Vision Book

I’ve started a Vision Book this week, and a group on FB for those who’d like to share and exchange with others making books.


Getting started


Core Desired Feelings (Danielle LaPorte)




Working on the studio floor….beautiful day


From Advanced Style


I can tell this will be life changing.





Surfers out this morning


Wicked low tide…’s high tide and you can still see Rye Ledge


My two favorite ‘cottages’


The Fuller estate


Ogden Nash once lived here


The perfect seaside home



Two sweet little churches

the sea soothes my soul.

Getting Back to Normal


Returning home from Europe a week ago, it has taken a while for things to return to a normal routine. Like cooking healthy foods for myself, (after macaroons at Laduree!),


(Apologies for the blurry photo), and working on my jigsaw puzzle over breakfast,


Piecing the boy’s quilt for Christmas,


and making a lot of progress on Dobbie’s hat…..for someone for Christmas.

Life’s routines are a blessing, (more about this is my newsletter for my yoga students, let me know if you want to be on that list), and I am happy happy happy to be back in mine.


Leaving Paris

The funky internet situation in our hotel room has prevented me from posting, but I think today, on our last morning, that i finally can!


Giverny was everything I thought it would be. We went by hired van, very easy. The village surrounding Monet’s home is very sweet, one can understand why, from a train ride through the town, he chose this spot to live and paint. The house was even mote interesting to me than the gardens if you can believe it. Those who know of my own gardens know what I mean. All the woodwork is painted different colors, yellow, lavender, blue….and the light in the rooms is spectacular. There are photographs of the artist in his studio and bedroom where you can see that the rooms are exactly today the way he lived in them. That is an intimate detail you don’t have in other museums. I bought a book about the home and gardens, what a sweet read while I look out at my own fall landscape.


Another major highlight of this trip is visiting Shakespeare and Co. I have been reading Anais Nin since high school, and fell in love with the Left Bank and the writer’s scene there from my first exposure to it. This bookshop was the epicenter of that time. Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Miller, Cocteau….all of them, came here. It was a surreal experience!


We spent several afternoons here at Laduree sipping tea with my AFS friends Nathalie and Rene. Emma finally found her beret and totally looks the part don’t you think? I shall miss these precious moments, but I am anxious to get home to my hub and my pups.Image

I know they all miss me, and I have missed them. 

Happy 10th Birthday Emma, I hope you enjoyed the trip and you remember it for the rest of your life! 

Now, I hope the French security people don’t take my knitting away from me. I have 7 hours on the plane!!

Missing photos!

Ha! I outfoxed the crazy tech situation here at the hotel! Here are the photos from last night!

Opera House


Crazy traffic!

Emma’s first foie gras


She loved it, and wanted it again today!

An array of sherbets for dessert


Oh, and a mousse too!

Eiffel Tower

It was a beautiful day in Paris, warm and sunny….and today was Eiffel Tower day! 

We had a little trouble finding the metro, but we did, and we arrived with plenty of time before our tour started. We went all the way to the top!! Here’s the Arc de Triomphe


When we came back down, Emma, Rene and Nathalie all had crepes!


Then we went for a river cruise. Beautiful!


That’s Notre Dame.

And one of the best photos of all


Then, off to dinner


And dessert


It was a fabulous day, making up a bit for yesterday.  i’m tired though, time to get into bed, do a little FB and read.

Giverny tomorrow!


A New Day

Yesterday was frustrating because of internet problems….I won’t go into them all….but they will limit what I can post. I need to bring my iPad with me for photos, so hopefully that won’t be too awkward.

On the Chunnel yesterdayImage

The knitting project switched, for those wha have been following….no HP hat, but a purple scarf


Bless my driver yesterday, I asked if he could take me to the place where I needed to pick up my Paris Pass before taking me to our hotel. He hesitated, but eventually said yes when I explained my timing predicament. I told him his mother would be proud of him 🙂 

Our tiny but comfy French hotel room


And, last but not least, meeting Nathalie and Rene. I haven’t seen Nathalie in well over 20 years!!


N and R took us to a fabulous French restaurant for dinner last night. The photos I took are unavailable to show, but just know, Emma had her first fois grois, uh oh, I think. I misspelled that! But you all know what I mean. The food was outstanding, and the diners were still arriving when we left at 11! Back home to a shower and bed. 

Today we go all the way to the top of the Eiffel Tower….Emma thought we were climbing the 1620 steps! Hahahahahaha!


Harry Potter Studio Tour

Ok, Harry Potter fans, this was your day!


It was a long bus ride out of town, and I don’t mind bragging that I figured out how to change trains to get us to Victoria  station, this country bumpkin girl. 

This was the best day yet! This is where the movies were shot and so, all the sets, props, and costumes are here: the dining hall, the street where Harry bought his supplies before starting at Hogwarts, videos about the animals, special effects, models, drawings, everything! 





This model was outstanding! Two stories tall, and the size of a small house. Walking the perimeter of the room, gradually coming to the base of the model, the lights slowly dimmed in the room and those inside the castle turned on. beautiful!




I took over a hundred shots…everyone was trying to keep out of each other’s way as we tried to photograph everything. There was a lot to see…two entire sounds stages.

then on to the shop! I bought a gift for Doug, and resisted all else…too expensive. Emma wanted a wand, and an owl for her brother, and vomit flavored jelly beans! Ewwwwww!

The bus ride back, and the tube ride too, and it was so late, we picked up supper at Whole Foods!


Emma got yogurt in a sweet little lavender ceramic pot, i got brie, and we both Got fruit and milk. I brought GF crackers with me….good thing!

Time to hit the shower, and then the hay….Chunnel tomorrow, and Bonjour Paris!!

The London Bus Tour

Today we tootled all around London on double-decker buses…what a fun day!

We began the day fully rested, yea! A trip to the money changer for Emma, then we bought our tube tickets and got on the right train, another yea! We got off in Piccadilly Circus and located our bus without any trouble. I tell you, my penchant for organization has served me well. I have maps with all our locations marked. Without that I never would have found the bus!

With accompanying witty commentary we rode everywhere and saw everything! We stopped off at the castle and were lucky enough to see a bit of the Changing of the Guard. There were tons of people by the gates, so our view was less than wonderful, but when the guards left it was beautiful.


We saw the London Eye, and agreed going up in that thing was not our cup of tea!


London BridgeImage

And even french fries from a very different looking McDonald’s.



Emma and I went to a great Indian restaurant for dinner…we were the only ones there!



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