by cultivating a few French habits this helps keep the feelings fresh and alive.
French Market Basket from Madison and Muse in the Cadboro Bay Village
Some things that help me recall my trip and french focus:
my morning ritual of a cafe creme served in a wide bowl...
the application of perfume
wearing pretty lingerie
nibbling a decadent croissant from time to time
walking in my neighbourhood and beyond
taking myself out for coffee and sitting outside watching the people walk by
reading about Paris in books and on blogs
perusing the produce and eating local fresh food that is "in season"
popping into a french charcuterie for lunch basics
harvesting our fresh home grown vegetables...our asparagus crop is amazing!
making a simple French vinaigrette
browsing in my French cookbooks
shopping in a French inspired store
I treated myself to a new French Market basket
a new linen apron
and a scarf!
a wee french inspired lunch
savoured at the table
with a large glass of sparkling Perrier
(if I was in France it probably would have been a glass of vin rose)
Heavy linen apron with large pockets...
great for cooking, cleaning and wearing in the garden.
(also from Madison and Muse)
I was on a roll and so why not buy a new linen scarf too?
Soft grey from Madison and Muse.
If you live in Victoria or come for a visit do yourself a favour and pop into the shop.
Margo, the owner, is very knowledgeable, has lived in France and her stock is sumptuous.
If I have a windfall I am heading straight to her shop to buy linen sheets...
My Paris reading list has been getting larger
especially after going to the library and Ivy's books on The Avenue
I have a few more on my book shelf waiting...
Our garden has a dedicated asparagus bed which is providing us with fresh picked asparagus.
We usually have this as an appetizer before our main course.
I pop it in a shallow pan with boiling water
let it sit in there bubbling for 5 minutes
drain and serve
with a dollop of mayonnaise and a bit of salt and pepper.
Strange things are happening to the rhubarb plants.
flowers are emerging
We have harvested several pickings
stewed the stalks to enjoy with a dollop of fresh yogurt.
oh and there is another strange thing growing in the garden...
looks like The Jack in The Pulpit plant.
I do not remember planting this!
Could it have come into the garden as a hitch hiker with another plant?
My goodness I am keeping my eye on this one.
Life is never dull when one has a garden to potter about in...nature is full of surprises!
Hope your weekend is full to the brim with lovely things.
~ Be Well and Be Kind ~