Beginning of a new chapter.

These past 3 weeks were spent entirely on packing up our Loire home. We wrapped and packed, and stored and transported furniture, cartons. We sorted, threw away, gave away and tried to keep only what we really love and need. It felt great to lighten the load, both in terms of material stuff and mind stuff. Never do I want to own so much stuff again. Since living here in the barn at Coin Perdu with the bare necessities, I have come to realize with how little we can actually be comfortable. I think in this modern age we live with far too much unnecessary “stuff”.

When we locked the door behind us of our Loire home to get into the truck with the last few things on its way to coin Perdu, I took a walk through my garden. I absolutely loved my little “jardin de curé”. I worked so hard in that garden, changing it every so often and I loved every minute of it. I am posting a few images…I have so many, not possible to show them all and of course they will have much more meaning for me, but I hope you can see a little of the joy I’ve experienced in my Loire garden.

…a typical “Tourangelle maison” on the banks of the Loire river.”

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…for my first birthday in our Loire house 12 years ago, mon chéri gave me a “garguile” from the chateau de Chauvigny, which we converted into a fountain..  garden 2008 1520x1884

..I adored the Loire house’s windows. I couldn’t wait for summers to keep them open morning noon and night..

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We only closed the “volets” at night when sleeping..sometimes…

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..and flowerpots on the windowsills…what else!..

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..the “garguile” peeked through white climbing iceberg roses, close by “un olivier” in a pot..

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..on the terrace – urn planted with boxwood..

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..the “jardin de curé” was filled with everything I loved..and still love. Originally I tried to stick to white and blue, but as always, what we plan what eventually realizes aren’t the same…most of the time it turns out better..

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..corners are a favorite of mine..whether in the gardne, the house, the fields…

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..I adored my atelier! I will definitely miss it. It was the old stables of the hopuse which mon chéri turned ito the atelier for me, complete with fireplace, keeeping the old beams and features of the stables intact..To the left of the collage down below, is my galery, which was one of the old caves we turned into my galery.

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..during summers, we pragmatically lived outside in the garden..

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I hope you enjoyed this trip through the garden during 12 years of living in our Loire home. . I hope you’ll join me in writing our new chapter here at Coin Perdu.

I will soon start posting recipes again, as soon as I can get some order in the chaos here . Bear with me..!

I wish you all a great 2014!

à bientôt

Ronelle

35 responses

  1. I love the new header..all the home and garden pics..
    I will love following your new chapter..
    So many precious items..not found in stores:-)
    I would have had a hard time deciding what stays and what goes.
    Store stuff..is different.
    Happy trails Ronelle..you look beautiful.

    05/01/2014 at 17:21

  2. I know what you mean about acquiring too much stuff. We are slowly weeding out stuff here, too. At Christmas we sorted ornaments and such and made a box for the kids, should they EVER settle down and actually have their own Christmas trees.
    Your Loire home is beautiful. The garden everything I could ever want!
    But…you will create more beauty at Coin Perdu, I am sure. Thanks for letting us have a
    view into French life.

    05/01/2014 at 18:02

  3. Charmaine de Jongh-Gelderblom

    Thanks for sharing your journey with us,cannot wait for all your new ventures!

    05/01/2014 at 18:21

  4. Barbara Weeks

    Every happiness in your new home! My husband and I have come to the realization we have too much “stuff” and are beinging a similar journey.

    05/01/2014 at 19:03

  5. I’m wishing you all the best with your new chapter. I have moved 11 times over the years and while always looking ahead with great delight, I have found it a little hard to say goodbye to the homes that gave me so much pleasure. For some reason your posts were not showing up in my reader so I have unsubscribed and resubscribed to follow along on your new adventure and wonderful recipes in this coming new year. :)

    05/01/2014 at 19:16

  6. A fabulous garden. So peaceful and beautiful.

    Happy New Year and all the best with your new life!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

    05/01/2014 at 19:37

  7. Toni Narins

    Ronelle – Thank you for sharing your garden with us. Bonne Annee, and I’m sure your Coin Perdu house will be as lovely as your Loire home, your art, and your spirit.

    05/01/2014 at 21:23

  8. barbaralilian

    It’s always hard leaving a home you’ve loved, but I know you’ll be happy in your new home at ‘Le Coin Perdu ‘ I look forward to seeing if the seeds I sent you will like their new home.

    05/01/2014 at 22:31

  9. “Not better, not worse…but different.” Baskets of good wishes to you, Ronelle.As always, I look forward to your new posts.

    05/01/2014 at 22:39

  10. This looks like perfection…absolute perfection.

    05/01/2014 at 22:57

  11. I loved that house and your garden there. So glad I got a chance to visit! Your new life beckons.. and I know it is and will be a glorious new phase of your life! xoxo

    06/01/2014 at 00:08

  12. Wonderful photos!! Your Loire home was a lovely place but somehow I know your new home will be filled with as much charm. Happy new adventure to you and I’ll look forward to joining in this new chapter.

    06/01/2014 at 01:29

  13. Your home was beautiful……….could you hear me gasping for air when I entered the jar din?!!Love love love the boxwood in all the urns…………..LOVE THE PHOTO OF YOU!
    Next chapter will be GRAND……………..I will be waiting with baited breath!

    06/01/2014 at 02:37

  14. Beautiful garden!

    06/01/2014 at 09:37

  15. Anonymous

    Happy New Year and all the best for the new chapter! Wonderful images of your last one. Liebe Grüße Albrecht

    06/01/2014 at 11:32

  16. Anita Giard

    So glad to finally see what you look like in the new header!
    Your post has inspired me to work harder to pare down as well. Clutter has a way of weighing on our conscience and causing stress.
    Looking forward to your new recipes.

    06/01/2014 at 13:12

  17. Ingrid de Villiers

    Hi Ronelle

    What a beautiful picture of you! I love the new header. Thank you for this lovely post. I am so grateful that I was fortunate to visit you at your beautiful Loire home. What wonderful memories I have…! I can hardly wait for your new posts on Coin Perdu! May you and your family enjoy a blessed 2014! :)

    07/01/2014 at 02:17

  18. Thank you Ingrid..hope we’ll see you here!

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    07/01/2014 at 14:40

  19. Anita..I thought I’d start showing myself along with throwing out all the old..here’s to new and clean beginnings!

    Ronelle Myfrenchkitchen Coin Perdu Africantapestry Caf des artistes

    07/01/2014 at 14:42

  20. Thank you Jeannine!

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    07/01/2014 at 14:43

  21. Thank you for your lovely comments..and yes…at last a photo of me. I thought it high time to le go(along with all the extra baggage) of my fear and finickiness about being photographed etc. We only live once don’t we? Have a good 2014

    Ronelle Myfrenchkitchen Coin Perdu Africantapestry Caf des artistes

    07/01/2014 at 14:52

  22. Thank you Susan…and here’s to a food filled 2014!

    Ronelle Myfrenchkitchen Coin Perdu Africantapestry Caf des artistes

    07/01/2014 at 14:53

  23. Thanks Laura…unfortunately you came in winter…next time you drop by in siummer and we can also go sketching and painting etc..will be fun having you here!

    Ronelle Myfrenchkitchen Coin Perdu Africantapestry Caf des artistes

    07/01/2014 at 14:54

  24. Thank you suzanne…I don’t know about the perfection bit…with such an old house we were always in trouble and fixing something…but it was a good 12 years!

    Ronelle Myfrenchkitchen Coin Perdu Africantapestry Caf des artistes

    07/01/2014 at 14:55

  25. Thanks Dinah, that is what I believe too..never wrong, just different!

    Ronelle Myfrenchkitchen Coin Perdu Africantapestry Caf des artistes

    07/01/2014 at 14:55

  26. Thanks Barbara…I look forward to my new garden and to my corner of poppies!

    Ronelle Myfrenchkitchen Coin Perdu Africantapestry Caf des artistes

    07/01/2014 at 14:56

  27. Thank you Toni…and a bonne anne to you too! I AM looking forward to our new home and garden and my art and may my spirit be renewed as well..yes!

    Ronelle Myfrenchkitchen Coin Perdu Africantapestry Caf des artistes

    07/01/2014 at 14:58

  28. Thanks rosa!

    Ronelle Myfrenchkitchen Coin Perdu Africantapestry Caf des artistes

    07/01/2014 at 15:03

  29. Thanks Karen…11 times, wow, that is quite a number.. And yes, not easy to lift roots – I actually think a little of us stay behind in each home we live/lived.

    Ronelle Myfrenchkitchen Coin Perdu Africantapestry Caf des artistes

    07/01/2014 at 15:05

  30. Thanks Barbara…and good luck on your “minimalizing” journey too…keep me updated on how it is going!

    Ronelle Myfrenchkitchen Coin Perdu Africantapestry Caf des artistes

    07/01/2014 at 15:06

  31. Thanks Charmaine….here’s to a new year and many paintings!

    Ronelle Myfrenchkitchen Coin Perdu Africantapestry Caf des artistes

    07/01/2014 at 15:07

  32. Thanks Caterina…here’s to passing on our stuff to the kids and spend time on our gardens!

    Ronelle Myfrenchkitchen Coin Perdu Africantapestry Caf des artistes

    07/01/2014 at 15:08

  33. Thanks Monique…thanks for the thumbs up on the header…it too me a bit of courage to put it up. Of course I will follow you too on all your adventures this year, like I’ve been doing the past 5/6(?)years…have always loved it and will too…

    Ronelle Myfrenchkitchen Coin Perdu Africantapestry Caf des artistes

    07/01/2014 at 15:11

  34. I love the photos of your Loire home, Ronelle. Happy New Year to you and best of luck with your new endeavor. A bientôt!

    08/01/2014 at 02:58

  35. Anonymous

    Ronellle, what a beautiful home. It must have been so difficult to pack up and leave but I am sure you will make your new home a very special place.

    Eileen

    16/01/2014 at 00:49

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