Monday, 1 October 2012

The Sunday 'Boot Sale'




The end of September usually heralds the end of the village 'Boot Sale' season, and the nearby village of Prats du Périgord usually hosts the final bash.

My haul was predictable; a pair of Ricard water pitchers  a small white oval plate, and another simple 'nibbles' plate (I already own its twin sister). 



The village of Prats is set around its medieval church. I just loved this entrance to a secret garden.



Both the interior and exterior of the church are magnificent. Inside was this beautiful old polychromed wood carving in a small side chapel.



In the middle was this little door. No doubt in times past it was used to lock up the church's valuables; but yesterday it was empty (I looked).

When I was dealing in Antiques in London (many years ago), it was this sort of thing that I bought and sold. My dealer's eyes were regarding it with envy!!

The rest of the church was very simply restored; the beautiful stonework has all been uncovered, and the ancient floor tiles given a good scrub and polish. Perfect.

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22 comments:

  1. Great purchases, lovely pics and a sunny day as well by the look of it.

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  2. The box with the little door is known as a tabernacle and is where the reserve sacrement/eucharist would have been kept.

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  3. I've never allowed myself to go to a car boot - my magpie tendencies are too strong. The church decorations are lovely and priceless I shouldn't wonder.

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  4. Love the Ricard water pitchers -- I find French churches so unpredictable -- some are well-kept and others in such a state of disrepair you wonder how the building is still standing.

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  5. I would have looked too.....cannot resist. If you are religious or not a church is a special place to be sometimes for all sorts of reasons....shelter from the sun, a chance to look at beautiful things, quiet, peaceful. Your boot sale pickings are pretty.

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  6. Beautiful, all of it. Feeling very nostalgic here, for all things French . . . (sigh) x

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  7. Gorgeous pictures. Church being my professional area of expertise :-) I'm guessing that this little cupboard on the wall in a side chapel is a tabernacle, for storing the bread and wine once they had been blessed during the Mass.

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  8. What a beautiful church - good to know that it is well cared for.

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    1. As 'The Broad' says above, so many are neglected. This one, luckily, is very well tended.

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  9. Do they take Visa at carboot sales? ;) I love to watch that show about the guy Drew who travels all over Britain rooting through people's junk and treasures for items to fix up and sell in his shop. Would be a fun job if you've an eye for it.

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    1. Visa? What's Visa? Filthy luchre or nothing here, otherwise they might have to pay TAX!

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  10. I also like to nosy around old churches, though I have to brace myself for the lightning bolt, crossing the threshold.

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  11. You got some nice things at your boot sale.

    Old churches are often so ornate and interesting to visit, and I would imagine, more so in Europe.

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  12. Loving the bottles, Cro. Do you use them for water, wine or what?

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    1. They are 'officially' for water, to dilute your Pastis; Ricard, of course!

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  13. Being half Italian I love anything that tastes of anise, so of course I love your Ricard bottles.
    Hi, I'm new to your blog and absolutely love it. I'm also a new contributor to the blogosphere, so if you'd ever like to read about the spiritual searchings of a middle aged lady in Catonsville, Maryland, stop on over!
    Would really welcome your comments (are you Buddhist?).

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    1. No I'm not a Buddhist, but I do believe in much of their philosophy. I'm really just a common or garden atheist.

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  14. A lovely way to finish off the season.

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  15. This is what I love about your blog. You could have simply posted pictures of your treasures from the boot sale and been done with it, no explanation whatsoever. But with each post there are other things that caught your eye..this time the entrance to the secret garden and the church. Life must be very rich for you because "you see beyond" or take time to notice. And, I love the dialogue between you and your followers.

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    1. Thank you Gail... but don't encourage me!

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