A Seychellois Definition of Antique

Many might know that the Seychelles have been populated since the end of the 18th century. And craftsmen built some beautiful furniture in those days. Not much of it is around anymore (and the few items that are, are firmly in the hands of the families who originally commissioned them), so I was really excited to see an ad on Seybay boldly entitled "Antique Furniture". Fingers trembling with excitement, I clicked on the advertisement.

Some excerpts from the rather long ad (emphasis is mine):

"The entire set which dates back to the year 1980 is a classic example of the kind of contemporary furniture that our new breed of Seychellois carpenters can produce. It demonstrates the artisanal craftsmanship of modern Seychellois carpentry which has retained some charming features of the traditional creole furniture like is evident in the carved ‘twist turned’ legs of the easy chairs and the sofa."
(In other words, the usual ugly and uncomfortable stuff that is on the market these days.)

"The prospective buyer will certainly be the lucky owner of a valuable and precious set of almost fin de siècle and 21st century creole furniture that has already known over a decade of history."

Hmm... I was born in 1962. Am I fin de siècle or would I be considered antediluvian?


  1. Frank Talk...fossil 196425 October 2008 at 20:17

    Hi,I checked it out also...those bits of wood stuck together with glue...n put up for sale,I am sure if I put those rocks for sale that I found at Beau Vallon beach ...I would stand a better chance at sales( p.s forex only.. please)
    well those rocks are before Noah's time Cheers n keep well.

  2. Hi,

    Nice post.
    I think you forget your other blog.

    Expecting new moral boost up from you.
    I'm expecting your new post.


  3. Hi,

    What happened to you?
    Silence for a long time?
    No new posts in your blog.

    Expecting new one.

  4. passo per caso nel tuo blog
    un saluto from Italy, ciao

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  6. A very nice blog but why did you stop blogging?

  7. Whoop whoop I'm so glad I found your blog!! I'll visit again!

    Nice post!

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    Good Bloog my friend!! Congratulations!!

    good luck!! See you!

  9. Seychelles is a nice country, have a nice day.

  10. Hope all is well with you. i enjoyed reading this blog. i was seeking the everyday life of this country and you paint the perfect picture..

  11. I´d really like to know how much a very normal 2 bedroom flat in between locals in Mahe would cost.

  12. Great blog!!!
    If you like, come back and visit mine: http://albumdeestampillas.blogspot.com

    Pablo from Argentina

  13. Hi,

    could you please send me an e-mail, we - a young couple - would really like to emigrate to the Seychelles, but have some questions about formalities. I'll explain all in a private e-mail.

    Thank you in advance!

  14. hello I hope you don't mind me popping a comment on but I found your blog googling ad noticed that you live in bel-ombre, thats where my dad, mum and little sister live!!! i just wondered if you would be able to tell me when mothers day and fathers day are over there as i would love to surprise them with cards on the correct day instead of what it is here in the UK!! many thanks if you can help, Lou

  15. I came to this blog by accident, but I found very interesting. Greetings to all the people who visit this page.

  16. The seychelles have so much to offer and it has such a rich history too

  17. Very nice blog. I was in Seychelles two years ago :)

  18. Hi,

    I am interested in moving to and working in the Seychelles but wanted to ask you how good my chances are of finding work.

    I am 25, and am a religious therapist and ordained interfaith minister. I speak spanish, french, german, and chinese in addition to english and have a degree in teaching english. I have also taught kung fu.
    I am a very simple person as well and don't require a lot to be happy, just a roof over my head. With all I have just told you, what are my prospects for finding work tutoring a language or teaching martial arts or marrying couples or working as a counselor? Thanks,


  19. Hi,

    I have enjoyed reading your blog, we are considering moving to seychelles, is there an email address weherby I can contact you for some more advice?

    Kind Regards,


  20. Hi Louise,are you still in Seychelles.Today I just came across this link to your blog,left two years ago by my wife. She was telling me about your idea to start a holistic place there.

    Have you created it?

    warm regards,

    1. Jose,
      I am still in Seychelles, but sadly neglected this blog. I've finally decided to get this going again, so please do take a look now and again.
      I haven't created the holistic place yet; in fact, it's not on my "vision board" for 2013, but it's still a dream..



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