Monday, June 25, 2018

The blues...

I've been quietly collecting more blue items in my wardrobe...
it all started so innocently.

Blue jeans have always been a star performer in my wardrobe...
they are what I consider to be a serious workhorse and they have been in my closet since I was a teenager.

I have three pairs of blue jeans...all by NYDJ.

Slowly, over the past year, I have added these blue items:

a denim shirt - Ralph Lauren
a blue chambray shirt ~ Cailey 22
a pale blue tencel shirt - Lord and Taylor
a navy and white top -Saint James
a thrifted denim jacket - no name tag inside ?
two blue and white striped tops - Cupio and Antibes Blanc
two pairs of blue shoes - Jungla and Ecco

prescription glasses - Face a Face Paris

You can see the blues in the 
centre of my wardrobe.

This is what the circa 1913 era closet looks like
its very small and not at all organized
currently on our list of future projects...
perhaps this fall or winter
it is part of the bedroom remodel that has been on our list for many years.
Our remodel list is getting smaller as the years buzz by...

Busy buzzing bees hard at work in the beautiful blue Agapanthus.

The Ralph Lauren denim shirt

Antibes Blanc linen top

No name denim jacket
white NYDJ jeans

I almost forgot about the blue patterned swimsuit!

The NYDJ boyfriend style jeans
are super comfy and great for the summer weather...
casual style dressing with a pop of red.

The blue and beige linen duvet cover will figure prominenlty in our remodelled bedroom as we plan to install white panelling and use blue accents.
Maybe we will get busy and organize something this Fall.

What have you introduced into your basic wardobe over the past year?
Are you playing it safe with colour or kicking it up a notch?

Grape hyacinths an image from the archives.

Hope that your week is off to a great start.

Thank you for stopping by The Humble Bungalow Blog.

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Summertime Snippets....from Quarter Deck Cottage

Jude the Obscure 
a David Austin Rose 
my favourite rose.

summertime beach reads
both set in Paris

Perfect for the week at the cottage
I read them both in a couple of days 
so I needed to get to the bookstore asap!

Fortunately I found a fabulous book.
I am halfway through this novel and do not want to put it down!

Friends came by for drinks on the deck...
fresh strawberries from the Farmer's Market
assorted cheeses and crackers, 

I like to keep it simple here at the cottage...
I give myself permission to relax by not making any meals 
that are too labour intensive.

Making more time to read, walk, swim and knit...
or just gaze out at the sea.

The pretty flower baskets hanging by the pool 
are frequented by numerous swallowtail butterflies.
The weather has been hot so the pool has been a great spot to cool off.

Jude is wilting in the heat!

It is cool on the deck after the sun sets.

A great day at the beach...
we found all this sea glass to add to our collection.

The jar is already half full!

Award winning rose from the local Sea Star winery
perfect with a summertime dinner.

grilled lamb chops
fresh carrots from Raven Rock Farms
sweet nugget potatoes with butter and mint leaves

Views of the Salish Sea and the setting sun...

I found a broken oar on the beach...
I plan to distress it a bit more and will keep it at the cottage.
You never know what you'll find on the beach.

I love to explore and keep my eyes open for things washed up on the shore.

I've got some things that I need to tend to here in the Humble Bungalow
deadheading the roses for a start!
so I will close for now.

How is your summer going?
Are you planning a holiday somewhere exotic or do prefer to spend time at a cabin or cottage? 
Perhaps camping or glamping is on your radar...
or a staycation.
Whatever you choose I hope that you will have fun.

Thank you for stopping by The Humble Bungalow Blog!

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Embracing Wabi-Sabi...

Are you familiar with the japanese art of Wabi-Sabi?

Wikipedia has this explanation...

"In traditional Japanese aesthetics, wabi-sabi (侘寂) is a world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete".

I have unknowingly followed this practice for many years...
finding beauty in the imperfect.

I just didn't know that it actually had a name.

The Globe and Mail published this article on Wabi- Sabi in April.

The following images are just a few things in The Humble Bungalow that are examples of how I embrace the art of Wabi-Sabi.

Vintage McCoy crazed bowl atop a distressed and well used quarter sawn oak arts and crafts trestle table which sits in our kitchen.

I bought this bowl years ago at a church sale...
the crazing is what attracted me to the bowl which was 50 cents!
It is one of my favourite pieces.

A wee vintage ironstone jug
also crazed 
found at a thrift sale.

Tarnished silver 
I like some of our silver polished and some of it wearing a dark cloak of tarnish.

The tarnish does not really detract from the piece.
It adds a patina that speaks to its age.

Original patina on the hand hammered copper arts and crafts tray.

a different and unexpected example of Wabi-Sabi...
soap cube from Marseille France.

Do you embrace Wabi-Sabi?

Please leave a comment to let me know what you have in your home 
that speaks of Wabi-Sabi.

Thank you for stopping by The Humble Bungalow Blog.

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Fragrance from Paris France ~ Rose

I've recently been introduced to a French fragrance by Roger and Gallet...
The company has been in business since 1862 and is located on the chic Rue Saint-Honore in Paris.

Their Rose fragrance is light, subtle and soft and is based on the Gallica Rose with notes of Rose Damascena. I feel very feminine when I wear it and it is perfect for daytime or anytime for that matter!

The gift set that I purchased consists of 50 ml shower gel, 50 ml body lotion and 100 ml of Rose "Fragrant Well being Water" was surprisingly affordable...
under $50.

Pretty pink packaging...

Do you love roses?
I am absolutely passionate about fragrant roses. 
I'd rather have one bloom that is fragrant over dozens and dozens of non scented roses. 

What scent do you wear?
Do you have a signature scent that you have worn for many years
do you like to mix it up and try new ones?

Thank you for stopping by The Humble Bungalow Blog.

Hope you have a lovely weekend and have time to stop and smell the roses!

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Monday, June 11, 2018

Riotous Roses in The Humble bungalow Garden...Home Sweet Home!

Fragrant mauve phlox, a volunteer plant in our garden.
Roses on the arbour...

Constance Spry and Paul's Lemon Pillar climbing Roses intertwined together
a marriage that gets better every year.

I've got loads of deadheading to do...
and I plan to pick a bouquet to bring indoors.

We have been away on a road trip to Cranbrook BC this past week 
to meet up with family for a celebration of life.
It was a great opportunity to enjoy the beautiful scenery of BC...
we rarely travel long distances by car
as we usually fire up the Sea Ray and head out on The Salish Sea...
or catch the ferry to our cottage.

We are home,
the cats are happy
they have been tended by a  house and cat sitter
we are nestled into our comfy sofas.

Happy to be HOME!

Hope you have enjoyed seeing the garden roses...
they keep us busy but they do provide us with an amazing display....
and their fragrance is intoxicating.

People stop and sniff the blooms out front when they walk by our bungalow!

 ~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Friday, June 8, 2018

Esquimalt Lagoon Walk ~ An Artist's driftwood sculptures

My sister and I met up for a beach walk at The Esquimalt Lagoon and were able to take in the wonderful sculptures that "Brother Paul" has created...

Hope that you enjoy the various beach art creatures by Paul Lewis.

Public art is free for all to enjoy 
 this beach art has brought more people to the lagoon
 many people
like myself were taking photographs.

It's wonderful to mix up the areas and vistas that one can emjoy while getting some fresh air and exercise.

Thank you for stopping by The Humble Bungalow Blog.

 ~ Be Well and Be Kind ~