My tumbler quilt made it through to the final round, as did my lovely friend Eva's Fall Colour Pillow. There are plenty of things to oggle in the four categories - please do click through and vote for those that take your fancy!
The other weekend we were all set to take a drive deep into the Luberon Valley when we encountered the main road in blocked off at Lourmarin. Now, in France there are roads blocked off (which everyone ignores and drives around the signs) and there are Roads Blocked Off. Given that people, actual French people, were turning around, we thought maybe this was the real deal.
Then we realised the detour would add somewhere between 30 - 45 mins onto our drive. It was close to lunch time, four children in the car, catastrophe looming...the mister and I could see the Château de Lourmarin in the rear view mirror which we still hadn't visited. So Lourmarin it was.
The castle was built in the 15th and 16th centuries (on the ruins of a 12th century fortress) and all the rooms are decorated with fancy castle trappings from the 15th to 19th centuries.
No photos allowed inside again - I missed the sign and got in trouble for clicking away willy-nilly in the kitchen. Oops.
Inside this tall tower:
Was the most amazing staircase:
I declared the stairs not technically inside. I guess they agreed because no one told me off.
Each stair is like a stone fan blade that sits on top of the previous - as they stack to form the staircase and the groovy spiral the goes up the centre. Here: some super cool person wrote a paper on it and they put the diagrams on the wall.
Other good things about the castle: they have a treasure hunt questionnaire to keep the kids interested as you go from room to room, plus you get discounted entry to other attractions in the area if you hold on to your tickets. Excellent.
After galavanting around the castle we had a spot of lunch in the town and then had a look around. Even though we'd been to Lourmarin before, there's always something new to be found.
The drive home was particularly lovely with bright autumn sunshine all about.
I've never seen artichokes growing before (I've lead a sheltered existence).
Aren't they pretty?
Cannot be tamed*:
As for today, I am still contemplating this stitcherisation. Don't think it will turn out as planned, but that might not be such a bad thing:
I guess we'll see in the end.
* Not really. I obeyed the sign and found a different artichoke field to stomp around in. Miley Cyrus would be ashamed.