cran·ber·ry
1. A mat-forming, evergreen shrub (Vaccinium macrocarpum) of eastern North America, having pink flowers and tart, red, edible berries.
2. The berries of this plant, used in sauces, jellies, relishes, and beverages.
cot·tage
1. A small, single-storied house, especially in the country.
2. A small vacation house.
cran·ber·ry cot·tage
1. A tiny house in the woods in the north of Holland.
2. Peace, quiet, paradise.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Garden inspiration.....

We love to visit gardens for inspiration. Visiting the tiny city of Gerberoy in France to see the garden of the French painter Henri Le Sidaner did not disappoint us. The addition of this beautiful ornament, which if you look closely in the photo collages, you will find in the artist's garden too. When I found this ornament in at a Dutch farm that sells ornaments, I knew it was the perfect way to remember our visit to Henri's garden...


To enter the gardens, you walk around the outside of the village along the old medieval walls. There is a door in the arch of one wall that enters into the garden. The day we went there was noone else there and it helped create the magic of the world where Henri painted.....


Click to enlarge the photos and get a closer look. 

I love this photo I shot of Jos sitting in the quiet garden enjoying the morning sun.....


Ornaments and statues were everywhere throughout the garden.....


What a privilege to be able to stand in front of the little summerhouse/atelier he painted. And what a summerhouse! I loved all the details in this tiny building. During the exhibit, this was one if my favorite paintings which came to life in the garden.....


The gazebo built on the foundations of a medieval tower allows you to take in the beautiful views of the landscape in and around Gerberoy..... 


Henri Le Sidaner passed away 75 years ago today 16 July in 1939. But his spirit lives on in his timeless paintings but also in the magical gardens he created in Gerberoy, France. 

Heidi

For those interested in seeing more, here is a YouTube film of his time spent in Gerberoy. It is in Dutch but well worth watching even if you cannot understand the language. 

6 comments:

  1. Jullie hebben een heerlijke vakantie gehad zo te zien!!! Mooie foto's en een leuk filmpje!!!
    Groetjes,

    Silvia.

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  2. Love the ornament you purchased for your garden!

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  3. Love the picture of Jos sitting in the garden
    Love Mom

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  4. What a beautiful place to visit. The paintings are wonderfully atmospheric. You can feel the mellow sunshine in them. Love the photo of Jos. xx

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  5. Prachtig Heidi, fijn dat je ons meenam in de tuin van Henri in Gerberoy. Het lijkt me heerlijk om er ook eens te vertoeven. Wat zul je hier ook nog graag weer eens naar terugkeren. Fijne week, lieve groet

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