Nicole

All the lovely readers of my first blog and this one, will have noticed my partner in crime in the main photo, a beautiful French lady.  What, you didn’t notice the most attractive blue and white, instantly recognisable, 2CV????   Although, sometimes aloof and bossy, Nicole, for that is her name, is an incurable romantic, unlike me, and I have to confess we make a good team…..

Looking for Nicole took quite some time – all of two years.  They are the epitome of French cars and greatly sought after, as we were quick to learn.

Our search took us all over Europe (via the Internet, of course) and there were many false starts.  So, where did we find the lovely Nicole…….Yorkshire!!  Yes, a well known part of France, not!  And she is a left-hand drive.

She had been lovingly restored by a gentleman, who due to a change of circumstances had to say a fond adieu to her.  You can imagine how sad she was, but what joy when she realised she was returning to her beloved France.

2016-07-15-JAM-126[7642]There was some urgency to get her here as Kirstin’s wedding was just around the corner and she was a crucial element – she had to get Kirstin to the church…….in La Sauvetat du Dropt.

Everyone came together and she drove all the way here in just two days – she’s amazing – and she made a lot of friends along the way.  So many people waved, smiled and hooted at her.  It made the entire journey so much fun; even the drivers of Roddy, David and George deserve a mention.

When she arrived, we discovered that we had two things in common, we love all the fuss we receive when visitors come to Le Manoir and we love having our photos taken.  We both agree that whoever is taking the photos, they have to be GOOD……we need to make sure, even on a bad day, we look our absolute best.

Photographs form such an important part of our lives – they can tell a story, capture moments of our lives, help create happy memories and when everything else has gone, often only these photos survive!  And Le Manoir has plenty of perfect picture places, as one photographer commented, there’s one around every corner.

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Therefore, we all need to be sure, just as sure as we are of everything else, that we choose the right photographer.  Nicole and I have drawn up a few pointers to help you:

1 Do lots of research….Do you know what style you like?  Check lots of Blogs, Pinterest, Websites.

2 Don’t trust recommendations – Check the photographer out yourself.

3 If a relative or friend is volunteered or offers to take the photos for free.  Check them out, too. Remember that when the flowers have wilted, the photos will still be with you.

4 If at all possible, organise a chat with the photographer – phone or Skype.

We hope we’ve given you some food for thought – ah food – it’s calling again – until next time – Au Revoir!

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A New Blog and New Beginnings

DSC_0447 (2)Spring has Sprung and what a better time to start our blog!  A time of new beginnings and lots of new smells to investigate…….blossom is all around in the wild garden, daffodils, hyacinths and daisies are in abundance; and there’s sunshine, plenty of sunshine to sleep in.

Before we go any further, allow me to introduce myself, I’m the much loved, rather distinguished, and very wise Westie (West Highland Terrier) of Roddy and Angela Sharp, the owners of the beautiful Le Manoir du Bout du Pont, and my name is Angus.DSC_4699 - Copie

Roddy and Angela are always busy maintaining and improving the property. My human sister, Robyn, already helps with the FaceBook and Instagram. So, I volunteered to undertake this exciting project for them.

Who better than moi, I thought, and I’m sure you will agree, to comment on the daily goings on at Le Manoir du Bout du Pont and to impart words of wisdom, of which, of course, I have many, to those embarking on marriage, an event or a holiday?  After all, I have led such a varied life; living in Belgium, where I was born, Paris, where I spent my youth and Scotland, where I looked after my human grandparents, before returning to France.

Our story begins with my other human sister, Kirstin, receiving a Valentine’s note from a geeky kid called Chris when they were still at school….and after a LONG romance, he finally proposed!

This news triggered more than a year of work as we set about transforming Le Manoir for The Big Day.

I oversaw a lot of the work. I would describe myself as very cool under pressure, but a lorry being stuck in the mud in our lovely courtyard, only four months before The Big Day, was cause of great concern……

But it all came together and it went from this:IMG_4031

to this:

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What a wonderful four days it was; family and friends gathering from all over the world, a golf day just along the road, a hen and men party day, and the wedding and recovery days.

The wedding itself was superb – this venue is magical – everything flows effortlessly.  And I flowed very effortlessly, too, between the tables looking for titbits, having my photo taken and lapping up all of the attention I received.  I did look very handsome, but I digress……

It’s as if Le Manoir was always meant to make people happy and it is no surprise that Roddy and Angela want to share it with you.

Knowing how special your wedding day is, they offer the personal touch, being as approachable and as helpful as possible.

Having such a wonderful venue means you are now free to relax and enjoy focusing on all the fun details of flowers, decoration, choosing your cake and your favourite food.

Food?  Did I mention food? My supper time calls and I’m off to ask for some help!! So, until next time, as they say here – Au revoir 🙂