I am participating in
i purchased the three cream colored knitted stockings
from my friend lori's shoppe out on the
east end of long island...
white flower farmhouse.
i absolutely love them!
many of the items above have been collected
on trips to france and england.
i love to find special pieces while traveling
to add vintage touches to my home!
i wasn't going to set up the lighted village
or the byers choice carolers this year
but my sweet daughter offered to do it
and i think it came out amazing.
guess who has that job from now on??
something i started doing last year
was purchasing a few small tabletop trees
from the local nursery to put in various
spots around the house.
you can use a galvanized pail,
a large crock or an ironstone pitcher.
just make sure you put another
watertight container inside
and keep watered daily.
add some clear lights for a magical glow.
another fun thing to do is add bottlebrush trees to old
silver trophy cups, creamers, pitchers and sugar bowls.
anything really! use your imagination and be creative!
i love to make handmade ornaments every year.
this year i made some nordic french inspired hearts.
i have a few extra sets available HERE.
i love using an old wooden tool caddy on my
kitchen island to decorate for the seasons.
in the spring it can be filled with colored eggs,
seashells in the summer,
gourds in autumn
and greens in winter.
thank you for stopping by today!
over the next few days i hope to take a
few more photos of my master bedroom
to share with you as well.
it's been so overcast and dark over here...
not great for photos!
this past summer our family visited italy for the first time.
it was such an amazing experience.
i did not expect to love italy as much as i love france
but it sure did rival!
here are some photos from that glorious week!
we rented a beautiful villa in the town of san quirico
which is a medieval village from the 10th century...
the stone farmhouse dates back to 1794.
one of the days we went and visited the
leaning tower of pisa...
it was only one hour away.
how could we not!?
we had (uh) fun? trying to take everyone's photos
"holding up the tower"...
i am pretty sure some bad words were uttered
and some attitudes were flyin' as we mostly failed.
the village of pisa is quite lovely.
it's not all about the leaning tower...
we went inside the cathedral, we walked around.
oh. and we had gelato. every. single. day.
we visited florence and saw "david"...
wow! breathtaking!! literally.
as i rounded the corner i had to catch my breath.
we stopped at medieval villages whenever we could
and just strolled around taking in the beauty...
we took a cooking class in san gimignano...
we learned how to make pasta from scratch...
we learned how to make bruschetta...
we learned how to make tiramisu...
when we were done cooking we got to enjoy
our meal outside on the terrace
overlooking the most gorgeous vista...
it was like a painting and we felt like we were in a dream
we hiked in cinque terre...it was so gorgeous!
we visited grotta del vento...the wind cave.
we had a private tour and olive oil tasting
at a gorgeous estate called
which dates from the 1400's
memories to last a lifetime...
italy you are unforgettable!!
sunflowers in aquebogue, long island. october 2014
i've been absent from this blog for quite some time.
i guess we go through phases of our lives...the ebb and flow of it all.
i will be sharing some things in the coming weeks.
a few trip reports, a few recipes and a few free vintage images for you.
thanks for stopping by. see you soon : )
welcome to my holiday home!
please grab yourself a cup of mulled cider
and stay a while : )
i am participating in jennifer rizzo's
it's been grey and gloomy here for the last few days
so taking photos was a challenge to say the least!
i hope you are enjoying your holidays and spending time
with your loved ones doing things that bring you joy!
thank you so much for stopping by!
i appreciate you all so much! xo
after our few days in normandy
we decided to spend one day in paris before flying home.
we woke up very early and got on the road.
once in paris we stopped at the flea market;
went to see monet's waterlilies...
at the musée de l'orangerie;
walked through le jardin des tuileries
and had gelato;
strolled in the secret garden of
drove around the arc de triomphe;
walked down rue cler;
had a lovely dinner near the seine;
sat by la tour eiffel and ate pastries;
and then returned to our hotel for the evening,
i had requested a certain room
that i had gotten a tip about...
they were able to honor my request!
these are views from our window...
and the next morning there was a little fog...
it was a special and unforgettable time.
until we meet again paris...
je t'aime <3
to see day one click here
to see day two click here
to see day three click here
on our third day in normandy
we visited a place that we had dreamt about.
we had seen mont saint michel on a travel dvd
a while ago and it made our hearts skip a beat.
it was low tide while we were there.
this is a photo of what the island looks like
during high tide...
above photo from a google search
you can also search on you tube to see
videos of cars being engulfed
by the sea and of people getting stuck
in the quicksand as they walk.
here are some snapshots from our visit...
when you arrive to the site
you park your car in the lot
and then have the option of being
shuttled over to the mountain
or making the trek by foot.
we decided to walk : )
it took us about an hour
and was well worth it.
this place is magical and surreal.
if you ever get the chance to visit you must!
to see day one click HERE
to see day two click HERE
day four coming soon
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on our second day in normandy
we woke up bright and early
and set out for our day of adventure...
our first stop was
the american cemetery at omaha beach.
i wasn't prepared for the reaction i felt.
i thought i was,
but nothing really could prepare you.
i cannot put it into words...
we continued on to pointe du hoc...
and sainte mairie du mont...
and then to utah beach...
Les sanglots longs
Blessent mon cœur
Et blême, quand
Je me souviens
Des jours anciens
Et je pleure;
Et je m’en vais
Au vent mauvais
Pareil à la
here is the english translation...
The long laments
Wound my heart
With a monotone
And pale, when
The hour chimes,
The old days
And I cry;
And I go
With the nasty wind
That is carrying me
Here and there
Similar to the
i will never forget the feeling i felt visiting
these places. haunting. sobering. breathtaking.
after gathering our thoughts and emotions
we traveled on to the village of bayeux
for the remainder of the day...
here we were to see
the bayeux tapestry, the bayeux cathedral
and have dinner
at a sweet little restaurant called
le moulin de la galette
we also stopped at a cider farm
and a biscuit factory.
we tasted the local drink called calvados
and ate way too many chocolate covered biscuits.
to see day one click HERE
day three coming soon
to celebrate our anniversary
my husband and i traveled
to normandy, france
for a few days...
it was a glorious time.
here is day one...
we arrived at cdg airport in paris
and grabbed our bags & rental car
as quick as you can imagine...
we had a very special engagement
to visit this man's home & gardens...
to say that i was overwhelmed would be
a complete and utterly ridiculous understatement.
i cried. yes. yes i did.
we arrived a few hours before closing time
and as the minutes flew by it became more and more empty.
so much so that we pretty much had the place to ourselves.
i will let the photos speak...
after our visit to monet's home & gardens
we walked around the charming village
of giverny...it was like a fairytale!
we had a lovely dinner at "hotel baudy"...
this is an excerpt from their website:
The former Hotel Baudy "restaurant-museum" at Giverny in the department of Eure, historical place, frequented by many artists such as Cézanne, Renoir, Sisley, Rodin, Cassatt, Monet time is 5 minutes walk from the museums Claude Monet and Impressionism. You can lunch on a terrace shaded dinner by the light of a candle or prefer indoors in its 1900s decor. The restaurant offers a kitchen traditional French .We invite you to stroll through the park to see our old rose garden with intoxicating scents, as well as artists' studio that has kept intact its soul of yesteryear. For a time relaxation, come to our facility.
it was so quaint and atmospheric...
they have beautiful gardens in the back
that you can stroll around in & get lost.
our waiter spoke great english as well as
many of the other employees.
the interior of the restaurant was so lovely.
it was like stepping back in time.
after dinner we headed on our way to
where we would be resting our heads for
the next three nights.
we arrived in darkness, so we could only
see the majestic place in a silhouette of lights.
when we awoke early the next morning
we were greeted with this breathtaking view...
it was truly magical to be staying here...
like a dream...
day two coming soon