the cinematography is rich,
the scenery is beautiful,
the story wonderful.
I put myself into the story and imagine what it might be like if I were to live Frances Mayes' adventure in Tuscany.
After watching the film a few years ago I immediately got my hands on the novel by Frances Mayes.
The novel was devoured in record time and I was left craving red wine and pasta!
Little did I know that she had written a cookbook...
one of the year end gifts I received was this lovely book.
A big thank you goes out to my teaching partner!
Mr. HB loves short ribs so the first recipe I have prepared is Short Ribs Tuscan style!
Lucky that we own a vast Le Creuset ovenproof pot
the recipe filled this almost to the brim.
In a freshly cleaned oven
the weight of the pot
contents are weighty.
The Humble Bungalow smells divine.
The windows inside the Humble Bungalow are all spotless and shining.
Now all we need is some sunshine to prove it!
I went through my meagre wardrobe and found a few pieces that needed further weeding.
I have been wearing the same few basics over and over.
It makes getting dressed fast and easy.
It surprises me that I do not mind having a minimalist wardrobe.
Would you be comfortable living with less?
Changing the idea of what constitutes a workable wardrobe has been a slow process.
is definitely working...
streamlined to the basic workhorses
add those brilliant accessories
seems to fit my simple lifestyle.
Black and white are the neutral basics left hanging in my closet.
There are some spaces that could be refilled which would inject some energy
and a splash of colour might be fun.
I plan to keep an open mind when I go shopping.
I have been avoiding the stores lately in preparation for the trip so it will be fun to see what they are showing.
I do "need" shoes
and I am not exaggerating!
Seattle will certainly have some shoes
and a few basics
as I need to replace some tees and tanks.
There's a new wheel on the Seattle waterfront
which looks far too ambitious for either Mother or myself...
it looks a bit like the millennium wheel!
I think we'll do the Space Needle
and perhaps "ride the ducks!"
Summer often means a holiday...
tell me what are you planning
a stay cation
or a vacation?