(Cheryl is the hostess for the VCCA in Auvillar, France)
We were able to spend New Years Eve and New Years Day together.
Usually we have them stay here but the guest room is currently out of commission due to dust and mayhem with the renovations on the lower level so they stayed in a nearby hotel.
Cheryl who is a talented artist, has a keen eye for colour and a heart of gold.
(her paintings from France are here.)
They never come empty handed...
John and Mr. HB enjoy their scotch and red wines
Cheryl and I prefer bubbly and chocolates.
John is a talented photographer and we were delighted to view some of the images that he took of their life and travels abroad. I think that he would do well to publish these in a book format, they are some of the most beautiful and evocative images I have seen anywhere.
Look at what they brought us.
The colours in this tea towel are so cheerful
It goes so well with the chartreuse Le Creuset
Osso Bucco is simmering within
Cheryl saw the horse drawn wagon pull into Auvillar
and set up shop
she hastened to see what was being sold.
The locals were mumbling and shaking their heads
the "gypsies" have arrived!
Look what they were selling...
the family grows and harvests lavender
and presses it into oil
then travel village to village in a horse drawn caravan
setting up on market days and selling their wares
I hope you can read all these wonderful tips on what the oil can be used for...
I like to sprinkle some on my pillow for a sleep aid
it is so conducive to slumber
if I wake in the night I breathe deeply and am lulled back to sleep.
Sleep is so precious
and I need at least 8 hours or I am force to be reckoned with!
a hand bound note book
they picked this up on one of their trips to Rome
I've yet to put pen to paper
I am considering using this for a gratitude journal.
It's so beautiful
that it should be kept for special thoughts...
I am certainly blessed with wonderful friends
thank you John and Cheryl.
Hugs to you both in love and gratitude.
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