Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Paddy's Day

In case you didn't know, it's St. Patrick's Day today!!! This may possibly the most widely celebrated national day around the world! Considering how tiny our little country is it is amazing just how many countries across the world hold celebrations and parades to celebrate this day, monuments around the world turn green tonight in honour of "Paddy's Day" and it is a lot of fun!

This was our first St. Patrick's Day back in Ireland with our boys. Rather than brave the queues and chaos of the parades we decided to take a lovely brisk hike in the Dublin mountains and enjoy the beautiful scenery we are so lucky to have (after a full Irish breakfast of course).  There was lots for our boys to explore and discover and we met lots of other families along the way who had the same idea. Later on we went for lunch (yummy seafood chowder) in our local.

This evening's treats include toasted marshmallows and warm milk.

All in all a perfect day :-)













And of course it wouldn't be Paddy's Day without a bit of silliness :-)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Hello cutie :-)

We took the soccer ball to the park earlier for a kick around and met this little guy...



...isn't he gorgeous?  :-)

Saturday, February 14, 2015

♥♥ Love Hearts ♥♥

Happy Valentine's Day everyone...




...any excuse to use my Le Creuset love hearts :-)

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

In my kitchen

Today I thought I'd share some nice additions to my kitchenware collection, some from Sydney, some from France, some from here...


I bought this beautiful vintage compote at a little brocante market in Paris on our recent trip. It cost 5 euro, they were also selling the most beautiful matching soup tureen for 10 euro but would have been way too big to carry on to the plane home, sniff..


I found this massive cast iron Doufeu back in sydney before I left but don't think I ever shared it on the blog, it cost 15 dollars in Vinnie's and is perfect for big roasts and slow cooking.





Another French find, from eBay this time. I still can't believe my luck finding these stunning vintage turquoise Le Creuset saucepans designed by Enzo Mari in the 1970s!!! They are in fantastic condition at a great price and the great thing is that postage within the European Union is pretty OK so I can now stalk fab bargains on eBay France to my heart's content :-)




A few more Pyrex cinderella bowls to add to my collection, the green shamrock bowl has been on my wishlist for ages!


I have started collecting the little round Pyrex casseroles also known as 473s. This gorgeous blue and white pattern is called "Colonial Mist".


So far I only have 4 different patterns but I'm patient :-)


These cute little JAJ Pyrex (English Pyrex) casseroles cost a total of 3 euro in Oxfam here in Dublin. The patterns aren't necessarily my favourites but they're great for storing leftovers in the fridge :-)

That's all for now, what fab things have you found lately?

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Paris Encore :-)

A couple of weeks ago I checked my email and found a very lovely surprise - flight and hotel confirmations! My gorgeous man had booked us a 3 night trip to Paris (without the kids)!!! And so last Thursday, with our boys happily looking forward to a fun weekend with their grandparents and auntie we flew off to our favourite city :-)





This was out third trip to Paris together and I can safely say I could never get sick of this beautiful place. One of my favourite spots is the Sacré Coeur, up high on a hill in Mont Marte it overlooks the whole of Paris and is such a beautiful cathedral, inside and out. I love the little square around the corner where the local artists sell their paintings and there are beautiful cafés and bistros to eat.



We watch a lot of French movies and one of our favourites is Amelie. We had breakfast in the café in which many scenes in the movie were filmed and it is every bit as charming in real life!



The cheese, the seafood... French food stores are amazing!!!


Even things that would be boring in other cities, like signs for the underground, are beautiful in Paris.


The Arc De Triomphe, I was far too amused by all the people taking photos with their selfie-sticks to take any decent photos of it myself :-D





I LOVE the Eiffel Tower, I love its beautiful intricate ironwork, gorgeous from any angle, even underneath! It's hard to believe this was originally intended as a temporary structure.


We took a boat trip along the river Seine.





Notre Dame Cathedral is just so beautiful, the rose windows are amazing from the inside.




My favourite bookshop in the world, Shakespeare and Company, famous from being in many movies, so lovely and cosy on the inside, a bookworm's heaven!





The Louvre is really beautiful by night, there was uproar when the pyramid was originally built, many people felt it detracted from the building's beauty but I kind of like it :-)




And no city in the world sparkles quite like Paris by night, with lights twinkling up and down the Eiffel Tower and the gorgeous buildings all lit up.

We had a fantastic few days, I always feel sad leaving Paris but was so excited to get home to my little boys who also had a great few days getting spoilt :-)