It was hubby's birthday last Tuesday, so to celebrate the occasion, we spent a lovely long weekend in Toulouse, doing lots of sightseeing, eating, drinking gallons (and gallons!) of wine and enjoying some much appreciated Spring sunshine.
There were wonderful art collections to be seen
I was also pleased to discover a good selection of craft shops.
There was a really lovely bead shop
I did, however, make a purchase here. I bought a linen purse to embroider and a felt kit to make 6 chicken decorations!
Finally, and most importantly, there was a Yarn Store !
La Droguerie is a lovely store with quite a few branches all over France. They sell yarn, knitting patterns, their own craft books, buttons, beads and all kinds of lovely haberdashery type thingies. All the yarn is either on cones or hanging in skeins on the walls and you buy it by the 50grm or 100grm and they wind it up into balls for you. They had tons of 100% Alpaca and 100% cashmere in every shade of the rainbow and the prices were not too bad, although given that the Pound is worth almost the same as a Euro, the prices were not as cheap as they used to be. I bought a kit to make a "terribly chic" striped scarf in 100% alpaca for about 20 Euros which I think was pretty good value. Only problem is, is the pattern and instructions are in French and my schoolgirl French ain't all that really, so I'll have to rely on my husband who is reasonably fluent, but not a knitter, to help me make some sense out of it!
They don't like you to take photos and was very firmly told off by a stroppy assistant for taking the pictures above, so I went back on Sunday when the store was closed and held the camera against the window to take this pic.
To balance out all the craft shopping, we went to see Stade Toulousain vs Castres play rugby on Saturday afternoon which was jolly good fun and of course, there were all those fit men running around the pitch with their nice legs and bums for me to look at! Hurrah!!
So that was my weekend. Hope you had a good one too!