Meanwhile over the weekend its true to say we've had our fair share of rain, I went to bed with the sounds of gutters dripping and I've woken up to the most dismal day. However there is a wonderful saying which always makes me smile 'there is no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing' and how very true this is so it was a weekend of braving the elements and doing something different once I had made my early Saturday morning visit to the market. A visit to the thrift shop/trocante/brocante/second-hand/pre-loved, the latter being my favourite description is always a satisfying way to keep yourself occupied. There is always something I would love to buy and renovate, in my next life I am going to come back as someone who renovates furniture rather than impossibly large houses. As I approached there was a line of people cowering under their umbrella's with a large notice 50% off, a tempting marketing ploy if ever there was. Incidentally I'm doing a promotion at the moment if you stay at No.11 after your first night it's 50% off for your following nights if booked direct up until Christmas.
I headed (as is customary) straight for the fabrics which is laughable for some-one who has difficulty threading a needle and quickly whipped four double richly coloured tassel's under my arm and then scuttled off to scan my eye's over the china. There it was the cute blue and white tea set I had to have and a piece of ornate wood, I refuse to use the word 'hoarder' collector of pre-loved items waiting to be transformed back to their former glory is much more apt.
As I was about to depart I couldn't help but notice a large book with pages and pages of enticing colours, every shade imaginable, a kaleidoscope of visual pleasure swimming before my eye's. Turns out it's the Ressource paint range, France's answer to Farrow & Ball I guess, but then I saw the tester pots, virtually impossible to obtain in France in every colour you could imagine. I was highly restrained and only bought two.
My idea of a heavenly Saturday afternoon on a rainy weekend in Carcassonne.