Tuesday, 30 December 2014

2014 finishes

As I’m going through this year’s pictures, I realised that I haven’t been very good at taking pictures of finished objects.  I need to find a better solution for next year!  Any suggestions?

As a result of my lack of pictures taking, it looks like that I haven't finished much.

Assigment 21
This year’s new hobby – beading 0o0o0o0

2014 Quilts
Very small progress on my UFO’s list


2014 KNITS
Knitting in blue – nothing new here

2014 Tayloring
Sewing for my girls – just LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT

It does not look like a lot of finished projects.  On the other hand, I should not be surprised, the main category on my blog now is ‘Non Craft Related’.

Anyway, my best ever crafty projects ever are still these three


and nothing will be possible without this guy <3 <3 <3

scrapbooking paper23

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Merry (unusual) Xmas

M e r r y    X m a s

v v v v v

J o y e u x    N o e l


Unusual Xmas for us this year.  As my husband mentioned, it’s the first time in 45 years (a bit more for me) that we spend Xmas abroad, meaning not in France.  It is also the first time in the last 20 years, that we are not at my parents’ for the celebrations.  And it’s the first time ever  that we are not with the kids.

Because I can’t travel yet, it’s Xmas across more than one continent…. Thanks to FaceTime and other technology, we still got a bit of time together. Sadly, no pictures of our Australian branch.

Xmas2The coolest thing, my kids smiling at each other and my grand-mother saying ‘they don’t seem to be that far away”

Anyway, that’s no reason not to treat ourselves.

XmasHoney roast duck, apple and red cabbage, sautéed potatoes

Xmas1Homemade mince pies, Christmas pudding and Brandy butter – oh so British!

Xmas3And a few random pictures from my phone

Thursday, 18 December 2014

London week

OK, I did plan this post for last week… but my gallbladder decided otherwise.  I’ll spear you the gory details… So rewind a few weeks back and let’s get to London.

On thing I really miss since we moved to Orlando, it’s walking, walking for the sake of it, but also walking to the market, walking to see friends, walking to school… So when in London, I just want to walk and walk…

Thanksgiving in London1

From Hyde Park to Regent Street

Thanksgiving in London2
Leggy legs and her dad around London Bridge

Thanksgiving in London3
Borough Market – so many goodies

Thanksgiving in London
Street art in Brick Lane

Spending time with Alice was really cool too.  I hadn’t seen her dorm since she moved in - her room is so so tiny, it's like a corridor with a bed and a desk. She does not mind, she’s right in the centre of London and can walk almost everywhere she wants.

A few visits to friends, a lecture in Politics at Alice’s uni, a meeting with Victor’s advisor, a few more walks…  And then, just like that the week was over... but I cannot finish this post with pictures of my kids making silly faces…

Thanksgiving in London4I told them I want smiles and if I can’t get smiles them I’ll post silly faces…

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Our take on an American tradition

Fast fast before it's Christmas - let's report our Thanksgiving week. Juliette and I spent it in England, Philippe joined us on Thursday, Thanksgiving day and we had our first family get together in 3 months.  All 5 of us in the same country, in the same time zone - a performance on its own.
This is what it our Thanksgiving dinner looked like:
IMG_0452A somewhat French family, celebrating an American holiday, in a Thai restaurant, in the British countryside
A few comments:
  • Yes, my kids and their dad have the same smile.
  • No, my son and my husband are not brothers even if they look alike (more troubling, they both look like my father in his youth).
  • I need a new shirt (this one is soon to be vintage), I need new glasses and a new haircut and no, I'm not a high maintenance gal...
  • There's something strange happening behind Philippe’s head and mine.
  • Have you seen Victor's arms - he is so 'buffed' up.
  • And what to say about my girls? They are so pretty, and it makes me melt to see how they are kind to each other (ok not 100% of the time, but most of the time).
  • And finally, no turkey has been armed during this very special event (only chicken).
Edit: as my smart husband said -  no turkey has been HARMED... and we are glad that they were nor armed either...