I don’t know about you but I’m wearing my Autumn clothes now so that’s what I’ll be talking about in my next post.  But I thought I’d show you some more photos of our short break in France and tell you about my buys in, yes, that’s right, a charity shop!

A month later it’s hard to remember that heat – but it was hot. So, not only did I buy that lovely swishy white skirt and blue top from a local market (because I packed the wrong clothes) I also found a charity shop in a little village near to where we were staying where I bought a linen frock, 3 bangles, a necklace, that straw hat you saw in the post of the walk by the canal and a pair of shoes – all for 15 Euros. (That’s approx £13 or $16)  Mind you those Euros were worth a lot more when I was there than they are now (harrumph and boo to Brexit).

Here is the dress and necklace.  I left the hat and the shoes in Moissac because I’ll return to wear them next year!


Note the detail of the pockets at the bottom of the dress.

And here are some more pics of France.   This is taken in Moissac in one arm of the oldest cloister in the world.  Imagine the stillness of a hot afternoon and the calm of the abbey.


And a pot of flowers outside the abbey.  I’d like my pots to look like that.


This is a typical street in Moissac – don’t you love the shutters.


And the shadow is mine.


Here’s another typical French house in the village of St Nicholas de la Grave.


The muted blue would be hard to replicate as it’s all about the wear over the years rather than the right pot of paint.

We drove on to St Clar where we stopped for a picnic in the heat of the midday sun. The Noel Coward line ‘only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun’ is so appropriate. No one was out and about apart from us – all the sensible people were indoors eating a proper lunch!


Here’s a rather lovely door in St Clar.


I thought that some of the churches had quite a ‘Game of Thrones’ look to them.


Finally, here’s a pic of us sitting outside in the evening eating a meal with our friends (so not a thing I do in England).


The top is a very easily scrunched-up affair bought for £2.50 in my local charity shop. Yes, practically everything I packed was black, but this was OK for evening wear.

That’s all for now

With love,

Penny, the frugalfashionshopper

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10 thoughts on “This is still about summer!

  • 14th October 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Fantastic photos, Penny! I am obsessed with doors and shutters in France. Our house has white shutters, at the moment. We hope to paint them blue (mayor permitting!) but which blue – that is the question.
    I’m also so impressed that you managed to find a charity shop in a French village. They are very thin on the ground, in my experience. I love your purchase, too!

    • 14th October 2016 at 2:52 pm

      Actually my friend, Helen, who lives permanently in Moissac works at the charity shop. It’s raising funds for Les Amis des chats and there are two charity shops, one in Lauzerte and one in Roquecor. I bought the clothes in the Lauzerte shop which is an idyllic little village but rather plagued by the second home syndrome. It gets very quiet and empty in the winter and the charity shop doesn’t get the footfall so is closed from end of October to April. It was great to visit it and purchase something – all in a good cause! And btw, all photos taken with my phone ?

  • 14th October 2016 at 7:33 pm

    You did so well in the charity shop in France! Lovely dress and beautiful necklace. I bet they’ll look lovely together on you. You are lucky to find a charity shop; when we were in France a few years ago we couldn’t find one – didn’t really know what to look for. The same thing happened to me in Canada in 2000. I didn’t know they were called thrift shops!

    It looks like a beautiful place to stay.

    Have a great weekend


    • 21st October 2016 at 7:35 am

      I was able to find the charity shop because my friend Helen works in it! There are two shops raising funds for Les Amis des chats – more about it in the reply above. The shop was small but delightful and I got some wonderful bargains in it – all in a good cause!

  • 17th October 2016 at 6:58 pm

    Lovely photos of France and the black lace top is fabulous and the price…criminal but just the best…a most enjoyable post. 🙂

    • 21st October 2016 at 7:36 am

      Ah, France, it was so warm and the skies were so blue…..


  • 19th October 2016 at 9:33 am

    I so enjoyed your photos of your travels in France.I spent time in Paris this year and am planning to explore more of the French countryside next trip so will research this area.
    Can’t beat black when travelling , just so easy and as your lace proves always looks great.

    • 21st October 2016 at 7:41 am

      Hi Jill and thanks so much for your comment. I would say that the area we visited (Tarn and Garonne) is lovely but kind of soft, farming countryside. However, our friends used to live in the Lot valley, which is very much more dramatic and well worth a visit. Yes, I saw your posts on France and really admired them so I look forward to more next year!

      The black was a bit hot though!

  • 21st October 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Oooooh – lovely architecture and general pics of France: really brings up a desire to go there again soon. Thanks for sharing it all. As for that beautiful grey dress ……….

  • 1st November 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Yes I do love the shutters and the cobble stones too. And I’m sure if I was there I would love the food and the wine too! I am envious . . .
    Hoping to get to France soon to visit my brother.

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