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”…

“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

Diptyque…

    The name Diptyque is from Ancient Greek (diptykhos) and refers to a painting or sculpture composed of two panels...from Wikipedia   For me, a "must go to" stop in Paris is the Diptyque Boutique at 34  Boulevard Saint Germain (the original location)...a short walking distance from where I stay on the Rue Jacob.… Continue reading Diptyque…

Here comes the bride…

This past Saturday I held a bridal shower for my niece; a tradition going back to the 1800s.  Relatives and friends of the bride would give a party for the bride-to-be if she did not have a trousseau either because her parents could not afford to give her one or if they did not approve… Continue reading Here comes the bride…

The Beach…

We are not staying in the same rental we have in the past years.  This unit has a great view of the ocean and park.  There is more sunlight coming in through tall screened windows covered with plantation shutters  (allowing soft breezes and the comforting rhythms of the ocean to come through).  The decorating, however,… Continue reading The Beach…

Maison des Fleurs

. I don't remember when I first became consumed with gardening,  but it's been for some time now.  Another thing I don't recall is why I'm so obsessed with the formal garden style. One of the considerations about moving into my older neighbourhood was all the mature trees on the property.  It was in the… Continue reading Maison des Fleurs

It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas!

        Suddenly the holiday season is here!  Shopping centre parking lots are full and lineups at cash desks are long.  Tempting seasonal treats spill out into the aisles of the speciality food markets and all the chocolates....ooohhhh...and the shortbread!!!         Another sure sign of the season is the pop-up… Continue reading It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas!

Paint

Mankind has been 'painting’ for years.  Walls have been uncovered from ancient times still bearing brilliant paintings despite centuries of exposure to the elements.  Artists have been using oil paints for hundreds of years and women have been painting their faces for thousands more...notably, Nefertiti and Cleopatra both well known for their heavily kohl-rimmed eyes.… Continue reading Paint