Sunday, September 27, 2015

the post with no title...!

I'm finding it hard to even think of a title for this post...'bad blogger'?...lazy blogger'?...busy blogger'?...boring blogger'?........or all of the above!! I find it difficult to think that my poor blog has sat idle for so long.....I am sorry. I certainly thank those who have emailed and asked me to return, please know my absence was unintentional. I have no excuse, only that I had nothing of any interest to share.......possibly still haven't as I have been terrible slow when it comes to miniatures, there always seems to be some thing else to do.....or am I simply using that as an easy excuse....???

While there is nothing miniature related to report, there is certainly something 'Paris' related to tell you. Yes, we are off again!! This time next month we will be getting ready to head off for another six weeks in Paris. Yet again we have booked an apartment for our stay, while I did try to rebook the apartment we had last time it is now unavailable.....but this only forces us to choose another area to stay, this visit we will be in Saint Germain des Pres! Obviously I am very excited and look forward to seeing friends in Paris....cannot wait!!

I hope you enjoy the photos I have selected from previous trips to Paris, I cannot be certain that I have not already posted some of these photos before but I do hope you excuse me if I have.....enjoy and I hope to see you again very soon!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

a kitchen refresh....

I must confess that I am enjoying this little change about far more than I ever expected. It is lovely to pull everything out, change a few things about.....give it all a good dust and put it all back again.

I love my little glass cloche with the butterfly.....I've had the cloche for ever (like wise for the butterfly) and when I went for a walk the other day I went hunting for a 'stick'.....then assembled it on my return. Please excuse the blob of 'blu-tack'.....this will be replaced  soon, but I was so excited by the photo I wanted to post it asap!

.....okay, onto the next room!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Changes....lots of changes!!

Lots of changes.....? You might be looking at the photos and wondering what on earth is she talking about! I did infact make changes....lots of them!!! I spent most of the weekend moving furniture about in my petite maison.....taking photos, standing back surveying the changes, making more changes.....until I realised I had changed everything back (almost) to where it was originally!!! I'm not saying I got it right the first time, I'm just saying with the furniture to hand I think I must have made the best choice way back then!!! So being terribly frustrated with not a lot of furniture changes, I decided to 'refresh' a lot of the accessories.....this was a lot of fun. The entrance hall is the only room that I can show you at the moment, but I have replaced the floor rug, some of the content on the side table, all of the content of the centre table, a new picture over the couch etc. They are sutler changes but I think it freshens it all up.
Frustrations were (again) high today trying to get my lovely little Ray Storey lamp to work.....nothing wrong with the lamp, just the electrician (me)!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

I spy with my little eye...

This is 22 month old Hudson (my eldest of now '3' grandchildren)......and look at the discovery he has just made! While the 'petite maison' has always been in plain view in our living room, it was only a few days ago that Hudson make 'contact'. He started by trying to smell the miniature flowers at the door way, then proceeded to tell me that there was in fact a 'door'......then pointed through the window to the 'num-nums' (his words for food) on the kitchen table.
You can see by the photos his delight when I removed the front of the house so he could see inside.....I must say I was surprised by his interest. He firstly located the dog (Buttons) that Catherine made me, then swiftly moved onto the food and miniature wine bottles.....sadly I had to control his inquisitive (and fast moving) fingers, but he did have fun finding different things and I had fun seeing it through his eyes. The last photo shows Hudson telling me how to play the piano that he also discovered. With 2 little grand daughters following Hudson I think he might have a fight on his hands.....but who knows???

Friday, February 13, 2015

St. Valentine's Day....

You don't have to walk very far in Paris before you come across a florist with a magnificent display of exquisite roses gracing the front of their shop.  Any time of the year that you visit you will always find displays such as these......aren't they a delight!!

Hope you all have a lovely Valentine's Day!!

p.s....I have found a new blog!!!! Pipi Turner is making a very faithful copy of Lea Frisoni's house from Lea's book "Le Grand Livre de la Maison Miniatures". I have enjoyed watching her progress....take a look, I bet you will also.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

6 years and counting....

As of yesterday I have been blogging for 6 years.....and what a fabulous 6 years it has been!! Who would have thought I would have made so many great friends in that time, some I have been lucky enough to meet not just here in Australia, but also overseas in France, Italy and England.....and some that I still long to meet!!! I have had many memorable trips to Paris in the last 6 years, going to SIMP and Kensington Miniature Fairs.....seeing the work of miniaturists that I have admired for years but only from afar. We have had a few ups and downs, a few health issues etc ( but no-one escapes those).....but I have seen two daughters married and have been presented with 3 adorable so fresh that it is not yet 2 weeks old. I look forward to more trips away, (more grandchildren??)  taking more photographs of wonderful destinations, working on my very slow moving miniature project......and posting images of my beloved Paris. Having said that, I hope you enjoy the photos I have posted today.....and I do ponder the question of what might the next 6 plus years have in store for us......I wonder if they will be as busy as the past 6....let's wait and see!

p.s .....I must brag, as I write this I am sitting on my front balcony and we are enjoying a most beautiful summers day here in Hobart......(but I bet it is also great where you are?).

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Paris.... you may well expect......Paris is always in my thoughts. The gorgeous buildings, the stunning flowers, pretty parks....the sights, the sounds, even the smell of Paris are all so familiar to me. But while I have not plans (at this point in time) of returning any time soon, I must content myself with what ever 'Paris-fix' I can get. Have you seen the movie below..."My Old Lady"? It is wonderful, I loved it and thought you might enjoy it also......please let me know what you think when you see it, I would love to know. Plus, I hope you like the photos I selected for you today...Enjoy! X

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Bay of Fires....

A very busy year with many 'ups & downs' (more ups than downs I'd like to think...) came to a very pleasant end with a family holiday to the "Bay of Fires" here in Tasmania. We spent Christmas Day to New Year relaxing in the sun and enjoying what the beautiful East Coast of Tasmania has to offer. The Bay of Fires offers expansive white beaches (most of the time only to be found with a hand full of people)....then there are wonderful little (very) secluded bays to be enjoyed. The second photos shows the amazing view from our lovely (rented) beach house.
Like all good things it came to an end and we are all now back to reality....but it was wonderful while it lasted.
Wishing you all a safe and happy 2015!

p.s....all photos were taken on my iPhone 6+.....I am thrilled with the quality!