Saturday, October 31, 2009

Soulful Women..Melody, Diana and Madeline

I don't know which I am more excited about, Diana Krall's World Tour or that Madeline Peyroux and Melody Gardot will be joining her. What a fantastic line up. They all have amazing voices that just carry you away. If you enjoy their music, check this out: If you are not familiar with them then I urge you to go to  and sample their music. You won't regret it!

Images via Google 

Glorious Geraniums

I woke up this morning thinking of geraniums.  
We lived in Connecticut and had a window where the sun streamed in all winter. 
I filled it with geraniums. They were beautiful. 
You could be playing outside in the snow on the coldest of days 
and there they would sit, in the window, in all their glory.  
Spring is in the air as I fondly remember my window box of geraniums....

image created by me in Florence

Friday, October 30, 2009


Ever have that first bite of a meal when you know that you are about to have the most wonderful taste sensation?  The kind that makes you take a deep sigh and just say 'wow'? The kind that makes you so excited that you want to share the experience with everyone at your table? Well, this happened to us yesterday at Pendolino in Sydney. The dish is called SPAGHETTIA CHITARRA CON PESCE D'ACQUADOLCE with freshly-made Chitarra Spaghetti (saffron infused) with Barrumndi, Wild Prawns, Chilli, Capers, Garlic and Pinot Grigio White Wine.   I love Italian food and this was devine.  If you live in Sydney, intend to travel there or know someone who is ....tell them to make a reservation at Pendolino ( ). Squisito!

images from Pendolino website

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Lucky girl

This is what I feel like when I have to pack for a trip. If only it were as simple as deciding on tea cups.  I also wouldn't mind looking as glamorous as this woman and I would definitely like to be sitting in that room.  Ok, I want to be her and not sitting here contemplating what to wear, what to pack and coming back and doing it all over again next week. I think this photo should be entitled 'procrastination'. A word I can easily identify with.  (lucky girl, I wouldn't mind that dress either..)

google image

Monday, October 26, 2009

That Perfect Moment

I am posting this just for the fun of it. I was in Rangiroa, French Polynesia.  I had all the essentials with me that camera, my ipod with my favourite song by Nina Simone 'My Baby Just Cares For Me' playing in the background, my journal, books, magazines and and a beautiful sunny day behind me. What do you do at a time like this, when you just don't want to move? You take advantage of the situation. Feet up... camera poised at the glass window in front of me and have a was a moment in time and it was perfect!

Image created by me in Rangiroa

New England

It has been ten years since I have lived in New England but no matter where I am I still feel the weather at this time of year. It's in my bones. Spring is in the air in New Zealand but I always think of Autumn and the chilly days of October first. There can be no better time of year with the anticipation of Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Let the festivities begin!
Images 1, 2 and 4 created by me along Cape Ann, Image 3 from

Mary's flowers

I love these photos.  My friend Mary has a beautiful home in Nantucket, the sort of home you never want to leave. We had just sat down at the end of a glorious summer day. The table was set, the wine was being poured and I thought it was one of those moments in time that needed to be remembered with a photo. I am so glad I did as it has brought me years of enjoyment.

Images created on a summer's day in Nantucket.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Grace and Beauty

I came across a photo of Grace Kelly today which compelled me to look further. I will never forget seeing her in Rear Window with Jimmy Stewart at the cinema. You could hear people in the audience taking a deep sigh when she first came onto the screen. She was captivating. There are many photos of her but these are my favourite. She certainly was a woman of grace and beauty.

images via google search

Life Changing

It is funny how one thing can lead to the next. 
I popped into the local libary on Friday to see what was new and interesting. 
by Roxanne J Coady and Joy Johannessen. ' 

A quick flick and I new this was going to need more time to take in. 
It has been like taking a journey into my past....Marjorie Morningstar, 
The Catcher in the Rye, The Count of Monte Cristo, Atlas Shrugged, 
A Room of One's Own, Hemingway's Collected Stories, 
 To Kill a Mockingbird, Jane Eyre, The Great Gatsby 
and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn to name a few.

It is funny how we get so caught up with the latest books 
that we forget that there were so many great ones before them. 
I tried writing them down once, all those books going back 30 odd years 
and found it a mind boggling task. I have enjoyed this book 
and what the writers have had to say. I have now discovered 
a great little book store in Madison Connecticut, RJ Julia Booksellers. 
Not close but...I have registered for their newsletter, 
checked out their blog and am happy to have found both.

Now, back to the library to see what's next...

Travels to Blanket Bay, New Zealand

There are so many wonderful things to do and see in New Zealand. As we now shift into departure mode I can not help but think of the places we have been. One in particular is Blanket Bay on the South Island of New Zealand. It was a 'weekend away' for us and it was just beautiful. These few photos manage to say it all.
images created by me...Blanket Bay, New Zealand

Essential Ingredients

I love to share books that I have read and enjoyed. This is one of them. If you haven't come across this yet, check it out. It will be at the top of my list for Christmas gifts.

From Publishers Weekly:
'In this remarkable debut, Bauermeister creates a captivating world where the pleasures and particulars of sophisticated food come to mean much more than simple epicurean indulgence. Respected chef and restaurateur Lillian has spent much of her 30-something years in the kitchen, looking for meaning and satisfaction in evocative, delicious combinations of ingredients. Endeavoring to instill that love and know-how in others, Lillian holds a season of Monday evening cooking classes in her restaurant. The novel takes up the story of each of her students, navigating readers through the personal dramas, memories and musings stirred up as the characters handle, slice, chop, blend, smell and taste. Each student's affecting story—painful transitions, difficult choices—is rendered in vivid prose and woven together with confidence. Delivering memorable story lines and characters while seducing the senses, Bauermeister's tale of food and hope is certain to satisfy.'
image from

Nurture Your Talents...

I discovered a website thru my wonderful Aunt Mary last year and love it. I receive a daily horoscope and another passage with words of wisdom. If you are interested, go to . Somedays it just lifts me up and inspires me. Other days, like today it just makes me laugh as this was the message for the day I created this blog.

Nurture Your Talents

You might feel like doing something different today that may draw upon your many talents. Perhaps you want to engage in some form of creative activity that uses your gifts to their fullest. Organizing or hosting an event or starting a new project around the house could be ways for you to focus on your creative side while also doing something practical and interesting. Before starting your projects today you might consider reflecting upon what you most like to do. Thinking about this could give you ideas for incorporating activities into your day that use your creative and intellectual resources. This approach can be stimulating and inspire you to seek new and innovative approaches to your projects.
Doing activities that fully utilize all of our talents nurtures every aspect of our being. Many of us have numerous tasks we do because of our obligations and responsibilities. While we are able to complete these activities, they are not always things that stretch us beyond our limits. Knowing what we have a knack for motivates us to move in new directions and gives us the desire to develop ourselves. When we are engaged in our lives in this way, we are using everything that we have been given to bring joy and pleasure to our lives and the lives of those around us. By trying something today that makes full use of your gifts, you will nurture and nourish the creative and talented side of your self.

image created by me ... Blue Mountains, NSW Australia

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Collage of Life-the beginning

Paiting and a blog.

As an expat, you learn to live 
with saying goodbye
 and the feelings that overwhelm 
you with each move.

It starts with the family and friends 
from your home country
 and then it is for the 
friends and countries you have 
lived in and left behind.  

The 'feeling' reaches in 
and sits heavy on your heart. 

I felt the best way to 'let it all out' 
was to create a painting 
representing everything I felt.

It was a challenge, 
as I had never painted before.
Finding an art studio 
and an art teacher to help me 
see my idea onto canvas 
was no small task..
but I did it.

As I progressed, 
I discovered many things 
about myself
and through the months 
I slowly began to feel at ease 
with my new home and the last. 

The images and words 
in the painting above
represented my feelings 
about 'home' ...
in New England.

I called on poets, 
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 
Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson 
and used their words as inspiration. 

A few free word associations came about. 
"A boys will is the wind's will"
written in "My Lost Youth" by Longfellow
" A women's will is the wind's will"
for me.

Other words written into 
the painting...

Return the traveller to the shore.

Often I think of the beautiful town 
that is seated by the sea,
And my youth comes back to me.

A women's will is the wind's will.

I took the road less travelled by 
and that has made all the difference.

A Quiteness Distilled.

Shape the thoughts that stir within. 

It was 2003,
and I named the painting 'Collage of Life'

In 2009, 
when I started to write outside my journal,
it  seemed a natural for the name of this blog as well. 

Another outlet to 
shape the thoughts that stir within.

Welcome to my first blog post on
Collage of Life.

Collage of Life 
by Jeanne Henriques


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