Chateau de Gargilesse

Let me take you to a Chateau

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Hello lovely,

Stephanie and I went on a small outing yesterday and I thought I would show you some pictures. We drove to the little village Gargilesse who´s just a 30-minute drive from Lalande. Dana and Nicole invited us to go and see the art exhibition in the Chateau. We really enjoyed ourself, we took our time, there was so much beauty to soak in. The garden is absolutely stunning, something to be inspired by for sure. After we finished the viewing, we went to have a drink in one of the local restaurants. The girls had a white Valencay while I enjoyed a glass of Tonic water (my favourite drink these days). We wish we could stay for dinner but we had to get back to Lalande, haha. Dinner had to be served for the workshop. After, the students had a mini-concert. Such a great group of young talented people. Two of the students have just been accepted to CNSM de Paris (which tells you a little about the level of talent). Today is their last day here, there is another concert tonight and then we´re all having dinner together.

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my little ray of sunshine

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If you’re interested in knowing more about the Chateau itself I would recommend waiting for Stephanies next vlog, but you can also check out the Berry Provins information site, click here.

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chapel in the garden

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You’re not really allowed to take photos inside of the Chateau (ups), but I just had to take a photo of these stunning flowers. I am a florist after all, hehe. Don´t you just love a chunky Dahlia?

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I really loved the trees surrounding the back garden, reminded me of the place I grew up. My childhood house was surrounded by fields and trees. So idyllic.

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Oh, I just realised it´s Friday. That just made my afternoon very exciting. There might be a little glass of white wine on the terrace later. Hope you have a great weekend x

Ps: If you want to see more of my everyday life you can check out my Instagram here.

Marie

Jacuzzi night, Champange and a treehouse

Hello Thursday!

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I wanted to share our 24hour-mini holiday with you, so here it is. Stephanie and I were so lucky to have a little getaway to Chateau De Memanat while Isabell and Percy held the fort at Lalande. It was such a heavenly visit; the treehouse was superb. I hope I get to revisit. It´s the perfect place to stay for a weekend or a whole week. I want to bring my family, best friends and a future lover here! Hehe. Absolutely loved it. Here are some pictures from our stay:

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We had lots of delicious nibbles for dinner. Stephanie had prawns and smoked gravlaks while we also shared cheese from the Saturday market. I made a yummy but simple salad with red onions, avocado and tomatoes, we also ate radishes dipped in mayonnaise. The atmosphere was relaxed, after dinner, we went into the jacuzzi and romantically, watched the sunset together. Haha! I actually had a glass of Champagne, and It felt pretty good. I haven´t wanted to drink anything for a while, so it felt nice to have little glass. We spent the rest of the evening wearing bathrobes while watching Netflix. So relaxing.

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Packed a few clothes, some toiletries and a new book

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The breakfast basket who magically appeared at 09.30, love the concept

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Definetly coming back!

We´re on full speed today with our new project. Everyone is doing something, and we´re hoping to finish everything before the guests arrive tomorrow. So much to do, but also lots of fun. Hope you all have a lovely weekend x

Marie

A visit to Aubusson and the tapestry museum

Hey lovelies

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We survived the heatwave, and the weather seems to be back to normal. I´m excited about sleeping with my duvet again, it´s just not the same with a single sheet. I´ve also been able to drink green tea today, the last days have been too hot. Anyways, Stephanie and I came back from our mini holiday yesterday. We had such a lovely time at Chateau Memanat, we stayed in a fairytale looking treehouse from Sunday to Monday. What a retreat, more of those days, please! The highlight was our long breakfast after a good sleep. We got the chance to properly plan everything and find inspiration for our next project, which felt amazing. We had so much fun browsing through Pinterest, and we´re now already working full speed at Lalande.

So, I thought I would share the Treehouse stay in another post later this week. On our way to our holiday destination, we stopped in the town Aubusson. It´s an hour drive from Lalande, so not far at all. Our mission (mostly Stephanies) was to see the tapestry museum. I`m glad we went there, it was a fantastic attraction. I´m usually the one who walks quickly through any expedition (I get very restless) but not this time. In fact, we ended up spending a few hours there. I loved it, so much inspiration.

Here are a few pictures from the day:

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the old town

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Stephanie, love her dress!

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We were supposed to eat here, but we arrived 15 minutes late, they closed at 13.30. The French and their mid-day breaks.. Haha Luckily, we had some food with us and had a relaxed lunch next to the river. One of the highlights was when we used one of my contact lense package  as butter- and cheese knife. 10/10 for ingenuity.

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A little gallery in the old town, showing all the tapestry cartoons from Aubusson. It was, of course, closed when we came, though it did say it was open according to the opening hours. Haha

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The Tapestry Museum in Aubusson, worth a visit if your planning to travel this way

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Stephanie reading about Saint Barbara

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One huge but stunning tapestry

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Love love the colours, they give out so much inspiration and creativity.

It´s been a long day. We have all been in the stable working today. So fun and rewarding to see everyone working together. Tomorrow will be another exciting day. Grant and I are going on a little road trip. We´re going to see another Chateau that Grant is interested in buying. It´s about 2,5 hour drive each way. We´re also stopping in Montlucon to visit an Emmaus shop. We need more lace and chandeliers. I might look for a new robe too… 😉

If you want to get a closer look at our everyday life, you can follow me on Instagram: mariewiik1. Click here!

Marie

The volunteer who stayed

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ONE SUNNY MORNING

I´m finally on top of my admin tasks thanks to a stop at Mc Donalds (not much gluten-free and vegetarian, unfortunately) after dropping off Isabell and Gerry at the airport. I really needed some good wifi and a bit of peace and quiet. Haha.

I´ve been updating our calender and replying on our volunteer requests on workaway. Finally. I always feel so embarrassed when responding to a 2-week old request, especially when I´ve been working hard on increasing our reply rate. Well, we´re on 78%, and that’s okay for now.

Speaking of volunteering, I just realised that I´m the volunteer who ended up staying. After almost 8 months at the chateau, I believe I´ve become a proper «Lalander». I now have more robes then underwear (Influenced by Stephanie). They are the unofficial uniform in this house. We´ve even talked about offering the B&B guests fabulous robes too. One of my favourite things to do in the morning is to go down to the kitchen and get my self a cup of tea while wearing a comfy robe. I´ve also become the «know-it-all» around the house (unfortunately, haha). I usually know what’s happening, where things are and what needs doing. Weirdly, it´s both satisfying and stressful. Luckily I´ve learned to enjoy whiskey in bed while watching Game of Thrones with Stephanie. I haven´t watched anything of the series, and I´m not really a fan, but I love watching it with S as she is a major fan!

When I stayed in Norwich in September (to settle down there), I never would have thought that I would stay in France for this long. I only planned for 2 weeks, and now I´m probably looking at a whole year.

Good God, I feel so incredibly lucky and grateful.

 

Alright. I better head home to Lalande. Tomorrow we´re doing our traditional Saturday shopping day. It´s been a while since we had a look in the second-hand shops in La Châtre. I´m hoping to find more fabric for my summer dress sewing-project.

Have a good weekend everyone!

 

Marie

Hunting for funiture

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On Saturday, Stephanie and I went to Bourges to see if we could find some furniture for De la tour (one of the bedrooms that being redecorated). We ended up having lunch out, and that was an unexpected treat, we had two starters, two glasses of wine and a cheese platter. They didn´t have any vegetarian main courses, but the starter I had was fantastic. I´m slightly disappointed by the lack of vegetarian and glutenfree options in our area. I really miss Norwich in that way, so many options!

Here are a few pictures from our day:

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A beautiful tea/coffee set, I wish I could have bought it. I can´t really buy much stuff now, it just won’t fit in my suitcase.  One day I will take a car and make a long road trip around France. The goal will be to discover as many second-hand shops as possible. Haha. One day.

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Inside of the courtyard to Palais Jacques Cæur

We are already 7 people in the chateau today, more friends are coming later this week. By Friday we will be over 30 people here. The Easter party is approaching quickly, and there is so much to do. We are transforming the Grand Salon into a magical and beautiful, but a distant galaxy. There will be lots of white trees, flower arrangments, light fabrics and much more. It´s going to look incredible when it´s done. Can´t wait to show you the finished results!

Tonight, David and Donna are cooking up a magical dinner, Lalande style. There will be lots of laughs, wine and good talks. It definitely doesn’t feel like Monday today.

I hope you all have a lovely evening. I certainly will.

 

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Hei kjære dere i Norge.

Nå er det nesten helt grønt ute, det er helt sprøtt. Snart er det helt vår og straks sommer. Til helgen er det meldt over 20 varmegrader. Herregud, jeg er så glad i å snakke om været her. Hehe. Jeg får bare beklage. Jeg håper virkelig denne festen blir årets beste, det er lader i hvertfall opp til det. Jeg har blitt den personen som alle kommer til, store og små spørsmål. Jeg merker at jeg alltid ender opp med å bli en slik person. Jeg tar så sykt mye ansvar, helt automatisk. Jeg suger det opp som en støvsuger. Vipps, så blir jeg den alle betror seg til. Den som vet alt om alt. Det føles litt overveldene, spesielt i disse dager. Spesielt siden jeg har ansvaret for romfordelingen til 30 stykker. Mange meldinger, mange dokumenter, mange oppgaver. Mange to-do´s før Fredag. Herrefred. Haha! Jaja, jeg har det i hvertfall veldig gøy midt opp i det hele. Jeg skal love å ta mange bilder og oppdatere dere når jeg får tid.

Håper alle har en fin Mandag. Vi høres 🙂

 

A trip to Bourges

Hey everyone

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Cathédrale Saint-Etienne de Bourges

Hey guys! Long time no see..

Having friends over is heavenly, but it´s also time-consuming. I like to be as present as possible when I´m around friends and that’s why haven´t blogged for a few days. I haven´t seen Joanna since September last year, and it was just pure joy to see her again. My sweet Joanna. We met in Lofoten (Norway) when I worked and lived there. My time there wouldn´t be the same without her. We have both moved away from Lofoten and right now we are facing a new chapter in our lives. It´s always fascinating to see what lies next. So many open doors.

Last Friday we spent the whole day in Bourges. Joanna arrived on Thursday and left yesterday. Since we had some B&B guests on Saturday, we thought we could do an entire day out before they arrived. I´ve been told that Bourges is a nice city to visit and especially because of the famous Cathedral Saint-Etienne. I´m thrilled we decided to visit the spectacular monument, and taking the long stairwell to the roof. There were so many stairs, but it was all worth the sweat. The view was stunning and it was a great way to see the city.

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View of the city of Bourges

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Me and Joanna

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This is one intelligent but also a hilarious woman who happens to be one of my best friends. Besides from having a Master in French, she is also utterly beautiful in every way there is.

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I would say that Bourges is a city who offers a little bit of everything. Loads of restaurants to choose from (but be aware of the opening times), shopping areas are not to bad either. The city also offers a few unique museums and attractions. Definetly worth the trip if you’re nearby.

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So, whats happening at the chateau these days?

We have a few B&B bookings this week, and Stephanie is coming home on Thursday (Can´t wait)! On Sunday we will have another workawayer arriving. Next Monday, Osman will leave us for a nearby tantra course! We are hoping he will return after. He is such a great worker. Monday and Tuesday next week will also be a glourious day, Nathalie, Mary, Gillian and Donna is coming back and that means that the Easter party is soon opon us. Cant´t wait to see all the familiar faces aswell as new ones. It´s going to be epic.

Have a great Tuesday everyone.

 

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Håper alle har det bra der i Norge? Jeg hører dere har solskinnsdager og at vårtegnene har begynt å komme. Det gledes! Jeg grøsser bare av tanken om å måtte ta på seg en tjukk vinterjakke for å reise til Norge. Jeg har veldig lyst til å komme hjem for en liten visit, men det frister ikke helt enda. Spesielt når våren har kommet for lengst her i Frankriket og vi venter opp til 20 varmegrader neste uke. Litt bortskjemt kanskje? .. Hehe.

Nå må jeg straks komme meg avgårde. Mandags treningen er unnagjort og det føles helt nydelig. Nå skal jeg få unna litt oppgaver. Rom må klargjøres til i morgen. I kveld det blir det vegan fajitas (Osman er vegan) og film! Fin kveld.

Ha en fin dag alle 🙂