Sunday, June 30, 2019

The omelette that reminds me of Paris....

In 2015,
I travelled to Paris as a gift to myself in the year that I turned 60...
(with the encouragement and support of my beloved husband!)
For many decades I had a dream about visiting Paris and I had always had other commitments...bills, a mortgage and a job.

I retired and started to save in earnest...
I decluttered my closet and cashed in at the consignment shop.
Sold some knick knacks and saved my pennies.

If wishes were horses then beggars would ride!

It dream came true!

The sights and sounds were more than I could ever have imagined...
the cobble stoned streets, the shops, the churches, the cafes, the galleries, the fashions...the food!

It really took my breath away...
I felt more "in the moment" and alive than I could ever have imagined.

I smiled all the time!!
I fell under the spell of Paris, and wandered through the streets for hours and hours with an intense energy that I never knew that I was BLISS!

Recreating and resurrecting feelings and the memories that I enjoyed when I was in Paris are easily captured in the flavour department.

Wine, teas, fragrances and food.

a simple omelette and salad 
savoured in a street side cafe, a famous Paris museum or here at the cottage

so simple

Follow along with me:

heat a non stick pan with a dollop of butter on medium heat
let it gently melt
 whisk a few eggs in a bowl
when the butter is melted 
gently add the eggs
turn and swirl them in the pan
when they start to firm up a bit
top with some grated cheese
let the cheese sink in and meld
add a tablespoon of capers 
(salt and pepper to taste)

swirl a wee bit more and gently 
using a wide spatula loosen the edges
when you have the edges loose
roll one side of the omelette over 
and make a neat little bundle

add a fresh salad 
(a glass of wine!)


Ah! Paris

Sweep me away...
in my dreams!

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Cruise ship shopping...

The cruise to Alaska is approaching so fast and I have not even written out my packing list! I must get busy and do something about that or I will forget something important.

I did find some time for a quick trip to the shops to find a knit top that would look nice over my dresses and would be an extra layer over my Eileen Fisher tank tops and black pants.

When I spied this Nanette Lapore knit I knew immediately that it filled the required style idea that I had in my head.

I also found a simple linen Tahari Tee top which I will pair with my linen capris.
It will go well with jeans, my black knit skirt, and all my pants.

I plan to wear my pearls on the cruise ship as they go with everything...
"keep it simple"
 is my motto for a minimal travel wardrobe.

This is our first time on a cruise ship...
Do any of you have any advice on what I should pack?

                    Thank you for stopping by The Humble Bungalow Blog.

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Sunday, June 23, 2019

An amazing product that I never knew about!!

Am I the last person to hear about the award winning product by Weleda called Skin Food?

There has been a lot written about the formula in this green tube.

Here's what the Weleda site says about Skin Food.

No animal testing
Paraben and phthalate free
No synthetic preservatives or fragrances

Apparently it's a "cult favourite!"

Perhaps not being in a cult might explain why I haven't heard of it before!

I've just 
slathered my hands with this lotion and WOW!

I had to share this with you 
just in case I was not the only person who had not tried this cream.
(you'll thank me)

The clerk in the Pharmacy sold me her last tube...
she says they can hardly keep it in stock!

You can use this all over your skin, even in your hair!
It is good for ragged cuticles and if it helps with this issue,
 I'll be ever so grateful!

Gardening and homekeeping chores are hard on my hands.

So next time you need a hard working product you might consider trying this one.

Thank you for stopping by The Humble Bungalow Blog!

Let me know what you think about the Skin Food if you try some...
or you may already be using it!!

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Embracing Joy...

Do you feel Joyful?

Joy definition...

a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.
"tears of joy"
synonyms: delight, great pleasure, joyfulness, jubilation, triumph, exultation, rejoicing, happiness, gladness, glee, exhilaration, ebullience, exuberance, elation, euphoria, bliss, ecstasy, transports of delight, rapture, radiance

What do you enjoy in your daily round?

I've thought about what brings me pleasure on a daily basis.
After due consideration,
I discovered its really the simple things that bring me Joy.

Starting each morning with a mug of hot coffee...
with some quiet time to check my email, social media, and perhaps read a chapter in my current book.

A shower with fragrant soap or body wash, drying off with a pure linen towel and then applying some emollient lotion.

Washing my face and gently applying a rich serum followed by moisturizer.

Domestic routines are followed...

simple chores like making the bed
tidying up the kitchen
emptying the dishwasher
starting the laundry

these jobs are important home keeping rituals.

An organized home is less stressful for me personally
so staying on top of the mess and clutter is imperative.

Getting out for a walk every day.

Looking at the homes and gardens as I pass by
listening to the songs of the birds...
gazing across the ocean to the snow capped mountains
as I walk along the seafront.

Other things that bring Joy;

roses roses roses!!!!
tasty healthy food
afternoon tea sipped from a beautiful china cup and saucer
thrift shopping
good books
scented candles
a cozy cashmere sweater
comfy jeans
donating to charity
a bouquet of David Austin roses picked fresh from the garden

                 ~ giving simple gifts ~

food...homemade soup, a frittata, or a casserole
delivering a posy of flowers
sharing a good book
a jar of jam and some fresh baked scones
soap with a handknit dishcloth
beeswax candles wrapped in a linen tea towel

"Giving" is rewarding and it is something I really enjoy...

There are so many things that bring Joy into our lives...
what are the things that you find bring you Joy?

I almost forgot to mention how much I love collecting sea glass!

and heart shaped rocks!!

So now its your turn to share what brings you joy...
please leave a comment if you have time.

Thank you for stopping by The Humble Bungalow Blog today.

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Chatting about roses...and a look back at the Humble Bungalow "before pictures"

Rose Constance Spry and Paul's Lemon Pillar together on the arbour
 in front of The Humble Bungalow.

People often stop to chat when they see me out in the front garden.
I frequently invite them in
so that they can smell the fragrance of these beautiful blooms.

We get many compliments from passers by 
about the roses and plants in our small lot garden.

I have often wondered what it would be like to have an acre...
I know that we would need many many more rose bushes.

Currently we grow about 30 roses
 an acre would require hundreds perhaps thousands!
I would need to hire a full time gardener.

Jude the Obscure rose
a David Austin variety that has had me smitten as soon as we were introduced!

LOVE at first sight...
the apricot colour of those frothy petals
( the scent is amazing)

This bloom is about to open up fully.

David Austin roses
Jude the Obscure and Abraham Darby
both very fragrant 
mixed with lacy fronds of the chartreuse green Lady's Mantle

Set atop the The Humble Bungalow bathroom sink.

Graham Thomas is a bright yellow David Austin rose.
This one is planted in our "work area" of the garden.
It is growing up a black trellis in the corner where we keep our compost bins, extra pots, wheelbarrow and stakes.

Gardeners NEED a work and storage area...
we've tried to hide ours by installing a latticework screen.

When we moved into The Humble Bungalow Garden almost 38 years ago 
it was in shambles...
it was overrun with prickly blackberry bushes and invasive morning glory.

The clean up took months as we did it all ourselves.
The children were young, 
Jennifer was 3 and Stewart was 15 months.

We worked together most weekends when the weather was decent.

The design has changed over the years 
it has morphed into a cottage garden style 
which features mostly on David Austin roses.

I pick a few roses when they are at their peak and bring them indoors to enjoy.

William Shakespeare and Jude the Obscure roses.

Constance Spry and Paul's Lemon Pillar roses.

This is Iceberg and prolific blooming climber.

This is what The Humble Bungalow Garden looked like when we moved in.
We knew that there was a lot of work required to fix this bungalow.
It had great "bones" and the location was good.

Mr HB designed and built the deck and arbour.
This picture is about 5 years old...
the rose you can see growing up the lattice is Climbing Royal Sunset.
The bed below has been completely changed...
 it has 4 black pergolas with white Claire Austin roses and a boxwood hedge at the front.

Here is The Humble Bungalow before we moved in...
the transformation is unbelievable even to me!

The house next door has been torn down and a new one built in its place.

The benefits of gardening are many...
fresh air
a creative outlet
and a 
calming refuge from life's struggles and stressors.

I hope you've enjoyed the rose parade today!

I'll be back again soon...
thank you for stopping by The Humble Bungalow Blog.

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Trying harder to budge the winter weight, salads and a Fitbit

One step at a time...

Walking in comfortable sneakers is my idea of luxury!

These New Balance shoes are unbelievable!
I think its the memory foam...

I finally broke down and bought a Fitbit.
I opted for the new model Inspire HR.
So many women I know love them and say that they really help motivate them 
to walk longer, farther and to stay active.

They also record sleep, 
the length of time slept, 
the sleep stages...
awake, REM, light and deep.

You can track weight, water, heart rate, calories, steps, kms walked or run.

I've noticed that I am more mindful since wearing mine.
I'm going to track my weight too and see if there is any change.

The weather has been wonderful this weekend and I spent quite a few hours outside pulling weeds and deadheading the roses.

Marigold the Mouse designed and created by the talented artist Robyn 
is enjoying the Climber Royal Sunset.
Its a fragrant frothy rose that grows up on a trellis on our deck overlooking the back garden.

Arugula, red onions, strawberries and goat cheese salad.
a light vinaigrette dressing and lunch is served!

Lunch out with Mr. HB at a new waterfront bistro
Boom and Batton

Mega yachts 

a tasty salad and a glass of wine

Reading this humorous book by Olivier Magny.

I think I may have been to his wine bar in Paris when I was there on tour in 2015.
We went to a tasting in a cavern that looks exactly like the pictures online and he must have been the sommelier who led the tasting as he looks the same!

He's written other books which I might buy:
Into Wine: An invitation to Pleasure
WTF? What the French

How was your weekend?

What are you reading?

Do you wear a Fitbit?
Has it been a game changer for your fitness regime?

Have you had difficulty leaving comments on my blog?
I have had a few readers email saying that they cannot comment anymore and I have no idea what is wrong as I have changed nothing!

Try Bloglovin where I also have the blog listed on their platform.

I've got to close for now as I am having guests for dinner tonight and need to prepare a few more dishes.

Thank you for stopping by The Humble Bungalow Blog.

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~