#a_sill_life 604 Posts

Afternoon sunbeams streaming in through the leaded stained glass windows at Chateau d'Azay le Rideau. Built over nine years in the early 1500's, the building provides a fine example of French renaissance architecture. For the last couple of years, the exterior has been clad in scaffolding, while each stone was meticulously cleaned. Scaffolding removed, the chateau is now back to its former glory, "a faceted diamond, set in the Indre" as Balzac referred to it. #franceinseason #country_features #everythingeyecatching #nothingisordinary_ #wherecalmlives #mybeautifulsimplicity #loiremylove #azaylerideau #a_sill_life #rsa_vsco #snap_ish #francemylove #infinity_magazine_vsco #smallmomentsofcalm #jj_architecture #tv_doorsandwindows #tv_architectural #gothictonic #jeweledlight #chateau #balzac
Blue skies and pretty buildings in Chinon. It's officially late summer here - defined by me at least, as any time beyond the middle of August. The earth is dry, but the skies bright, and the Vienne River as cool and refreshing as ever. Let these halcyon days continue for at least a couple more weeks. Happy Wednesday! #franceinseason #country_features #everythingeyecatching #nothingisordinary_ #embracingseasons #spreadnaturelove #wherecalmlives #bloomandgrow #mybeautifulsimplicity #a_sill_life #snap_ish #inspiredbypetals #slowfloralstyle #tv_doorsandwindows #tv_architectural #tv_living #allthingsofbeauty_ #jj_architecture #kings_villages
Last week, as I was sweeping up the last bit of 70 year old dust in the cottage, getting it ready for a wedding the next day, I had to stop and get my camera to capture the most beautiful light filtering through the big windows we've put in. Part of me wished I had had time to actually film it instead as the movements of the dust were incredibly beautiful and meditative
This dark curvy bottle called to me, drawn by the shape and the intense deep black. I don't know what originally came in it do you know? The sun's out warm, brightly piercing, it feels like summer. I'm drinking in the cool of this space, the dark is balm to my eyes
For the love of zinnias. Until recently, if asked to choose between those two famous annuals, Zinnias and Cosmos, Cosmos would get my vote every time. It's feathery foliage seems full of romance, and the flowers are light and delicate. Alas, I couldn't find Cosmos seeds earlier this year, so planted Zinnias instead. They have done incredibly well, in the potager, and surrounding the bean teepee. The colours are so bright and zingy, and the shapes so robust and defined, they remind me of a cartoon drawn flower. They never fail to bring a smile to my face. We'll be planting these again next year. Wishing you all a flower filled Tuesday! #franceinseason #country_features #everythingeyecatching #nothingisordinary_ #embracingseasons #spreadnaturelove #bloomandgrow #anaturallife #gatherwanderer #loiremylove #bloomandgrowtogether #mybeautifulsimplicity #azaylerideau #botanicalpickmeup #a_sill_life #botanicaldreamers #ihavethisthingwithflowers #rsa_vsco #snap_ish #exceptional_pictures #infinity_magazine_vsco #flowersofinstagram #byarrangement #country_stilllife #playingwithpetals
The guilt as I walk out the door! #fuming #canicome
The morning after the night before... empty glasses, crinkled napkins, flowers that looked better earlier, the faint smell of an open fire that continued to ember into the night, and soft echoes of laughter. A beautiful mess. To Monday and the sky is blue, the sun shining and there is talk afoot of felling a tree. Wishing you all a fabulous week ahead. #franceinseason #country_features #everythingeyecatching #nothingisordinary_ #embracingseasons #wherecalmlives #spreadnaturelove #bloomandgrow #gatherwanderer #anaturallife #mybeautifulsimplicity #a_sill_life #botanicalpickmeup #botanicaldreamers #rsa_vsco #ihavethisthingwithflowers #snap_ish #flowersofinstagram #exceptional_pictures #inspiredbypetals #slowfloralstyle #infinity_magazine_vsco #eleganceintheeveryday #byarrangement #aquietstyle_forage #allthingsofbeauty_ #natureinthehome #playingwithpetals
A tiny, rainbow, selection of the vegetables from our AMAPP - the association for sustaining local peasant agriculture - share. This week we've made more courgette chutney and dehydrated Roma tomatoes. Preserving, conserving and squirrelling away some of this abundance for the cooler months ahead. Last night we made a traditional Berber vegetable tagine, that we were taught to make by some very friendly west Saharan carpet traders we met in Essaouira. A lifetime ago. In those days we scoured the markets for produce and olives, prepared our tagine slowly, then ate on cushions on the floor, drank tea, and discussed the particular traits of Berber Ali's head camel. Yesterday, we drew from our AMAPP box, prepared our Tagine slowly, sat with friends at our dining table, enjoyed local wines, and discussed their particular traits and complexities. Times have changed, but our recipes remain, getting richer perhaps over the years. #franceinseason #country_features #everythingeyecatching #nothingisordinary_ #embracingseasons #spreadnaturelove #anaturallife #gatherwanderer #loiremylove #azaylerideau #mybeautifulsimplicity #rsa_vsco #a_sill_life #snap_ish #exceptional_pictures #infinity_magazine_vsco #allthingsofbeauty_ #rainbowofmygarden
Hello my loves! Apologies for that unexpected break that I took, I had two 15 hour shifts to contend with on top of trying to get up to the word count on my dissertation which is due Wednesday but I have returned and I've lots to catch you up on!! First - there are now 15,000 of us that are a part of my little corner of the internet and I am OVERWHELMED. 15,000 lovely, darling souls. That's a lot of love. And I'm feeling especially blessed today - thank you πŸ˜­πŸ’›βœ¨ Next - I just hit my word count!! I still have editing and tweaking to do but I am now the proud author of a complete dissertation and I'm so proud and a little bit emotional. Also - I finished Lark Rise to Candleford last night and I basically just sobbed through the entire last episode. Go and watch it guys, it's the most heartwarming show I've ever watched πŸ’› Finally - I've not posted a flatlay for a little while and I'm feeling a little self-conscious about it BUT this is how I'm spending my evening. I'm giving myself the night off to drink hot chocolates, fill my room with candles and read to my hearts content. I'm in SUCH a good place right now which feels extra special after how hard I've found life over the past month or so. Thanks for sticking by me my loves! I promise I'll be posting much more after this week is over 🌿✨ Fox ring and Arrow ring from the ever-so-lovely @eejewellery - thank you loves!! ✨ 🎢: "Taking a Hold" by @wildwoodkin (who have a new album out next week which I am v excited about 😍) - - - - - #livewild #livewildbefree #visualsoftheearth #livefolk #visualsoflife #creativefolk #livedarling #creative #theartofslowliving #liveauthentic #letsgosomewhere #seekthesimplicity #bookstagram #bibliophile #bookflatlay #fromwhereistand #books #booklover #amomentofwonder #a_sill_life
The atmospheric facade of the home of our bread making friends and neighbours. Each Friday we trundle down the road to pick up a boule of bread made in the old way, by Cecile and Sylvain. They grow ancient grains on their land, harvest and grind them. It's a slow process. They make bread in their bread oven once a week. Most is sold to an organic cooperative a few villages away. As neighbours, we have a standing order. The bread is firm and flavoursome. Bread that bites back. A welcome, chewy, nutritious contrast to airy baguette, which we also love (but probably eat too much of). Happy Saturday - wishing you good bread and sunshine. #franceinseason #country_features #nothingisordinary_ #everythingeyecatching #bloomandgrow #embracingseasons #spreadnaturelove #wherecalmlives #bloomandgrowtogether #botanicalpickmeup #loiremylove #botanicaldreamers #a_sill_life #francemylove #flowersofinstagram #rsa_vsco #snap_ish #infinity_magazine_vsco #smallmomentsofcalm #eleganceintheeveryday #tv_doorsandwindows #jj_architecture #tv_architectural #allthingsofbeauty_
β€œThe voyage of a lifetime starts at the windowsill.” ― Khang Kijarro Nguyen 🌹🎍🌿 | I've always been in love with indoor windowsills and views of landscape from inside. Then, I wonder if the experience of playing with toys on the edge of a window is a universal one. Windowsill hold a particular appeal for this purpose and now, if playing is not involved at all, that appeal preserves its timeless charm, offering action or calm exploration depending on one’s mood. Maybe because the narrow, shallow space evokes a stage, upon which any manner of drama can be enacted (as far as I recall my Barbie dolls β€œwanted” to play their performance just there). And the window itself is (literally) a portal, through which the imagination can conjure anything.
[watermelonade...sort of]
[too bad I forgot my flying skills]
Home sweet home, to sweet peas. Admittedly, most have now gone to seed, but I was able to rustle up some last, fragment blooms. Other surprises in the garden included a couple of marrows.... Clearly over enthusiastic courgettes, who thought bigger was so much better. Anyone with marrow recipes please share.... We also found: a few very odd shaped squashes I'd forgotten we had planted (one is thin and circular in form); lots but of tiny yellow tomatoes; some bright orange dahlias; and zinnias galore. So nice to be home! Happy Thursday and please share marrow ideas :) #franceinseason #everythingeyecatching #country_features #embracingseasons #bloomandgrow #spreadnaturelove #wherecalmlives #bloomandgrowtogether #botanicalpickmeup #azaylerideau #a_sill_life #loiremylove #ihavethisthingwithflowers #botanicaldreamers #slowfloralstyle #rsa_vsco #flowersofinstagram #exceptional_pictures #smallmomentsofcalm #infinity_magazine_vsco #snap_ish #tv_doorsandwindows #eleganceintheeveryday #rainbowofmygarden #playingwithpetals
The last of the Columbine from the allotment is going over πŸ™ It is said to be the symbol of Aphrodite, and is also used as a dedication to the Nordic goddess of the heavens. It's Floriography includes fidelity and holiness, but also foolishness and innocence. #botanicalfolklore #columbine #floriography #languageofflowers
It is a #bookloversday today! I am dying to know that one book which will always be your fave? Tell me, tell me! I just got this one of flea market and totally love it. A flower lexicon sorted by colour, perfectionists dream!