A Bird’s Eye View…

Peering out of an aeroplane window is one of the only times we have the same perspective that our feathered friends have.  You may have marvelled at the view of colourful geometric plots of farmland just as crops are about to be harvested or the precision of the layout of new suburban development.  Or if you… Continue reading A Bird’s Eye View…

A (Garden) Tale of Two Cities…

    The only similarity between this post and the Charles Dickens' classic, "A Tale of Two Cities", is that the cities of Paris and London are mentioned in both!!! So many plans have been put on hold over the past couple of years and now that we are learning how to live with Covid 19, many… Continue reading A (Garden) Tale of Two Cities…

Rethinking the Rose Garden…

  I've been walking through my rose garden for days now, wondering what I can do to enhance what should be the most beautiful spot in my garden.  I love roses.  The west-facing plot allotted for roses has the best exposure  (in my garden) for roses to thrive in my growing zone (4B).  The soil… Continue reading Rethinking the Rose Garden…

Coastal Grandmother Style…

      The good news about the latest lifestyle trend, "The Coastal Grandmother", as coined by Tik Tok influencer, Lex Nicoletta (age 26), is that you don't actually have to be a grandmother.  It's easy, breezy, and inspired by Nancy Meyer's movies, "Something's Gotta Give" and "It's Complicated".     The wardrobe of those… Continue reading Coastal Grandmother Style…

5 letter words…

        Are you a member of the two million "Nerdy Wordy Club", logging on to solve the daily New York Times Wordle Game?   In January 2022, the newspaper purchased Wordle from John Wardle, who developed the word game for his girlfriend because she loved crossword puzzles.  It provides entertainment, a challenge… Continue reading 5 letter words…

Do you believe in magic…

  Mother Nature has waved her magic wand and abracadabra...what was brown is suddenly green! With just a few days of sun and a bit of rain, the landscape has transformed before our eyes.       I'm always relieved to see signs of life on the trees, shrubs and bulbs at this time of… Continue reading Do you believe in magic…

The Banquette…

We did an almost total renovation of the interior of our home before we moved in.  When we bought this house in 1999, everything was "1961 (the year it was built) original"...the gold shag carpet, the lighting, and every bathroom had differently coloured plumbing fixtures.  Most potential buyers would have passed it by or torn it… Continue reading The Banquette…

Playing in the dirt…

  It may be snowing outside, but it looks like Spring in the greenhouse.  This past weekend I cleaned away the remainders of the online boutique, got the heater going, and brought the potting soil in from the garage to unthaw.  I  filled an oversized plastic bucket with water, and although it's not pretty, it's… Continue reading Playing in the dirt…

The Doors…

    My exterior front door and the back doors have been painted black for years. But, after walking Charlie last summer,  I started noticing the colourful front doors in the neighbourhood and thought it was time to make a change at my house too. But what colour?  I didn't want just any random colour,… Continue reading The Doors…

Place des Vosges

One of the joys of travelling is bringing memories and inspiration back home. Walking through public gardens in the cities you are visiting is relaxing and a respite from hours of pounding the pavement. A favourite pastime of mine is sitting on a bench, reflecting on the day and watching the world pass by. Although… Continue reading Place des Vosges