Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Travel Plans, a Canaletto and Katharine Hepburn

You can probably tell from the previous post that I am in travel mode at the moment.
I am doing what I do best when it comes to packing for a trip....procrastinating.

I have all the necessary books, have done my google searches
and am in the process of cooking food and writing up notes for the babysitter.

Yesterday I went along to the National Gallery in London and was swept away 
with the beauty of this painting by Canaletto (1697-1768)
a Venetian painter famous for his paintings of Venice.
Venice: The Upper Reaches of the Grand Canal with S. Simeone Piccolo, about 1740

 I started to think of movies that inspire and with Venice 
still on my mind I thought of this classic.

Who remembers?

Katharine Hepburn and Rossano Brazzi

and thinking Canaletto colour,
especially orange and blue...

Oh Katharine!

On that note...I feel as Katharine does, 
I must part and get back to work.

Before I do, if you are in the market 
for a cashmere wrap... read here

Best wishes for a wonderful day!!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

An Autumn Traveller and a Postscript

I fell in love with this image the moment I saw it, 
in fact I have been saving it for months...
for the first true Autumn day. 
It has arrived.

It is hard not to miss the details, there are so many.
I wonder who lives here and what the objects say about the owner.
I imagine this to be the entry in the home of a traveller, in autumn. 

I wonder....
The six framed prints, maps of where, significance to the traveller?
The paper on the ceiling, a Tapa cloth from the South Pacific? 
The traveller likes orange, disposition of the traveller?
The chandelier, origins?
The leaf motif container of walking sticks, one for each country travelled?
Hat, boots and a, woman, age?
Freshly picked branches of berries, does the traveller live in the country?
Books on the creative genius, Tage Andersen, is the traveller from Copenhagen?
A collection of memories arranged on the table, family heirlooms?
The cream rug, does the traveller have children and dogs?
The table, and objects under the table, were they collected in travels?
The chair inviting us to sit and read...does the traveller do the same?

To add to the mystery, I can not recall where this image came from.
It has been in my magazine files for some time.
A mystery, just like the traveller.

By coincidence, 
I took the photo below this afternoon,
a quick snap of beautiful flowers
given to me by a dear friend. 
She knows me favourite colour.

And in the reflection, 
my hat sits on my collection of
walking sticks, to remember where
I have been and where I am going.

an autumn travel memory from
Papua New Guinea

How about you,
who do you think lives in this house? 
Are you an autumn traveller?


Thank you all for your comments...
I am happy to see that I am not the only one 
who likes to look at a picture and look for possibilities. 
What is wonderful about an image like this is what we can take 
and create in our own are a few of the clues you left for me.

Something from Hermes for Hostess..

Animal prints or a statue on the Dr. Dolittle theme for Angela..

A pair of sexy black boots for Lou...

A collection of one's favourite things to welcome one home..
things that whisper possibilities,
 just as Kerry so eloquently suggested.

A hat for Christina @ RIver Rose because 
I think the hat is just as much her as me :)

Roses for Donna because she loves them.

A collections of Maurie's personal photographs taken 
on her one of her sojourns into her lovely wooded park.

An orange silk flamenco shirt worn by Wilderness for a grand entrance.

I love all these little clues you have given me here...
any more?

What would you take from this photo and add into your own entry?

with exception of
the first photo,
source unknown.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

My Heart, Bircher Museli and Blueberry Muffins...

There are two thing I feel compelled to try whenever I see them, 
Blueberry Muffins and Bircher Museli. 
It does not matter where I am 
or what time of day it is. 
I must try! 

You can imagine my delight when this little beauty appeared in front of me.
I was introducing a friend to my favourite cafe on Pimlico Road in London.
One look at the menu and I knew what I was going to order.

Are you thinking what I am thinking?

Works of art and every bit just delicious.
I am keen to try a little apple carvery myself.
The red apple has me mystified!

I can never leave this store without a wander and a purchase or two.

I keep their Grapefruit Leaf candle on the kitchen windowsill.
The fresh scent is perfect when you need to spend a bit of time in the kitchen.

Gernaium and Neroli hand wash makes cleaning up that much more enjoyable.

As for Blueberry Muffins..
well I am still in search of the perfect one.
Nothing beats the ones I used to have as a child.
I heart Jordan Marsh and wish it would return.
They had the perfect blueberry muffin
with that nice sugary, crunchy top.

In fact, I am still looking for the perfect blueberry muffin recipe.
Recommendations would be most appreciated!!

Now for a little Bircher Museli loving...
Graham Kerr who makes it just the way I like it!

Friday, September 24, 2010

A Grocer, A Country Ride and a Bicycle

Recent days have been filled with appointments,
driving to and fro.
Sometimes you just have to tell yourself to stop 
and smell the roses or produce.

The next best thing to the flower shop is our local grocer.
I always like to see what is new and was happy to discover
plums, pumpkins
and an array of other goodies.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

When Falls Comes to New England

Fall is upon us, I can feel it in the air. I think apples, I think layers, 
I think walks in the woods and I listen to Cheryl Wheeler and my favourite song,
'When Fall Comes to New England'.

Cheryl is an American songwriter and singer.
Her music is in their with my collection of 

No matter where I am living, it just takes this one song to bring me back to New England.
Once I am there the rest follows. 
New England...
A beautiful place to be.

Video clip set to song 
'When Fall Comes to New England'

When Fall Comes To New England
Words and Music By:
Cheryl Wheeler

When fall comes to New England
The sun slants in so fine
And the air's so clear
You can almost hear the grapes grow on the vine

The nights are sharp with starlight
And the days are cool and clean
And in the blue sky overhead
The northern geese fly south in stead
And leaves are Irish Setter Red
When fall comes to New England

When fall comes to New England
And the wind blows off the sea
Swallows fly in a perfect sky
And the world was meant to be

When the acorns line the walkways
Then winter can't be so far
From yellow leaves a blue jay calls
Grandmothers walk out in their shawl
And chipmunks run the old stone walls
When fall comes to New England

The frost is on the pumpkin
The squash is off the vine
And winter warnings race across the sky
The squirrels are on to something
And they're working overtime
The foxes blink and stare and so do I
'Cause when fall comes to New England
Oh I can't turn away
From fading light on flying wings
And late good-byes a robin sings
And then another thousand things
When fall comes to New England

When fall comes to New England

(P) May 27, 2003
Penrod and Higgins Music/ Amachrist Music
ACF Music group
International Copyright Reserved

I am linking this to Seasonal Sundays @ The Tablescaper.
You will find lots of seasonal inspiration there... join us!

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Growing up

You ask them, you remind them, you tell them
and then one day, they do it for themselves.

My #4 alone in his thoughts.
A breakthrough....
he likes to read!

Big sigh from Mom.....


Saturday, September 18, 2010

Saturday and Mrs. Moneypenny

My weekend hasn't officially started until 
I have read 
the weekend newspaper. 
For me, it is the FT Weekend.

A coffee,
a sunny nook,
papers spread out, 
with favourite sections first
and my weekend has begun.

I love to read Mrs. Moneypenny.
She has style, she has wit and she tells it like it is. 

A former investment banker with a long list of credentials, 
she is also a wife and mother. Mrs. Moneypenny is married 
to an Australian wine merchant who plays a lot of golf and has three children 
who she refers to as Cost Centres, CC#1, CC#2 and CC#3.

Today she discusses planning a grouse shooting expedition in Scotland,
once with her family and back again on the moors with corporate guests.
You can read the full article here.

How about you, when has your weekend officially started?

Hope you have a great one!


A Woman and her Craft: Kate Mears

Have you ever lived in a home that you absolutely loved?
You may already be there.
Kate Mears has had a love affair with her house 
and her village in Somerset, England for 16 years.
A talented artist, Kate has documented her love for 
her home and village thru her diary entries and watercolours.
Entitled 'A Year Around  Our House',
her story is told in the September issue of 

It is hard not to fall in love with her charming watercolours.

You can read more on Kate here.
Her website is filled with wonderful
artworks for sale. 

If you would like a few tips on discovering the
 history of your home, you will find suggestions here.

More on 'A Woman and Her Craft' series @ Collage of Life:

and more talented women....

Best wishes for a wonderful weekend. 
I hope it is filled with many creative inspirations!

Jeanne :)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Morning Rush and Carluccio's

Nothing like a coffee to ease the morning rush..

Carluccio's is a cafe, one of 45 around London.
This is a local spot for me...walk, bike or car,
I am there every chance I get.

A few of my favourites for breakfast:
   Free range fried eggs with grilled pancetta on toasted bread.

Muesli with natural yoghurt, served with jugs of honey  
and woodland berry compote.

Fresh fruit salad with natural yoghurt.

It is hard not to leave without a bag of their
Chicchi Di CaffÈ
Chocolate Coated Coffee Beans
A special treat for an espresso moment later in the day :)

If I have time up my sleeve, I like to pop into the 

local library around the corner.

There is always an interesting sight out front.
This little fellow warmed my heart the other day
as did this enormous bicycle basket.
I have serious basket envy over this one.

I love purchasing books from the library 
as much as I do borrowing them. 
Great bargains always await me.
Today I picked up Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
and Portrait of a Lady by Henry James for a grand total
of  1.40 pounds. Bargain!

You are always sure to find a book on English Gardens and Fairies too.

Do you like to start the day with a coffee?
How do you take yours?

images taken with my iphone
with exception of coffee beans

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