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Hi everyone, today I’m continuing on with my French inspired ‘June Girls’, so let me introduce the next three bunnies!

The photo above is of beautiful jasmine, this was growing over someone’s garden wall in France and I only wish I could share the scent with you, it was a-maz-ing!

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When we visited Grasse on our trip we found out that this year they were celebrating jasmine, a flower that is widely used in the making of perfume.

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I decided the French bunnies had to include a perfume girl and of course her name had to be Jasmine!

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It really is a shame that I can’t share the smells in this post because this rosemary smelt wonderful too.

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The French love their herbs and the markets are full of both fresh and dried herbs of every kind.

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This little girl is of course called Rosemary, she even has her name on her dress!

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I told you this was a highly scented post……..lavender, nothing says Provence like lavender!

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The Marche de Fleurs in Nice is full of the scent of lavender.

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This is Lavande, the French word for lavender!

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So here they are altogether, the fragrant French girls.

I have one more bunny to add to the June Girls before they appear in my shop, I’ll introduce you to her next week.

Thanks for all your lovely comments on my last post, so glad you liked the last three girls .

Wishing you all a happy weekend! :)

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As I mentioned in my previous post my bunnies for June are all inspired by my recent holiday in the south of France.

The flower above is lemon blossom and very pretty it is too.

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I always think its wonderful that so many people have lemon trees growing in their gardens in France, imagine going out into your back garden to pick a lemon when baking a lemon drizzle cake or if you needed a slice of lemon for a cold drink, all you had to do was nip outside to fetch one.

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So my first June bunny has been inspired by lemons and her name is Sherbet.

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I have to confess to loving the French patisseries, a little too much perhaps!!!

Millefeuille, tarte au citron, macarons…..oh my the French do it so well!

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I did sample the ‘Ryan Gosling’ in the above photo and it was as you might expect wonderful.

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June bunny number two, Caron, has as you have probably already guessed been inspired by these amazing little treats, they may only be two bites but they are packed with flavour!

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Just look as the colours in the above photo, the Côte d’Azur…….the blue coast, so well named!

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The colours of the sea and sky are stunning and it’s no surprise that countless artists over the years including Picasso, Renoir and Matisse moved to this area to paint in the beautiful clear light.

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Azur with her many shade of blue and her little palm tree has been named after the Côte d’Azur.

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So that’s the June girls so far, there are more to come though!

Thanks as always for dropping by and thanks also to all you lovely people who took the time to comment on my last post.

Have a lovely week. :)

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As promised in my last post I’m here to share some photos of my wonderful French holiday, be warned though there are quite a few, you maybe need to fetch yourself a cup of tea!! Apologies too, to those of you who follow me on Instagram, as you may have seen some of these before!

So let’s start off with the beautiful Antibes marina!

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I think this is my favourite of all my holiday photos, I love the evening sunshine through the poppies. It was taken on the Place de Gaulle, Antibes.

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No trip to the south of France would be complete without a visit to Cannes especially when the film festival is on! I actually managed to put my foot on the bottom of the red carpet as I passed by, nice to be able to say I was on the red carpet at Cannes, even though it was with Crocs on and not Jimmy Choo’s!! ;)

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The Place de Massena, Nice, busy with pedestrians, cyclists and where you have to watch out for trams!!

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Early evening sunshine over the Promenade des Anglais, Nice, a view I could never tire of!!!

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Grasse, the home of the perfume industry, pretty provencal flower gardens and where there is a constant scent of perfume in the air!

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Juan les Pins is a very busy place on a Sunday afternoon and it’s not the smell of perfume here but the strong scent of sun tan lotion!!

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This is the breathtaking coastal walk at Cap D’ail, full of stunning views…..

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…..amazing houses

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…..beautiful beaches

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….. and pretty flora

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…..and where we walked

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…..and walked

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…..until we reached here, the border between France and Monaco!

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We walked around another corner to arrive at Monaco’s Heliport…..

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…..where the rich and famous were arriving by helicopter from Nice airport, most likely for the Grand Prix!

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The walk back again in the late afternoon sunshine was pretty amazing too!

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It was market day when we visited the pretty little village of Biot!

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This pretty little walled hilltop village is St Paul de Vence, one of my favourite places on the Côte d’Azur.

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It’s quaint narrow streets are full of pretty little shops and art galleries.

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And with this view from St Paul de Vence towards the Mediterranean Sea I’ll bring my wonderful holiday on the Côte d’Azur to a close!

If you managed to get this far with me well done, there were a lot of photos!!

It’s not the end of them either (sorry), during June my bunnies are going to be south of France inspired, so there will be a few more images along the way.

Although my June Girls won’t necessarily look French they will have been inspired by the sights, scents and tastes of the Riviera.

And speaking of June, have a lovely one, with fingers crossed for a lot more sunshine and heat!! :)

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October has generally been quite a good month so far, yes we have had a few blustery wet days but there have been lots of lovely autumnal days and it has been very mild. On Saturday we were out and about without coats in a very pleasant 18 degrees!

I have managed lots of garden time, tidying up summer bedding and planting bulbs for next spring, one afternoon last week I planted 65 bulbs mostly tulips and some crocuses too, my shoulders and back weren’t that pleased with me the next day though!!!

I also have planted up my pots and window boxes with lovely little pansies and violas, heathers and cyclamen to see me through the dark days until springtime.

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Inside I’ve been making sweets from the lovely book ‘Sweets Made Simple’ by the wonderful Hope & Greenwood, I’m sure many of you in the UK watched their fabulous TV series.

Last week I made some Cinder Toffee and the previous week I made Coconut Ice which unfortunately didn’t get photographed before it was all eaten. There is so much more in the book I want to try.

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I’ve also been autumn bunny making, I’ve not quite finished them all yet but I hope to have an autumn bunny parade to share with you all some time next week.

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I would like to thank all of you who left comments on my two French posts, I’m so glad you all enjoyed having a look around those two marvelous homes with me.

As a little thank you to all my very loyal blog friends I decided to have a secret giveaway.

I brought back some lovely Provençal lavender from the Marche de Fleurs in Nice along with some lavender soap with a giveaway in mind, I’ve also added a little spool of lavender spotty ribbon which although not from France looks lovely along with the other two items.

So if you left a comment on either French post you were entered into the draw and if you left a comment on both posts (thank you) you had two entries.

So with every entry being allocated a number and the random number generator used the winner of my secret giveaway was Simone!! I’ll get it posted off to you soon Simone.

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Thank you to all of you who take the time to pop by here and leave a comment, I really do appreciate it!

I just wish I had a bag of lavender for you all!

Wishing you all a wonderful new week. :)

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The Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild was without a doubt the highlight of our recent trip to the south of France.

The villa was designed and built between 1905 and 1912 by Baroness Béatrice de Rothschild (1864–1934) who was a member of the Rothschild banking family, Béatrice was married to the banker Baron Maurice de Ephrussi.

The Baroness filled the mansion with antique furniture, Old Master paintings, sculptures, objets d’art, and an extensive collection of rare porcelain.

I’ll take you for a little tour of inside the villa first!

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rothchilds ceilings Collage

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The villa is situated on the Cap Ferrat peninsula with outstanding views of the Mediterranean on either side but the most amazing thing about it are the gardens. The grounds are divided up into various gardens each one beautiful.

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Spanish Garden

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Florentine Garden

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Stone Garden

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Japanese Garden

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Exotic Garden

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Rose Garden

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French Garden

My favourite garden was the French Garden, it was beautifully laid out with it’s musical fountains, I could have sat there forever!

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Such a wonderful place, how amazing would it have been to have lived there!!

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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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The beautiful Côte d’Azur, the blue coast, it’s not hard to see how it gets it’s name, is it!

We had a wonderful time and with the exception of one thunderstorm which is only to be expected in the heat we had wall to wall sunshine, I do miss feeling that sun on my skin!

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Cannes 2014 Collage

Beautiful Cannes during the film festival!

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Nice 2014 Collage

Wonderful Nice!

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Too many of these!!!

Antibes 2014 Collage

Antibes.

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Palm Trees Collage

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Boats Collage

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Cherry Collage

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Monaco Collage

Monaco, the day after the Grand Prix!

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So another brilliant holiday in the south of France, all over way too fast, I do so love this part of the world!

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