Monday, November 24, 2014

Sunflowers & Gratitude

I couldn't help but noticed that many of the holiday bouquets have sunflowers in them this  year, which of course reminds me of France.
The yellow fields of sunflowers are what I dream of most when I think of my summers in Southwest France.

My son is here now for Thanksgiving & I couldn't be happier. I am smiling like the bright faces of these sunny blossoms.

I would like to wish all of my American friends a very happy Thanksgiving.

May it be filled with loved ones & beautiful sunny bouquets !

Happy wishes too to everyone Dreaming of France because especially at this time of year, I feel so much gratitude for all of my beautiful memories.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Drive In the Country

....around this neck of the woods can turn up some pretty interesting sights. 

You really never know what you might find.

 I enjoyed seeing this old barn with its collection of old signs

 ....and old cars.

I loved this house with the neat row of chairs on the front porch well, as this old silo & gas pump.

Of course there are the grassy marshlands & stately snowy egrets to see...

And there are plenty of pretty country lanes to meander down too.

Yes, taking a drive in the country in the south can be a very pleasant afternoon adventure.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Blog Envy

Sometimes there is a blog that brings up a whole array of conflicting emotions. Feelings can rang from pure adoration, to envy & disbelief to sometimes down right disdain, as in
 "How can anyone be this perfect!?"
Those are just a few of my confused reactions to Mimi Thorisson"s  Manger.

It's not just that Mimi Thorisson 
is knock dead gorgeous or that she & her husband have found the perfect chåteaux to renovate in the Bordeaux region of France, it's not even all of her incredible recipes that I find myself envying.

Nor is it the fact that she is doing all of this, seemingly without a care, while raising five children & a whole plethora of dogs. She just had her fifth baby in May.

No, while all of these things are beyond admirable, it is that Manger is so well written & so beautifully photographed. Each post is like an enchanting story to be read & savored over & over.

The amazing, warm & earthy photos of Thorisson's Icelandic husband, Oddur, are what I love & envie most about this blog. It is through his photographic eye that this tail of French life at its most lovely is truly told.

Now there is a cookbookMy Kitchen In France, to fulfill all your dreams of Franc. It is out in stores this month. 

Whether you are just discovering Mimi Thorisson's Manger or you are an ardent fan, I am offering this little review to Paulita's Dreaming of France as my contribution to such dreams.

All Photos from Manger 

Friday, November 14, 2014

How do you lIke to go up in a swing

Up in the air so blue?

Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing 
ever a child adult can do.

On a recent trip to Atlanta's High Museum of Art I enjoyed the 
Mi Casa, Your Casa 
interactive exhibit created by Mexican designers Héctor Esrawe & Ignacio Cadena,

…where you could swing to your hearts content.

Wishing you all a playful weekend!

Monday, November 3, 2014


….because dreaming of France can be like that….

Check out Paulita's Dreaming of France to see other random thoughts on the subject.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Drawing Challenge: Under…

…wear…..or under dressing …or under layer….or under painting

It's whats underneath that counts. 

Find out what else is under… on Stefanie's blog.