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…

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

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…

Entrez s’il vous plait…

While I was out walking Charlie, I noticed that my neighbours had the exterior of their house painted a sunny, golden colour. As I was admiring it,  I wondered, "what colour will they paint the front door?" Further along into the walk, I noticed that another neighbour had a newly installed front door and garage… Continue reading Entrez s’il vous plait…

Switching gears…

Today we were supposed to be halfway to our final destination in California for a month of sun, sea and miles of glorious sand.  Instead, I'm looking out the window of the cafe at a dreary sky with the odd snowflake drifting by.   After all that talk last week about proceeding despite the Coronavirus,… Continue reading Switching gears…

Pause…or proceed

  Has Coronavirus put us all on pause?  Conventions and tradeshows are cancelled, museums and schools are closed, and travel plans changed due to routing closures.  We've been advised to avoid large gatherings of people.  The pandemic is impacting the whole world, threatening the global economy. Japan may have to cancel or postpone the Olympics… Continue reading Pause…or proceed

A “Reset” at Sea Level…

  I'm in California this week, at the La Jolla Shores Beach.  Although my life is not particularly stressful or hectic anymore, sometimes it takes a walk on the beach to clear my head and wake (shake) me up.  Meditating has never come easy for me (I lack the discipline required!) but breathing in the… Continue reading A “Reset” at Sea Level…

Downton Abbey…the movie

  Highclere Castle, in Newbury England (70 miles from London), is the setting for the fictional Masterpiece Theatre series and newly released movie, Downton Abbey. I, like millions of others, watched every episode (six seasons 2011-2016) of the Masterpiece Theatre series of Downton Abbey.  To say, "I loved it", would be the ultimate understatement!  Julian Fellows, the… Continue reading Downton Abbey…the movie

I Adore (J’Dore) Dior…

    In 2017, the Musee des Arts Decoratifs of Paris, hosted a 6-month exhibition to celebrate 70 years of Dior.  Since that time many cities around the world have held similar exhibits honouring "Christian Dior, Designer of Dreams". I was fortunate to see the exhibit at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary with my daughter.… Continue reading I Adore (J’Dore) Dior…

Oh no…Notre Dame de Paris is burning…

  Notre Dame, (Our Lady), situated in the heart of Paris on the Ille de Cite,  is over eight centuries old.  April 15, 2019, the day of this shocking fire, will become a historic date in the life of this magnificent cathedral.  What took over 200 years to build was almost lost in a couple of… Continue reading Oh no…Notre Dame de Paris is burning…