Thursday, December 30, 2010

Saying goodbye..2010

This is how we will be saying Goodbye to 2010.
We are sailing on a tall ship in Sydney Harbour for the NYE celebrations. 
I have always wanted to do this and the excuse of my Dad being with us this year is a good one.
It should be a fabulous time. Sydney knows how to throw a party.
We start the night on the boat in the early evening watching the sunset  and enjoying good seafood and champagne. 
The tall ship we are going on is part of a light Parade that is put on in the harbour. 
At 9pm there are fireworks where the skies light up! It's a prelude for the families for the 12 midnight fireworks. I am hoping to get some shots for you!
I want to take the chance to thank all of my lovely blogging friends. 
Thank you for your faithful comments and your inspiration.
I hope 2011 will bring you everything you want it to. 
I am looking forward to it!!


Friday, December 17, 2010

No more Bah humbug

I has taken me a while to get back into the swing of things with blogging. I have been lurking in the trenches at you all and getting some lovely inspiring Christmas Ideas. 
Usually I am little Miss Santa Claus but this year everything has faded a little. 
The Christmas tree is up and is a little different this year. I will post a photo soon. 
There is something warm and inviting about the "stripey candyness" of this setting. 
I do love it.

 I have a confession to make, I adore ribbons and bows and everything wrapping. I have been known on occasion to even have my own purchases wrapped. I learnt this from a lovely friend of mine. If I shop is offering free wrapping - why on earth not? 
I also have a habit of wrapping things up again so they still look lovely. I am known for it. The colours of Christmas are so inviting and easy to put together. I am sticking with gold and silver this year and also plain wrapping embellished with red, white, gold or silver. 

Photos from country living. 
I love the look of this idea of mixing Christmas treats with the wrapping and just might have to go out and find myself some candy canes or lollie pops. 
Yes Christmas is coming regardless of how I feel about things. I don't want to fake it until I make it as I do feel somewhat in the spirit. My Christmas list is already filled thanks to the recovery of my Dear Dad.
Enjoy the preparations this week. x 

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A thankful Heart

Today my heart is thankful. 
It's been an eventful week. My Parents came to stay from NZ.
My Dad had a heart attack the day before he was due to fly home
Today he had Quadruple by pass surgery
My Dad made it through..
I love you Dad


Sunday, November 21, 2010

A dream home

 As pretty as a postcard

A little Puss says hello

My friend's little house

I went to visit my lovely friends who have rented a little cottage in Carros, France. Carros is a perched village on a hill and was built in the 12th century. It is wonderfully delightful. It has been restored to perfection and it feels every bit as authentic as it once was. 
There is not a car in sight as you walk the cobblestones. They are left on the side of the hill. 
There is a Chateau at the highest point. 
Truly a pleasure to see and stay here.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

No place like home

I clicked my heels together....

And am home again in Oz...

I've been a little lax lately in posting. Just arrived home a few days ago after a wonderful trip away.
I will be posting the adventures soon. Hope all is well with you all. 

Monday, November 1, 2010

Walking the streets of St Germain des Pres~

While walking the streets of St Germain Paris
We found a cake shop

Not just any cake shop 
One that decorates their shop like this!

And their cakes like this...

Then they package them ---
So they are almost too good to eat..
so they must be eaten by the Seine...


Thank you Monsiuer Gerard..I believe you are a legend 
Yes it was as good as it looked. 


Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween
Love inspiration from Roma!


Saturday, October 30, 2010

Picture perfect Paris

whether at night while sparkling

In broad daylight...

or while sipping Champagne..
She does not take a bad picture!


Sunday, October 24, 2010

Meandering through Montemartre

Dianne- I found the park with perfect views

Little glimpses along the way
There she is - tour de Eiffel!
Vineyards where they are unexpected
An amazing out door congregation

Lovely to visit You on a Sunday x

Saturday, October 23, 2010

A Catch up travel post

We found Amelie's little cafe in Pigalle.
It was just as it looked in the Movie, 
the music was playing in our heads...

Our first Creme` Brulee...mmm

Cafe des 2 Moulins

Le Moulin de la Galette - Our first meal in Paris
The photos are a little backwards ...we didn't have dessert first although there is an idea!

Perfection! My daughter ordered
Filet de Boeuf, Sauce Bearnaise, frites au couteau et musclin
I had rack of lamb and not to forget a lovely glass of champagne!


Just a start to our lovely adventures in Paris.


Friday, October 15, 2010

One more day...

Tomorrow we are off to Paris

We go by train - 4 hours
Time to leave Amsterdam
We have our last night with family tonight in Amsterdam - it has been a lovely visit but it is time to leave. 
Paris is our next destination and it is hard to believe. 
Our Paris here we come!


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Joyeux anniversaire

It is my birthday today and today I celebrate in Holland with my brother, sister in law and niece - also my daughter. I am away from home but still with family. 
I wonder what this year will bring ....

Sunday, October 10, 2010

London's calling!

Let me take you by the hand

and lead you through the streets of London

I'll show you something
That will make you change you mind. 

I don't think my mind needs changing
I am convinced,
There is no place like London

Friday, October 1, 2010

6 sleeps

I am noticing that I am creeping off to bed a little earlier lately perhaps it is because there are only a few sleeps left before our trip. I must say I do have a few butterflies in my tummy.
My main concern is what to pack and what not to pack, will I have enough, will I be warm enough?
hmm...questions questions and fickle ones at that.
It's a long weekend here in Oz , which means only one thing - less time to think

Thursday, September 23, 2010

My keys to my world! Wheeeeeeee!

Today something special came in the post
The keys to my Paris, take a peek down at the video on the bottom
of my blog and you will understand my glee.

The Apartment in Paris where my daughter and I are staying in three weeks - eek!, has lovely old fashioned ideas.
They post you your keys in any part of the world.
I was a little worried as I hadn't seen them in the post box.
I was thinking about plan B, which is think is to try and communicate with a French only speaking Housekeeper.
That would have been interesting.
But...last night they were sitting waiting for me in the letter box. I squealed when I saw them. I think it's only me that gets it - maybe you would too.
In 1 week and 6 days we are winging our way on holiday - first to London, then Amsterdam, then Paris, - the South of France and Italy- Rome, Florence, and Venice. Writing it makes it a little more real. I really can't believe it. My daughter is coming with me.  5 weeks of bliss.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Pure pleasure

Last weekend I had the pleasure of doing a wedding for a fellow florist.
We followed her ideas to the letter and it was pure pleasure.
She created master pieces out of the bouquets - a gift for her daughter, who was just a vision of loveliness with a heart to match.
We dealt with Diva's at the venue but in the end...
Everyone was happy.
My first huge wedding.
So Proud

A wonderful wedding has all the ingredients for a wonderful marriage
Made with love
Isn't she lovely?
The Bridesmaid's had perfectly matched beads in their bouquets

Picture perfect
We spent all day making these - vandela roses, privet berry, freesia, and mini roses

My crowning glory - this one I am very proud of!
photos by me