Sunday, 30 August 2009


1) My favourite sports: Shooting (target, NOT animals!) and fencing. I have enjoyed both hugely but fencing is probably my favourite.

2) When I was 11 years old, a French TV programme called 30 millions d'amis did a feature on me. It was about me horse riding since I was 4 years old & my love for cats. At the time, I was feeding stray cats & kittens. I ended up attracting and caring for over 20 stray and feral cats.

3) I am very interested in maritime archeology, shipwrecks & lost treasures, being my main interests.

4) I don't like soaps. I am not referring to scented soaps. I am talking about TV programmes such as Eastenders, Coronation Street, Home & Away etc..etc.... They always seem to be filled with a lot of mishaps and unhappiness for the characters. So many other things to do or watch instead!
This was a pleasant surprise for Alan when I met him. A woman who does not like soaps!

5) I am fascinated by the 17Th & 18Th century and love books and films set in those times (especially action/adventure, smuggling, pirates, swashbuckling, drama, romance & true events). Here are some of them..

Well, now you know a little bit more about me. I had better get on with some more work in the lounge. A third coat of paint is about to applied to the floorboards. I am pleased with it so far, the room already feels bigger and brighter.

We will be watching some of the Belgian Grand Prix at the same time as working. I always watch the Monaco Grand Prix and the Belgian Grand Prix.

Have a great weekend!

A bientôt!

Isabelle x


KC'sCourt! said...

Its so nice to meet someone else who doesn't like soaps, I thought I was the only one! I also like action/adventure and swashbuckling stories too especially about Anne Bonney and Blackbeard and my all time favourite story is Moonfleet

Diva Kreszl said...

Thanks for sharing these lovely insights into who you me thinking about how many different facets their are to each of us! I don't watch soaps either!

A Bun Can Dance said...

Hello Isabelle!
Thank you for sharing these. I'd love to try fencing - is it very difficult? I love the postures - all that lungeing appeals to me!
Good luck with the painting. Last year we went for an ultra light lounge too, and it makes the room so much more restful to be in.
Happy weekend

June said...

Isabelle,I loved learning these things about you. You are a very talented and interesting person and this blesses your family so much. Your children have a deep well from which to draw.
I hate soaps too.

koralee said...

Oh thank you for sharing about yourself...I love the fact that you are into fencing...such an interesting sport...happy painting my dear...just can't wait to see the end results !

sharie said...

I always wanted to learn to Fence but never had the opportunity. Interesting sport.

The sewing room said...

What an interesting lady you are thank you for sharing your interests with us,hope the painting goes well, have a great week hugs Pat

BusyLizzie said...

Hi isabelle
thank you for sharing these with the blogging world. If you don't mind I would like to do a similar post at some point in the is fun to learn more "unexpected" things about everyone!
Hope the painting has been going well! Lizzie x

Fabulous Finds Gal said...

I love learning about these little things. A fencer, who would have thought! I'll have to take a look at these movies.

Fabulous Finds Gal

Summer Blue said...

Great post Isabelle. What a talented lady you are, it's great to learn more about fellow bloggers..that we have more to our lives than Cath Kidston!
Good to hear that the floorboards are coming along!! Have you got snow blindness yet? I'm, really looking forward to seeing pictures of your lovely lounge when you've finished.
Jane. x

Carol said...

Interesting facts about you Isabelle, like you I do not like soaps either. I have a facination with the sea and everything associated with it too. You have some great titles there too.
Hope the painting is going well,looking forward to seeing it.
Carol x

Les Cotrions said...

You're a very interesting girl Isabelle! Happy to know something more about you!!! I can't wait to see the result of your work!!!
Happy new week!

bellaboo said...

Lovely to read about you and all your interests.

I know what you mean about the soaps,can be very depressing.

Just watched the Grand Prix too.

Have a good week.

Bellaboo x

Anonymous said...

Thankyou for all of these interesting little windows into your life. I also love anything to do with treasure, history and adventure. I also admire the people who research and make the costumes, I would love to have done that as a career. It's always good to find someone else who isn't a fan of soaps and your are right, there is a lot of aggression and negativity which probably isn't doing any viewers state of mind any good especially everyday viewing.

Mummy Boo Bear said...

Thank you for your comment on my blog and becoming a follower.

Wow what interesting and varied interests you have, its good to have a lot of interests.It keeps you alive in mind and sprit I always think.

I used to watch soaps, but dont anymore, too boring predictable and depressing. I have other things to do that make me smile. so much better!


Florence and Mary said...

WOW fencing, that does look fun.

It was great to learn some more about you. I'm not a great fan of the soaps. I used to watch them a lot but now I don't bother. I tend to rent a lot of tv series dvds and watch them more often than not but I have to say that even if i don't watch the soaps I do watch a lot of trash!!

Victoria x

sarah-jane down the lane said...

Hi Isabelle,

That was a lovely insight, thank you. Brilliant films all of them! Stuart Granger was fab, I loved the Prisoner of Zenda! Fencing must be a really exhilirating sport?
Lovely post as ever!
Hope you had a great Bank Hols, Love Sarah x

Floss said...

How fascinating! I feel the same about soaps - I think the one we are avoiding here in France is called 'Plus Belle la Vie' but we do a good job of knowing nothing about it! We made the choice not to get UK TV cabled in to us, so we do watch a bit more French TV. My rentree resolution is to watch the French news rather than just getting the BBC headlines on the internet.

Annie said...

Hi Isabelle, thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I have just been reading yours and love it, so glad I found it. I quite agree about soaps they are so depressing and they waste so much valuable time that could be spent doing much more fun and worth while things. Reading about your interests was fascinating I can certainly identify with quite a few of them. That's the great thing about blogging I seem to have found so many other people with similar interests when in my day to day life I know very few people that share my passions.
Ann x

Yvonne said...

Hi Isabelle, What an interesting blog post.. I am fascinated by people's stories and what inspires them, catches their imagination, stirs them to look at the world differently and yours is no exception... thanks for the insight....
Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your lovely comment on my blog.. I'm glad you enjoyed Dartmouth.. look me up next year!
Love Yvonne xx

Kitschen Pink said...

Great reading list! Exactly the sort of thing I have on audio book to keep me company in the workroom! Anything Bernard Cornwell! I'm too scared of water to be into shipwrecks! I suspect if there is such a thing as a previous life I might well have been a ships cat on a vessel that went down- don't like cats much either! HA! Great post and thanks for visiting recently! t.x

Marmalade Yarns said...

Wow, is that you in the fencing photo? I used to fence and always feel a huge pang of jealousy when I see fencers.
Hope to see you this Thursday.

Primchick said...

& there was me thinking I was the only one that DIDN'T like soaps...!!
& the cakes... were heavenly....
Marion ;0)

LiLi M. said...

Hey Isabelle! What surprise facts! I don't watch soaps either! For a while I watched the bold and the beautiful, but when my mother, who watched it too, died (too young and totally unexpected ) I was so angry that these series just continued, you never learn anything from them and they will continue long after we have gone, so you better stop watching them now. And so I did.

Slices of Beauty... said...

OMG, lovely list!
Don't like soaps like you and love ancient wisdom of those centuries.

Thanks for stopping by.

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

The only one that really surprises me is the fencing. I like it too but they don't televise it here much. We have a lot of the same likes which doesn't surprise me a bit!!!

Beach Vintage said...

I always love reading things like this about bloggers. Thanks for sharing.

Torie Jayne said...

Morning, I love finding out more about fellow bloggers, great list!, I don't use soap either, but have jars full of them as i think they look pretty!, have a sweet day! x

Mr Jones said...

Hi Isabelle.. I have the most amazing little Dutch 17th Century painting that you would adore - its of a shipwreck.. or ship dashing on the rocks with an old Italian light house on the land.. its tiny and beautiful. The storm and clouds painted are just amazing.. They guy who sold it it me told me that it was ship wreckers luring a ship onto the rocks so they could pillage it... interesting.. maybe one day I will feature it on

Anyway I adore vintage glamour too. Good taste!

andamento said...

Very interesting!

I tried fencing once and really enjoyed it but my fencing partner looked a little scared. The class was very disorganised and I didn't go back but took up rowing instead.

I don't like soaps either.

I haven't read Moonfleet for a long long time, must try and find a copy.

Thanks for visiting my blog, I've enjoyed my visit to yours & will be back!


MelMel said...

Thank you for the kind comment....
I do enjoy your blog....I love pirate films, costume dramas...bliss to watch!x

sarah-jane down the lane said...

Hello Isabelle, just thought I would check in on you and the land of white floor paint!
Hope it is all nearly finnished, you have worked so hard, looking forward to seeing the fruits of your labour.
So sad you didn't get to Dartmouth we could have had one of those serendipitous meetingsI keep reading about on other blogs!
Maybe next year......
Love Sarah x

Ragged Roses said...

What an interesting post! I really don't like soaps either... I love Dangerous Liaisons and Daphne du Maurier, not so sure about fencing. Lovely to find out more about you. Good luck with the floor, it's looking great

lou said...

Hello, nice too meet you! Thank you for your lovely comment. It’s always nice to find out more about someone, I don’t think I would be any good at fencing.

Love Lou xxx

Elise said...

Hello, you have the most fabulously wonderful site here and I had to leave this comment for you ! Your posts are beautifully written, creative and original too, and you have interesting pictures.

It's all perfect !

Thank you for sharing your site and best wishes.... 'Happy September'....

Les Cotrions said...

I'm very happy to meet Laura!!! I can't wait!
Happy week end!

Josephine Tale Peddler said...

I know people probably say this all the time but your daughter is so adorable! I have just stumbled across your site and really been enjoying it. I too love Cornwall and Daphne du Maurier. xx

summerfete said...

Hello nice to meet you, I would love to see how your lounge matches mine.

I shall enjoy reading your blog now.

a bientot


Dustjacket Attic said...

Oh how very interesting. Fencing, gosh you must be quick on your feet. I don't like soaps either and shipwrecks intrigue me.