Wednesday, December 29, 2010

One great read, Scents from Grasse, and a Meissen...

Post Christmas...

A brisk walk along the seafront invigorated me and then an afternoon spent sitting in front of a roaring fire reading a new book was just what I needed.

The Carrie Diaries is written by Candace Bushnell who also wrote Sex and the City and One Fifth Avenue.

One Fifth Avenue was fabulous...I read it awhile ago and leant it to Mother who also had trouble putting it down.
I think the measure of a great book is one that you want to read instead of doing chores or domestics or pretty much anything else!
Bushnell  has a way of hooking the reader and keeping things moving along at a fast pace. Her characters are real and she makes us care about them and want to know what happens next.

new scent
Moonflower Orchid
from Grasse France
soft an sweet
subtle and clean

Antique carving platter
heavy sturdy and white
turkey friendly!


Turkey soup 
a rustic loaf of artisan bread
for dinner. 

I am ready for our guests
the sheets are laundered, bed made
the room has been aired out
A box of chocolates are on the pillow
Perrier on the bedside table
fresh towels
scented Harrods soap
await their arrival

We'll be busy catching up 
on their adventures in the South of France
and lots of pictures

Hope that your post Christmas week is shaping up nicely
and if I get too busy to post...
Wishes for a Wonderful New Year!
Hugs from the Hostess


  1. I keep meaning to get that book...I love One 5th and couldnt put it down!

  2. hi leslie,

    thanks for the book recommendation. i'm reading bringing home the birkin per your review and i'm loving it. i agree with you re how to judge a good book. i don't really want this one to end. i could prob read it in a day or 2 but am trying to make it last. we are under heavy blizzard conditions here skiing so i'll stay inside today and make soup and maybe a batch of cookies too. and i'm also working on putting together another video, this one on skiing. they are v crude videos but i must say they are fun to put together. happy new year to you.


  3. Thank you for the book rec! I hadn't heard of it but did read One Fifth so I must find it :) We toured a perfume factory when we were in long ago, I can't recall what I brought back... Enjoy your company; sounds like you will have a fabulous time! xo

  4. You have prepared everything so ready for your visitors. You must enjoy this arranging part very much. I am in deep envy ; )

  5. Don't let Pepper get at the chocolates on the pillow.

  6. Happy New Year, Leslie!

    Your friends will have a wonderful welcome when they arrive at your house!
    They may be hesitant to leave! lol.

    My house is a wreck, and I don't dare take any photos, or blog until I figure out where everything goes.

    I'm just having some old friends over for New years Eve, who don't mind sleeping on a mattress on the floor. I still need to buy beds.


  7. Happy New Year, Hostess!

    Your holidays sound so idyllic.

    Thanks for the Candace Bushnall review. I agree, she is a very observant and sharp author. Her books have a wit and sense of wryness that is quite different from what gets inpretated on film.

    SSG xxx

    Sydney Shop Girl blog

  8. Thanks for the book review...I will reserve it at the library. It sounds as if you have everything ready for your guests, and in such an elegant, comfortable way - I am sure they will enjoy themselves. Happy New Year!

  9. happy New Year Hostess, what lovely gifts you received and what a lovely welcome your guests will have and choccies too! xx

  10. I got a Meissen too!
    Have a wonderful New Year.

  11. Oh and you have the only Hermes scarf design that I have ever wanted.

  12. Greetings,
    I must be brief as my guests are stirring after our New Years feast of seafood....brunch preparations must be seen and juices are ready.....mimosas are on the menu!

    Tabitha-Which Hermes scarf is it that you desire? Have you tried to find it online? In Michael Tonello's book he mentions that older scarves are often hiding in the storage areas of the shops just waiting to be purchased! So you might be in luck!