Wednesday 27 March 2013

Fences in France

I'm joining Mary's party
her prompt this week is "fence"
Friday's Fences

I enjoy photographing fences, 
doors, gates and windows.
This collection was
taken when I was in France
last year.

These last two photos were taken
in a beautiful park
in a small town in

There was a little farmyard
section for the children,
so beautifully laid out.

I love donkeys but they 
always make me feel sad....

Only one more day of work this
week - thank goodness!!!
Can you tell I'm not used to it?!
I'm saving for my next trip
to France to see my little

À bientôt

be kind to one another



Monday 25 March 2013

Umbrella magic....

I'm joining Mary for
Please pop over and meet
some other lovely bloggers.
We would love you to join us!

On a recent visit to my
local garden centre
I discovered this inspiring
display of pretty umbrellas
hanging from the ceiling!

Such cheerful designs
for a dreary rainy day,
don't you agree!

I just couldn't resist including
in my mosaic
the sweet bunnies, books and
my embroidery I must work
on over Easter!

Thank you so much dear friends
for popping in to my blog
and leaving such lovely comments!

I'm working over the next two
weeks, but I hope to visit you all
before the Easter break.

À bientôt

be kind to one another



Wednesday 20 March 2013

March Note Cards

Today I'm joining Vee of
A Haven for Vee
for her March
Note Card Party.

The idea is that we select four
images we have used
previously on our blog
that we think would make
a nice set of note cards.

I took these photos while
visiting open gardens
last Spring.

I hope you enjoy them!

Please pop over to Vee's
to see all the other note cards.
Maybe you would like
to join in the fun and show us
yours as well!

Thank you so much dear friends for the
kind comments you leave me.

À bientôt

be kind to one another



Monday 18 March 2013

As Autumn slowly arrives...

My cousin is a great gardener and
on Sunday she picked me 
a beautiful bouquet of colorful
dahlias from her flower garden.

They're loud , a bit brazen even
and these jewel coloured
blooms look totally wonderful
in my room.
They can't help but make one

Not long ago dahlias were
out of fashion but recently
they've made made a comeback
and we all want them
in our gardens again!

Autumn is one of my favorite
times in the garden,
as everything is quieting down...
and I'm choosing bulbs to plant now
 for a magical display in

I'm joining Mary for
do pop over and join us.

À bientôt
be kind to one another


A bouquet for my birthday tomorrow!

Friday 15 March 2013


Hello dear friends
today I'm joining Mary
forSt. Patrick's Day Blog Crawl
(are you up to it)? and

A Favorite Thing Saturday

With good Irish blood running
through my veins
I had to find a little
something from the
Emerald Isle too!

Wishing you all a very
Happy Saint Patrick's Day
on Sunday!!

Be kind to one another and
"may the luck of the Irish
be with you all"!


Wednesday 13 March 2013

French Creamy Whites

Don't you just love this
sweet little girl?
The gorgeous card is part
of a stunning giveaway
I was lucky to win over at
Pam's blog Simply Nordic Design

I've oohed and aahed at some
lovely garlands I've seen on blogs
and now I've got one of my own! 

An old book cover stamped
with the word France,
more french images and 
a vintage sheet music page.

Le Paris D'Aujourd'hui

Pam also included this amazing piece
of crocheted lace from her yummy!

Merci Pam
I feel very spoilt!!

I'm linking to Becky at
Blissful Whites Wednesday

Thank you for your lovely comments.

À bientôt
be kind to one another


Monday 11 March 2013

Summer sunshine from my corner of the world....

I've written this post
especially for my friends
in colder climes.
From what I hear
you're all tired of snow
and just want Winter to disappear...

so I'm sending you some
Kiwi sunshine
from my summer garden
to brighten up your day!

and as a gentle reminder that your
will be with you soon!

I'm linking with Mary for

Thank you all for visiting
and leaving such nice comments.

À bientôt
be kind to one another

Wildflowers in France

Friday 8 March 2013

A home needs books...

If you are a regular visitor
to my blog you will know I'm a
book lover.
I've also been lucky to inherit
some lovely old books from
my father 
a very dear bookish man!

Like this five volume set of
The History of England
Lord Macaulay
published in London in

Do you know, that while taking 
photographs for this post
I was leafing through the pages
and to my surprise I became
totally absorbed.
So I've started reading Volume I,
I love history
 but I had thought 
this tome would be too stuffy!
I'll let you know how I get on...

The covers of the books are old leather
and the pages are edged with
gold leaf.

"A room without
books is like a body
without a soul." 

The image bottom right is
Lord Macaulay.

Today I'm linking to
Mary's - 'Inspiration Thursday' 
Debra's - 'Be Inspired Thursday' 
Bernideen's - 'Open House Thursday'
Claudia's - 'A favorite Thing Saturday'.

À bientôt

take care of one another


Sunday 3 March 2013

I've been doubly Spoilt...

Look what arrived in the mail this week!
As part of Vicki's
Grow Your Blog Party
many bloggers offered
a Giveaway.

 A hand stitched envelope made by Wendy

What a lovely surprise when the very
talented Wendy of
told me that I was the
winner of her Giveaway!

This beautiful ATC was her prize

Wendy really spoilt me because
also in her parcel was a 
lovely collection of lacey fabrics 

an old French postcard
(a girl can't have too many of these)!

some pretty rose themed papers
and a sweet collection
of buttons and butterflies.


My second GYB win was from
Kerrie of

I loved the card Kerrie sent me
of the old thatched cottage
by the stream
surrounded by daffodils!!!
Now that's a lovely Spring scene
for my friends who are
getting tired of all that SNOW!!!

This pretty cross stitch pattern
was Kerrie's prize
isn't it just lovely!

Once I've finished Jessie's
Christmas stocking
I'll make a start on the 
Victorian Christmas and I think
I will make it into a cushion
for the
Christmas Season!


Today I'm linking to Claudia's
and also to Mary's

Thank you all for your kind comments
about Barbara - she is now at

À bientôt

be kind to one another



A beautiful old vintage shawl
'Forget Me Not'.


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