Archive for August, 2011

Awaken to Holidays in France

Posted in French Affair, French Travel, South East France, Therese Waddell's Quilts with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 21, 2011 by Therese Waddell

Bonjour my friends,

What are we doing wrong to have allowed August to creep up upon us so quickly? Everything is flying passed at a phenomenal rate and the world makes you crazy, unless of course we are on holidays.

The French awaken to summer holidays in August and flee Paris for the south- to “escape to the country” (as my dear friend Kerry would exclaim in a full bodied British accent) and soak up the warmth and magnificent colour of her landscapes.

You too could head for something like this…

on the way to Castres in the Midi Pyrenees region in south western France for instance. No wonder the French head south. This was where for my french awakening, the true colours of France came shining through.

My “Road To Provence Quilt” commemorates the supreme colours of the South of France.

The pattern is available at for anyone interested in either buying the pattern or have me make a quilt for you or a friend.

Go on. Experience France in all its summery glory in August and in the meantime, let YOUR colours shine through this week.

In the word’s of Cyndi Lauper,

“I see your true colours and that’s why I love you

So don’t be afraid to let them show,

You’re true colours

True colours

Are beautiful like a rainbow.”

Au Revoir,

Best Wishes, Therese Waddell

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Awaken To French Ice Cream

Posted in Food and Recipes, French Travel, Paris, Paris Shopping with tags , , , , on August 7, 2011 by Therese Waddell

Bonjour to you,

I have only one pearl of wisdom for you beautiful people today.

The topic? French Ice Cream.

My advice? If I were you travelling through France, don’t leave the country without trying French Ice Cream. Like me, you won’t care if it’s Winter, wait and see…

French ice cream (or creme glace) according to my french awakening tastebuds, will excite and soothe at the same time. Made of egg yolks,  it’s truly distinct. Velvety cold and creamy on the tongue with a glorious frangrant hit of vanilla after the first few licks.

You MUST try French ice cream. For a couple of euros, ignore the cholesterol and take time to build some gustative memories!

The first ice cream recipe in France dates back to 1674. Nowadays, Berthillon ice cream is regarded as one of the best in France. The original ice creamery is still located on the Ille St Louis in Paris. (Take the metro to St Paul or Pont Marie). It continues to sell wonderful fruity flavours including apple, raspberry, pear, orange,strawberry, blackcurrant, mandarin, lychee, lemon, grapefruit, peach and so on. Their sorbets are equally diverse and fabulous. The same goes for the exceptional Tea Rooms next door which is run by Berthillon’s grand daughter.

The last time I was in line, rhubarb sorbet was very popular but I myself can’t go past plain vanille. It never disappoints! A testament to Raymond Berthillon’s expertise afterall he’s been making my vanilla ice cream every day for the last 57 years and continues to do so today at the magnificent age of 82! Wow! 57 years of ice cream making! What an achievement!

One day I should like to meet the father of my vanilla ice cream.

Don’t be discouraged by the long queue outside the shop. Great things take time! I promise you it will be worth it. Wonderful ice cream in Summer or in the depths of a Paris Winter.

The location to the shop may help you here:

There are many other shops dotted across France which sell the Berthillon brand. If you don’t get to taste theirs, try any ice creamery, such as the one at the base of Mont Saint Michel. That’s where my photo was taken. And that’s where the gustative memories began.

Mmmm. I can taste it even now.

Au revoir,

Best Wishes, Therese Waddell

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Awaken to The New Quilt Website and French Inspiration

Posted in Decoration & Design, French Quilts, French Travel, South East France, Therese Waddell's Quilts with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 4, 2011 by Therese Waddell

Bonjour everyone,

My French Awakening is so pleased to announce the arrival of my new quilt website inspired by France of course!

At long last I’ve kissed goodbye my old quilting website and forged on through ugly IT jargon to produce something new and fresh with new quilt designs from my french awakening. This is your introduction to a whole new Custom made Quilt Section- my very special Memory Quilt Section which may touch the heart and give you some comfort for loving friends and family the way you do. What does it all mean? Well, just go to and have a good look. There’s something for you.

Even though some of you darling people haven’t the foggiest idea on how to sew, I have some easy quilts that will get you started, like my ‘Diamonds Are Forever Quilt’ and a very special section introducing Custom Made Memory Quilts using precious fabrics (of ties, cotton shirts, dresses and so on) from loved ones who have passed away and giving me the honour of combining and transforming such pieces into a beautiful quilt to snuggle under. Colours and design will match personality and I can’t think of anything better than being wrapped in a quilt like this, can you?

Just to give you an idea, my latest Custom Memory Quilt was for a lovely lady who had lost her husband too soon. She provided me with his favourite silk ties which I combined with gorgeous silk from the south of France. They lived near the sea and loved these rich nautical colours so I called the Quilt,’ St Tropez To The Stars- In Loving Memory of John- The Real Star.’ It was a testimony to great times in France!

It gave me a lot of satisfaction to see that she loved the quilt so much!

A special Custom Made Memory Quilt is just what you need to sooth the soul and an answer to not bearing to throw out sentimental clothing of someone you have loved. You know what I mean.

Or perhaps you and yours are lucky enough to still be in the land of the living and would love any of my patterns made up in your own glorious favourite colours for your home or as a beautiful gift, so just send me your enquiries at the following email address at   

I’ll be adding new quilts to my new site for you to enjoy. Subscribe to the RSS feed on the site so as not to miss out on updates.

I hope your having a fabulous day and thankyou for your wonderful wishes of support as always.

Best Wishes, Therese