goodbye till next year

 

the evening sun is shining through the lean-to window

there’s only two more days of work left, it’s Friday and it’s summer!

 

sending you the happiest holiday wishes

 

 

 

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much love from Barbara x

embrace the everyday

 

somehow always forget to do this?!

 

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I hope every day of this week is good for you too

 

much love from Barbara x

 

fir tree growing

 

thought I didn’t need/wouldn’t have a tree this year …

completely wrong!  it’s magic

 

 

after a flood (don’t ask!) am watering it with ice blocks  :)

 

 

 

(photos a bit fuzzy due to dark hallway)

 

warmest wishes

from Barbara x

 

 

 

 

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thanksgiving for all that’s good

 

*      two very individual (and adorable) sons

 

*     standing in line to vote after work Thursday; getting to meet all the candidates

 

*     a heart-warming thank you from a patient yesterday morning

 

*     flannelette, velvet ribbon and the whole last-minute flurry

 

*     time to sip a cup of tea slowly

 

 

thanksgiving

 

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happy weekend dear readers

much love from Barbara x

 

 

that happy feeling

 

because the plants are in!

 

 

 

there is never a tidy home and garden at once here at the pale blue door; my kitchen is a national disgrace so I’ll go fix that now!

 

wishing you a happy November weekend

much love from Barbara x

 

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crab apple, gardenia and star jasmine

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mandevilla aloha white (to hide the water tank)

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hello

 

somehow I’ve reached formerly unknown levels of tiredness this year!

 

 

this weekend am so completely tired and a bit sick I can only succumb

 

because it’s turned windy and cold here this feels like the right thing to do …

 

 

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from the web, plants, pillows and a loft bed :)

 

blue striped pillows with green plants

cosy loft bed

 

much love from Barbara x

 

 

 

 

I like

 

*     the very first red roses of spring

 

*     all white dogs then, now and forever

 

*     a book launch where the author brings her Westie along

 

*     that the tearooms’ wallpaper hasn’t changed since way back ….

 

*     dear friends to be happy with

 

*     mosaic tiled floors – oh my stars

 

*     the Uniqlo staff’s grace under pressure (and the clothes are so nice/moderately-priced)

 

*     my favorite humans to be busy, happy and well (as much as possible in this world we are in)

 

 

 

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from Inside Out magazine

 

Block Arcade Saturday morning

Block Arcade Saturday

 

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thank goodness it’s the weekend is all I can say :)

 

love from Barbara  x

 

three thoughts

 

1.          walking to work through a pathway of trees puts everything into perspective

 

2.          you can wash your Converse sneakers (cold wash, front loader) and they will come out perfectly every time! learned this when I worked in a kids’ shoe shop :)

 

3.         if you think of the best person you ever, ever met and the way they live and breathe in this world, you will feel so happy, I promise … oh, and put on your favorite jumper too :)

 

happy weekend and much love from Barbara  x

 

 

walking to work Tuesday morning ...

 

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shelter …

 

 

from bread and olives

from bread and olives

 

white bedroom with bookshelves

source: britta nickel

 

from Toast

from Toast

 

 

when something bad happens at work

no matter that my colleagues have given so much support
and been beyond amazing …

no matter that ninety-nine point nine percent of the time my job is exactly where I want to be, nine-to-five, week days

 

somehow I am shocked

 

but I do know all will be well …

Barbara x

girls weekend away

 

I’m so lucky to have escaped to the country this weekend with six lovely girlfriends …

sewing, eating, sleeping, a good recipe for shoulder of lamb (magic ingredient star anise) and having wonderful conversations I’ll be thinking about all week

 

hope you had a happy weekend too

much love from Barbara  x

 

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ps the beautiful postage stamp quilt is by the super-talented Judith