Tuesday, 23 April 2013

For Linen Lovers....

.....please visit Marie Claude's wonderful blog

Image by Marie Claude - L'Almanach désuet

A friend who's not only sharing my passion 
for old peasant's linen and hemp,

 also each one of her posts is full of inspiration!


Spring has sprung....finally....

....and I'm occupied up to my head....

...with laundry....

...washing all my recent finds 
of hemp and linen bath/guest towels


....dying old linen and hemp sheets....

experimenting....mixing colors to get the "perfect" grey....

and - of course - with garden work!

Pruning - digging - weeding - tiding up..... 
...paying attention not to cut into Oskar's paws... ;-(  !

Just took a little break from all for a quick and short post....
not much time for the blog world - 
please forgive me!

Thank you all so much for still visiting my blog 
and for your kind comments!


 Back to work now....A bientôt

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair, London - Spring 2013

Three times a year
in Battersea Park,
London SW11 4NJ

SPRING: 23 - 28 April 2013

The Decorative Fair is a thrice-yearly specialist event for the discerning decorator 
looking to source unusual English and European antiques, 


...original 20th century designs and works of art from all periods to the present day. 

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 From opulent show-stoppers to useful furniture, 


...around 140 exhibitors offer a broad range of both 
fine quality and affordable pieces for inspired interiors, 
in the relaxed surroundings of leafy Battersea Park – 
just over the River Thames from Sloane Square and Knightsbridge.

The Fair is fun, fashionable and particularly well-known 
as an excellent source of painted furniture, Gustavian & Swedish design, 
20th century design, lighting, accessories and named-design furniture, 
and excellent mirrors.

 Its worldwide reputation, established over 25 years, 
entices international trade and retail buyers, interior designers, 
and private customers seeking unique and unusual furnishings 
and quirky accessories for decorating schemes.

For any further info and contact please click 

Wish you all a warm and sunny Spring weekend!

 A bientôt

All photos from the
Decorative Antiques Fair website

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

"Das Leben ist eine Baustelle" - or...

...The Challenge of Life

“The question is not whether or not change and challenge are going to happen.
They are. 
The question is, when they do happen,
how are we going to choose to look at them,
contextualize them, and navigate them?”
Jeffrey R. Anderson

For me
Life is like a building site, 
or in German: "Das Leben ist eine Baustelle".
A building site which has to be finished - or completed.
A building site filled with a series of daily challenges....

 with "heavy stones"
and unexpected surprises/discoveries we have to deal with.
Positive and negative ones.

The biggest challenge is - probably - to bring up children.
To educate and prepare them for real life.
To give them a solid "foundation" - like building a house.

Writing this post a song crossed my mind,
a song Kevin Johnson wrote for one of his sons:

"With wide eyes you wonder why you understand some,
And you don’t understand all the rest,
Well, little boy,
your daddy’s been living a while,
And I really don’t know much myself,
I’ll teach you the whys and the wherefores,
and the ways of this world I have known,
But life is a journey of different directions,
And sometimes we travel alone.

And Scotty,
life can be rough,
life can be tough,
life can go wrong,
Scotty, life can be fun,
life can just come rolling along,
So live with the good times,
and learn from the bad,
And laugh at the fun times you’ve had,
Look for the reasons to carry you through,
And Scotty,
that’s all you can do."

 "And you wonder why some days are fun days and Sundays,
And some days may not be the same,
Well blue skies are many and grey skies are few,
So we do what we can in the rain,
The whys and the wherefores are there for a reason,
and sometimes we don’t understand,
But life is a journey that’s leading us somewhere,
And we get there the best way we can....."


“When spring knocks at your door,
regardless of the time of year or season of our lives,
do not walk to that door, throw it open with wild abandon,
and say, "Yes! Yes, come in! Do me, and do me big!”
Jeffrey R. Anderson 

Then our days are filled with...
softness and loveliness

and we can feel like being "bedded on roses".



by Kevin Johnson

 "Das Leben ist eine Baustelle"
Life is all you get!

Life is a challenge - meet it
Life is a gift - accept it


Life is a sorrow - over come it

Life is a tragedy - face it
Life is a mystery - unfold it


Life is a opportunity - take it
Life is a promise - complete it


Life is a struggle - fight it
Life is a goal - achieve it
Life is love - love it
Life is adventurous- have fun
Life is a duty - perform it
Life is a game - out smart it
Life is a beauty - praise it

Life is great - make something good of it

So life is a celebration –
eat, laugh and do meditation.
by gurjas singh narula, India

by Rachel Ruysch, about 1685


 Life is a challenge for all of us:

our monthly special post

 The biggest challenge for me is
 to accomplish my "building site"
 keeping in mind that

Life can be rough,
life can be tough,
life can be kind,
 life can be fun,
life can be one wonderful time.

So let's live with the good times,
and learn from the bad,
  laugh at the fun times we've had,
Look for the reasons to carry us through,


...that’s all we can do.


Jeffrey R. Anderson:  

German Film: "Das Leben ist eine Baustelle"    here