Monday, February 15, 2010

De partout... jusqu'à vous

It's amazing - you never get an envelope from Canada in your life before... and then two arrive on the same day! One was for Son 1 - an unexpected gift from a friend who has left France for Quebec. She'd been to the Canadian Space Agency on a club trip and sent him the 'extras' from the goodie bags they'd been given. It was lovely of her to think of him!
And the second one was expected of course, but perhaps not quite so quickly... it was my magazine swap from Lorrie, over at Fabric, Paper and Thread!
Two lovely magazines and a handmade card. I'm remarkably un-fussed that she broke my rule by sending two ;)
One is Canadian and the other American - Canadian Living and Victoria Bliss. Oh I am going to enjoy these! I'm taking the boys to the UK to visit grandparents tomorrow, and shall keep my magazines for the four flights we'll be taking over the week (carbon footprint guilt, but with being ill I've had to to choose the easiest option every time).
And the finishing touch to my Valentine's Day red is also potentially guilt-inducing to someone who sources flowers from the garden only. I bought roses today, left over from Valentine's Day, but they would have gone off, and frankly, they look good and I don't care! It's funny, because Ben spent some effort looking for a good plant for me so that he didn't break my ethical rules, and now I've gone and done it myself. But we had a lovely day yesterday, with lots of cake-eating and tea drinking and snow...


Juanita Tortilla said...

That cake looks too delicious to be true. Now I'm tempted to make a citrus loaf, just so I can drizzle all that icing over it.

Ah well, we need to bend the rules sometimes. Whatever makes us feel better; we only have this 1 life.

Pom Pom said...

I pray safe travels for you, Floss. I hope your magazine reading is indeed blissful. I love Victoria - it actually used to be even MORE lovely, but it is still nice. You are so honest and true. I like your writer's voice. I'm planning my Pause in Lent posts. Thank you for thinking of this. I'm glad Valentine's Day held tea and cake.

Serenata said...

Lovely flowers Floss. I nearly bought some roses today as they are all substantially reduced, but resisted the urge, but only because I already have four vases filled with flowers! ;-)

Hope you have a safe trip, looks like you have some good reading material. I'm off on Sunday, finally starting to look forward to it. Just a bit worried about my Dad as its looking like the radiotherapy may not have worked as he is back on tablets :-(

Sherri B. said...

What a clever lady you are. Everyone wins in the flower purchase. The shop owner has some money in the till, flowers have life that was intended and your entire family has the added beauty to enjoy for days. That is true thrift!
I am sad that I didn't get in on the magazine swap. If you decide to do it again I would love to join in (I have an addiction). Have a great trip to see grandparents.

Hen said...

Hope you have a lovely time in the Uk, Floss. V jealous of those mags. I'm sorry I somehow missed the swap, drat.
Hen x

Lova said...

Bonjour, Merci beaucoup pour ton message sur mon blog. Quelle surprise de savoir que tu habites en France, moi j'ai plutot demenage de France vers l'Angleterre mais qui sait il se peut que je retourne y vivre un jour. Bonne lecture pour tes magazines, j'adore le Canadian Living.

Kissed by an Angel said...

Have a fabulous trip!!! Enjoy those gorgeous magazines!!! That cake does indeed look delicious!!!

Elizabethd said...

Enjoy your time away.
Your book will be waiting for you on return!

CraftyHelen said...

I am so pleased that after all the work involved in the swap, (when you really were not up to it), that you have received some lovely reading. Don't beat yourself up over the flights it is not as if you were well enough for anything else.xx

Michela said...

..who said just one magazine?! ;-)
Enjoy those beautiful magazines and have a lovely time with your family! xxx

Joy said...

Bon Voyage and happy reading. I love Victoria magazine. I use to subscribe to it. Please don't feel guilty over your trip.

♥ Joy

Mrs Yappy Dog said...

Hi Floss - inspired by you and feeling sad at my lack of books, I went to the library today and came back with a hefty pile! I will blog later in the week and will make it a regular I think - a home is definitely not a home without books. I also discovered a second hand book shop with original beatrix potter first copies (prices in the hundreds) I so enjoyed holding them and looking - may go back for another fix!

Val said...

C'est ce qu'on appelle une synchronicité!
le cake sur la première page du magazine a l'air délicieux,comment réussir un nappage aussi délicat???
bonne semaine

VintageVicki said...

Enjoy your trip to the UK.

I am keeping a lookout for my magazine swap parcel - can't wait to see what my partner has sent :)

Lorrie said...

I'm so glad the magazines arrived in good time. One never knows. I always look forward to a good magazine on flights. I hope your travels go well and that you will soon be feeling much better.

The flowers are beautiful, and had you not purchased them, they would be in the trash somewhere. No need to feel guilty.

Have a pleasant and restful holiday in the UK.


Sarah said...

Ok what's wrong with buying yourself flowers occasionally? I don't, but only because they cost more than a couple of fat quarters. I know what I'd rather have!!

Have a super time away and enjoy the speed of travel this time. Hope the boys enjoy themselves and know how lucky they are to get to visit their grandparents so often. It's so important for all of them.

Sonia ~ Vintage Rose Designs said...

Glad you had a great Valentine's Day. Enjoy your trip to the UK.