I had my birthday on Saturday and we went off to Suscinio, a medieval hunting lodge near the Golfe de Morbihan. We stopped in a small village called Penvins. We walked down to the sea and as is normal for me I collected sea shells to bring home. I have never seen so many oyster shells in one place. In Penvins we found a wonderful restaurant called " La Pergola " - our lunch there was superb.
Then off to Suscinio where I've wanted to go for a long time. The castle was first built in the 14th century as a hunting lodge by the Dukes of Britany at a time when it was independent of France. Displayed in the castle are some wonderful 14 and 15 th century tiled floors that were originally in a church adjoining the castle. The church was destroyed in the 15 th century by fire and the tiles were lay undiscovered until the 1800's. They are just amazing and I can see that they will be an influence in some new art work.
We had a lovely day with hot sunshine, good food and wonderful things to see. Also, of course, more seashells and stones which are my reminders of special times.
I live in a late 18th century farmhouse or longere
with my husband .
I taught Art in England for over 35 years and have always done my own work.
We moved to France over 12 years ago and and continue to work on the renovation of the house and making the garden. I make many things out of old textiles and also sell vintage sheets etc.
I have had over 6 exhibitions of my art work since living here and in the summer manage a small art gallery in a nearby village. I make home made cards and other ephemera.