Monthly Archives: June 2016

A coral and pink wedding

Few weeks ago, I shared with you some photos of  Christine’s bridal shower with her friends, in rural Auvergne (central France)

She is now a happy bride, her wedding took place this past Saturday and I couldn’t wait to see her again, and share with you that beautiful wedding day ! 🙂

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A color theme for that wedding day : coral and pink, and an awesome decoration mostly created and made by Anne and Anne-Lise, Christine’s bridesmaid

(and there you can easily guess the amount of hours spent on Pinterest, and all the time spent creating, glueing, cutting, writting, and decorating)

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I’m always very impressed by the amount of energy friends of the bride and groom spend to make sure this wedding day look perfect. And for sure, Anne and Anne-Lise are some wonderful friends to have (as for all their other friends, who, in a way or another, took a role in the organisation of this friendly wedding day).

It was also great to see again all the girls I met at Christine’s bridal shower, but also, to FINALLY MEET the groom, Jonathan ! 🙂

 

Christine’s dress (Pronuptia), some gorgeous coiffure salon (Shine, à Clermont-Ferrand, and a very brightly colored bouquet made by L’Arbre à Fraises, were some other chic details for a pretty day !

We barely avoid rain, but not mud (it was raining like crazy when we were on our way to the place where we wanted to make the couple photo session, so, since it wasn’t raining anymore when we arrived there, we decided to stay only in that location too happy to have a non raining sky, instead of going to several location and loose precious non rainy time 🙁

They officially get married the day before, and this Saturday, the religious celebration and the cocktail took place in Crevant-Laveine , in a very friendly way, with a yummy yummy samoussa bar (true ones, made by the mother of a friend of the bride)

soooooooooooooo gooodddd !!!! 🙂

Dinner and the party were held at salle polyvalente de Ravel at about 30/40 min of Clermont-Ferrand.

That was a lovely day, defying weather, and just looking at Christine’s smile, you can guess that clouds when you find sunshine elsewhere 🙂

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Coral shoes 🙂

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yep yep yep, a really lovely day !

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One day of transhumance in Cantal (France)

In love with Cantal area from the first time I went there, and in love with yarn and everything related to it, walking and see a sheep transhumance seemed like an awesome thing to do.

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Thanks to my new spinner and knitter friends around here (Christelle, alias Seraphita), I’ve disovered that it was possible to hike and follow a transhumance, in my favorite part of France, Cantal.

I’ve missed it last year because of a very busy agenda, and this year I almost missed it for the same reason.

But I finally made it, deciding to follow the 10th stop off this transhumance between the Lot valley and volcanoes in Cantal.

This days started in Lascelle and ended 8 miles later, in Mandailles St Julien, going through little hiking paths, with a loooooonnnnnnnnnnnn lunch break for a pique-nique.

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Located about 2hours away from my home, I had to wake up really early and hit the road, because the transhumance started at 9am.

But it was definitely worth it, as you can see, to arrive in early morning in Col du Perthus !

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What a view !

About 250 sheeps ( Caussenarde breed), and around 30 hikers.

What was nice is that for a 3€ fee, they offer you at the end of the day, a ride back to the start of the transhumance, to get you car back !

 

So before we start, here are some rules to follow during our hike :

Always hike behind the farmer, no pets allowed, and touching sheeps are not allowed either.

(no matter how tempting it was)

We finally left a bit late, but the dog were ready even before us !

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Here we go for an amazing day out in the Cantal countryside (checking the sheep’s butt) but also breathing the incredible smell of  broom flowers and other aromatic plants in the nature.

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As soon as we started, we already spotted a rebel one, trying to get out of the flock, but brightly put back there by the sheepdog (not knowing its name, I’ll call these dogs SUPER DOGGIE) 🙂

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What’s amazing is that all day long, they ate NON-STOP !

There was always a little rebel trying to escape from the group to get a branch, or a piece of grass elsewhere, or a pretty (yummy?) flower…

It was kind of hilarious to watch, and very interesting too because Dogs were constantly watching them.

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we had an audience too ! 🙂

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and the hike went up and up to the hills and mountains ! 🙂

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a duo of donkeys joined us all the way,

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and it was already lunch break, on the side of the road, having a very lovely moment talking with each others

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Trying also to connect on our phones or internet (nothing worked for me but I believe it was for the best)

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A good time to get some rest also for the SUPER DOGGIES too !

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A bathroom break behing a bush, spied by scary bugs (yes, please, laugh at me, but be reminded that I was a city girl not so long ago. I’m still working on my fears) 🙂

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And already time to get back to hike !

(can you spy the boulimics ones ?)

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Monitored by super doggie, nothing could ever go through them !

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Few more little villages to cross…

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But of course, talking about transhumance and villages means : WATCH OUT FOR YOUR GERANIUMS !

Bon appétit !

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Some of them even brought their own lunch with them  🙂

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And then, a tough path, narrow and slidy (it rained a lot last week and that area was all muddy and rocks slides too).

And that’s when you have to admire and applause the farmer and its dog’s work !

Awesome to watch

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And another audience (beautiful Salers cows – yes, the ones who made this delicious Salers cheese! The city of Salers is just 20minutes away from this area)

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And finally !

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My only regrets for that day was to go back home right away.

Arriving at 4pm, they sold local food (cheese, crepe and local alcohool), and then there was a special dinner with yummy local specialties on the menu)

But I was exhausted (by the hike, but also by the 2 hours drive to get there this morning), and had another 2 hours to drive to go back home.

But well, that’s a good excuse to make it back and spend more than a day at the transhumance next year !

and I can’t wait !

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Check your agenda and if you want to follow the transhumance next year, have a look at their website or their  Facebook page

 

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A burlesque show in Clermont-Ferrand

It’s been a while I havn’t been to a burlesque show !

Of course, having burlesque artist friends in Paris made me meet burlesque artists in Clermont-Ferrand

And that’s now in my new hometown that I get the chance to see another burlesque show, on Saturday 21st of May

Whispers & Shadows was the organiser and had special guests guests, Daisy Deparys, a parisian artist, but also  Trixie Fou Laurant, from San Francisco ! 🙂

As usual, that burlesque show was hilarious (and sexy too). I’m so glad I’ve found this in Clermont-Ferrand : I need an extra dose of glitter, sensuality and feather in my life !

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So if I were you, I’ll check their next show (the best is still to follow them on their Facebook)

So here are some photos of that burlesque evening !

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Lola Ventura

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Daisy Deparys

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An hilarious and sexy Ginger from Venus

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Trixie Fou Laurant

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Gorgeous Lady Dada

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Galliane Murmures

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That was definitely a lovely way to spend a Saturday evening in Clermont-Ferrand !

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