Now what? Life in rural Ariege

Burblings about adjusting to life in the deep south west of France or "la France profonde" as they call it here and the challenges of restoring a ramshackle collection of tumbledown buildings. I mainly write about local festivals, events and celebrations and, most of all, the weekly ritual of combing vide greniers and brocantes for pre-loved vintage treasures.

30 January 2013

Bienvenu to new staff member

Well, she is going to assist me with Histoires.

Bienvenu to "Mireille".

Mireille, along with "Mabel" the ex-shop display mannequin brought back from Britain last summer, will be modelling dresses, chemises, scarves, jewellery and who knows what else?

Mireille was made by the celebrated Parisien company, Girard, and she probably dates to pre 1920.

She has rather more realistic proportions than Mabel. She's a French size 46 (approximately a UK size 14/16)

Her vital statistics are bust 38 inches, waist 21 inches, hips 42 inches

She has a wonderful turnkey mechanism which allows her to assume rather jaunty angles.

She is covered in rather worn hessian.

She has a very robust and rather heavy base with the 4 legs held in position with a large iron bracket.

She's already had her first modelling assignment

This summery broderie anglaise dress is for sale in Histoires now.

Mireille, however, is not for sale. She's got more work to do!