Monday, 4 August 2014
Thursday, 24 July 2014
I'm in Love
If you ever visit Edinburgh, Scotland, you need to stop into Anthropologie. Even men will find something intriguing if they're foodies like Ralph. I'm transported back to rustic Greece islands with stone pots, lots of colour, the sweet smell of sea water and exotic flowers. Ralph had to drag me out of here as we were already late for our next adventure. I fell in love with some leather Aztec flats and a beautiful yellow floral summer dress. But what topped it off for me was the crockery, hand painted patterned mugs and stone pots, I could have bought endless amounts of recipe books, my favourite being The Paris Pastry Club.
I found myself redecorating our whole house while rummaging around bathroom apparel, wicker chairs and tables, stone hideaways and even glass wear. There was endless inspiration for every day life even if it is at a high price. But you're getting what you paid for as I wouldn't be surprised if the clothes outlived me. I have a habit of wearing out my shoes which doesn't seem to be a problem for shoes at Anthropologie.
I challenge you not to fall in love with this urban outfitters branch out from 1992, if anything their scents will entice you!
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Since going gluten free we've been expanding recipes and researching to find one's that don't need tweaking. My all time favourite is Nigella Lawson's Torta Caprese. This is a flour-less almond cake named after the Capri Islands. Ralph made this for me once and I was hooked, and it wasn't just me, I ended up trying to force it down throats of family members "I don't eat gluten free" they said as they waved their hands, "Just try it!" as it's not for celiacs, it just so happens to be made without anything that contains gluten. They too, ended up hooked. I had a go at making it myself and ended up fluffing up the recipe, and not in a good way. I think I'll leave it to the professional next time...
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Saturday, 19 July 2014
Wednesday, 16 July 2014
A Walk To Remember
So we're moving! We're not, actually but it crossed our minds while visiting Haddington not far from Edinburgh in Scotland. Rich with an almost Mediterranean culture. Part of me felt transported back to living in Saint Augustine, Florida with it's cobblestone streets, all Haddington needed was a fort and some horse drawn carriages. Hidden nooks and cranny's to explore and a dozen gardens welcomed picnickers. My favourite was the medicinal gardens of St Mary's Pleasance near Haddington House the oldest private residence in town. I could have constructed a little cottage and lived in there.
The walls of the garden were built by Napoleonic prisoners of war and the garden itself was designed by the late Architect Schomberg Scott by the specification of the late Sir George Taylor a Botonist and former director at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew. They both designed the gardens to have a "Mount" and "Sunken Garden" to hold true to the 17th century architecture of the surrounding buildings.
Fruit tree's scattered among the grounds giving shade to fellow bookworms and picnickers. I can't describe the aroma's that hit the nose as we wondered through the paths, lavender, jasmine and countless herbs and fruits wafted through the air. It was a something out of a dream, I fully expected Mr & Mrs Darcy to come strolling through the garden in front of us. I'll surely be back for another visit!