We leave on Wednesday evening for Belgium with the barge.
We are scheduled to haul JoLi’ Folie out for a survey for insurance the week of June 17th. So no more brocantes for me until our return sometime in July.
By then the Spring season may be over in the area as everyone goes on vacation and they will not start up again until September.
Can I last without a “fix”?
We shall see…
But after today’s finds, I feel like I went out with a bang.
It was cold but the sun peeked in and out all day.
Let’s get started…
My first brocante was in Mery-sur-Oise.
Next was Vigny. A lovely little village with a typical old church.
Vigny with it’s church and to the right is a chateau that was probably used for the church.
Two of my “finds of the day” were from here:
If I had to choose one single item amongst all my jewels from today, I’d have to pick this metal advertising sign for Benedictine.
Gien children’s series hand painted dish dating from between 1971-1984.
Little Red Riding Hood saying “oh, what big eyes you have”.
Also from Vigny:
Cergy, where we moor has a huge brocante, but it’s usually filled with children’s clothes and toys.
This year I found quite a few interesting items:
Another keeper for my collection. In excellent condition.
There may be a brocante in the village where we’re going to moor at the border of France and Belgium.
Of course I’ll go and look.
Who knows what I’ll find so stay tuned…
I went to bed Sunday night thinking that the forecast for torrential rain would wash out the whole day. But at 7am when we left Guy was convinced a miracle had occurred…cloudy skies, threatening but no rain.
There are two really excellent brocantes every Pentecost Monday and I really wanted to make an effort for Guy to experience them. The day before I was chatting with a vendor at Pontoise and she said she would go rain or shine as there were no refunds for their stands due to rain.
Off we went, but by the time we’d parked and walked to the beginning of the Brocante, a steady rain was falling.
Oh, to not have to worry about
things fitting in your luggage!
After about 45 minutes we were soaked through.
When the water accumulated to this level,
it was time to call it a day!
I want to tell Guy, my personal sherpa, what fun it was to have him come along to the Brocantes during their visit.
He’s got a real talent for seeing the very unique…
and they have returned home with some really wonderful treasures.
Thank you, Guy!
Guy and Julie’s bootie at the end…
Well done Guy!
The forecast for today was bleek.
Today and tomorrow, Pentecost Monday with 2 real biggies, was to be Guy’s last hurrah.
We would shoot for doing three today.
Pontoise has been good for me so I chose to start there. Fairly strong sprinkles had many vendors booths covered with plastic which made the hunt difficult.
Everyone gets a little creative when it rains…
Pay for a bath or shower?
Here’s some of my treasures from Pontoise:
Though light showers continued, we pressed on to Chambly in the Oise.
By the time we arrived the showers had stopped and we found loads of wonderful treasures.
Guy’s got quite an eye for finding treasures.
This is an old bank lock box.
Treasures from Chambly:
Also not pictured: Maxim’s de Paris porcelain sandwich platter and a little metal sign with “Chambre”.
We were rejuvenated by our finds and pressed on to Bouffemont back in the Val d’Oise. Normally I don’t find too many things here, but I was lucky today and so was Guy.
A bird cage that Guy will use as a planter.
The clips on his back pack have been handy.
Forging ahead through hay this village put down over a muddy path due to the rain.
Guy was up again at the crack of dawn raring to go.
I had high hopes of achieving 4 brocantes in the day.
We started at Mareil-en-France. There’s a man there who sells absinthe items from his personal collection who lives in Brittany but comes for the brocante every year as his son lives in the village. Charming man filled with information on the Absinthe era.
Here’s some of my treasures from Mareil:
Next we went to Bruyeres-sur-Oise.
I had never been and we found a number of interesting things.
This was my treasure of the day.
When I saw it, I had no idea what it was.
I just had to have it.
Can anyone guess?
click on image to view guesses
My treasures from Bruyeres-sur-Oise:
Condécourt was next.
It’s not been as good as in the past,
but it was for Guy to see yet another venue.
My big find there was this dish:
This was my 2nd best treasure of the day.
It’s a Saint Amand et Hamage dish that dates between the 1890s – no later than 1952.
It’s in perfect condition and oh, so lovely.
also from Condécourt:
I’m not sure what Guy would choose as his favorite thing today…
Getting to go to four brocantes in one day …
or a made to order enormous smoked salmon sandwich on a fresh baked baguette from a boulangerie.
Our last stop was Issou in the Yvelines.
Probably wouldn’t do it again but it was a pretty venue.
Our last brocante of the day was at Issou
in the Parc of the Chateau
Only one find here for me:
Julie’s little velo is starting to fill up with the treasures of each brocante.
OK, one day of brocantes for Guy and I.
It was Julie’s turn today.
A lovely lunch at one of our favorite restaurants –
Bords de Seine in Roche Guyon and then the gardens at Giverny.
Since they’ve always come in September this was a real treat.
Lovely entrecôte with roquefort sauce
Oh the Nostalgie!
We think the gardens are at their most magnificent in May.
Today was no disappointment.
Julie & Guy arrived yesterday for a 2 week visit.
They usually come in September. Guy is about as passionate about Brocanting as I am!
Coming in May is a real treat for him as not only does he get to come with me on Sundays but on the holidays as well.
He was up at 6:45 raring to go even with his jet-lag. I get treated to my own personal Sherpa while he’s here.
Nothing better than to find a surprise package of my favorite candy in my back pack to start my day!
Hotel de Ville Crevecoeur-le-Grand
People as far as you can see
…such treasures to be found
Guy bought this little planter stand for Julie
We managed to clip it on to his back pack. It rode happily with him for the rest of the day.
Here’s a selection of some of today’s treasures.
May in France is one big long holiday.
Every week there’s a holiday.
Holidays = brocantes.
Wy is a sweet little village in the Val d’Oise.
Even though this year I came away empty handed, the drive was very picturesque with the neon-yellow rapeseed in bloom in the green green fields.