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One of the places we visited on our recent trip to the south of France was the Renoir Museum.

The musuem is housed in the Renoir family home in Cagnes-sur-Mer, there is a reconstruction of Renoir’s studio where the painter spent the last years of his life and it holds many personal possessions, paintings and sculptures.

The house is a neo-Provençal building designed by the architect Jules Febvre in 1907 and is set in an olive grove and where the painter lived until his death in 1919. In 1960, the house became a municipal museum featuring the family’s furniture and fourteen original paintings and thirty sculptures by Renoir. The grounds contain beautiful old olive trees, orange and lemon trees and a rose garden and there is a wonderful view of the Haut-de-Cagnes, a very pretty French hilltop village.

I’m now just going to let the photos do the talking!

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Paims Musee Renoir Collage

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art Collage

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renoir paintings Collage

These were my two favourite paintings, I loved the apples, the light in the room in which this painting was hanging was amazing and the colours just stood out, I would really love to have this hanging on one of my walls!

The other painting looking out towards the Haut-de-Cagnes is a very beautiful painting too, I love the fact that I actually stood in the exact spot that Renoir stood to paint it. The two old olive trees are still there, they must be very old as the painting was painted 100 years ago and they were quite mature trees then.

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As I’m never going to own either of these masterpieces I treated myself to postcards of them.

It was a wonderful day out, the house was amazing, what a fantastic place to live surrounded by an olive grove with that brilliant Riviera light!

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Hi everyone, I thought it was time I popped in here after my holiday. I do have some holiday pics to share with you but I really haven’t had time to sort through them yet, life is a little busy at the moment. We had a wonderful time in the beautiful Riviera sunshine and I have a couple of places that we visited that I definitely want to record on my blog, so soon!!

In the meantime, as today is the beginning of October, I took a little walk around the garden with my camera. The garden does need a little attention and I need to get my springtime bulbs planted but it is still looking quite summery out there.

You would be forgiven for thinking the above photo was actually taken on the shores of the Mediterranean looking at the bright blue sky but no it was definitely taken in my garden this afternoon.

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According to the Green Rabbit calender we have now moved into autumn but apart from a few fallen leaves it really did feel like it was still summer outside today…..but that’s ok with me! ;)

Back soon with some tales from France!

Chrysie Collage

My ‘September Girls’ have all been inspired by the flowers and fruit of this month.

Chrysie takes her colours from the beautiful colours of chrysanthemums.

Perry Collage

Perry has been inspired by the abundance of pears at this time of year.

Aster Collage

Aster’s colours have been taken from the pretty Michaelmas Daisies or asters which are in bloom during September.

Bramley Collage

I couldn’t let the month of September go by without an apple girl, with the lovely apple name of Bramley.

Rosie Collage

And lastly this is Rosie, the last rose of summer!

All the September girls will be listed in my Etsy shop today (18th Sept) at 10.00pm (BST).

My bunny listings are a little earlier than usual this month as we are off on a weeks holiday at the weekend.

‘See’ you all back here soon but in the meantime you can keep up with me on Instagram.

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The European Heritage Open Days were held here this weekend, it’s a time when all over Europe historical and famous buildings throw their doors open to the public.

We always like to pick somewhere we haven’t been before and this year we chose to visit the beautiful Florence Court, near Enniskillen in County Fermanagh.

Florence Court was the 18th century home of the Earls of Enniskillen.

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We started off our visit with a picnic in the grounds in the brilliant sunshine, the weather was very kind to us, big cheer for Indian Summers.

We then took a tour of the house.

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Now as is almost always the case with all these magnificent buildings there was no photography allowed inside the house except in the room that the tour started in.

So you’re just going to have to take my word for it that it was indeed magnificent.

There were many treasures from a trunk that belonged to William III to a chair that the Earl sat on in Westminster Abbey at the coronation of Elizabeth II. So many interesting artifacts and beautiful furniture.

I really loved the ‘downstairs’ it was so very Downton Abbey, the kitchen where the food was prepared, the rooms where the servants ate and where they filled hot water jars and oil lamps for ‘upstairs’, all fascinating.

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After the tour of the house we went back out into the sunshine to enjoy the grounds and gardens.

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Now at first sight this tree doesn’t look very significant. It’s an Irish yew tree which is a different species to the English Yew, this particular yew is the mother plant of every other Irish yew tree in existence throughout the world today. It dates back to between 1740 and 1760.

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I’m not sure how much of this plaque you can read but it explains the history of the tree.

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I was so jealous of their pumpkins, considering the fact that mine never got beyond the flower stage!!

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It was a lovely day out, Florence Court is definitely worth a visit.

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I love sunflowers, they are my very favourite flowers.

Unfortunately I haven’t had great success with them this summer thanks to those pesky slugs! The first lot of seedlings were eaten by them and the second lot didn’t fare that much better but I did manage to save some plants. In the past I have grown them to eleven feet tall, not this year sadly.

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I have been supplementing my lack of home grown ones with some shop bought ones to brighten up my home.

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I’ve also made a little Sunflower bunny and I’m keeping her all to myself because after 135 bunnies, I thought it was time I had one of my own and as it was my birthday yesterday I decided she would be my present to myself! :)

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September already!!!

It really is hard to believe, there is a lot of talk of autumn though……not yet please!!! Of course according to the Green Rabbit calender September is still a summer month and thankfully it does seem like it here today, it is a lovely day but then it always is on the day all the children go back to school.

There still is plenty of colour in the garden despite the cold wind and rain of August and long may that last.

If I’m honest I was glad to see the back of August apart from the poor weather, it wasn’t kind to us at all, so hello September, you can be a very lovely month, let’s hope so!

Saffi Collage

Garland Collage

Heather Collage

Clover Collage

Cerise Collage

August Collage

Scottie Collage

The August Girls will be listed in my Etsy shop tomorrow (Thursday 28th August).

Saffi, Garland & Heather will be listed at 10.00am (BST) and Clover, Cerise, August & Scottie will be listed at 10.00pm (BST).

You can find out more about my bunnies here and you can see close-up’s of this months girls here. You can also read my Etsy shop policies regarding shipping etc. here.

Right I’m off to bake a chocolate cake for a certain Hb’s birthday which just happens to be today!!! :)

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