Good morning, dear friends! I bring you rose petals to strew along your path this Saturday with some scenes from the luscious flower markets of Paris.
Such a joy to turn a corner and stumble upon a rainbow array of blooms, right out on the street.
Roses, of course, in the City of Love, are the favorite.
But all manner of garden and house plants are available, too.
Even David Austin roses (nearly $5.00 per stem!).
The artful arrangements are pure visual inspiration.
I hope you enjoyed this little tour – much more to come very soon.
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So many projects underway right now! May I ask your assistance on one of them?
I’m finalizing the designs on my 2012 calendars (yes, already!) and would love to know which subjects appeal to you most. No obligation but if you do take a moment to comment, could you include your top choices from the below? Just the numbers would be wonderful. And feel free to suggest anything I might have missed. Thank you so much and have a flower-filled weekend!
xo – g
2. Monet’s Garden
3. David Austin Roses
4. French Country Roses
7. Midnight in Paris (recent night shots)
9. Gardens of the World
I dreamed I was in Paris, bathed in rose-colored light.
Where roses are necessary to life, and even the most petite chambres have a chandelier.
Where tea rooms are as glamorous as palaces, and shops adorn purchases with fresh roses.
Where confectionary rainbows tempt from every street.
And presentation is as important as the creation.
Where the ghosts of the Belle Epoque gaze out from elegant windows.
And the quality of life flows as it has for centuries.
But when I awoke, my eyes fell upon a miniature chandelier, hung from ancient beams, and the rose-colored light was floating in through tall windows. And outside, on the streets below, the purr of scooters and the scrape of cafe chairs on the pavement told me it wasn’t a dream.
It was true.
I was in Paris, with my love, with long summer days ahead of us.
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Yes, last night I returned from a week in Paris – part work, part holiday.
(Our brief visit there in June was unexpectedly cut short under sad circumstances. And when the opportunity arose to finish our holiday, we decided to do it now.)
Although I had good intentions, I found I’m not very good at blogging or networking from the road. So, I apologize for being out of touch – I’m catching up now, love and appreciate all your comments (and you) and, I guess the best part being that I now have an embarrassing number of new photos from that amazing city. I hope you won’t mind seeing more of them?
Thank you for following along. I truly hope you have been well and enjoying the summer/winter in spite of weather or other distractions. I can’t wait to find out what you’ve been up to.
Wishing you a dreamy and beautiful week.
much love, – g
Travel is a wondrous activity, isn’t it? Days are richly rewarding with new sights and sounds and smells of astonishingly beautiful locations. We are fortunate to visit many such places and do our best to capture them visually for others to experience.
But to me the ultimate luxury is stepping out on a perfect summer’s morning to our own garden and cutting a bouquet, or two, or three, of roses that I’ve planted and nurtured and managed to keep blooming in spite of the vagaries of weather and schedules.
Better than jewels and velvets and crystals.
A few impromptu arrangements photographed in the late evening this week. Mostly David Austin English roses, with some Queen Elizabeth grandiflora as well. Such simple things to bring so much pleasure.
The darling sea urchin shaped pottery pieces by my very talented friend Paulette, who I was lucky to meet up with in Laguna Beach in May.
I’m so pleased you enjoyed the snippet of Paris photos! Dare I say there will be more to come?
And soon I’ll be away again, as some of you know already. But I will let you know when and where before I’m off.
Thank you for generously visiting, commenting and just generally being in my life, dear friends. I do so appreciate it.
xo – g