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…

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…

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

Tulip Mania…

The breathtaking beauty of these ribbons of tulips grown in the Netherlands is courtesy of a drone image.  How I would love to see this in person! Recently I was sitting next to a neighbour (at one of our weekly Wine Wednesday get-togethers) who is from Holland.  He started our conversation by asking if I was… Continue reading Tulip Mania…

(Im)Patiently waiting…

  Marie Kondo would stop breathing if she saw my breakfast table...she wouldn't know where to start!  This kind of clutter keeps me company, though, when I can't actually do anything else.  By nature, I'm not a tidy person...  there was a very good reason why the office area at the store was completely out of… Continue reading (Im)Patiently waiting…