Thursday, 28 June 2012

Paris - I never knew you at all

My little trip to Paris was merveilleux! It had been 10 years since my last visit, so I didn't remember much about the city. It was quite an eye opener, especially regarding the rustiness of my French!
The weather was a bit mixed and I spent a lot of time exploring the various museums. I saw a fantastic Gerhard Richter exhibition at the Centre Pompidou, but my favourite museum was probably the Musee Marmatton Monet, which is housed in a small villa in the Ranelagh Garden and exhibits impressionist paintings.
My favourite part of the holiday was just walking the streets, marvelling at the many shop windows of boulangeries, creperies and of course the famous patisseries selling small tartes and macarons.
I also spent quite a bit of time sitting in cafes, watching fashionable Parisians stroll past. Has anyone else ever noticed that there is a certain 'dress code' that most Parisian women adhere to? I realised this at the beginning of my explorations - as long as you wear the following colours: black, dark blue and grey - you will fit in. I tried the colour combination on day three of my visit and was stopped twice and asked for directions in French, ha! I felt like I was let in on a big secret!

Monday, 25 June 2012

Celebration time

I don't know about you, but I loove birthdays. Love them. Especially my own of course. To me, there is nothing better than to be congratulated, to be spoilt for a day, to open presents and to celebrate with family and friends.
 I know lots of people feel the same, so I always try to make an effort and send my friends a special something for their birthdays. I'm really happy with how these two letters turned out.

Friday, 22 June 2012

Exploring

I can't believe I've been in my new home for four weeks already! Time really has flown by and I've hardly had a minute to myself. I'm really enjoying the job though, my colleagues are great, there is a lot to learn and I get to travel, so I can't complain. This weekend, I'm having a bit of me-time though and I'm looking forward to catching up with the world, reading, editing pictures and writing some long overdue blogposts. I have pictures from my recent trip to Paris to share - so stay tuned!
 
The other weekend, Ben and I got to spend a couple of days together, which is rare since we live three hours apart. We rented bikes and took the opportunity to explore the local area a little.
I'm probably the last person on this planet to own an iphone, but yey, I finally joined the club! These are my first atempts to get to grips with Instagram. I haven't really tried many apps yet. Can you recommend any?

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Bluebell woods

Harlaxton Manor (my home) is surrounded by 117 acres of formal gardens, park and woodland. At this time of the year the woods are especially magical. The bluebells are in bloom and transform everything into a purple fairytale land.
This past week has been quite hectic. Ben was here and we had lots of visitors.
So it was especially nice to be able to start every day with a walk in the woods, relaxing and looking for fairies. I love having this immediate access to nature. The last office I worked in was situated on an industrial estate next to a motorway. Although, I tried to go outside as much as possible, the surroundings certainly didn't look like this:

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Jubilee Mail

We had a party in the conservatory on Monday in honour of the Queen who celebrates her Diamond Jubilee this year. In fact, yesterday was an extra bank holiday in England and there were street parties taking place all across the country to commemorate her 60 years on the throne. We had a lovely low tea with scones, macaroons, brownies and whoopie pies - yumm!
Letter to Russia
Have you been celebrating the Jubilee?

Monday, 4 June 2012

York

A perk of my job is that I get to accompany student groups on their travels throughout Europe and last week I took my first trip to York. Here are a few snapshots from the day:
The weather was fantastic, so I climbed the city wall and spent most of the day just walking the streets.
I also visited the Quilt Museum and let me tell you: It's amazing! They change their displays every three months and when I went they were showing quilts from artists all over Europe and also had a miniature quilts exhibition. Very inspiring.