Saint Emilion, France | France Lifestyle

The travellers are joined by a full-time adventurer, Barrett Caldwell, Marianne’s son who also happens to have a car. This enables them to reach more rural goodness in the days ahead. The loft in Sarlat feels like their own, overlooking a convenient but remote residential square on on side, off the back balcony, the church and her bells. A cafe lies just beneath – it’s perfect, the ideal place for simple trekking in this Foie Gras capital.

After gathering typical fresh, seasonal foods and a baguette from local vendors, they strike out in search of the perfect picnic spot, and happen upon the village of Beynac and a subsequent stone farmhouse outside of town. The goal to live the rural life of the French seems very close here. Morning chores beckon, with endearing donkeys awaiting their feed, tobacco to be gathered for drying, and a walk in the pasture to forage simple floral gifts from nature for the day’s table. Time for such simple pleasures is peace-giving. The daily ritual of the Boulanger yields a fresh baguette to be enjoyed with local farm fresh cheeses, fruit and jam. The simple spread allows for gathering together, French coffee and conversation. This is followed by a leisurely dirt drive walk in the sunshine among all the sounds of nature. The visitors are changed and inspired, in agreement that the pace of living, the fresh, simple eating, and the value on relationships is much to be admired and learned from. They leave a part of their hearts there and bring a lifestyle back with them (although they quickly learn that you cannot separate the two!) So, France… until we meet again… thank you for the love.

April 18, 2016 at 12:30AM http://ift.tt/268RZuD

Spring | Cottage Farm

blog.krissyosheaphotography2016-4blog.krissyosheaphotography2016-7It is said that necessity is the mother of invention and in the case of this recipe, that is exactly what happened.

This invention was born on one of those days of one of those weeks. A white rabbit sort of a week. The kind where you spend the whole week rushing around never knowing quite what day it is and perpetually shouting, either into the phone or just in your own head, “im late! im late”

And then comes Friday, and all you want to do is sigh a great sigh of relief and relax, perhaps pour a little glass of red wine and have something which feels very decent and indulgent on the table.

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The first signs of spring are pushing their way into the world. Tiny green shoots among the previous years grasses, delicate snow drops dot the gardens and the old magnolia tree is heavy with buds. Some days I find myself lighting a fire in the fire-place but other days, I have the windows thrown open, perhaps prematurely as I end up wrapped in layers, but the heady smell of the new season is powerful and irresistible; anything seems possible.

There is something thrilling about the first days of any new season but particularly I think to spring. Storms blow through often and with unmatched ferocity. Frost creeps in when you don’t expect and the occasional few inches of snow are still falling. These early days ask us to, rather consistently in fact, embrace the unexpected. As temperatures flip-flop and time changes come to pass, plunging us into darkness where there had been light and lifting the shadow of dark winter afternoons, we must wait patiently for what we know is coming.  I, somewhat happily, awoke the other morning to find spring banished altogether and in its place, a wintery blanket of snow. Confused and delighted, I pulled on my boots and trudged out into the white world knowing full well that it wouldn’t last into the afternoon. I think it a bit remarkable that even after being away from this place for so long, I still understand its basic pulse.  I feel pleased that the childhood memories of this land, not the film strip type of memory but the ones embedded and entwined in the land, endure after so much time away.

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April 16, 2016 at 11:11PM http://ift.tt/1MzxEs7

Gardens by the Bay (NSFW) – Spoiltbytes

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Gardens by the Bay (NSFW)

Posted on December 7, 2015

Being a tourist in my own country, I have been delaying a trip to Gardens by the Bay for a long time because I know one day I have to go there someday with my overseas friends or family. So this day finally came, and this place is seriously not safe for children. I shall show you why!

Shortly after I stepped in, I was greeted by this…

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Followed by this!

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And this!

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I actually have more, but not sure if wordpress is detecting “porn” images from these cactus. So theres are the “safer” ones I guess. I think you guys see what I meant by it’s not safe for kids. That being said, the “unsafe” part is only at the start maybe you can do an early sex education to the kids in front o.O There’s still pretty flowers along the way.

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Love these silver leaves, so velvety to touch!

This is one of the impressive part of the whole garden, this man made waterfall is huge! While taking this photo, I’m quite drenched from the water splatters.

It happened to be the orchid season when I’m there, there are tons of orchid. They look like a cluster of butterflies!

I must say the new iPhone 6 could replace my digital camera, the only thing down side would be the murky images when you zoom in.

This shot was taken when it happened to the misting timing.

That’s basically my whole experience, I quite enjoy it because it’s so cooling to walk inside in our humid country.

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April 16, 2016 at 12:22PM http://ift.tt/1S00emI

Flower Heaven with Elizaveta Ambrasovskaya

For the past few days, as ping kicks in, the only thing I want to do is to walk around the city with a cup of coffee in my hands and to buy fresh flowers. Spring always means new beginnings, inspiration and important meetings. I can wait until lilac blooms and new inspiring photoshoots. But before that let me share this photoshoot with Liza from the last May that has been sitting in a folder for a while. I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since then, time truly flies fast. I really love the light and colors here, and can definitely advocate that flowers have an impeccable therapeutical power. 

На улице уже совсем пахнет весной, а я для меня это самый прекрасный период, связанный с вдохновением и открытием нового сезона. Все вокруг вдруг становится красиво и радует глаз, хочется дышать глубоко и полной грудью. А еще для меня март-май – это самое цветочное время, наверное, это сказывается приближение дня рождения и скорое цветение сирени :) 

В связи с этим я вспомнила, что у меня давно в папке лежат красивые фотографии с Лизой с прошлого мая. С ума сойти как быстро летит время, прошел почти год. Посмотрите, как все ярко и красиво, в повседневной жизни этого немного даже не хватает)) В какой-нибудь параллельной жизни у меня обязательно есть огромный лофт и плантации свежих цветов! 

April 16, 2016 at 05:13AM http://ift.tt/22Am8hN

In BIG Pictures: Causeway Coast and Glens, Northern Ireland

Posted on: April 12th in Europe, Our Trips, Travel by Becky Padmore.
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We’ve just returned from a three day driving trip along the Causeway and the Glens, Northern Ireland with Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council. It’s easily the most iconic scenic stretch in Northern Ireland which encompasses the world famous Giants Causeway and several filming locations for the hit TV series Game of Thrones.

Flying into Belfast and staying at the Roe Park Resort we explored the Causeway Coastal Route (a 120-mile Causeway Coastal Route driving route from Belfast to Derry-Londonderry), tasted a warming whiskey at Bushmill’s Distillery, tackled the hair-raising Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge, strolled around the tranquil Roe Valley Country Park, saw the key filming locations for Game of Thrones and of course, scaled the epic Giants Causeway. A place carved and formed around 60 million years ago this is where myth, legends, a rich varied history and natural scenery – which literally took our breath away – rule. Here’s our Causeway and the Glens experience in BIG pictures….

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All words and images by Becky Padmore. We were guests of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council but all our opinions are our own. Also thanks to Glenara Elite Travel, Roe Park Resort and Bushmills Inn Hotel

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