I go for an early morning walk with BeBop & Buddy, it is my favourite time of day, just me and the dogs.
Waiting for a biscuit treat. BeBop has been on really good form since his eye op, we have had good news that the lump in his mouth is not malignant but still need to monitor it in case it grows and makes it difficult for him to eat.
The countryside is so beautiful at the moment, hedgerows brimming with wild roses and orchids and fields of poppies.
After a cup of coffee it's off to the first brocante, which is totally craft based, textiles, yarn, trimmings, buttons, embroidery thread, pattern books and much more. I am in heaven, but manage to contain myself to just a few buttons, knitting beads and some vintage lace trimming, my friend Lorraine buys a huge piece of linen with openwork edging to make some curtains at a bargain price.
Next it is on to Nere for the big brocante there, my total purchases for the day a wooden lamp stand that I am going to paint and make a crochet lampshade for, set of 7 hat boxes, vintage lace parasol, 3 metres of polka dot linen fabric, set of 4 mini casseroles and a kilo of fresh apricots all for the grand sum of 20 euros!
Made the apricots into crunchy apricot crumble by poaching them with honey and vanilla and cooking separately a topping of 50g each of flour, powdered almonds, butter, muesli and brown sugar on a tray in the oven, sprinkle over the apricots and serve with dollops of creme fraiche = fantastic!