Author – Autumn (Janette)
La rentree. That’s what the French call the end of their holidays when they are coming back to the real world. And that is what I am doing now. We have returned from our amazing bicycle trip from Omaha Beach in the northwest of France to St. Maries de la Mer in the southeast of France. I will share some photos with you later, but today I am excited to show you the one and only souvenir I brought back with me – other than a leg full of punctures and future scars from a dog bite.
When you travel through a country on a bicycle, there is not much room for souvenirs. However, when the trip was over, Mr. Autumn and I took a van to Nimes where we caught a train to Paris. While we were waiting for our train, I noticed a flea market taking place in the square outside of the station. I had 12 euros (about $16.00) burning in my pocket, and at Mr. Autumn’s encouragement, I decided to go take a look.
There were lots of very cute and reasonably priced items, but this one caught my eye, and it was only 12 euros. It was meant to be.
I bought this adorable demi-john. I didn’t even haggle over the price with the lady. It was a good deal.
Since it was about the same size as a gallon of milk, it fit perfectly into my nearly empty backpack.
It has loads of character and charm.
And since I bought it in France at the end of an amazing holiday, it is even more special.
I used it as the inspiration for the fall vignette I put together for our foyer table. It is sitting on some books that I bought a few years ago at the library’s annual book sale just because they were the right colors for fall.
I added my bunch of wheat. This is probably the tenth year I have used this wheat in our fall decorating. When I’m finished with it, I simply wrap it in some tissue paper and store it in a drawer until the next year.
I put some of my pheasant feathers into an old spool with an orangish top, and voila! I had a very attractive table top. The lamp that was already there and which I wrote about here, had the perfect colors to complete the look.
After I wrote this post, I was cleaning out my closet for fall and I found Mr. Autumn’s box of memorabilia from his childhood. We stashed it in my closet when we moved, and I decided it was time to find a place for it. Meanwhile, I decided to look through the papers, and I found this little treasure. It’s a drawing that he did in elementary school. Since it is now autumn, and “Autumn” is my nom de plume for this blog, I decided to frame it and use it in our fall decor.
Doesn’t it look adorable? Who needs fine art when you can have a fifty-plus year old crayon drawing on construction paper? And the good thing is, I found some Christmas drawings in his box, too.
So, there you have it: my French find and my closet find. We are all over the place here at The 2 Seasons, but we’re havin’ fun!
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