Flowers – F – A to Z Challenge 2019

Every day he gave me a flower. Sometimes it was a bought arrangement.Sometimes it was a wild flower.Sometimes it was a picked flower.Sometimes he gave me a dried poppy .Neatly tukked into the pages of his favourite book.Sometimes it was free.Sometimes it was store-bought.At times it was cheekishly taken from a public garden.Or from behind the vile neighbours fence.Sometimes it was drawn on paper.Sometimes they … Continue reading Flowers – F – A to Z Challenge 2019

The Seed We Did Not Sow

The Seed We Did Not Sow

When we came back from our one week holiday in the South of France we were greeted by a surprise. Between our mint plants (we have tons of those don’t ask me why) there was a plant that we did not plant nor did we sow the seeds. A tomato plant had made its way out of the rich potting soil in our flower box. Tomatoes are easy to recognise, their distinctive smell gives them away. Continue reading “The Seed We Did Not Sow”

Dear Blog

Paris, 15th March 2016

Dear Blog,

A year has passed since I wrote my very first post. Actually more than a year has passed, as the first one of my posts, a letter to my potential readers went live on the 12th of March 2015. I recall writing this very first post called “Intro”, I was like today not sure what I wanted to write about. Something needed to feel the void that can be found on a new blog. The post was quickly written, and promised a bit more than I have let you serve to my readers. The multi lingual part has quickly become a rare feature, and I have probably never written about food, I guess I don’t cook enough, nor do I go to enough restaurants… I went on about how I would organise things in categories, well I have tried to be organised. Some categories have come and gone over time.

Magnolia Palais Royal Little did I know when I wrote that very first post that I would have regular readers, that I would participate in the A to Z Challenge only a few weeks later, that I would love to share coffees on a regular basis as a non coffee drinker. Nor did I know when I hit publish for that very first post, that I would be the host to a multi-contributor advent calendar, or that I would start a guest post series in which guests are asked to share their traditions (the most recent instalment can be found here).

Continue reading “Dear Blog”

4 Seasons in Paris

Not the music, not the hotels, not the pizza topping, no… Last week, while outside I came across a strange phenomenon, a tree that seemed a bit lost. A cherry tree celebrating all four seasons at once! Some leaves were coloured by the advancing autumn, some were green as though in the middle of summer, then there were signs of winter with there being only … Continue reading 4 Seasons in Paris

Mushrooms, Blueberries and Caterpillars

Mushrooms, Blueberries and Caterpillars

Austrian Adventures

Alpine Flowers This summer, my daughter and I joined my parents in Austria, for about a week. We lived through many different adventures. Such as a dangerous hike or visiting happy cows and happy pigs.

The last hike we went on was the climb of the Hamberg, which is always fun, especially I. The summertime as you can make your way up eating real blueberries. These blueberries are blue outside and, yes, inside! (The restaurant we were staying at makes amazing blueberry pancakes that are all blue). Blueberries, Blaubeeren, Heidelbeeren And lingonberries, which are close to cranberries but alpine and wild. Once again I felt like I was inside a fairytale. When I was a kid I had a book that was all about a boy walking through blueberries. It’s Peter in Blueberry Land by Elsa Beskow which was originally published in 1901. In this book Peter is of such a small size that the blueberry bushes are trees. Even little one was far bigger than Peter is in the story… But she did enjoy the blueberries a lot. Continue reading “Mushrooms, Blueberries and Caterpillars”