Do you get the feeling I am pining for another Summer in France? If so, you would be right. Not touristy France, but the real France, dining on simple fare cooked by the locals. Lunching here is just one such dining experience we recently enjoyed, thanks to Malcolm's inside knowledge of Paris.
This fabulous antique store is another ofMalcolm'sParis haunts. They source superior vintage industrial pieces, which in many cases are larger than life. Who knew vintage 20th century 'junk' would one day be so sort after. The store is in Versailles and is definitely worth a look, if you are in the area. Meet me down the bottom for the address.
One thing I am keen to do with the blog, is better document our life. If for nothing else than so my descendants can see what up we got up to. And when I am old, it will help me remember just how damned lucky we were. On our recent trip to France we had a lovely Sunday lunch with Malcolm, Cecile and their kids and this is their lovely home in Paris.
I have been coveting a covered back deck lately and I have been looking at how to arrange it with the existing roof line. I found this lovely Newport Beach House which goes a large way towards illustrating the look I am after. She is currently for sale, maybe we should just move.
Strawberry and basil are a combination commonly used in jam, so why not in a salad? This strawberry and basil combo is another one that made it onto our Easter lunch table and it was so tangy and lovely, severed as part of a BBQ buffet.
Beautiful beautiful Entally House via Launceston Tasmania. I can never resist the lure of an historic home. I linger longer in each room, willing the walls to talk. I imagine the family sitting around the dining table and doing what families do. History and home are my thing. I just love to see how people once lived and I find their stories fascinating. I wonder what is the secret to their success and how they acquired such wealth. Usually damned hard work and a bit of luck, it seems. A bit of crime never seems to have hurt them either.
When a magazine calls and wants to feature my home, of course my natural reaction is...... How nice, yes please. I can tell you my second thought was, oh well I better get a few of those little makeovers done, that have been on my mind for ages.
As a rule I am not keen on putting lumps of raw meat on this blog for your viewing pleasure, but this fabulously impressive Beef Fillet with Spinach Dip, Wrapped in Prosciutto, has serious wow factor and it is so easy, that I hope you will forgive me. If you try it, you will.
Hi I'm Carolyn coming to you from a sweet little beach house on Sydney's Northern Beaches. Desire Empire is my passion and I love all things vintage, interiors, food, travel and family. Come and join me on my journey in paradise.