Friday, 19 August 2011

An afternoon out .....

On Wednesday I spent the afternoon and evening with Chris and Sally, the parents of my daughter’s partner, Ben. Their house is about 15 miles away, and when I arrived Brice, a local blacksmith, was at the house attaching their new iron work railings. Although Brice has made an excellent set of iron work, it has taken him quite a while to make and then mount the railings. Still, I think the wait has been worthwhile.

The photographs don’t really show the railings to their best effect, but I think you can get a good idea.

Jane, who has been Sally’s friend for over 40 years, was visiting so it was good to meet with her. With Tim away I was beginning to get tired of my own company, so didn't need much persuasion to join them. Normally I am fairly comfortable with my own company, but, as with all things, you can have too much of a good thing!!!

In the evening we had a delicious and very relaxing BBQ – cooked by Chris but prepared by Sally and Jane. Just before I left to drive back to Le Petit-Pressigny there was a wonderful sunset …….

You can just pick out the wind generators on the horizon.


  1. Glad you were able to get out and about for some company. That's a beautiful sky.

  2. Hello Gaynor:
    It is always so good to find local craftsmen to make things and the iron railings look very pretty indeed. So much more character is added to a house with the addition of such handmade items rather than the commercially available versions which one sees everywhere.

    Although it is difficult going somewhere alone when usually you go as a couple, it looks as if you had a lovely time. And, what a perfect sunset to light up the journey home.

  3. Love the railings -- especially with the French doors -- Very romantic!

  4. The railings look good and that sunset..... Diane

  5. Hi Craig,
    It was a difficult week for me but my good friends kept in touch because they knew it would be so. However I think that I am now 'over the worst' and moving forward. Anyone want to rent a room ............ :o)

  6. Hi Jane and Lance,

    I hope you have enjoyed your travels.

    The railings are individual and I could imagine the blacksmith at his forge fashioning the each piece.

  7. Diane and Broad,

    the sunsey was eautiful but wish I could have captured the cky accurately.

  8. The railings are great and look perfect for the property. One of the last tasks of our renovation is a much needed repainting of our balcony railings, a very fiddly task indeed.