Sunday, August 30, 2009

One of these days...

... I will have a house just like these! Mark my words! LOL

Here's the background story. Last week, on my way back from work, I took a diversion to escape a traffic jam. I turned into this tiny street that looked like it would go through the forest and for a minute or two, it did. Then suddenly, both to the left and right I started seeing gates. And fences. And big, massive houses. Thankfully there was nobody behind me so I managed to stop in front of a few and gawp at them. I couldn't believe that I actually pass this street on my way to work every single day and yet didn't know about these magnificent houses?
Once I got home I Google Mapped them and looky there... satellite pictures from above told me everything I needed to know. They were mansions, secluded and hidden behind trees, with huge gardens, swimming pools and tennis courts. Couldn't see most of this from the street of course.
I decided if I ever want to own something like that maybe it would help to visualize them on a daily basis so I resolved to go back, park my car on a parallel street and take some pictures. Which is exactly what I did today.

Now, please bear in mind that I made the stupid mistake to think I would need a big zoom lens for my camera when I didn't. So unfortunately, most pics you see are 'close-ups' because I couldn't zoom out far enough without ending up in the bushes! LOL

Still, enjoy the pictures - I know I enjoyed my little photography trip! :)

So let's start with the fences/gates/walls that were surrounding these massive houses.













Now moving on to other random things, like a house facade, a sign, a footpath and some other houses.








The gates of this one looked so very cool and the house behind it, too even though I really couldn't see too much!





And whilst I was walking around, due to all those trees and fences and gates, I came across a lot of mirrors like these! :-)





And last but by no means least... my personal favorite. This house was not hidden too far behind trees and greenery and simply looked divine. Loved the white picket fence around it, the drive with the fountain in the middle and the overall 'whiteness' of it. Somehow, houses in this country always have to be a depressing brown and this wasn't! When I get to build my house, it will be rather similar to this one, me thinks! :-)





Monday, August 24, 2009

Oh, the scent...!!!!

I'm not a big perfume person but about three years ago, shortly before I left for the US, I was on the ferry from Dover to Calais and was going through the duty free shop, smelling around all kinds of God-awful fragrances when I stumbled upon this most magnificent scent. Ralph Lauren - Blue. I didn't buy it then, it still seemed very extravagant but a few weeks later, in the States, I went to some mall and bought it there.

Now sadly the internet has yet to come up with a way to enable you to smell something online but maybe if you read through the description of this perfume you get an idea (though I doubt it). Unfortunately, it also looks like it's been discontinued so chances are you can't even go to a shop to smell it so you'll just have to trust my opinion when I tell you that this is what heaven must smell like.

I have finally received my new (bigger) bottle today and am looking forward to using it again (I had to make do with another scent I also liked but not quite as much - Body Shop White Musk) !!! :-)



RALPH LAUREN BLUE perfume by Ralph Lauren was launched in 2004. This soft floral fragrance melts into the skin with soft notes of lotus flower, gardenia and pink peony, exotic blossoms such as tuberose, rose de mai, and orange flower enriched with musk, ambrette, and sandalwood.


Saturday, August 22, 2009

Me...

... and my friend Anne at the Lightbox inside the 'Mirror room' which is part of our Da Vinci exhibition.
Anne was the volunteer who took me under her wing on my first day at the Lightbox and we clicked instantly. She is such a wonderful, sweet woman full of life and laughter and smiles and she reminds me of my grandmother Ami so much :-)


Can you say...

... best omelette EVER??? :-) Bon apetit, this is my breakfast today!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

TRIKKE!!!!!

(Ok this is realy freaky - I just searched my blog to see if I ever mentioned buying my Trikke back when I was in the States and stumbled upon my entry from August 19th 2007, EXACTLY two years to the day that I first tried the Trikke and now, two years to the day later, I decided to uncover it and try it out again - FREEEEEAKY!!!)

So anyway - sorry for being away for so long, AGAIN.
Still, some rather fun (and not very flattering) pictures to follow so I'll promise you it will be worth the wait.

As mentioned above, I talked with some colleagues at work about my Trikke and turned out one of them had bought one (a smaller one) for his daughter many years ago so we decided to bring them in and give them a good run in the car park at work. Which is what we did on Wednesday.
On my part, I was hoping these dudes would be able to uncover the mystery of trikking since I never really got the hang of it when I first bought it in the States!

SO without much further ado - enjoy the pics! Sorry for the rubbish quality but these are actually taken from a film I took, rather than from the photo camera.

My colleagues trying the Trikkes out:





Me giving it a go and slowly getting the hang of it (and looking like a big, fat elephant on it, of course)