Sunday, October 9, 2016

Great day out playing hunt the Murals in Angouleme

Having moved on from our trip to La Creuse we then headed for Angouleme and found a fabulous campsite 6klm out of town (Camping du Plan d'eau), and as a bonus we found a cycle route that took us through a park and alongside the Charente river right into town. The whole cycle ride was infused with the gorgeous fragrance of the Elaeagnus hedging.

Armed with a town plan which had all the wall murals numbered think there were about 20 in all. We never found them all despite spending 6 hours walking the streets, but it did make the day more interesting to say the least. My feet were less impressed.

Stock photo of  Hergé & TinTin

The International Comic Strip Festival d'Angoulême did nothing but grow with the help of great geniuses as the great Moebius, Hugo Pratt (creator of Corto Maltese), Hergé (The Adventures of Tintin), Will Eisner (The Spirit ), Enki Bilal or grand prize winners like Albert Uderzo (Asterix), Bill Waterson (Calvin and Hobbes) or Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball). 

Hugo Eugenio Pratt was an Italian comic book creator who was known for combining strong storytelling with extensive historical research on works such as Corto Maltese. He was inducted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 2005. 

Saturday, October 8, 2016

A trip to see a fellow Crafter

 I have spoken with Lynne for a few years now on Face Book and a few weeks ago said  we must meet. A date was set and hubby and I set of and decided to make a holiday of it, first stop La Creuse.
Spent two days with Lynne and we had great fun, why does time fly when you are having so much fun 
 The amount of creations in Lynne's workshop is real eye candy
She creates fabulous cushions using her Embroidery machine

 Lynne is a true lover of owls which becomes obvious when you start looking on the shelves
Stunning door hangers for any occasion
 The machine that does what it's told, and when, a real treat to watch it in action
Just a few of her lavender sachets all so beautifully finished and the smell is intoxicating 
A variety of lace bracelets, love the Ying & Yang
Wine Bottle Holders in French & English
Lynne's latest Chucks
 And lets not forget Shades who  has to know everything that's going on. All in all a fabulous trip and if it wasn't for face book we would never have met. Thank you Lynne for sharing your home and showing me your beautiful workmanship and atelier. Lynne is on Etsy and her Face Book page if you want to pop over and say hello and see what else she has been making.
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