When not distracted by his ever-active older sister, my grandson and I have shared quiet times of conversation and interaction. When not in super-hero mode with cape or mask,
he can be quite serious, even pensive.
A warm, humid mid-summer afternoon, the two of us alone in the house; just the opportunity we needed…….would he like to assemble a paper replica of the Carousel in Paris??
Sitting on the arm of my wing chair – he is not a ‘lap’ kind of guy – we put it together, carefully and slowly, one small piece at a time, deciding that one day we would like to travel to Paris to ride together……
Showing him the paper replica of Monet’s home, Giverny
– his sister and I put that one together –
comparing photos in the book to ones taken on my visit to the house and gardens,
“how did you get there, Nona??????”
(more rectangular bushes!!!!!!!!)
Since childhood I have been captivated by a good mystery! Charlie Chan (Warner Oland was my favorite in the role), and Sherlock Holmes with Basil Rathbone, always won out over the Mouseketeers. I day-dreamed of afternoon tea at 221 B Baker Street with Sherlock and Dr. Watson, served by their landlady, Mrs. Hudson.
Though not on film when I was a child, the mystery on the train was my favorite – yes, the Orient Express! To step back in time when travel was a grand adventure, to be savored as part of the experience, not just a means to an end.
A recent chance encounter with M. Hercule Poirot on PBS….with murder on the quintessential train, recaptured the essence of the dream…..
Planning a significant anniversary sojourn in Europe some years ago – from Paris to Venice to Zagreb to Zurich – how best to travel from Paris to Venice….on the Venice Simplon Orient Express of course!!!!
the Gare de Lyon in Paris,
the restaurant – Le Train Bleu,
the storied train.
the sumptuous upholstery and the antimacassar
‘dressing’ for dinner
music and digestifs in the lounge…..
all the while anticipating the night to be spent in the upper berth….reading….Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express!!!!
Guest blogger Susan Estabrook aka ‘E’
Visual and sensory delight!!
Blueberries as big as bowling balls!!!
More from flower school in Paris:
Assignment #1: Green Bouquet
Featuring textures, colors, and shapes, all understated, yet deliver a statement.
Assignment #2: Seasonal Table Runner
Springtime in Paris for a dinner party, use specific flowers, give the arrangement ‘your own twist’, yet stay true to what the client requests.
Assignment #3: Garden Arrangement
Using garden type flowers, give it a twist in keeping with the theme.
I chose the touch of ivy to bring some movement and flow to the static shape of the urn.
Merci to E for the beauty and inspiration!!!
Guest blogger Susan Estabrook aka ‘E’
21 Rue de Seine
You know it is a flat in Paris when:
there are small spots for beauty
there are a few new purchases around
there is a need to get creative with storage
every inch/nook/cranny counts
there is flea market art on the walls
there is a good lock
even in great neighborhoods!!!
Guest blogger: Susan Estabrook aka ‘E’
Leaving before dawn to arrive at the market by 6 am.
A virtual city of endless vendors offering flowers from all over the world.
Anything flower, greenery or floral accessory is in great supply. It’s all business, in that the vendors are doing a brisk trade with their regular customers.
The very best kind of overwhelm for a lover of flowers!
“I have nothing but respect for a country that has the good sense to serve their coffee in a birdbath!”
‘E’ went to Paris for…
and we thought she went for the flowers!!!
“Good morning from Paris”.
“Walking home from class with all my daily assignments, stopped to rest at a park by my flat. Put this bouquet down…loved how it looked…decided to leave for others to enjoy…”
– a postcard that speaks volumes –