June 11, 2019

My Divine Ya Ya Moment....on a Sunday



The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood

I had a "Ya Ya" moment on Sunday and I needed to share. I am spending the summer exploring workshop ideas for Tahilla Gatherings, my business idea that continues to evolve. My hope is to use Tahilla Farm as a venue for women  to come together to discuss topics of mutual interest and share in the joie de vivre of life. I am currently exploring ways in which I can achieve those goals.

June 8, 2019

News From Tahilla Farm: Gardening, Books and Shopping Tips


Hello! Hello! and Happy Weekend!


It was a busy week around Tahilla Farm, as I dug my way in and out of pots and into the herb gardens. I was fortunate to spend some time on Monday with a very talented plantswoman and garden designer, Maude Odgers, who guided me in the plant selection. We went along to a wonderful nursery, Walkers Farm in Dummerston, Vermont. 

May 22, 2019

April 29, 2019

Sharing the LOVE....The Travelwrap Company




My daughter, Miss Claire, charging ahead
 in The Spittal of Glenshee

The Traveler....
Yesterday I calculated my "air time" since leaving Tahilla Farm three weeks ago. Through Hong Kong, China and Australia I have clocked 55 hours in the air, excluding transit time. Ah...the things we do for the people we love! It's been a whirlwind visit full of laughter, food and family. The very best kind of trip. Times that I cherish dearly.

April 24, 2019

My Stylish French Box...the winner!


My Stylish French Box

I love offering giveaways on my blog, 
even more so when it is something I personally love.  
My Stylish French Box is one of those extra special gifts 
and my only wish is that I could send one home 
with each and every person who entered the Giveaway.
Thank you all for taking the time to write to me.
I always love hearing from you!

April 15, 2019

Taking it easy in Hong Kong...


Tea time in Hong Kong..



Good Morning, Good Afternoon, Good Evening!

Seeing that I am somewhere in between, I thought I might as well cover it all! I am in a rainy Hong Kong at the moment, taking it easy, taking some down time and truth be told...feeling a bit restless. 

April 8, 2019

The First Gathering...Tahilla Farm



My Vintage Corona


My First Gathering…

I am typing away with this much loved vintage Corona typewriter behind me, thinking about all that has transpired in the past months and days. As many of you helped to shape what has transpired, I thought I would "report in".

I have always known there is a special magic that happens when women talk together. We have been doing that through Collage of Life for nearly ten years. Because of the connections that have been made, Tahilla Farm was found, bought and renovated...and as a result, I am able to write from the "space" that was once a hay loft and now my studio. I feel truly blessed by the constellation of friendships forged through blogging.

March 22, 2019

The latest from my neck of the woods...and yours?




It's been an interesting week in my neck of the woods. 
How about yours? 
My Monday morning started out like this...I beat the sun, 
waking before it woke me up and was lucky enough to catch it rising 
in all it's glory behind our little mountain.

March 18, 2019

Dreaming about....a Book Club Retreat in Paris and My Stylish French Box


From my Paris Postcard stash...Hotel Duc de Saint-Simon
Perfect setting for a Paris book club retreat!

If a little dreaming is dangerous,
the cure for it 
is not to dream less but
to dream more, 
to dream all the time.
Marcel Proust

A book lover's dream....
It's a book lover's dream to wander the very streets that inspired Marcel ProustÉmile ZolaSamuel BeckettAlbert CamusSartreSimone de Beauvoir and so many others. You might step into the Salon at 27 rue de Fleurus where Gertrude Stein mentored Ernest Hemingway, or have a drink at the café littéraires Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore, the long-ago haunts of James JoyceF. Scott FitzgeraldEzra Pound and their fellow The Lost Generation writers.

via Abe Books..full article here

March 3, 2019

Before and after Tahilla Farm and a postcard update


Tahilla Farm 2019


Happy March! 

As you can see from the photo above and below, we still have snow and if the forecast holds true tonight, we will have a bit more. I like to get out in the fields every now and again to photograph the property through the seasons and years. I often think it would be nice to replicate our little fiefdom on the hill in a snow globe. It would come in handy during long hot summer days when I curse those New Hampshirite's who said we would not need air conditioning...because "it never gets that hot in New Hampshire."  I beg to differ...maybe the snow globe will help. ;)

February 25, 2019

The First Time...and a postcard mailing




Snowy day, Tahilla Farm

Sometimes 
I need only to stand 
wherever I am to be blessed.
Mary Oliver


Hello from snowy New Hampshire!

We had some pretty exciting celebrations over the weekend, our little Aussie grandson, Cooper, turned one!

February 14, 2019

Meditation...I get you









Mention the word meditation and I typically sigh in dismay...been there, done that, not for me. End of story.

Until last night.

January 20, 2019

The Keeping Room and The Studio



On this winter day....

"And the world cannot be discovered 
by a journey of miles, 
no matter how long, 
but only by a spiritual journey, 
a journey of one inch, 
very arduous and humbling and joyful, 
by which we arrive at the ground at our own feet, 
and learn to be at home."  

Wendell Berry

January 9, 2019

A Winter Mind....

peaceful winter whiteness


Happy New Year! 

Snow came to our neighborhood this morning...and it was exciting! In winter's passed, I might have looked at it as work to be done but today I was just glad to see a shimmer out there. We ended autumn with a very white Thanksgiving and started winter with a bit of a whimper on the snow front. I should be careful what I wish for....I can't say I love the shoveling...but I do look forward to dusting off my snowshoes and having a long wander.