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Ma Petite Mamie et Mon Petit Papi

Grandma French carrying lettuce from garden portrait stone farmhouse normandy lady

hens in garden france red flowers rural

grandmas garden bird house box cute maison

corn on the cob maize in baskets

empty green french cider bottles

pumpkins piled up orange and green

tools outils on work bench hammer

Chez Mes Grandparents

I think my grandma is the cutest thing – don’t you think?! I was absolutely delighted when I caught her with her freshly harvested lettuce, making her way from one of the outhouses to her sweet, modest little stone house in Normany, France even though she’s shy about having her photo taken. Her and my Grandad head up my whole family (who are all Norman) and ensure everyone is always well fed. This usually means a hen from the back garden and beans from my Grandad’s fine plot – a rectangle of land which I can proudly say must have the finest, well worked soil in whole of the county!

I find the pair fascinating. They count a fleece thrown over their sofa as a luxury, pretty much only have the fire to keep them warm, and plod through the days to the loud tick of their old big-ben chime style wall clock. I snuck into His workshop and was amazed by all the old tools and clever ways he’s converted old cans into colanders and such. Being thrifty is their way of life, a continuation of the days of ‘Le Systeme D’ during the war.

Their little ways – they only eat the toughest, airiest most flavourless loaves (which I dubbed ‘Crocodile bread’) and serve us little cheesy biscuits in an old little wicker basket, make me realise how far removed I am from their way of life. They’re both getting very old but no matter what, they always have great respect in themselves; keeping their garden and house looking in perfect order and working hard every day. They’re an inspiration from another time.

flowers pot plant in conservatory pink

my grandparents french

French beer mustard larder cans

The famous ‘creme anglaise’ powder that we treat them to.

My aunts and uncles family portrait photograph red outfits france

My mum and her siblings

nesquik packs chocolate biscuits larder cupboard

crocodile bread in the cupboard

grandad farmer in Normandy during war rural black and white photo

My grandfather from when we worked on a commercial farm

If you fancy seeing more posts like this, take a look at my farmhouse and more on the way we live when we’re there!

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  • Jess November 22, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    Wow. What a beautiful place. The photos are gorgeous! I need a trip to France.

  • Flora November 21, 2012 at 6:57 AM

    This is my first holiday season sans ma grand-mere. This post deeply touched me, as it did the others here. She, too, came from simple beginnings, and lived perfectly streamlined throughout her 90 years. Never drove a car a day in her life 🙂 Cherish them both forever, they are darling, especially together!

    Sincerement,

    Flora

  • Léna November 19, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    Oh tu parles français? Je suis française et ça me fait du bien de reconnaître des paysages familiers sur ton blog 🙂

  • Jenny November 19, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Your grandparents are just the cutest! Seeing their way of life is so refreshing and really makes me appreciate all the little things! xo

    http://www.jenventure.blogspot.co.uk

  • Maria November 19, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    This is so lovely, my grandparents are a real inspiration to me and they are such a massive part of my life and it looks like yours are too! It almost looks like a trip back in time in all these photos and it is making me massively nostalgic!

    Maria xxx

  • No2muk November 19, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Hi!
    Cela fait un moment que je te suis car j’adore ton look frais, pétillant et souriant (très très important car y en a marre des bloggeuses qui tirent la gueule!). Franchement, j’aime beaucoup ce que tu fais.
    Je n’avais pas fait attention à ton côté français et là, bam!, un article adorable sur tes grands-parents qui me fait t’aimer encore plus!
    Faut dire que j’adore ma grand-mère également et que je suis normande aussi! Le monde est vraiment petit…
    Merci d’avoir partagé ce moment avec nous! Même si maintenant, j’ai un peu le mal du pays… (j’ai déménagé au Japon!). Tiens, je vais appeler ma grand-mère!
    Bises

    • Lulu November 19, 2012 at 12:25 PM

      coucou! Wow merci beaucoup pour tes gentils mots! J’ai eu beaucoup de plaisir a lire ton commentaire 🙂 Wow Japon?! C’ets un peut different hein? trop cool, je veux vraiment visiter le pays – tout les trucs en plastique avec des petites figures mignons! haha
      A – la Normandie et trop belle mais mon coeur est dans la ville a Londres 😉
      J’espere que ta grand-mere va tres bien!
      Hugs x

  • Sasha November 18, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    This feels so.. like home! Thank you for making such a personal post like this, bringing all of us childhood memories. Grandparents’ house was always the best place…and the best food! 😉 <3

    By the way, I am having a little internationl Giveway in my blog. So, it would be great if you could join. 🙂
    cranberrymix.blogspot.com

  • mat November 18, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    what a wonderful post, seriously loved this. i love seeing into people homes but this is something else, it’s natural, aged and never finished. you can from a happy place and it must be ace to go back.

    • Lulu November 19, 2012 at 8:48 AM

      Aah Mat, such lovely words, thank you!! I hoped people would enjoy something a little different! 😉 I didn’t actually come from here but my mum did so I guess it is home really! 😉
      xx

  • Ilsie November 18, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    Thank you for sharing these photos with us, Lucy! It reminds me of my grandparents who live in a very similar way and I love them dearly. 🙂 Such sweet post. xx

  • Katie November 18, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    NANS ARE THE BEST BEASTS ON THE WHOLE WORLD <3 just sayin !
    i can't live without mine :)!!!
    http://coeursdefoxes.blogspot.com/

    and nans have such cute faces 🙂 i just can't stop smilin, my heart is melting 🙂

  • Rachel November 18, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Oh Lucy, you’re making me homesick for my second home in Brittany, a stone cottage just like that! And your Grandma is adorable, she reminds me of my neighbour in France!

    • Rachel November 18, 2012 at 7:51 PM

      Okay, I have just clicked through to your other two posts, and our houses are practically identical, down to the positioning of the windows, the local stone and how much work needed doing to it when we first got it!

      • Lulu November 19, 2012 at 8:49 AM

        No way?! haha Awesome! Brittany is lovely too 🙂 I’m glad you’ve been able to do work to it! x

  • Stephanie November 18, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    I adore these photos, so lovely to share <3
    xxx

  • Lizzy November 18, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Your grandmother is exceptionally cute, and what a splendid woman to have at the head of your family. My granny was very like that – she used to ‘sides to middle’ all her sheets when they wore out in the middle (cut them in half and move the unworn edges to the centre, leaving a massive, uncomfortable seam down the middle of the sheet!), because it would be too extravagant to buy new ones. But the quirks are what make them such special women. x

    • Lulu November 19, 2012 at 8:51 AM

      PAHAA! I read this in bed last night, I was laughing out loud at the thought of that seam, I know the technique! bless them. Today we’d just throw them out wouldn’t we! Thanks for the kind words! x