Love articles and stories about anything beautiful. A good poem, how to prune a rose, a recipe for a mid-summer Jasmine cocktail. The pretty, emotive, sustaining, travelling sort of stories that has me at the white picket fence, in the countryside (with a flat in the city), surrounded by dogs, an Aga and holidays at the beach – you know the sort. Others too clever for words, making me giggle out loud in a coffee shop – weep with envy at their art. I bookmark hundreds articles I read and think, I must get back to that … and they become friends in my computer library, of all the things I love.
There is a type. My interest type, subjects I gravitate too more often than not, but it is also through fellow bloggers that I find other pieces of interest and inspiration. Want to share them too. This is going to be fun, I thought, this is going be similar to others I admire who list their favourite links on a weekly or monthly basis and why not credit and share if needed? We could all do with the support of others – and the world will turn to kindness and learning.
I hope that some of the interesting articles and experiences I share with you, will inspire you also; to travel, to bake, to make and plant and pluck to your heart’s content. Forever curious, forever enchanted, forever learning about the good things in life.
Credit here for the idea of this endeavour, must be given to David Leibovitz at davidleibovitz.com whom it has been my delight to follow for many years, and Rebecca Plotnik, a wonderful blogger, photographer and creator of everydayparisian.com . There are so many, but these two first gave me the idea of sharing links that appealed to them, with their readers. Love their work. Both focus on life in Paris and of course that’s my heart gone, right there!
Over the past week I really enjoyed:
- The coming of Christmas. Too early to be singing ‘ All I want for Christmas’, but the lights are on in London. No better way to beat the early darkness that threatens the most optimistic of souls. Could there be a better place to be for Christmas, than London? Or Paris? Let me know.
- The Escape to the Chateau. Season 6. I am obsessed and for me, Christmas comes early with Jack and Angel. If ever there was a modern fairytale … perhaps France has a little chateau for me.
- Since the arrival of little George, the beloved Daschund, in our family, have doggie love in big loads of gorgeousness. Have had dogs for many years, before we re-located a decade ago and now in love again. They bring such joy and security don’t they? Find myself looking at all things canine, and Country Living articles on dogs in particular. You can imagine the Christmas list for George!
- Coutours. Three different tours this week. The pubs of Belgravia, fascinating stuff that links pubs to the murder of the nanny in the Lucan household, the secret meetings of the Great Train robbers, why we pin money on the ceiling for the dead soldier and secrets of those little pubs tucked away in the streets of this prestigious part of London. We tasted cheeses and damson preserves in The Food Lover’s secret market walk and oh, the poor souls, lost to the taste of Gin in The History of London in Four Drinks, last week. Think about gifting a tour to your boss, loved one, neighbour or as a secret Santa? – you will give them a walk to remember.
- Eternally in love with Autumn, I indulged with a lie in on Sunday morning and Countryfile‘s Autumn Special, exploring the place that inspired the famous Ode to Autumn by John Keats. For me, Autumn is always countryside, nestling and nature.
- Most of the National Trust and Heritage Gardens are closing for the winter, though some do stay open, even if the houses are closed, so please check before you leave. Happy to announce that Ham House is now dog friendly all year long, yay George, and even allowed into a certain section of the cafe. We can still enjoy, and plan to visit some special gardens, and I have always been a fan of the National Garden Scheme. For a last touch of summery joy, their choice of the best gardens for 2019 can be found here.
Hyde Park. Splendour – plan to be in London next Autumn.
- Though not to Paris this Christmas, I was fortunate to go in October. The winter in Paris is amazing and I thought I would share an older blog of our visit to Paris a few years ago. It may be cold, but like the cafés in London, most have outside seating and heaters and the cosiest indoors depending on your fancy. When it comes to the Café de Flore, it’s outdoors for me all the way – all about people watching, people!
- This week ( not that I like all the references to Oldies and Purple hats etc, but a great article on sleeping positions and how they change with age. This is from The New Yorker Magazine, so let me know what you think?
- Too early to talk about Christmas Decorations, though I must say, the department stores are full on already. Including the jingles – too soon, she says, too soon …
- Not too early to make the Christmas Cake though. For me, it’s between Delia Smith and Mary Berry, every time. This is the Mary Berry recipe.
A few of the things I did, read and loved this week. And I leave you with a thought from Kahil Gibran. A week of reflection, fun, soaked by showers, making the Christmas lists and long walks in the park. Golden leaves, puppy kisses, tourists and the delight of having a free, Over 60’s travel card in the city. A week of missing, of waitressing, researching, trip planning, clients and customers. The journal, the judging, the forgiving and finding the will to remain optimistic and just a little bit unpredicable, all at the same time.
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Image; The Daily mail, Secret London, Healingpetloss and visitlondon.