I am writing from Chateau Mango today...our home in Vietnam.. dressed in the colour of a ripe mango.
I have been home alone for a week..a most unusual feeling. Mr. H headed off to India and young Connor went off to Dalat, Vietnam for a week long school trip. Tika (faithful canine) and I held down the Chateau along with Miss Huyen (cheerful cook), Mr Khai (driver and keen gardener), Thuan (quiet gardener) and Mr. Tam (attentive night guard). This kind of 'home alone' experience wasn't so alone but it was enjoyable none the less.
The party's over....
The last of our children and house guests departed last week after a five week buzz of activity. I admit there was quite a bit of 'woe is me' going on. It hit me like a lead weight. Miss Claire flew out the door for an early morning flight back to the USA and I felt the rug pull out from under me. We all know the feeling..I call it the 'wind down'. You have to start again, one step at a time. It takes me a few days and I am happy to report that my few days around the chateau helped tremendously.
Garden, write, read, photos, cook...
I am nearly done with the wreck I call my office, I watched 'Tea with Mussolini' which I love and the BBC classic 'North and South' written by Elizabeth Gaskell. I admit to having a crush on English actor, Richard Armitage. I have lots of crushes..shhhh (here). I explored the outer reaches of Ho Chi Minh City for pots and urns for our garden, re-potted our orchid collection, dragged out my art easel for a bit of tweaking, spent way to much time in my favourite books shop, ARTBOOK..., got back to the gym and stepped up my game and spent time in the kitchen discovering old recipes and trying new ones.
Most importantly...I thought of you, dear reader
and what you might enjoy so..without further adieu..
Linking in from Chateau Mango...
Gardens and food...
Love figs? check this recipe out.
Personally if I could devour a plate of fresh figs and blue cheese
with a bit of prosciutto on top..I would. But I have to think healthy...
or so I have been told by my inner self.
I have been tinkering around the garden this week...vying for space.
Every time I finish reading Gardenista..I run out to the garden
to fuss with things. It is that inspiring!
BTW...be sure to check out Remodelista while you are there.
|Read ' 10 Easy Pieces: Editor's Favourite |
Gardening Books' by Janet
@ Gardenista here
Visit 101 Cookbooks while you are there...just lovely.
If you go to 101 Cookbooks..you will want more and if you want more
you have to visit Thyme...Sarah is the best!
One last word on food... Heather @ Lost in Arles posted a fab review
of the Smitten Kitchen Cookbook which I quickly
went off to discover. Don't miss this post..she will tell you all about it.
Style, Art and Decorating....
Are you a Style Maven?
I am not ...but I do have my own style..
which I have been kindly told by friends..is interesting.
I discovered Hemingway and Hepburn today..
love the site and the name..
Honestly, if there was a design sisterhood...
I would put Design Chic at the top of my list.
Every post is a pinfest for me. In fact, I think it would have to two
for first place, for Cindy Hattersley keeps me pinhopping too.
Speaking of pinfest...I have been doing a bit of that lately.
I organised my files, consolidated and actually enjoy
hanging out there now. This week..
my favourite personal boards are Farmhouse
where I stash my decorating ideas for Tahilla Farm...
Art where I think about creative places and what can
happen in them and Create for all those projects..
that if you put some thought into it..
you could probably make most of them yourself.
There is a whole lot of pinning going on there.
For those of you with a bit of caftan love
and who love checking in J. Peterman now and again.
This Ornate Paisley Caftan...'Apolline' is on sale..
and I for one am very tempted. And you?
and something new...
I love discovering new blogs...today Wallace Gardens..
you can find tweet with Sassy Nancy..here
|via Sassy Nancy at Wallace Gardens|
Can you tell that I am getting my mojo back?
I will stop there before I lose you all together but I will say
if you want to keep going, you can join me on Facebook
because there is a whole lot more...thoughts on pots,
needing decorating advise, the story "Mrs. Wharton Goes Canoeing",
an Inaugural poem, Barn Dance signs,
Paris travel tips, a car to love, the story on the pots below.. all here.
Hope to see you there!
With parting thoughts and wishes for a wonderful weekend
to you all..my music crush, James Taylor.
Pass the tissue!
Pass the tissue!