Slightly obsessive??

In the last few weeks I have been obsessing about herb gardens so I got about 20 books out of the library.

This is the one I think would be easiest to manage maybe…still loads of work.


I’ve moved on to my latest passion which is Annie Sloan chalk paint.

I love the  French colours and the way you can slop it on without tedious preparation. You can even dye material with it. I have now read all of her books I think.


Naturally she has a place in France..

In my new place I am able to choose from only three “mood boards”, all of which are various shades of beige, white and grey. I will go for the white and grey so that when I get there I can cover anything I want with the chalk paint. As usual my favourite colour is robin egg blue.

I might start small and do my very old oak bed which I use as a guest bed. It is horrendously expensive but worth it I hope. I am doing lots of research and it is very liberating just pleasing myself. Singing, it’s my house and I can do what I want… I am thinking of this quite over the top wall paper for my bedroom. I would just get the two panels that make up the picture and probably just weight it down so it sits nicely without actually wall papering. Am I crazy? I love it and at least it is from Resene and not De Gournay (1200 dollars a drop…) and I can justify it as a head board as I imagine it behind my bed. I love those colours. What do you think?


Anyway, moving away from want, want, want. My mother used to say, “Always wants, never gets.” Fair enough, I’m supposed to be living more simply. Even so, I think nesting and creating an environment that you just love to come home to means you spend more time at home. I like nothing better than a big bag of library books on houses, a spot of knitting and a great book to read accompanied by chocolate, sparkly lights, candles and lavender. A girl can’t get enough of sparkly lights.

Speaking of really good books- I secured a couple of tickets to the launch of Michelle A’Court’s first book Stuff I Forgot To Tell My Daughter. Fortunately I went with my friend Deb as I was too tight to buy it and thought it might be a bit lightweight.

Very kindly, Deb let me read it first. I haven’t quite finished it yet but I love it! It is quite political and  so reminiscent of my own life as a feminist. Please buy it for your daughters or yourself. I would like my son to read it. It is of course, very funny as well.



I’ve had a blissful Friday and it isn’t over yet. I hope you have a great weekend. FG



I was surfing the net looking for ideas to support my parent blog for work and came across this quote which appealed to me.

I then wanted to know who Joyce Maynard was. so I googled…she is a pretty interesting person and has her own blog.

Daphne Joyce Maynard (born November 5, 1953) is an American author known for writing with candor about her life, as well as for her works of fiction and hundreds of essays and newspaper columns, often about parenting and family. The 1998 publication of her memoir, At Home in the World, made her the object of intense criticism among some members of the literary world for having revealed the story of the relationship she had with author J. D. Salinger when he was 53 and she was 18. Maynard is the mother of actor Wilson Bethel.

I really enjoyed her article below:

The last line of this article resonated with me. It was said by an elderly friend of hers who advised that she wait for the right chap to come along but “…make sure the life you are living in the meantime is a full one.”

She finally meets and marries the right man and then he goes and gets pancreatic cancer so this year has been spent in treatment.

Anyway, I got her novel out called Labor Day and read it over the weekend. It was interesting enough but I really struggle with American writers and yet have no problem with Canadian.  I find it difficult to relate to the environment and setting.

Went to see Woman in Gold the other day and enjoyed it for two reasons, Helen Mirren and the fact that it was true. But I have to agree with Rotten tomatoes reviewer,

“Woman in Gold benefits from its talented leads, but strong work from Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds isn’t enough to overpower a disappointingly dull treatment of a fascinating true story.”

I have never been that keen on Klimt but the painting in the film looked beautiful and so I am now interested to see some more in the flesh as it were as opposed to on a fridge magnet. Awaiting Lotto win.

The first sods have been turned on my new terraced house so I will be peeking through the wire fence on a regular basis from now on and boring you to death with the minute details. Have a great week, FG


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Movie madness

Morning! Still so warm in April which means hopefully, a nice short winter. I finally dug out the warmer duvets from storage.

This weekend I have been to four movies so here are my thoughts on them all.

Still Life – I love  Eddie Marsan so I was keen to see this despite the lukewarm reviews. He was absolutely brilliant in Tyrannosaur so if you haven’t seen it and need to see a fantastically grim movie about domestic violence then get it out on video.

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As John May he is a much softer, greyer character. Life for the unassuming John May has always revolved around his work for the local council in South London, finding the next of kin of those who have died alone. Captivated yet? I enjoyed this rather melancholic, grey and white, slow-paced film but wasn’t keen on the ending.

*** stars

A Little Chaos

Who could resist a film directed by and starring Alan Rickman? Remember Truly, Madly, Deeply? Add to the mix, Kate Winslet and a setting at the Gardens of Versaille and surely it’s a winner? Well…not really. It was just okay. My favourite, corny scene is when Rickman as the Sun King meets Kate, the gardener in a little potager just after his wife dies. For the rest, nah, hackneyed and tedious.

The sex scene between these two was one of those where you feel very uncomfortable and keep imagining where the camera crew are. Cute though he was, Matthias Schoenaerts didn’t have any chemistry with Kate.

Go and see it on a wet Sunday afternoon if you have nothing else to do. ** stars

Get Well Soon- this is a light little French number and again, a little light on

plot. I like French films so I can try and understand what they are saying without reading the subtitles. It hardly ever works though. Oil rig worker gets flung into the Seine by a passing car and ends up in hospital for a couple of months. Grouchy bastard becomes a little more pleasant, you know the kind of thing. ***

Dior and I Surprisingly I was gripped by this film more than any of the others.

Dior and I brings the viewer inside the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’ first haute couture collection as its new artistic director—a true labour of love created by a dedicated group of collaborators. Melding the everyday, pressure- filled components of fashion with mysterious echoes from the iconic brand’s past, the film is also a colorful homage to the seamstresses who serve Simons’ vision.

The seamstresses for me, were the real story. Some had been there for 40 years, painstakingly pattern-drafting and creating in toile the first fitting of each garment. Down to earth, hard-working, unpretentious in their white smocks they were the stars. After all their hard work they just get to peek at the creations on a TV screen. And creations they were, sumptuous dresses worn by heroin-chic girls with sad, pouty faces. **** four stars

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Easter passed me by really, not a hot cross bun in sight or an Easter egg but the sunshine was great. Hope you had a good one. FG