance between the British guests and their French neighbours. The Brits tended to be more eccentric and colourful whilst the French women of a certain age were dressed classically and elegantly mostly in black.

 

 

 

 

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It is lovely to be back in the village and to be surrounded by all the wonderful flowers. It is very hot here at the moment and the heat seems to bounce off the walls of the white houses. The vibrant colour of the bougainvillea growing up the side of our friends house adds the most beautiful accent colour. It has been especially good this year. Colour being the theme of the day. Our chic as always neighbour Lydie looks ravishing in her bright turquoise linen dress.

Lydie at Babette’s boutique

Lydie’s adored cat Moonmoon
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We try to vary the way we travel from our home in London to our flat in Grimaud, sometimes we fly, sometimes we take the train (my personal favourite) and sometimes we drive (my husbands favourite). This time it was his turn to choose so we drove down, all 800 miles which takes about 11 to 12 hours. Our friends manage to do the journey in one day but for me this is just too much so I insist on a nights stop over, normally somewhere between Dijon and Lyon, the wonderful wine growing area of Burgundy. Always a good excuse to sample a few glasses! We usually stay in hotels but this time I decided to be more adventurous and try out a “Chambres d’hotes”, or B and B’s as they are known in the UK where they are popular as traditional holiday accomodation.
For those historians who want to check out The History of the origin of B and B’s.  A very useful guide book 

French Bed and Breakfast led us to the discovery of Le Crot Foulot run by the super efficient and extremely welcoming Annie and Jan. As you can see from the pictures below the original “winemaker’s domain” has been lovingly restored about 6 years ago when Annie and Jan decided to sell their prize winning restaurant in Brussels and come to live in the beautiful countryside in the heart of Burgundy with all it’s culture and tradition. We were treated to the most delicious three course evening meal accompanied by some of the best Burgundian wines.
If you are ever visiting that area of France I would highly recommended you spend a night or two at Annie and Jan’s wonderfully calm and restoring “Chambres d’hotes” 

The bedroom we stayed in. I love the original way the architect has added the bathroom. Very good use of space

 
 

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