May 2011

Hi everyone, hope your week has got off to a good start, a bank holiday always helps.

This year seems to be a good year for lupins, I couldn’t believe how much mine had grown when I came back from holiday and not just in height but also in the number of blooms on each plant too.

I love all tall flowers, sunflowers, delphiniums, foxgloves and lupins, all beautiful cottage garden plants. All my lupins have been grown from seeds and I think that’s part of the excitement as you never really know what colours you’re going to get until they bloom.

They have been very brave plants this year though as we have quite a lot of high winds these past few weeks and I was out in my garden one morning in my dressing gown in a storm trying to stake them so as not to lose them. Thankfully they held on despite the wind.

Now one of the other lovelies I wanted to show you in this post is this very generous giveaway I was lucky enough to win at Soil blog. Soil is formerly HandmaidLiset but Lisette now has a whole new look with a great shop selling handmade and vintage with a big emphasis on recycling and a new blog too. Thanks Lisette, I love it all!!

I’ve been buying material again too, well you never can have enough can you? I love all these pretty vintage inspired fabrics I picked up from M is for Make. I just need to get a move on and make something with the all yarn and fabric I’ve been buying lately!

Now before I go I just want to say that I have found out that my some photographs are not being displayed properly if my blog is viewed in Firefox. I don’t know why this is I just noticed this yesterday when my son was looking at my blog and I could see that some of the photos were on top of each other and some not there at all but just in recent posts. I always use Internet Explorer to write and publish my blog but when in Firefox it’s not quite the same so if you have been looking at Green Rabbit Designs in Firefox rest assured I have not had too much French wine and just thrown my photographs on any way at all, I have absolutely no idea why it happens or what I can do about it! I don’t like how it looks in Firefox I much prefer the Explorer version.

Well here we are at the end of another month, hard to believe it, let’s hope June is hot and sunny, fingers crossed!!
Have a good week. ๐Ÿ™‚

Well this is my last French holiday post and this one has a mix of all sorts.

The above photo is of some postcards that I bought while on holiday, I just love these old vintage images of the south of France.

During the Cannes Film Festival many of the hotels advertise upcoming films. This hotel was decorated for the new Disney Cars 2 film.

One of the up-market stores in Cannes were displaying their designer clothing on these wooden sewing machines.

Flowers are in abundance, these photos show some of the flora ……….

Then there is the fauna………….

Fish in the harbour at Cannes.

One of the many little lizards which scoot about everywhere but which are extremely difficult to photograph, I got lucky this time!

It’s a hard life being a cat in this heat when you’re trying to make a living by selling your paintings. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I found this wonderful craft store in Nice. It’s called La droguerie. I just couldn’t believe the amount of beautiful things this shop had. They sold their yarn by weight, you just asked for how much you wanted and they wound it off a big cone and weighed it out for you. They had lovely natural fibres in all the colours of the rainbow. They also had gorgeous fabric, an amazing selection of trims and buttons and jar upon jar of beads. To be honest I was overwhelmed by the place and I really would need a few visits to take it all in!!! Sadly they didn’t allow any photos inside which was a shame as I would have loved to have shared it with you.

Of course I had to make a few little purchases, it would have been so rude not to. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m going to finish this post with a selection of photos of the many beautiful doors and windows we encountered on our visits to the towns and especially the little villages. I just love the shutters, the peeling paint and the fact that the French love duck egg blue as much as I do!

If you’re still here, thank you so much for sharing my holiday with me, I do hope I haven’t bored you too much with my many photos.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I’ll ‘see’ you all next week ! ๐Ÿ™‚

Today I’m going to take you on a tour of the markets we visited while we were on holiday in the south of France. The French markets are truely special with the most amazing display of goods. I can share the sights with you, I just wish I could share the sounds and the smells.

This first photo is a little stall at the Rose Festival in Grasse, it is where we sampled the rose flavoured macaroons which were extremely sweet!

This market is the Marchรฉ Provenรงal in Antibes. So much lovely food on display here, also some not so nice stuff as well but as this is vegetarian blog there won’t be any photos of those undesirables !!! It’s the array of colours that I love, they are gorgeous!

It would be so easy to get your five a day in France as it’s all so tempting.

Not just fruit and veg though, there are herbs and spices and even some beautiful soaps.

Antibes had lots of pretty textiles for sale as well.

There are also lots of antique and collectible stalls in Antibes, selling all sorts.

How creepy do these little dolls look !!!!

The following photos are of the Flower Market held every Saturday morning in Nice. This market has the most brilliant display of flowers, fruit and vegetables. The smell of all this produce is wonderful and there is a particulary strong scent of lavender, which I wish I could share with you!

Well that’s the end of my little tour of the French markets, I hope you enjoyed it!
I’ll be back soon with the final instalment of my holiday photos, I do hope you’ll join me.

Hello everyone I’m back! I can’t say I’m terribly thrilled about that though as it’s been cold, showery and breezy since my return and as you can see from my opening photo of sun, blue sky and palm trees I had become very used to the complete opposite! Temperatures reached 33 degrees C on some days and as we approached Belfast International Airport on the way back the pilot announced that the temperature was 11 degrees C, you could hear everyone on the plane groan at the same time!
We did have an absolutely wonderful time and enjoyed every second of our trip. I took lots and lots of photos and to be honest I was a bit overwhelmed with them and didn’t know which to use in my blog posts. I didn’t want to repeat myself as we were in the south of France last year on holiday but I decided that it will probably take three posts to cover everything I want to, so I hope you will indulge me and that I won’t bore you all too much.
In this post I want to show you some of the lovely places we visited on the very beautiful Cote d’Azur.

This is Cannes, one of my very favourite places. I think this photo shows both sides of this pretty town, the old town in the distance and the shiny expensive yachts that fill the harbour which are used by the (very) rich and famous!

I think I might buy myself this little one as it’s soooo my colour! ๐Ÿ˜‰

The International Film Festival was on while we were there and here you can see them hoovering the red carpet for all the ‘beautiful’ people who would use it over the period of the festival. What you can’t see is that behind me the press were on their stepladders waiting for the stars. I have to say we didn’t see anyone famous as I haven’t the patience to wait for them. I would much rather see ……….


and this, which to me is the real Cannes!

This picturesque little place is St Paul de Vence, it is a small walled town built on a hill and is the home to many artists and crafts people.

It has lots of pretty little craft shops and

there is a photograph waiting around every corner.

Next we have Grasse, the perfume capital of the world and as you climb up the steps to the old town you can smell the perfume in the air!

It is the home to a few perfumeries.

There was a rose festival on when we visited and there were stalls with all kinds of products made from roses including rose flavoured macaroons and rose petal jam. The streets were strewn with rose petals, all so pretty.

There were roses everywhere, it was beautiful!

This was my first visit to Grasse and I definitely would go back, I loved it.

Finally this is Villefranche-sur-Mer, a gorgeous little bay between Nice and Monaco, you can just see the train in this photo disappearing into the rock on it’s way to Monaco.

Again this is a place that wherever you turn there is a photo waiting to be taken.

Villefranche-sur-Mer is somewhere where people come to sit, have a drink and watch the world go by, very slowly.
Oh to be back there, would you join me, we could sit under one of those yellow parasols!

Well that’s my first installment of my Riviera holiday, I hope you’ll join me next time for a look around some French markets!

Good morning everyone and happy new week!
I’m just popping in to say I’ll see you soon. My hubby and I are off to the south of France first thing in the morning for 9 days.
I’ve got my garden tasks mostly done, you know how it is, there’s always something more needing done but I’m happy enough and I’ve got a lovely neighbour who will see that everything is watered.
However no bags are yet packed and there’s still some washing and ironing to be done, thank goodness for a breezy day!!
So I really better put this laptop down and get on with what I need to do.

Take care of yourselves and I’ll ‘see’ you all again really soon. Au Revoir! ๐Ÿ™‚

Rain !!! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
Who said it could rain, not me anyway!

Great big drops of the stuff and I still have so much to do outside before we go on holidays and rain didn’t figure in the plan.

Now I know the garden needs some rain but I’m happy to water it myself.
Although the smell of the dry earth with rain is lovely, I do love that smell.

On a more serious note though, it really is needed. Not only are the gardens bone dry but farmers are crying out for some rain for their crops too.

After a very dry April, reservoirs are low and we have a very big problem here with gorse fires in the mountains. The vegetation is very dry and whether the fires start naturally or are started by idiots there are homes, livelihoods, farm animals and wildlife at risk ! So hopefully the rain will help deal with that particular problem.

Just as long as it remembers to stop and doesn’t keep going all summer, as it has been known to do.

It actually looks a little brighter as I type, maybe I’ll get a chance to get outside afterall but I think it might be only for a short time as the weather forecast said it’s going to get heavier in the evening.

Oh well I’ll go out and see what I can get done.
Happy Thursday everyone and hope your weather is what you want it to be!
Thanks as always for dropping in, it’s lovely to have you visit. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy May Day!!!
Can you believe it’s May already, it really amazes me how fast time flies. At this time of year I would prefer it to slow down a little!
Well the first of a new month means it’s time to look at my tree again and as has been the case with the first of every month this year it has been a beautiful day.
The tree is now in full leaf and very lovely it looks too. It is heavy with leaves, before I couldn’t reach the bird feeders that hang in the tree without standing on something but now the branches are weighed down with leaves and I can fill the feeders easily.

What a difference a month makes, just look at the change in the tree in just over four weeks, the photo on the left was from the beginning of April and today’s photo is on the right. I always think of May as the ‘green’ month as all the trees and plants look so lush with all their new foliage.

Lots of growth in the greenhouse too, with all these little vegetable seedlings ready for transplanting out.

The strawberry plants are in bloom too!

The tulips are still in flower in the garden, they bridge the gap between the daffodils and the summer plants.

My lupins are coming into bloom too, much earlier than usual, I never ever remember having lupins this early. In fact when I checked back through my posts, I blogged about my lupins in the middle of June last year!
Well I do hope this good weather continues, I have a lot to do in the garden tomorrow, what with transplanting seedlings and getting my young tomatoes into their growbags and general tidying up of beds etc. We go on holiday to the south of France next week and I want to make sure all is in order before we go.

I hope you all enjoyed the Royal Wedding, I definitely did, I didn’t miss a second of it. It was wonderful from start to finish, they looked so happy. So nice to have good news for a change. I hope the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge ( and Baron and Baroness Carrickfergus, I have to mention the local title! ๐Ÿ™‚ ) have a long and very happy marriage.

Have a great week and enjoy the beautiful month of May! ๐Ÿ™‚