Friday, 23 December 2011

Happy Yuletide!

I have a week to relax and enjoy being with family this Christmas.  I'm looking forward to decorating the table for our Christmas lunch that my foodie daughter will cook for us and exchanging gifts.

I wish all who visit me here a joyful Christmas, whatever shape it takes for you, and a safe and happy start to 2012!

Monday, 12 December 2011

Summer Pics

water dragon at the villa

I thought I'd share a pic of one of the water dragons that visit us here each summer.  They are quite comical to watch as they skitter along and they can even climb up walls!  This guy jumped up into a tub where my tahitian lime tree is planted and sat there for a while surveying the scene. We have to make sure we keep the doors shut or they may come inside!

the chill chair

This pic is my amazing Op Shop find in a corner of my sunroom.  I had the cushions re-upholstered and we now call it the 'chill chair'.  It's a peaceful place to sit and read, or just relax with a cup of tea, even when it's raining.  The flowering plant is a begonia and the greenery, a parlour palm.

Hoping to get back to some art this rainy summer afternoon, it's been a while!

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Paris, sadness & happiness!

Phoebe in the Herb Garden at Rembrae
I spent the afternoon in Paris today.......   'Midnight in Paris', actually!  A movie I enjoyed, particularly because it took me back to that beautiful city I enjoyed visiting years ago!  Loved the double era theme too!

I am sad, since Phoebe, the difficult cat died last week.  Old age, nothing horrible, but sad still.  She entertained us enormously with her strong character. She loved water and would knock me over to get in the shower in the mornings.  And she went crazy over the scent of rockmelon!  Rest in Peace Phoebe... we loved you lots!

Happy, because I have finished buying christmas gifts and can't wait to give them out!  Looking forward now to a relaxing Christmas break!