The Winter Garden…at Christmas

This garden is definitely a Winter Wonderland.    I can only imagine how many miles of lights that have been used in this garden. The hedges in my front garden are topped with (many) mini lights casting a soft, warm glow.  I'm not sure what I will do when these old-fashioned clear mini lights are no… Continue reading The Winter Garden…at Christmas

“O Christmas Tree”…

Bringing cut evergreen boughs indoors over the winter months goes back to the ancient Egyptians and Romans who were convinced that the fresh greens kept evil spirits and illness away.   Believing this to be a pagan celebration,  it took centuries for religious leaders to accept the tradition of setting up a Christmas tree.  German… Continue reading “O Christmas Tree”…

These are a few of my favourite things…

  "Brown paper packages tied up with strings."   Over the past couple of weeks,  I have been pestering my grandsons for their Christmas lists.  Two are teenagers, and one is an almost teenager, and it's most important to me to get just the right gifts...no disappointments from Mimi on Christmas morning! I was wondering… Continue reading These are a few of my favourite things…

Escape from “Toxic”…

I wasn't surprised when I read that the Oxford Dictionary has deemed "toxic" as the 2018  word of the year.  I'll admit that I have allowed myself to get caught up in all the negativity that is dominating every aspect of our lives.  Whether it is the highly polarizing political climate or the wrath of… Continue reading Escape from “Toxic”…

Hotel Therapy…

  I'm sure that many of you will agree that getting to a travel destination doesn't have the glamour it once had.  Being at the airport two hours before your plane leaves just to make sure you get through security in time to board your plane on time usually means getting up in the middle… Continue reading Hotel Therapy…

Crème​ de la Crum…

  dictionary meaning: Crème de la crème (French, literally 'cream of the cream') is an idiom meaning the "best of the best", superlative, or "the very best".       Crum Coffee Bar, 4640 Calgary Trail NW, Edmonton ...  On almost any given day I start the day at Crum.  My order is simple: a large… Continue reading Crème​ de la Crum…

“Friday Night Bistro”…

  I bought this mat for my back door as a surprise message for my husband...it was code for, "We are having dinner at home tonight".  Friday night is date night at our house, and we alternate who plans the evening.  With the cooler evenings, I'm choosing more and more to cook dinner at home… Continue reading “Friday Night Bistro”…

French Lessons…Part 2

If you have been following this blog, you will know that I have travelled to France numerous times.  Like many of you, I love all things French!   In Tish Jett's second book, "Living Forever Chic", she opens the doors into the French home showing us "l'art de vivre", a well-lived life. Frenchwomen love their… Continue reading French Lessons…Part 2

French Lessons…Part 1

A walk down any street in Paris reveals it's beauty and pride of place. The boulevards and gardens are perfectly manicured, apartment balconies overflow with flowers and small trees,  bright and cheerful storefronts and apartment doors are painted in high gloss paint, the patisserie and chocolatier displays are enticing... and who knew that the Boucherie could make… Continue reading French Lessons…Part 1

New York, Part 2…

  The last couple of days in New York were busy.  We began Sunday morning with a walk through Central Park.  Over 800 acres in size, this is Manhattan dwellers backyard, their playground.  With walking and biking paths, bridges and ponds, a zoo, places to eat, and benches conveniently located everywhere, it offers something for everyone.… Continue reading New York, Part 2…