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Weekly Photo Challenge Habit Seize the Day Every Day

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge this week is “HABIT”

Well this is a photo montage made by me, of the habitual daily tasks of waking up and going to bed and a little bit of positivism – yes “seize the Day”!

And of course – Repeat…Repeat…Repeat…Repeat…

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Weekly Photo Challenge Green Autumn Color and Texture Tarn South West France

How Green – How Green this walk has been! Such a lot of green moss on the trees – I have no idea why – OK, the time of year is November, in the depths of Autumn here in South West France, but not particularly wet. In fact when we went on this local walk, we had bright blue skies and a temperature of 19 degrees.

OK, I know the photo challenge is green, but I couldn’t resist adding a little red – just as important during this autumn time – and so complimentary to the color green!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign – Post Cards and Maps

old postcards & maps

“Don’t Forget to Send me a Post Card”……. without fail, I would always ask my friends when off to foreign lands, to pop a card in the post to me – the more weird the better.

Well, that was in the good old days of the 1970’s and 1980’s. Now we have the internet and Facebook and digital cameras and nobody feels the need to bother with postcards anymore.

Never the less, I still have my pile of postcards packed into the top drawer of the dresser, and when I saw the WordPress Daily Post Photo Challenge this week was ‘Foreign’, I thought I would pull them out and see what my friends and I where up to on our travels before the digital age!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth Tomatoes in SW France

home grown tomatoes
Why can’t I grow tomatoes like this!

Now you won’t find tomatoes like these in the supermarket! My neighbor Maurice, a spritely 82-year-old,  grew these in his vegetable garden across the road from our house deep in the heart of the countryside here in South West France.

One of the advantages of living in South West France with hot sunny summers, and having a very generous neighbor with ‘green fingers’ and many years experience of living off the land.

As you see, they are not perfect tomatoes – they are irregular shapes, have patches of green amongst the bright orange and reds, little imperfections here and there.

But who cares – they taste absolutely delicious!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple

Whenever I see the new weekly photo challenge theme from the daily post, it always takes me a couple of days to reflect. This week the theme is Purple. I love color, if I have  a special project on the go, I start dreaming in the stuff!

PURPLE – yes – what have we here lying on the studio worktop:

So here is a sneak peak of work in progress for some new Wedding Table Numbers I am working on for next spring. As you can see, purple is one of the dominant colors I am using,  along with deep cerise pink and black. Such deep, rich colors. I just love working with them!

Well, still along way to go on these new designs. As soon as they are all finished and ship shape – I will let you see them in all their glory!

My 2012 Wedding Framed Table Numbers are in our Etsy shop if you want to see them.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside – The Old Suitcase

I love the flea markets that are in our region of South West France during the summer months. I found this battered old suitcase at one of them the other week. What a surprise  when I opened it up and found inside……..

All these books!

old French books

I just couldn’t resist – especially as the price was only 5 euros. OK, it was very heavy, but I hauled it back to the car, put it in the boot, and carried on looking around the rest of the Flea Market (‘brocante’ in French).

Can you see the maps in the background? I bought them at the same market – what a good mornings work!

And what was inside the books?

What a surprise! When I was delving into these old French paperback books, what did I find?

letter postcard envelope in old books

Bookmarks

Bookmarks for most of us usually end up being the nearest piece of paper we can find at the time. And so it has been for most readers for many a year. I found a lovely little collection of impromptu bookmarks in my suitcase of battered books:

I. An old postcard from ‘Le Havre’, France

2. An old envelope from Paris in 1927

3. And a love letter!

More of these at a later date. Oh the romance of old paper ephemera!