“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”…

Hotel Therapy…

  I'm sure that many of you will agree that getting to a travel destination doesn't have the glamour it once had.  Being at the airport two hours before your plane leaves just to make sure you get through security in time to board your plane on time usually means getting up in the middle… Continue reading Hotel Therapy…

New York, Part 2…

  The last couple of days in New York were busy.  We began Sunday morning with a walk through Central Park.  Over 800 acres in size, this is Manhattan dwellers backyard, their playground.  With walking and biking paths, bridges and ponds, a zoo, places to eat, and benches conveniently located everywhere, it offers something for everyone.… Continue reading New York, Part 2…

New York, New York…Part 1

  New York, New York... Is there anyone who says (sings)   it better than Frank Sinatra?  I don't think so! I was in New York this week.  Although I've been in Manhattan on numerous occasions, this is the first time in many years that I've been in the Big Apple strictly for pleasure.  Four… Continue reading New York, New York…Part 1

O Canada…

  Often when planning a vacation we think of faraway historic and/or exotic places.  Although I have crossed the border and the Atlantic Ocean many times, I've also found that Canada is wonderfully diverse and has many treasures to visit as well.  The following are some of my favourite Canadian destinations. Wedgewood Hotel & Spa, in Vancouver, B.C.… Continue reading O Canada…

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…

On The Road…

  We've been "on the road" this week driving to La Jolla.  As we were driving down the I-15 Interstate,  I had thoughts of Jack Kerauoc and his book, "On the Road" written over 60 years ago.  An almost "cult following" for young people everywhere, the book is highly recognized by literary standards and considered… Continue reading On The Road…

Orangeries, Conservatories, and Glasshouses

    During the summer of 2016,  I was able to realize one of my dreams...to have my own greenhouse.  There was a perfect spot at the back of my garden and with the efforts of many,  "Maison des Fleurs",  became a reality. There were many "dreamers" long before me who wanted to extend the… Continue reading Orangeries, Conservatories, and Glasshouses

Books, Books, and more…

  If you were to see the piles of books in most rooms of my house (and my car!),  you might assume that I suffer from "abibliophobia"!  Over the past couple of years,  I've gotten better at finding storage for my books, organizing them by fiction, non-fiction, theme etc., but the "unread" books still remain… Continue reading Books, Books, and more…

La Jolla

I'm in La Jolla this week.  What perfect timing considering we were hit with freezing temperatures and snow just before I left.  I do, however,  have to say that my garden did look spectacular after that first snowfall! La Jolla, California We have been coming to La Jolla since 1977.  I don't remember why we… Continue reading La Jolla