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

Sailing…

It's Thanksgiving Monday as I write the first draft of this post.  The last of the family left before noon today... the house is always so quiet after a long, holiday weekend.  As I looked around the kitchen and dining room I knew I should probably get all the serving dishes etc.  put away, but I… Continue reading Sailing…

Gratitude

This photograph reminds me of a Canadian Thanksgiving my family spent on the beach at La Jolla Shores some years back.   For every holiday that we are there, we too, write the occasion in the sand usually including the date and all of our initials.  The hotel kindly catered a special dinner for us… Continue reading Gratitude

Rooms I Love: Part 1

I'm sure you've been out somewhere, looked around and thought to yourself, "I love this room".  For me, to qualify for this designation, it has to spark all the senses.  Most importantly is the cocooning factor... that softness that quietly wraps around you.  Often this comes in the form of luxurious textiles from draperies or… Continue reading Rooms I Love: Part 1