A second birthday in the French countryside.

August gave way to the celebration of a second birthdya here at Coin Perdu. This time round, we only took a break in between work for early morning croissants and coffee, a gift, a song and continued later the evening with a meal around the fire…where else!

…starting off the day…

starting off the day

The day started off like any other ay the last few months…old clothes, gloves, work and sweat. But no, nowhere on the chantier(construction site)  was I to be seen. After all, I was birthday girl! So for this dayI roamed about in pretty clothes(to be simply translated as clean clothes !)


taking a break for a croissant and tarte peche

And for early morning coffee break, we sat in the shade of the walnut tree. Took of the gloves and feasted on croissants and tarte peches.

…froth on a cup…

frothing a cup

Gifts were unwrapped…no boughs and pretty paper this year though! In the spirit of the working year, they came clothed in newspaper and wrappings from the brocantes where they were bought. I giggled at the gifts, clearly seeing the attention that was paid to my comments on our stroll at the brocantes.

…olde worlde…

memory on a spoon 8-31-2009 8-14-26 PMold plates crumb scoop

And last, but not least. An end to another birthday here at Coin Perdu. A special day with all my loved ones close to me.


Petillante - Vincent Carême


7 responses

  1. i love your photos, i really do. you make life look so beautiful, eating, renovating, coffee, all of it

    September 1, 2009 at 2:52 pm

  2. Looks like a lovely lunch. Happy birthday!!

    September 1, 2009 at 4:13 pm

  3. blissful

    great photos

    is that you?

    September 1, 2009 at 10:20 pm

  4. annie

    Well, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Ronell. And a wonderful reason for “party” clothes and relaxation. Katieleigh is right, those photos that you show on this blog not only give us a good picture of life there but puts us right there, sharing it with you (and without the backbreaking work).

    September 2, 2009 at 7:03 am

  5. seanfraser

    Happy birthday, I feel I’m with you guys helping with the work…….oops I’ve worked up a sweat already……time for a coffee break….I’ll make the coffee you guys get the honey

    September 4, 2009 at 1:43 am

  6. chloe

    ronelle happy b’day 🙂
    awesome photos, really want a coffee now

    p.s have you ever tried fish-eye photography(?) – i put up a new post trying it out, let me know what you think x

    September 4, 2009 at 2:31 am

  7. Vicki

    At the wonderful suggestion of Sean Fraser, I’ve just dropped by to tell you that your blog is fantastic! I’m feeling totally envious of your beautiful country lifestyle!

    I read your “About” page and got tickled with the “corner” comments since the name of my blog is : Corner Paint! Ha!

    Thank for sharing your adventures in such a stylish way!


    September 4, 2009 at 10:48 am

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