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Monday, 19 August 2013

Open Studio in the Charente-Maritime

Yesterday was the first day of our summer Open Studio, we are open again next Sunday 25th August so come and join us and sample a lovely cream tea! Details here.
paintings by Pamela Slater and Doris Murray
It was a great day with plenty of visitors and some wonderful demonstrations of painting by Pam and Judith, woodturning by Roger and Culli and embroidery by Katrina.

the gorgeous ABC quilt made by Katrina Haigh

Summer in the Charente-Maritime

Bee's making the most of the sunflowers

August has been a lovely month at La Verderie, it has been hot and sunny with a gentle breeze. The sunflowers have been flowering all month but are nearly over now and BeBop has tested the maize and declared it ready to eat. 

We have been sailing every week at Royan and working hard on the house and gallery.

fishing huts near St George de Didonne

Fishermen off Royan

Culli's band, The Billy Whizz Band played a great gig at the campsite at Bignac last Wednesday, an idyllic spot by the lake.

We have had some lovely Chambres D'hotes guests and my old college mate Kim to stay and the first of the two summer open studio's was yesterday.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013


At last we have managed to spend some time on the boat!

A few days anti-fouling and cleaning in July and now some lovely sailing weather. Royan is buzzing, the beaches are packed in the daytime and the town is full in the evenings with free bands and entertainment every night.

A total contrast to sleepy old La Verderie.

Back home for some gardening and more work on the gallery preparing it for the Open Studio on the 18th and 25th August.