27 February 2015

The Big Move...Q & A #22

"Beep.. Beep"  Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


When I was told we were moving to Vietnam I went into full Google search mode. Who, what, where, when, how...lay it on me. I searched out other expat bloggers living in Ho Chi Minh City, sent my list of questions and waited patiently. One person answered and I was grateful to her for taking the time. It was a start.

26 February 2015

New Friends and Old Friends #21



New Friends and Old Friends

Make new friends, but keep the old;
Those are silver, these are gold.
New-made friendships, like new wine,
Age will mellow and refine.

Friendships that have stood the test-
Time and change-are surely best;
Brow may wrinkle, hair may gray,
Friendships never know decay.

For' mid old friends, tired and true,
Once more we our youth renew.
But old friends, alas! may die,
New friends must their place supply.

Cherish friendship in your breast-
New is good, but old is best;
Make new friends, but keep the old;
Those are silver, these are gold.

by Joseph Parry



24 February 2015

The Mother of the Groom Dress...#20





My son Patrick is getting married to a lovely Australian girl, Cherie, next month and we are all so excited. The wedding will be in the Yarra Valley, an Australian wine region near Melbourne, Victoria. Cherie has organised the wedding and I know it will be beautiful.

23 February 2015

A Bird's Life and Sunflower Hearts… #19



A bird's life in Connecticut


My father was a fanatical 'birder', the kind of person who felt you could never have enough bird feeders or bird baths. We had a bunch…hanging off trees, off the house, attached to windows, sitting on rocks, standing on poles and if he could have, he would have stood outside, arms stretched, embracing a bird feeder and balancing a bird bath on his head, just for the sheer delight of it all. He wanted to make the birds happy…and he did.


21 February 2015

Sharing the love…creative souls #18


I am sharing the love today for fellow writers and photographers who live in my neck of the woods. By woods, I mean the ones in New Hampshire. For those of you who may not be aware, 'Tahilla Farm' is located in the woods of New Hampshire, a state in the New England region of the Northeastern United States. It is a state I am learning to love, not only for the land but for the community and spirit of the creative souls in the region. 

I'd like to share the love for a two local writers and photographers today as I have a feeling, if you do not know them already, you will enjoy discovering them. 


Joseph Valentine Garden Photography

Joseph Valentine,  a country gardener 

20 February 2015

About that writing challenge…. #17



Fresh snow…Tahilla Farm


Ahem..yes, about that 28 Day Writing Challenge, I haven't given up! But..I am behind by two posts and will have to add a wee extension.


18 February 2015

Designing a Home…Past and Present #16



Sometimes you have to step backward before you can step forward. It has been that kind of feeling this week. It's decision time and it can be overwhelming. I find myself going back in time, to where it all started, to my thoughts and feelings…what I was hoping to create when we first bought Tahilla Farm. 

17 February 2015

Thinking Gardens…Inside and Out #15


Monk's house weekend, 1931- the Woolf's at home,
Vanessa Bell visiting
 illustrated by Amanda White
via


Today was 'garden' day…in the midst a brilliant white landscape we had to put on our garden hats and think green…and retaining walls. 

We had a meeting of artistic minds, architecture, gardens and stone. The topic was retaining walls...the medium, size, location and the impact they would have in the 'big picture' of Tahilla Farm. 

14 February 2015

The Long-Distance Traveller… #13

Miles to go...

It is inevitable that at some point in a long flight, you will check with the flight channel to see how many hours you have travelled and how many hours you have left to go. Your hope is that you will have fallen asleep for a few hours, awaken and see that you have only two hours to go. Perfect score for a 14+ hour flight.

12 February 2015

My Private Shangri-La #12




Ever feel the desire to steal away to a library with a good book? If the answer is yes, join the club, or rather, join me in a retreat to a library of lofty and spacious proportions.

11 February 2015

Living The Fantasy...Geisha For A Day #11





We were in Kyoto, Japan last month visiting Kiyomizu-dera Templea magnificent Buddhist temple registered on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list and one of the "must see" Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto. 

10 February 2015

09 February 2015

Happy Trails…Tahilla Farm #9

Tahilla Trail
Photo by Jennifer 

Welcome to my world. Chateau Mango one day, snow scenes from Tahilla Farm the next.

08 February 2015

What's your vote? #8



"What colour would you like us to paint your house?"


That's a simple question, isn't it? There was a time when I would have given anything to answer that question. In fact, I am pretty sure I was asked that question once and the answer was an explicit..."keep it just as it is". 

For you see, once upon a time, our house in Vietnam looked like this. Until... I moved to Vietnam with the kids, in the summer of 2012.

Pre-Chateau Mango June 2012

07 February 2015

A Lotus Love Thank You.... #7


Blooming in our lotus flower garden
Chateau Mango, Vietnam



Sending lotus love your way
and a big thank you
for your thoughts and kind words 
during this past week. 

I appreciate every word,
truly and deeply.

A short and sweet #7.
Sending you a big
wave from Chateau Mango!

Have a great day!

Jeanne :)




Feb 7, 2015
28 Day Writing Challenge, #7
Writing from Chateau Mango

Vietnam time

06 February 2015

Making Friends...in your 50's #6


Miss Claire making friends last week in Kribi, Cameroon

When we raise our kids we give them all sorts of advice to get on in the world. When it comes to making friends, it starts early. As soon as a child first grasps the concept of sharing with another...and does it successfully, without tears, we have set the foundation of our building blocks. Playing nicely in a sandbox is a big achievement.  

05 February 2015

The Night Owl.... #5



A night owl on the loose at La Casa Henriques


Hands up if you are a night owl...the kind of person who enjoys the solitude of the night. 

04 February 2015

Rolling Merrily Along... #4



To the flower market...Hanoi, Vietnam


Life has been rolling merrily along...from Tahilla to Vietnam. Mr. H and I were in Hanoi last weekend where I happened to be in the right spot at the right time. I caught this charming cyclist coming down the street long before she happened upon me. I stood, patiently, with my camera at the ready. 

03 February 2015

Building A Dream Home...Tahilla Farm #3


original source unknown*

Many of you have kindly asked about the latest developments at Tahilla Farm...which I often refer to as Tahilla. I am more than happy to respond and hope you are ready for what follows.  For those of you who are new to my blog, Tahilla, is our home away from home, a country retreat, deep in the woods of New Hampshire. 

02 February 2015

Morning Rituals and Being Still #2


On my desk...The Imagined Desks of Historical Women
Above, the imagined desk of Amelia Earhart
from Dear Hancock

When I told Mr. H that I wanted to get back to being a morning person again...he laughed and replied "You have never been a morning person!". I could argue that point, for back in the day, when I was shuffling kids off to school, my day started early and I seemed to get so much more accomplished.

01 February 2015

A 28 Day Writing Challenge...#1

Pillow Party- Chateau Mango
A might big spring clean.

Dear Friends...

It is done.

The pillows have been gathered, aired and shaken so hard those little duck feathers would not know what hit them. Dust be gone.

Now onto the self. I have made a decision.
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