our neighbours’ patchwork

neighbour patchwork
this amazing collection of colour is actually the floor of every room in our neighbours’ house

Actually, our neighbours probably DO think I’m bonkers as I’ve taken photos of their floor tiles too!

But really, it’s not just any old tiles – their house is full to the skirting boards of the most beautiful ‘carreaux ciment’.

These highly decorative cement tiles (also known as hydraulic tiles), along with terracotta tiles, are an extremely common form of floor covering here and the colours can be magnificent.

They are thought to have been first produced in Viviers, in the South of France, in the mid 19th century and you can see that it’s an incredibly hard-wearing floor when you think most of the houses around here still have the original tiles.  And they’re wonderfully cool under the feet in summer.  No wonder you see all the dogs and cats in their village residences sprawled out on them.  Just be sure you don’t have shaky fingers, the morning after a big dinner party, with a favourite breakfast bowl…

On moving in to their home, our neighbour friends found a load of tile spares and cleverly laid them in the VIP room.

wc patchwork
a work of art in the WC (in our house we call that a ‘loo’)

Even going to the loo is a treat for the eyes.

Treats from our neighbours

vegie's from our neighbours
can't beat this for a gift, a vegie box from our friends in the village

Some presents are better than others.

And this has to be one of the best.  A vegie box from our friends in the village.  I collected Lilas from a morning of play with their granddaughter and they presented me with this beautiful box of produce from their ‘potager’ (vegetable patch).

The box was so fresh and gleaming with colour I couldn’t wait to take a photo of it!  I’m sure our friends thought I was a bit bonkers when I told them that.

A ratatouille is on the way with this stuff…