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…

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…

Green…

Although Spring officially arrives this Sunday, March 20,  the last few days of winter always seem to drag on forever.  This in-between season in my city is messy...the winds leaving a trail of broken branches and twigs along with the mud and slush from the freeze-thaw cycle. But as the snow melts away, the promise of… Continue reading Green…

Unfinished Business…

                    Après CC on Whyte Online Boutique The Pandemic has impacted all of us...differently.  But, in the end, I'm sure we can all agree that it hasn't been great. For me, all the restrictions and lockdowns  meant the disappointment of switching gears from having a "brick and… Continue reading Unfinished Business…

When the living is easy…

"Summertime" may seem like months away, but now is a good time to daydream about what could be... Last summer, tucked in between covid lockdowns, we hosted an outdoor (36C!) "family get together" to celebrate all the special occasions that we missed because of the pandemic. Although the immediate family had previously gathered for a… Continue reading When the living is easy…

A fountain for all seasons…

  "Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall", (to quote Carole King!),  garden architecture provides interest for every season.  Often we don't prioritize hardscapes when laying out garden plans...possibly because of the cost and/or a desire for an instant garden of greenery and flowers.  Finding the right balance between hardscapes (pathways, arbours, retaining walls and I've included fountains… Continue reading A fountain for all seasons…

Best laid plans…

The thing about New Year's resolutions is that it's usually wishful thinking for me!  As a matter a fact, I have given up making them, instead, I just keep my head buried in the now and like Scarlet, I'll think about it on another day. I have a New Year's ritual of cleaning and organizing, but… Continue reading Best laid plans…