I have been away again, this time in France. La Rochelle to be precise and a couple of places past there into the countryside, Velluire and Vix. No leisure trip for me though, just work and to be honest although it was scenic I wasn't feeling the love 100% being a bit wiped out. Been really pushing it the last few weeks.
La Rochelle is quite a pretty place. It has a nice harbour and has the biggest marina in Europe apparently.
It definitely has a chequered past though, having been a stopover for slaves bound for the US and furs back from Canada.
I found a lot to like about the place. The locals were very helpful and didn't laugh at my schoolgirl French but the place was a bit of a tourist trap.
There was some fun art about the city from eco-whales to peturbed horses...
..... to beautiful mosaics in the train station and a rock lobster (couldn't resist)....
... and even phantom windows.
Velluire was nice but there was no one in it and lots of empty houses. No shops, no bars and only the hotel, which was shut when I got there. The hotel was on the banks of the Vendee and was in a nice spot. It would have been a lot better without the two bloody massive spiders in my room. Their bodies were the size of a small conker! Needless to say that night I got no sleep. I am still as jumpy as a cat.
I did manage to pick up the Burda Plus and the Ottobre Woman Autumn/Winter 2015 sewing mags while I was away. There are some great t-shirt/hoodie patterns in the Ottobre for Sprogzilla. I am off now until the middle of next week so will try to get some sewing done and prepping some fabric. I have some dinosaur print knit fabric that I have been hoarding that I will use for the T.
Anyway in other news, this morning I was looking online for fabric for a winter coat. We then decided to take a mystery run out and ended up in Morpeth, a little market town in Northumberland. There were so many charity shops, although to be honest there wasn't that much in them bar George and Primani. They were very expensive, especially the Salvation Army "boutique" and the Relate shop. The latter was so dear for some things that it was seriously in line with some of the more OTT vintage shops, however I did find a 1950's/60's Aquascutum bouclé A-line coat in a nice dark blue. It is in immaculate condition and was quite a bargain even if i did cost me £40. I normally balk at paying that much for anything in a charity shop but I couldn't have bought a jacket from Tesco's for that. It does me no favours but it is very warm and I love the colour. Photos to come as I it was dark by the time we were home and I still feel a state.
So what have you been sewing? Found any gems on your travels? What's your ceiling for buying vintage?