Thursday, April 27, 2017

Bon Jour!

I'm home!  My experience in France was magnifique!!!!! When our flight landed in Nantes and we were checked into our hotel, the adventures began.  It was evening and dinner time after a very long day.....we walked to a little Italian restaurant and the challenge began with understanding the menu.  A young couple sitting near by observing, asked in English, "do you need help with the menu?"  They were a couple the age of our children, and they were absolutely delightful.  They were both Romanian and had fell in love in Paris.  Needless to say, our dinner was a huge success!  The joined us at our table and we enjoyed their company immensely!  We were off for to a great start.  We had rented a car at the airport, so the following morning we set off for our Air B & B located in the Normandy area.  This is where I will start.

The little bubbling brook ran along the edge of the yard where we stayed.

Everything was so green and beautiful.  The weather was cool, definitely requiring a jacket and at times more than one layer.  I had tucked in my down vest and was glad that I did.  The place where we stayed was close to the English Channel, and it is always colder next to the water.

This is where we had breakfast the 4 morning we stayed at our accommodations which were clean and comfortable and the other couples staying there were fun to visit with.  I can't say enough good things about the bread which we had every morning.  First of all, I love bread, and the bread in France is out of this world.  And then there is the cheese!!!  Notice the little chocolate bunnies by our was Easter.

The farm house was over 400 years old.

There were these vibrant yellow fields.  We are not sure what the crop is, but it has something to do with feeding cattle.  There are many dairy cattle in this farming area.

The spring flowers were in bloom.

This is a view of Omaha Beach.

Ten thousand six hundred and twenty five American soldiers are buried in the American cemetery.

Here rests in honored glory a Comrade In Arms known only to God.  This was an emotional experience for both Bruce and I.

There were Jewish markers found here and there throughout the cemetery.

And this is what I've accomplished since returning home.  I had blocks ready to stitch on my trip, however, I changed my mind about what I wanted to do, because I had just received an amazing selection of Diamond Textiles before I left and just knew they were waiting back at home.  And by the way, the ladies in France at the show love Diamond Textiles too! :-)  On this project I will be combining wool and cotton on the 6 1/2" blocks.  Both the background, the flower center and the pot are Diamond Textile fabrics.

"What we choose to share, defines who we are." - C. Voyatzis


  1. Looks like a beautiful trip. What a charming place where you stayed. I am sure the cemetery was very emotional.
    I remember the bread ( went to Paris on our honeymoon 20 yrs ago, and I remember the bread! LOL.) Excited to say we are taking our Children to Paris this summer and I ready mentioned the baguettes a few times to my daughter.

  2. The crop looks like rape. Grown for it's oil and used to feed cattle. We saw a lot of this when we lived in England.

  3. What lovely photographs of France! I wonder if the field of yellow might not be rapeseed (or canola, as it's called in the US)? It looks very much like similar fields I've seen in England. The oil is pressed out of the seeds and the remaining meal is, I believe, used for animal feed.

  4. Thank you for sharing your photos from Normandy. I was touched by the images and it made me think of my dad, who was at D Day when he was 17 year's old. Can't believe that we sent 17 year olds to war. He was a part of the greatest generation.


  5. Glad you had a great time. France is a wonderful place. Hoping to hear more about your visit there.


  6. So glad you enjoyed Normandy! Aren't those new Diamond Textiles fabulous! Love the block you made out of them.

  7. bonjour de la France,
    Les champs jaunes sont du colza ...
    Laurence 1052

  8. Hi Norma, I'm so thrilled to discover your 1st post after your visit in my country and our meeting in Nantes !
    It was so magical for me and spending time with you and Bruce was a perfect moment that I'm ready to forget :)
    The name of the yellow plant is colza (in french) = canola in English. It's one of the three main sources of food plant oil in Europe.
    Congratulations for your 1st project, I love it.
    Thanks again for your precious smile and sweet voice.
    Hearing you very soon, hugs

  9. The yellow flowering crop is canola, an oil seed we use for cooking. I think the Canadians call it rape seed or that its part of the same family as rape and mustard? Certainly they were growing it in Canadian prairies when I was there 20 years ago! It makes such a vibrant landscape when its flowering though and you can see it for miles. Sounds like you had a magical holiday. I do think war cemeteries are emotional for anyone, even if they are not your own countryfolk. It is a everlasting reminder of the cost of war.

  10. I imagine it was very difficult going to the memorial! love your work!

  11. Thank you for sharing. I love your heart and kindness; it shines through all you do. Loved meeting your dinner companions and viewing the stunning countryside.