Escape to the Dominican Republic

Vacation Beach rentals in the lush North Coast of the Dominican Republic

Posted in travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Nature’s Brushstrokes

Nature's Brushstrokes-Ya Ha Tinda Ranch Alberta, Canada

Nature’s Brushstrokes-Ya Ha Tinda Ranch
Alberta, Canada

Posted in travel, Vacation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Ripple Effect

The Ripple Effect-Ya Ha Tinda Ranch Alberta, Canada

The Ripple Effect-Ya Ha Tinda Ranch
Alberta, Canada

Posted in travel, Vacation | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Come in for a Cup?

Who doesn’t love a good coffee first thing in the morning?
While my other half can drink cup after cup throughout the day, I am the total opposite. I only want/need one….and that one cup of delicious frothiness must be a cappuccino.

Over the past few years I’ve used my trusty Bialetti, burned through a few Tassimo, and have finally acquired…. MY PRECIOUS!!
I’ve coveted precious ever since walking into the Nespresso Boutique in Boston, sampled many cups of goodness, and *GASP!* quickly came to the conclusion that….. I must have NEED one. Only there were so many different models….we left confused.

Nearly a year went by (where did the time go?!?), when I saw THE PRECIOUS– and……..
She sang!

 

Home at last πŸ™‚

Now…one final mention. Did you see THAT CUP!!!???? Glorious gold. Yup. More coveting on my part (I’ll admit it…I’m bad). But really, the elixir of goodness needs to be held in something special. Don’t you agree?

I went searching the world wide web to see what’s out there for beautiful gold cups. Have a look, maybe you’ll covet too πŸ˜‰

β™₯

β™₯

β™₯

β™₯

β™₯

Or you can make your own!

Posted in Food, HomeStyle, Life Style, Style | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

It’s a BIG world!

Travel quote

Image | Posted on by | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Farm table

I’m sure many of you would agree with me when I say: “Pinterest is EVIL”! How many of you are in lust mode for that most fabulous “anything”? I’m not talking about the affordable, the sane. I’m talking about the AMAZING! Pinterest is the stuff of your dreams. I have a billion boards (not really, but I do have more than one haha), and one of them is all about my backyard and the haven I dream it can be. Sure, it’s full of gardens that rival Versaille, would take a large staff to maintain, and a fortune to create……..it’s become very apparent that I need to win the lotto. That being said, there are some ideas that we CAN make happen. With a lot of back breaking labour on our part and a few dollars it will happen (as I write this my back is killing me from weeding yesterday….so I’m still going to dream of that staff of gardeners!).

I love to eat outdoors, and what better way to do so than at a farm table. It’s the kind of table that can easily be found in a beautiful courtyard in Provence or at an Italian family gathering in the rolling hills of Tuscany….and it’s big enough to hold a gathering of friends and family. It’s also an affordable (if you build it yourself) design element that you’ll be able to enjoy for a very long time.

Enjoying with friends! Photo from Debbie Travis's Tuscan Girls Getaway

Enjoying with friends! Photo from Debbie Travis’s Tuscan Girls Getaway

Julia Childs

party!
via Pinterest

rustic

via Pinterest

Wonderful spot to dine
via Pinterest

Beautiful
via Pinterest

NOTE: Go here if you want to get the plans to make your own farm table.

Posted in Decor, Entertainment, HomeStyle | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Timelapse: Storms

I’m in awe of the talent and patience needed to create such a wonderful showcase of our planet.

Posted in Video, World | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Pathways to another world…..

Garden paths that take you to a magical world….

William Ricketts Sanctuary in the Dandenong National Park near Melbourne, Australia

William Ricketts Sanctuary in the Dandenong National Park near Melbourne, Australia

Source

Fairytale path

Fairytale path


Source

Enchanting

Enchanting


Source

Through a looking glass

Through a looking glass


Source

Fairy Path

Fairy Path


Source

Posted in Outdoors, World | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Random thoughts….

It’s funny how the brain works. One thought leads to another thought, then another, and another….and suddenly you remember something from years ago and you’re not quite sure how you got there. Well, my thought today turned to high school and the English teacher that made everyone memorize a rather large soliloquy from Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”, which had to be recited in front of the class if you happened to be late. I never was……but a portion of this is still embedded in my brain. Fear drove it in there (I’d rather have eaten live spiders rather than stand in front of the class in an attempt to do this! Although the thought of eating live spiders is right up there on the horrifying list) πŸ˜›

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare


β€œTo be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, ’tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause: there’s the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely,
The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay,
The insolence of office and the spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscover’d country from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action.–Soft you now!
The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remember’d!”

― William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Me, I’d rather….. Bumble Bee

Posted in Life Journeys, Quotes | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

When thoughts turn to Spring…..

The weather is starting to tease us here in the North Pole (not really the North Pole, but sometimes it sure feels like it!). Balmy spring weather is in the forecast for the next week…only a teaser as mentioned, Spring won’t really be here for at least another 1-1/2 months….that’s too loooonnnnngggg! For today, the birds are outside singing at full throttle, and my brain has started to think of all things garden related.

Water features are one of the simplest things to do if you’re looking to create ambiance in your backyard haven (or front yard, or balcony). I love fountains, and my garden must have the soothing sound of water.

Have a quiet moment and listen to the meditative sound of running water in the garden outside (I’m pretending here)……..

*

*

*

Now for a few photos to get you inspired………….

Bubbling fountain
Source

Pouring fountain
Source

Fountains-double whammy!
Source

Rain fountain
Source

Huge Fountain
Source


Here’s the backyard setup at my last home…..the fountain DID make all the difference as I backed onto a busy highway….
Tiered fountain

A garden fountain doesn’t have to be monstrous. A simple plug in model found at the local hardware store can be effective in drowning out the sound of traffic and the busyness of life in general. Create your own zen spot……….get a fountain! πŸ™‚

Posted in Decor, HomeStyle | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment