Friday, 29 April 2011

3 Things on Friday

Thing 1 - Happy Holiday

As you may have gathered, we've been away on holiday :-) When I saw that the Beyond Blogging For Scrapbookers class was going to be run over these few weeks I was a bit disappointed, but figured I'd just work through the prompts in my own time. Luckily we had a wireless connection in our holiday property so while I didn't spend much time online I was able to keep an eye on the prompts and hence didn't miss out on the My Day In Photos project! We were away for a week and I took over 600 photos... While I don't plan to share them all with you, I do love to post a few holiday pics! But I'm aware that not everyone might want to see them, so first here are the other 2 Things and the photos will follow at the end of this post :-)

Thing 2 - Blog Amnesty

Being away for a week has naturally meant that I've gotten rather behind with my blog reading! I'm preserving what's left of my sanity by declaring a blog amnesty: while I hope to read as many of your posts as possible, I'm not going to worry too much about commenting till I'm up to date with reading everyone's news, and then I'll get back into my regular pattern of commenting. I'd rather read more and comment less for a few days! If there's anything major that you've blogged about lately and you don't want me to miss it, do let me know, but I hope I'll find it for myself anyway - I just may not have the chance to comment on it, sorry xx

Thing 3 - Project Declutter

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I had a new project in mind for May, and that it wasn't a craft one! Well, I'm naming it Project Declutter. My plan is that every day through May I will get rid of something we no longer want or need. I'm a hoarder, and I know I have too much stuff! I've made up a few rules for how I plan to do this, and I'm listing them here for my own benefit, though if anyone's interested enough to play along for a week or even the whole month, this might give you an idea of how you could make your own version work:
  1. It's only clutter if it bothers me. A pile of craft stuff doesn't necessarily bother me. A drawer stuffed full of long-outgrown children's clothes does.
  2. At least one thing per day - it's OK to get rid of more than one!! I can fill a bag with said outgrown children's clothes on one particular day and that works. BUT - I'm not allowed to then say to myself that because there were 7 items in that bag I don't need to get rid of anything else that week.... I do have to declutter every single day.
  3. However, this is my project, so I don't get to beat myself up if I miss a day. If I can catch up the following day that would be good though.
  4. The item doesn't actually have to leave the house on that day, but I have to have started the process! It's OK to fill a bag for the charity shop on a Sunday then drop it off the next day, for example. And it's OK to list something on Freecycle on a particular day but not have it collected till later that week. And I can list something on eBay so it won't actually be sold for a week, but I have at least listed it. The most important thing is to identify that day's item and start to get rid of it, with a definite deadline for it to leave the house.
  5. I shall post updates here on my blog, as an accountability exercise!
And now for those holiday photos....

We (The Doctor, The Children and I, and The Friends - a family with 2 children of primary school age) flew into Bergerac. I've never seen a baggage reclaim quite like this before!!


We spent the first day exploring Bergerac's lovely churches...


...finding statues of Cyrano (de Bergerac, naturally!) and spotting interesting details...


...admiring the gorgeous flower beds and taking a ride on the very thorough road train tour.


We spent that first night in a hotel in Bergerac, then the next day we went to a supermarket to stock up before heading to our holiday property. I loved the range of exotic fruits, and the water misters keeping the salad fresh!


And then we drove to the village of Constant in the Dordogne region. It was an abandoned and run down village bought up a few years ago by a holiday company and lovingly restored into a really lovely location :-)



It was so quiet and secluded, really peaceful!


The heated outdoor pool was never overcrowded - and there was a second outdoor pool and an indoor one, too!


Gorgeous details could be seen everywhere I looked :-)


We visited Rouffignac caves to view the prehistoric cave paintings and etchings, including many of mammoths.


It wasn't easy to take photos of the cave art - but it turned out that I wasn't supposed to anyway! I'd missed the sign by the entrance.... Here's the guide spotting my camera:

 (He was very nice about it though!)

We found a church that held services in English so we were able to attend a service on Easter Sunday, which was good :-)


It was set on the top of a hill at Limeuil, and surrounded by picturesque properties like this one:


Limeuil is set at the confluence of two rivers (the Dordogne and the Vezere) and is stunningly beautiful!


We also visited an old abbey church at Paunat. (A few years ago the ceiling fell down - can you see the crack in the far wall at the bottom right of the second photo below? That's why the wooden rafters are exposed!)


We visited Beynac Castle, perched high on rocky cliffs above the Dordogne river:



We went to an aquarium and saw some fish, lizards and geckos...


...turtles and terrapins, and snakes...


...and had the chance to stroke some fish, too!


We visited the Chateau de Castelnaud, perched high on rocky cliffs above the Dordogne river:


The views were incredible! We could even see Beynac Castle:


The Tomboy had a fabulous birthday :-)


And we went to see the beautiful Marqueyssac gardens, from which we could see both Castelnaud and Beynac :-)



We spent the last day of the holiday quietly in Constant Village, swimming, playing, packing, wandering around and lizard-spotting:



Then home! With many photos and many memories of a lovely, lovely holiday with our friends :-)

26 comments:

Photographing Mom said...

Looks like a wonderful vacation!! Thanks for sharing the photos!

Jo.C said...

What a beautiful place, I have never been but I think I may need to put it on my list of places to go.
Glad you enjoyed your holiday

Scribble Monster said...

I'm glad you had a good time, the photos are fab. I'm hope the declutter goes well.

Melissa said...

Wonderful photos Mel! I think you have a great plan for May decluttering - looking forward to seeing how it goes. I have one closet that really needs tackled, but since it's mostly Robbie's stuff inside I'm waiting until after graduation and we'll tackle it together (I hope!).

furrypig said...

what a great place for a holiday! I love your plan fo decluttering in May and think I may just join you as 'sort out' is my phrase for 2011 and I have a lot to sort!!!

Lizzie said...

Oh wow! That looks and sounds like a truly lovely holiday. I would so like to go there! (maybe I will...).
Glad you had a good time!

I really like your Project Declutter. I think I may join in - goodness knows I ought to!! We are the world's worst hoarders of "stuff". I think I will enlist DH and DS and see if we can each declutter one item per day - what a difference that would make!
Thank you for the idea - and the Rules.

gayle said...

I love holiday blog posts, it's like going to take a look around the place! Glad you had a lovely lovely holiday :)

Alison said...

Looks like a beautiful place for a holiday! I do like the decluttering idea...I could probably have a decluttering year!!
Alison xx

Gail said...

It looks wonderful. What a great place for a holiday. Like your May decluttering plan.

Heather said...

Oh my! The sunshine ... the pool ... the churches ... the architecture!! Im extremely jealous. But so glad you all had a fab time :) Good luck with the clear-out thingy xx

Cheri said...

It looks so wonderful Mel... I could use some time in such wonderful surroundings!

Cheri said...

It looks so wonderful Mel... I could use some time in such wonderful surroundings!

Michelle said...

Gr8 pics! Such a fabby place! thx 4 sharing :)

Karen said...

What wonderful photos, Mel. I'm glad you had such a nice holiday.

Amanda said...

gorgeous pictures! That Peacock looks huge!

I'm doing a declutter project too. I've gotten rid of so much stuff. And yet there's still tons more. It's never ending!

Beverly said...

Welcome home, it looks like ya'll had a wonderful time and a great birthday memory for the Tomboy. The pics are great and the ones of the architecture and stairs at Beynac Castle are stunning! I think comment Amnesty is a given ;) Baby Boy and I are decluttering his things in preparation of his move on Sunday to his first apt at college. Think that may wipe me out for at least a week or two lol

Jimjams said...

Welcome home - glad you had a great holiday. I've been away too and will be borrowing your Blog Amnesty idea - Google Reader was rather overloaded when I returned :(
I may even have a go at the decluttering too ...

Jimjams said...

Forgot to say ... I think the TB looks great as a knight!

Amy said...

One day, in my future life when I visit Europe and the UK for an extended period of time, I am going to hire you as my combo friend/tour guide! Mel, you find the best places to visit and stay - this all just looks glorious!

I have a life of madness at the moment but we need to skype when possible :-)

Good luck with the 'project' there is a LOT of that going on here - I live with the master hoarder!

Anonymous said...

Lovely photos Mel

CDHS

scrappyjacky said...

The holiday sounds [and looks] wonderful....and project de-clutter sounds like something I should be doing!!

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Looks like a great time on the vacation!

Winnie said...

Looks like you had a fantastic holiday. The photos are lovely and I soooo want to visit the area - it looks so gorgeous! Good luck with the declutter project.

Rachel B said...

Looks like you had an amazing holiday Mel, I know how you feel with the 'catching up' I always seem to be doing this :)

Miriam said...

I loved looking at your holiday pics Mel. So glad you had a good time. I am on a major de-cluttering project, well done for making a plan. Yesterday I did my wardrobe!

Jinnag said...

Looks like a wonderful holiday. So glad you had a great time. I ike your decluttering idea - Iam going to try and join you - though like Alison, I could probably do with a decluttering year! J x