Sowing beauty…

    When I was in London several years back,  I fell in love with the floral displays lavishly spilling out of the window boxes on the elegant townhouses (home to many of the foreign embassies),  lining many of the streets in the upscale neighbourhoods.  That Spring the colour scheme included white and blue/lavender flowers (pansies,… Continue reading Sowing beauty…

Spring…at last!

I'm not one to complain about the weather because there isn't anything that can be done about it...we are not in charge.  In fact, I love winter and the beauty that freshly fallen snow brings to the landscape.   Is there anything more beautiful than hoar frost on your favourite tree on a clear sunny… Continue reading Spring…at last!

Treasure…or ephemera?

  Over the past month, I've written about organizing (using the Marie Kondo method), the passing of Karl Lagerfeld,  and a walking day in Paris.  During this time I also read a book, "The Paris Seamstress", written by Natasha Lester in the historical fiction genre I love.  As I was reading, the storyline had me… Continue reading Treasure…or ephemera?

The Edit…

  Marie Kondo, at 34, has become a media darling, first with the success of her 4 books on "how to organize your home" and now has a popular series on Netflix.     Using her method of organizing called KonMari, Kondo asks her readers/clients to keep only the objects that "spark" joy.  She suggests… Continue reading The Edit…

Forging Beauty…

    My first trip to Paris in 1988 put me into a state of sensory overload!   That taxi ride from the airport into the core of the city left me in awe.  The architecture was so exceedingly beautiful and foreign to anything I had ever seen, the trees towering over the expansive boulevards and… Continue reading Forging Beauty…

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