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Thursday, 27 September 2012

{quotable thursdays}

My best friend recently sent me this little bit on letters. She said she thought of me when she read it, because she knows how much letter-writing means to me. I forwarded it on to another good girlfriend, who also appreciates letters. These two women always drop me little notes and cards for significant and insignificant reasons/occasions.
so this week, I dedicate this quote to the importance of letter-writing:
"Please write again soon. Though my own life is filled with activity, letters encourage momentary escape into others’ lives and I come back to my own with greater contentment." 
                                                                                               --Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey

{love this script, this & the one below via ritzy bee}


I simply love this invite for a wedding (below) and a birthday dinner menu (further below) featured on Besotted Blog. how divine?!:

{simply adorable! decorators notebook}

ps: I know letters are not always easy to do, so if you do need to send an e-card, check out the new line by kate spade for paperless post.
pps: thanks to all my readers! Last week I reached 60,000 views for my blog.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

{visit at #13}

A couple of weeks ago my parents came for a visit. They drove across Canada, all the way from the west coast (you can read about their trip here & here), stopping off in Vermont on their way to Nova Scotia. It was wonderful! We drove around Vermont, went for a sail on Lake Champlain, went to the Burlington Farmer's Market, stopped at a farm & picked up some pumpkins & fresh corn, & had a big roast beef dinner with friends.
Recently, a friend & colleague said to me "can you imagine not having to work on a weekend?" It becomes so normal as an academic to work all weekend that you forget that normal people actually have weekends--off! But it means that the weekends I do take off make me appreciate them all the more. So, when my parents visited I completely took it off from work & it felt so good to just enjoy the time with them. They also delivered our 20-year old cat, Samundar, who will be staying with me for a while. She *brightens* up my life--a dear friend who says hello every morning, keeps me company throughout the day & is always there to welcome me home... I can't believe she's been in my life since I was in Grade 6, & I can't imagine life without her!
Some pics from the great little holiday I had with my parents:
{Burlington Farmer's Market}

{my dear cat having afternoon tea}

{lovely sail on Lake Champlain}

{setting up the table for a big roast beef Sunday dinner (with my Mum's yummy yorkshire puddings)}

{flowers from the garden}

{trip to Stowe}

{fresh eggs}

{my parents at the trapp family lodge}


{amazing dinner at Trattoria Delia}

{my Dad & me}
{I promise not to post too many of my furry friend, but here are a few of her in her new home}

{her 'why are you waking me up?' look}
Things are rather busy at the moment, so will try to post again soon.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

{quotable thursdays}

busy busy day around here, so this will be brief. Friends of mine just had a baby girl last night. It's also my nephew's 7th birthday today. If I could offer advice to these little ones, I'd say, always be you.
ZsaZsa Bellagio: Isn't it Wonderful?
{via zsa zsa bellagio}

ZsaZsa Bellagio: Ooh La La
{via zsazsa bellagio}
Be authentic
{via the sweetest occasion}

Friday, 14 September 2012

{European Sojourn--Mallorcan Wedding!}

well...sadly, my European sojourn did come to an end. But it ended with a big bang--a fantastic wedding of a dear friend. After a week of boat rides, a visit to Palma & a wine tour, we completed the trip with the wedding ceremony in the city hall followed by a lunch of paella on the Friday...and then Saturday was the Korean ceremony & big party/reception. What fun! Congrats to Alex & Min & thanks for organising such a fun-filled week!
{gorgeous wedding dress hanging in our house}

{gorgeous bride getting ready}

{tending to the bride}

{'the house'}

{the bride walking the streets of Santanyi}

{off to the city hall}

{the groom}

{they're married!!}

{cava in the square}

{celebrating with cava in the square}


{Day II: evening reception}
{Korean ceremony}

{gorgeous table settings with olive branches from their estate}

{partying until 3am}
What a wonderful week! So much fun & too bad it couldn't go on forever!
Congratulations Min & Alex!!