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Friday, September 28, 2012

Starting To Get My Fall-ON!!

After writing yesterdays post I actually got a little inspired myself. Funny how that works sometimes.

So, Hubby and I went out to our local Famers stand to buy some late season tomatoes, and  newly harvested pumpkins.

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The tomatoes, and pumpkins were just beautiful. I felt like a kid in a candy store.

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When you have that many pumpkins and tomatoes staring at you, it really is hard to know which ones to bring home.
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(no orange pumpkins for me!)

I bought four different types of tomatoes, zucchini, red peppers, fresh basil, sweet corn, plums, and of course pumpkins in beautiful shades of green and white.

While in Paris we visited many stores with wonderful displays of fresh vegetables, and fruit, but none were as beautifully displayed as at Au Bon Marche Grand Epicerie………
(For more information and images go HERE)


Just look at the beautifully displayed tomatoes!
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Seeing the tomatoes in bowls reminded me of how I like to arrange fresh produce to make it easily available for my family and guest…..

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Not as artfully displayed as the Bon Marche, but none-the- less, hopefully inviting!!

I took my tomatoes, and a bouquet of Fall flowers and placed them near my kitchen window…..

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Caprese salad made with yellow flame, and red beefsteak tomatoes, fresh basil, mozzarella, garlic infused olive oil, sea salt and fresh cracked pepper! YUM!!

This made a great side-dish with our Spaghetti Carbonara, and fresh French bread from a local bakery…..
(I must think I am still in Paris!)


Yes! Yesterday was a perfect Fall day.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Trying To Get My FALL-ON!!!


Just getting back from Paris I am trying to get back on our time schedule. I am also trying to get into a Fallish kind of mood.

If I had been home the last couple of weeks, I am sure I would have started lighting more candles at dusk.

I would have purchased the last harvest of locally grown tomatoes.

Fall plantings would have been placed on my front porch with a few pumpkins peeking out around them.

Ornamental Kale is one of my favorite Fall plantings.

Alas, I was gone so I am trying to catch up, and get inspired to start my nesting for the Fall season.
Source: google.ca via Kathy Sue on Pinterest 

I love the weather this time of year, cool, crisp mornings and evenings, while it is still pleasantly warm during the day.

I don’t know about you, but I think it is time for me to get my Fall-ON!!!

Have you done any Fall nesting yet? Please share what you have done in the comments. I love to be inspired by my wonderfully talented readers….

Here’s To FALL……..


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Looking In The Windows In Paris


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We were on our way home from a beautiful first day in Paris looking in the windows of the shops as we passed by.

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I looked in the window, started to walk by, and then a quick turn around……. I had to go into this lovely shop!

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The shop was full of gorgeous orchids. Some that I have never seen before.

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 (A reader just sent me the information on this chandelier that she found on 1st Dibs......http://www.1stdibs.com/furniture_item_detail.php?id=671479)

In the very middle of the shop there was this grand 1960’s glass chandelier. It had to be at least 5ft. in length. I only wish I could have captured it’s magnificence in a photo.

If you would like one for your own home you can go to 1st Dib's website and for a mere $24,000 it can be yours!

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The curator of this shop was a young man named, Marc! He spoke English, and was delighted to practice. He told us all about his shop, and the unique items displayed.

Most of the unique items were purchased at flea markets. Can you imagine finding the chandelier in pieces in a box? He told us all the pieces were intact! Amazing.

Notice the buckets on the wall that are holding the ferns? This is off of an old water wheel. What a clever display.

I am going to try to duplicate this somewhere in my backyard. I fell in love with this concept.

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He had several lamp bases that were made from old metal grates off of fences.

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Before opening the shop they came in, and stripped all the walls and the ceiling down to it’s original beginnings. I love the texture of the stone, plaster and beams.

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Marc told us to only spray a mist of water on our orchids, and to not water them. They absorb water through their roots, so a mist is sufficient. We kill our orchids with too much love/water!!

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 More water buckets  trailing down the stone walls with ivy gently flowing among the orchids.

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We had a lovely visit with Marc. We are finding the Parisian’s to be so warm and charming. 

If you have the pleasure of going to Paris be sure to visit this lovely florist:

Eric Chauvin
22, rue Jean Nicot
Paris 75007

Have I told you that I LOVE Paris?!


Saturday, September 22, 2012

♥♥♥ In Love In PARIS♥♥♥

They call Paris the city of LOVE, and to be here with the love of my life is beyond wonderful.

In Paris there is a special bridge for people in love called…..

“The Love-Lock Bridge.”
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On this bridge lovers place a lock on the chain link part of the bridge, and then they throw the key in the Seine river.

Since this trip was to celebrate my hubby’s retirement he took the lock off of his tool box that he had used for years at his job.

I asked him to write me a little love note on our lock……..

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 Oh how I love this man!!!
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I have already told you what a romantic I am so this was right up my alley!

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Putting our lock on the fence.

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He wants to marry me! AGAIN!! He always makes me cry.

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Of course I say, “YES!” Even after 42 years!

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Throwing our key into the Seine.

♥♥♥Love from Paris!♥♥♥