Bambi goes to Brittany

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 17:32

I know, I know...I haven't blogged properly for AGES!

It's down to Instagram I'm afraid. So quick and easy to use.

But I think Bambi's recent travels are worth a bit of typing up - so here goes!

I've spent the summer so far checking that my Bambi (aka the Magical Mobile Makery) and I are up for life on the open road.

So what better way to find out than to drive to Brittany!

Here we are waiting to board the ferry at Dover.

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Sixteen hours later - we arrived at Carhaix our final destination - life in the slow lane ladies and gents at 50 miles per hour!

I have to say - I was thrilled just to get there without breaking down as Bambi had been receiving urgent medical attention until just two days before we set off!

Bambi went down a storm in France - many lovely compliments and admiring glances along the way.

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One of my best discoveries was that in most little French towns 'camping cars' can stop for free (or for a few euros)

in special car parks where you can top up your fresh water and electricity supplies (not that I need such mod cons,

I have no electrics and no water pump) but it's fantastic to know you're welcome and well-catered for.

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I checked out local brocantes, second-hand depots, and of course the food and wine.

But I was thrilled to come across a celebration of Breton culture - these hats and headpieces are impeccable.

They're treated with rice starch to ensure perfect crispness.

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Note the Breton flag!

So..next stop....craft workshopping around France.

Let the plans commence!

Let me know if you have any ideas or places you'd like me to go.

maryjanemillinery@hotmail.co.uk

Twitter: @maryjanebaxter

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