Gourds, Sunflowers and a Dire Warning

( very photo heavy post – just saying)


I thought I’d wandered into a kind of French South Park episode at the weekend when we decided to go to a nearby village and see ‘Le Jardin Enchanté’  (the enchanted garden) which is only rarely open to the public and saw this sign.

French Warning SIgnTranslation:   Supervise your Children – Stay with them.

Yes, there was a river with quite a few rocks around and the French aren’t ones to install safety barriers around things but I’m not sure the illustration needed to be quite so graphic.

RiverOr maybe it wasn’t graphic enough as this little tot’s father was actively encouraging a bit of extreme river and rock playtime.

The idea of the day – if I understood the blurb correctly and it’s possible I didn’t –  was to combine art with agriculture and there were some interesting examples.   Being the beginning of September, gourds and sunflowers were mostly the objets d’art of choice.

Decorated Gourd

Bath or Shower

Love the sunflower shower head.

Decorated Tree

and the dressed to kill tree

Clay Decoration

Not sure about the unfortunate swelling on the front there!

Gourd in Knickers

Marks and Spencer trying to save money on lingerie models?


Moving away from the primitive art, there were some gorgeous end of summer colours.  The sunflowers in our garden only grew due to the cast off seeds which dropped off the birdfeeder in the winter so we can’t take credit for those and we are a bit high up to grow some of the other plants so I was a bit envious.

 Sunflower Heads

Somebody’s been busy with flowerheads – these are floating in the river


Late Summer Flowers


Lots of time and effort (and stones) must have gone into some of these little structures

Stone Man

Straw Girl

Some quite subtle installations and (back to the primitive art)

Coal Scuttle Face

some not!

French Sign

It was a lovely place  with a very ‘hippy’ feel to it with brightly coloured baggy trousers, piercings and dreadlocks in abundance  – some spots along the river had incense sticks burning amongst the stones and flowers –  definitely different from the more traditional garden open day in the U.K.   Some of the ‘spectacles’ were a bit weird and very French.  One appeared to consist of a grown woman playing with a doll made out of straw in exactly the sort of way my daughters used to play with Barbies,  apparently for the entertainment of the crowd.   On this evidence we decided not to stay for the spectacles due to take place later in the day even though it was all free.   A good excuse for a family afternoon out  before college and University start again though and an opportunity to take some silly photos like Mlle. T the elder (in her recently finished handmade dress, please note!) pretending to use a gourd as a punch bag – as you do.

Large Gourd

Back to the sewing table next time and some tips on what to do with fabric covered in Dr. Who’s tardis – how I tempt you.

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  1. #1 by Wendz on September 2, 2013 - 12:46

    My boys are often required to go with their father to some ‘spectacles’ and improv theatre and blimey does some (most) of it sound bizarre! As you said, sometimes things are very specifically French. Not my cup of tea at all.

    I like that bath and sunflower shower too – very innovative! 🙂

  2. #2 by Ann on September 2, 2013 - 16:03

    Quirky indeed, but enjoyable! Thanks for taking us along on your adventure. Nice to see Mlle. T in her new dress.

  3. #3 by Jan Marriott on September 2, 2013 - 18:35

    Do I suspect a hint of sarcasm here?

  4. #4 by tialys on September 2, 2013 - 19:12

    Mais non! Jan.

    I sometimes worry I might be a bit of a philistine.

  5. #5 by Sew2pro on September 2, 2013 - 19:39

    I love gourds; did you know that kids a long time ago used them as swimming aids?! Like, in my granddad’s time!!

    Great photos and interesting take on creativity! I love the lingerie model 🙂

  6. #6 by tialys on September 2, 2013 - 19:52

    I don’t think I did know that – or if I did I’ve forgotten like I have so many things. Much more eco friendly than all the plastic and foam used in rubber rings, armbands and other swimming aids now. I wonder if anyone would dare taking a few round to the local swimming baths and see what they say.

  7. #7 by lovelucie1 on September 3, 2013 - 13:36

    Makes my visits to historical properties this summer look quite lame!

  8. #8 by Carole Mayne on September 4, 2013 - 00:51

    This is such a fun post.. I really enjoy traveling to your favorite and exotic places! Thank you for the ride-along! (-:

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