Winter here in Gauteng ( the province I live in) is dusty and dry and there are certainly no natural woods here, so I was very much enchanted by the beauty of the trees both in Maine and New Hampshire, a wonderful shade of green that you never see here.
Isn't it just gorgeous!!!
I also saw my first chipmunk ever, not easy to get a photo though, they are pretty quick. Lucy and I quickly chatted like we had been friends forever, and she showed me all her wonderful work, her knitting is just wonderful and so fine. But her porcelain work really just blew my mind, the detail is incredible in real life.
Lucy gifted me with these two items and told me how she made it, my photos doesn't do them justice at all, the black vase was poured in black porcelain slip and then soft fired in the kiln, the white and gold details on the vase was then painted on with slip. The tiny little flute player was sculpted out of a lump of porcelain, he is just amazing and stands only 17mm (21/32") high including the base.
The vase turned 180 degrees and the flute player from the back, thank you Lucy for two wonderful days of visiting and these precious gifts, it was great meeting you and spending time with you.
On Monday I took the bus to Logan airport in Boston and left for France in a thunder storm.
Notre Dame certainly lived up to its reputation and I enjoyed taking a quiet stroll through the church and admiring the beautiful iron work on the doors.
I then took a slow walk to the museum enjoying all the beautiful buildings on the way.
Don't you just love those iron balustrades.
The outside of the museum with a miniature Statue of Liberty, the French did design her after all.
An Astro Globe, I would love to make one in miniature.
I loved this desk with all it's drawers, something else that would be nice to make in miniature.
A knitting loom from 1785, my mom had a knitting machine when we were small, I never realized they went as far back as this.
I loved this little read-in stand for the sheer beauty of the wood and turnings.
The museum also had a nice collection of porcelain and glass items and I really liked this beautifully painted stand.
The stand from the side.
And then a model of the Statue of Liberty being constructed.
Well, this is the best photo I managed to snap of the statue from the ferry back in New York, hopefully next time I am there she will be open to visitors.
Some early light bulbs.
Louis XVI's rose engine, I never knew he liked to do this kind of thing.
Hmmm, I am not so sure this sentiment helped him much, he did lose his head in the French Revolution through the lower classes as he put it!
Isn't this hall just beautiful!
And lastly, a model T Ford from 1908. Thank you Bill for the suggestion of this museum, I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would, there were so many interesting things in it.
From the museum I wandered back to the Seine and admired some more of the wonderful French architecture.
The closest I got to the Eiffel tower which was designed by Alexandre Gustave Eiffel who also had a hand in the design of the Statue of Liberty.
Although it doesn't show in my photos, it was a hot sunny day with a clear blue sky in Paris and I was really thankful for a small park with some shady trees, where I sat down and rested for a bit.
I just liked the blue paint on these windows.
And my last photo of Paris, after I took this one my camera announced that my SD card was full, since I was really tired by then and there just happened to be a train station right on the corner where I was standing straight back to the airport without any transfers, I decided to call it the day and go back to the airport for supper and my flight to South Africa. I loved Paris and will definitely go back there again, hopefully next year I can fit in a few days there.
Well, I really enjoyed sharing my trip with you all over the last few days while getting over the jet lag, tomorrow it is back to making miniatures and the house is begging for a good clean, in winter it gets dusty very quickly.
Till next time