Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Envy can be a good thing!!

Chers Amis du l'Ecole du Bon Gout,  Yes, envy can be a good thing, if it gets you to do a creative project of "bon gout".

In recent years the Chateau de Versailles has done an miraculous job of repopulating the gardens there with hundreds upon hundreds of topiary trees and shrubs in a fantastic array of bizarre and imaginative shapes.  It has been enough to make me "topiary green" with envy!!  So when I saw a new shipment of topiary trees in at Home Depot, of all places, ( What would Louis XIV think of that!!?!?), I couldn't help myself.

The attached photos show the final installation of these plants, certainly up graded several notches by presenting them in antique "vases d'Anduse".( Louis XIV used "vases d'Anduse" at Versailles too, so I know he would approve of that part!).  Also attached are some photos of topiary installations in France as well as photos of a rare assembled set of 6 "vases d'Anduse", for sale here at my shop in case these photos have gotten your envy level activated enough to do a topiary project of your very own.

At the web site www.oxfordplanters.co.uk/topiary_history_detail.asp-cached-similar  there is an excellent article on the interesting history of topiary, which has been for thousands of years, one of man's great venues of garden creativity and of coarse "bon gout".
  
Mes Amities,
Robert E. Smith











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Formula for magical living!

Chers amis,  Having just returned from a dream summer in Provence, that was filled with  magical experiences every day, I have been trying to explain to my friends here what made it such a splendid adventure in living.  Well, after some reflection, I realized it was almost like a basic "formula" repeated with numerous variations .  This "formula" could be reduced to : great weather, tasty and beautiful fresh summer meals in substantial architectural or garden settings  250 to 400 years old that were well appointed with great antiques and art, this all populated with easy going happy hosts/hostesses and very appreciative guests. Sometimes it was a Saturday lunch under the dappled shade on a terrace, and sometimes a seated dinner, that always by candle light (candle light is another important  part of the "formula"),  but the "formula" was the same. Some dinners were further enlivened by live music or the screening of period movies.  I guess you could reduce the "formula" to just : "a life experiencing beauty with all of the scenes". 

Mes Amities,
Robert












Visit the Au Vieux Paris Antiques homepage (click here)
Browse a sampling of the merchandise available (click here)

Mes Amities,
Robert E. Smith   (337) 332-2852

http://www.auvieuxparisantiques.com