But as splendid as the inside of the chateau is, it's the neighboring outbuildings that captured my heart. Arranged like a petit hameau, such as one would find at Versailles, each barn, cottage, stable and folly was...well, if not decorated, then at least "arranged" in the most fascinating way, with artful vignettes to be peered at through the windows. Like this view
of the workshop
or this view through the window
of this sweet little unoccupied cottage called "la petite verrerie"
...little hidden corners...
Amuse Bouches with Bruno and the boys...
And then there's the potager...
...but I must stop. I feel I'm being a bit unfaithful to my own humble, but beautiful
Everafter Farm. It's not a chateau, but it's a warm and cozy home. God gave us this farm, and living here has been a joy for the last 9 years. Maybe these words say it best
Off to Boston tomorrow to visit friends, and then I'll be back with more of our trip to France!