What’s your decade…

This past weekend my daughter came for a visit bringing her trusted steam cleaner.  Still,  in the Spring cleaning mood, I was grateful for the opportunity to have my area rugs cleaned.  The carpet cleaners in my city don't do this service in your home, they want you to roll up your carpets and bring… Continue reading What’s your decade…

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?

An Afternoon with Hemingway…

We left off last week at the La Closerie des Lilas and a suggestion that this is a good spot to stop for lunch or refreshments...or better yet...both.  After a well-deserved break, the next stop is Luxembourg Gardens just a few steps from the bistro.   Jardin du Luxembourg, 75006 Paris The original Luxembourg Palace… Continue reading An Afternoon with Hemingway…

A Morning on the Left Bank…

  As I write this post, we are still in the deep freeze!  February has been a wickedly cold month, and Spring can't come soon enough.  I've already ordered some seeds and bulbs for my planters, and I'm anxious to get into the greenhouse to start organizing, readying it for what I hope, with a… Continue reading A Morning on the Left Bank…

The World According to Karl…

February 19, 2019... Karl Lagerfeld has died...   When I opened up my newsfeed early Tuesday morning,  I was shocked to see that Karl Lagerfeld had died in Paris.  In retrospect maybe I shouldn't have been so surprised.  At 85, he was not a young man... but he was always, always current, relevant.  There was an eternal… Continue reading The World According to Karl…

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…

Love Story

As we move along on our journey, we realize, like the dictionary meaning, that love comes in many different forms. Our personal love story is a reflection of our life experiences...starting with the unconditional love parents and their children share,  moving along to the first, intense brush with young love, (that emotional roller coaster), to the… Continue reading Love Story

Revisiting the French Pharmacie…

The winter months in a cold, dry climate can be a challenge for mature, sensitive skin.  I have fair skin, prone to redness (rosacea) and although I'm far from being an adolescent, I can have a breakout at the most inopportune time.  I haven't had cosmetic surgery (however, not ruling that out in future) but… Continue reading Revisiting the French Pharmacie…