Thursday, March 29, 2012

Random and various

Had breakfast with my gorgeous husband T-man (this week off, his new job begins next Monday @ DHS) at Silo this morning - delicious. More delicious was the Vanilla Brûlée that we snacked on afterwards. Pastry - buttery, yuuummm. Thin toffee layer on top - crunch ("crinkle" says T-man). Custard - mmmmm, silky. So good to be together (sans offspring, of course), and the baguette that we bought in anticipation of lunch was divine. It's the small things....

Our front entrance has been SAD since we've been here. Boxy, concrete-y and square with NO rounded edges. We would like to soften and add some character, so our cheap and quick solution is a couple of pots plus Sasanqua Camelias. Went to Bunnings after breakfast today to further this endeavour. Again, it's the small things.....

Our lovely neighbour giving us quinces and figs from her luscious, established garden - priceless. Sooooooo goooood.

Ok, off to watch some "CHUCK" (Americana we are watching on our laptop, scabbed from a friend). LOVE IT!!!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

My French Table

Dreaming of travelling to participate in any of these.


Contenting myself for now with the book. A beautiful present from Mum around Christmas time. Thanks Mum!

My eldest regularly asks "Mum, when are you and I going to Paris?". Perhaps instead we'll head to Chateau de Bousguet.

Monday, March 19, 2012

My heart wanders

...and mine is stirred by the inner and geographical journey Pia-Jane Bijkerk celebrates in this book: Sydney, Paris, Amsterdam, letting go, discovering new ways of living and loving, the significance of a good cup of tea, finding and creating a home on the other side of the world...

Beautiful images, poetry and musings - a fragrance, curtains billowing gently in the breeze, water lapping against a boat's hull, reflected light on the ceiling - combine to bring forth from the pages a sense of place and life.

My heart wanders was all over the blogs a couple of years ago, but I only recently delved in. My heart is so glad I did! Thinking I'd like a copy of my own.

A few lines in particular grabbed me today:

My mother was always questioning this habit of mine..."Why do you feel you have to explain everything to people?...[People] want to believe what they want to believe...Conserve your energy, my love (italics mine) - live your life and enjoy it, don't worry what other people think."

These words have got me thinking about enjoying my life (and keeping on enjoying it) day...this moment - not justifying or explaining decisions, needlessly using energy - and those around me who encourage me in this. Some do it with words, some just by being who they are. Thank you J & M, J, S, J and T. You all do that for me in your own way.

Do you have someone who has consistently reminded to really enjoy your life or inspires you by their ability to do this?