25 May 2012

Introspection & Reflection...

I've surfaced today after a week in bed battling a nasty chest infection - blah!

During my time under the doona I've had plenty of time to reflect upon all sorts of things including the multiple balls that I'm trying to keep in the air that I mentioned in the last post.

I've made some rather large decisions, which may not be the best idea when you're under the influence of strong antibiotics and feeling like a giant slug, but decisions have been made....

#1 I'm extending my bloggy break indefinitely - although I know I'll miss my interactions with you tremendously, I really need to do this - thank you for understanding

#2 I'll be handing 'Post Of The Month' Club back to Laura from 'Happy Homemaker' as this is a truly fabulous feature and I'd hate to see it fizzle just because I'm having a bit of a blip

#3 I'm expecting to come back to this space at some point in the future so I'll keep my other regular posts, 'Word Of The Week', 'Vive Le Livre' and the sporadic but fabulous 'Six Senses Tours' on the shelf for now....apologies to those of you who look forward to these treasures

#4 I may pop in to visit you at your space but it will be sporadic at best

#5 I hope to be able to take more glorious photos like the one above of sunrise on our beach - true moments of serendipity are always to be treasured

To all of my longtime and loyal followers and those of you who have recently subscribed to 'Gifts Of Serendipity', I hope you'll stick around as I'm looking forward to returning filled to the brim with sparkle and verve but at the moment all of my energies must be directed towards my health, my family and of course Captain V.

Blessings to all,

11 May 2012

And the winner is....

It's a sparkling, sunshiney Autumn day in my pocket of the world and I wish you could be here to share it!
Instead I'll send a burst of brightness your way, thanking you enthusiastically if you were one of the many wonderfully creative types who played along in my recent 'Say What?' giveaway.
You brought lots of brightness into my world with your fabulous words and writing - treasures all.

As you may be aware I'm not one for the electronic dodads when it comes to prize drawing, instead I meticulously wrote everyone's names [multiple times for some of you] onto two pages and then painstakingly cutting them out. They went into a lovely coral coloured dish that my brother gave me for my birthday and then a name was drawn out....

...I'm so thrilled that a true lover of words and writing is going to be receiving my personalised pressie.

I can't show you what it is as I'm now in the process of making it, but perhaps Ms Lizzie will post about  it on her truly sparkling blog and you'll see what I mean about it being personalised.
If you are a lover of words and literature, you really must visit Lizzie's space.

Now a special mention must go to my fabulous wordy friend Ning.
Special kudos gets fluttered your way because of your enthusiasm and creativity.
For a person whose second language is English, I was gobsmacked by the story you created using the 'words in the bubbles'.

Dear friends, I'd be thrilled if you stopped by and took the time to marvel at what Ning created.
I'll be sending a little pressie your way too Ms Ning.

Now that all the fun stuff is shared, I need to let you know that I'm taking a fortnight off from blogging Lovelies.

I'll be back in time to do our faves:
*  'Post Of The Month' Club - some pearlers last month
*  'Vive Le Livre!' - I've got some brilliant books to share already...and
*  A colour post [purple is the feature this month if you're keen to play along]

So keep your peepers peeled towards the end of the month/beginning of next month for these as I'd hate you to miss out. Don't be offended if I'm not visiting your space as much as I usually do, there are lots of balls in the air at the moment [including Captain V's 50th - yikes!] and I need my wits about me not to drop anything.

Happy day, I look forward to when next we meet,

01 May 2012

Vive Le Livre - April

It's the first Tuesday of the month and that means we're gathering together to share the pages that we've devoured & delighted in.  My offerings this month are very slim indeed and you'll see that there was actually only one real 'livre' amongst them. I won't even attempt to offer excuses - suffice to say that I have high hopes for May and anticipate that you can boost the ranks with your own selections.

The only book in my selection "Paris Was Ours" edited by Penelope Rowlands was a special birthday gift from my ever thoughtful friend Jane.  It's a collection of anecdotes and essays with such diverse titles as " Love Without Reason", "My Bookstore High", "Parenting French Style", "Understanding Chic", "Ma Vie Boheme" and "Paris Is Gone, All Gone".
Jane and I are both unashamed Francophiles and after reading this little gem, I'm inspired more than ever to explore the cobbled streets of the 'City of Lights'.

The remainder of pages I've turned have been of the glossy variety.
'Real Living' is my one indulgence each and every month and a great source of both inspiration and fodder for dreaming.

The 'Weekend Australian' newspaper is a mainstay in our home and after scouring the headlines, the magazine is savoured.  I've taught Captain V to check that it's inside the newsprint when he hands over the clams to the newsagent, I've been disappointed on a number of occasions when he's brought a paper home sans the magazine.

Finally I've been receiving a little pressie in my mailbox each month since the start of the year via my brother and SIL.  I think they may have doubled up on a subscription and I'm now the happy recipient of regular doses of Australian "House & Garden" magazine - a lovely treat.

So that's it for me - nothing too startling I know but some months are like that right?
On my bedside table right now is Craig Silvey's "Jasper Jones" which I began on Sunday...fingers crossed that I get through this and a couple more this month!

I can't wait to find out what you've been reading and how you've been "Vivre Le Livr'ing" in April.

For those who are looking for some new bloggy inspiration, you couldn't do better than to read the selections in this month's "Post Of The Month" Club - feel free to add your own in too!

If you're a new visitor to this space, you may also like to join in some wordy fun and go in the draw for a lovely prize in my "Say What?" giveaway.

Until next we meet, happy page turning!