Monday, February 28, 2011

I can't resist a pretty dress

Young host of the Oscars this year-
James Franco and Anne Hathaway. 
I am not sure what the verdict is yet. 
Going for a younger demographic?

Anne sure looked gorgeous in her 80's Valentino gown ---

Best Actress in a leading Role - Natalie Portman - Black Swan

Best Actor in a leading role - Mr Darcy -- opps I mean Colin Firth for "the King's Speech

Did your favourites win? 
Mine did. 

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

The sun sets on Summer

Officially down under today is the last day of Summer

but as the sun sets....

A new season begins....

I actually love the in-between seasons Autumn and Spring.
I love the transitions and promise of things to come.
The days are slowly winding down
and the weather is cooling.
Boots are out in the shops.
Welcome Autumn!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

A Little Gastronomy

Grilled Figs with Goats cheese

Smoked salmon cured with beetroot and grilled scallops

Pork belly with crisp crackling and celeriac mash

Yes I was treated a little yesterday to a lovely Lunch at the Sofitel Hotel Sydney.
Starters for me were the Figs and Goats cheese, which would have to be one of the nicest things I have eaten.
The 2nd picture is my friend's food which just look like a painted canvas and I couldn't resist.
The Pork was also divine and..I had dessert- peach souflè with white chocolate sauce.
I didn't photograph which is a crime.
I have to admit I am addicted to fine dining. I love to create it and I love to experience it.
Have a peek at the video on the bottom of my blog...more of things to come.
Have wonderful weekends.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Surreal images

Sending thoughts and prayers to the people of Christchurch and wishing the rescuers Godspeed

Saturday, February 19, 2011

From Where I sit.

The Perfect chair!
I have been searching for a while for that perfect chair for the bedroom,
somewhere to sit that is in just the right spot. A bliss chair.
I found my perfect chair after searching through fabric and finding the most comfortable design.
It is now all made - fabric from the UK- with the right amount of green, the right stripe, and a touch of gingham.
I love it!

Someone else seems to like it too. I wonder if she will share?


Thursday, February 17, 2011

A little Piece of Heaven

I experienced a little piece of heaven today in the form of a Valentine's day treat. 
My hubby was away for the day. Quite rare for us on Valentines. 
Instead of flowers - I got a beautiful treat. A full body treatment at a Spa. 
It was divine and I have never felt so pampered in my life. 
As I was being spoilt - my beautiful therapist and I passed the time away doing as ladies do best. 
We chatted, as though we were old friends. It was lovely and somehow there was an intimacy there that I can't quite describe. 
It was almost out of this world. 
She also had magic fingers and I came away feeling as though I was walking on clouds. 
Treat yourself. 
You are worth it. 

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Ode to a Saint

One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men — his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first "valentine" greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl — who may have been his jailor's daughter — who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed "From your Valentine," an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories certainly emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic, and, most importantly, romantic figure. It's no surprise that by the Middle, Valentine was one of the most popular saints in England and France.

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