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The Cat Who Came To Dinner

cat at the table

I was at dinner in Amsterdam a couple of weeks ago in an Italian restaurant. The restaurant cat came and sat across from me.  It was actually pretty funny. The cat wasn’t much of a conversationalist but I’ve definitely had worse dinner companions! I’m linking up with Mammasaurus for Caption […]

Amsterdam in the Autumn

Amsterdam canal

I had known Amsterdam had a lot of parks, but I wasn’t expecting the areas outside of the official parks to be so well planted. Amsterdam’s famous flower market was pretty but not as busy as I thought it would be.  We were clearly off-season. The flower market is famous […]

Sunny Prospect Plantation

I’m so over the rain in London.  So over it, I tell you.  For this week’s ‘how does your garden grow’ post, I can’t muster up the enthusiasm to photograph yet more raindrops on roses (or raindrops on grasses, leaves or anything else).  Let’s escape to a happier time and […]

A Home for Hansel & Gretel

cottage city

Ever wanted to live in a gingerbread house?  The Cottage City neighbourhood in Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard gives you an entire gingerbread neighbourhood.  Hansel & Gretel wouldn’t have known where to start. Cottage City dates back to the 19th century when Methodists gathered together each summer for religious meetings.  After […]

Road Trip USA: Martha’s Vineyard

Edgartown harbor fisheye lens

When many people think of Martha’s Vineyard, they automatically think of it as a celebrity vacation spot.  Yes, lots of rich and famous people spend their summer vacation here, among them the Obamas.  The Vineyard, however, is so much more than the occasional celebrity that passes through. My children love […]

Amazing Vanderbilt Grace

model ship

In Newport we stayed at the Vanderbilt Grace, which  we loved so much we stayed an extra night.  This boutique hotel is situated in one the former Vanderbilt homes.   Built in 1909, the building has gone through several incarnations before becoming a hotel.  When we went, the hotel was […]

A Fountain for Vampires

We were playing crazy golf near my parents’ home in Pennsylvania.  My kids were mesmerised by this pink fountain.  Perhaps I’ve seen too many CSI episodes, but doesn’t the bottom bit look like a pool of blood? Needless to say my daughter that it was very pretty.  And, no, we’re […]

Parisian Chic

I was drawn to Parisian Chic  A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange (in collaboration with Elle fashion journalist Sophie Gachet) by its gorgeous red cover.  Easy to read and in a casual sketchbook format, the book has a nice, personal feel.  There are fashion photographs of Ines’ daughter […]


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