A post about flowers, wind and politics (no relation)

A post about flowers, wind and politics (no relation)

Life, over on this side of the pond, is pretty darn lovely. The sun is shining and the flowers are so delightful, the temptation to burst into song Disney-style every morning is very real. On nice days, we ride the 4 miles/ 6km into the city in the morning. Then, because I don’t actually work…

Our French Wedding (in print!)

Our French Wedding (in print!)

When I was preparing for our wedding in France I spent an awful lot of time (and money) on wedding magazines. It was my little indulgence.  The actual planning of the wedding was hard work but flicking through the pages of beautiful dresses and decor, trying to take all the inspiration and getting design ideas, was just…

On Sundays, We Brunch

On Sundays, We Brunch

Brunch in Chicago is a serious thing and it’s fast becoming my favourite thing about the weekend. Trying out a different place every week seems to me to be the perfect way to see different parts of town, eat two meals in one go and drink before noon without judgement. I’ve recently made some new friends…

Chicago’s making me obsessed with weather

Chicago’s making me obsessed with weather

I must be very unimaginative, according to Oscar Wilde anyway, because all I can currently seem to talk about is the weather.  I’m sitting in my room hiding from the thunder and lightening outside and I have visions of Lake Michigan rising up like a giant Tsunami and engulfing our Lake View home. It’s a new…

Eating our way around Germany’s Christmas Markets

Eating our way around Germany’s Christmas Markets

This time last year, I was gallivanting around Germany, drinking their entire supply of Gluwhein and eating all the sausages, with my now husband and then soon-to-be mother in law.  Bar a short visit to New Zealand earlier in the year, this was the first time I got to know Jono’s mum. Happily for me,…

Little Adventures in New Zealand

Little Adventures in New Zealand

Tomorrow, we fly out of New Zealand to our new home in Chicago.  After five months of staying with family and friends in our old homes in London, Sydney, Brisbane, Auckland and Gisborne, we’re heading off to make our own new home.  It’s funny the things you look forward to when your location has been…

Going gaga for Australia’s wildlife

Going gaga for Australia’s wildlife

You know what’s kind of nice about not blogging for a while: people start asking you why you haven’t blogged in a while; people, you had no idea actually read your blog, and like it and wonder why you’ve been slacking off. Since we last saw each other, I left New Zealand, popped over to…

Getting to know Gisborne (and its wine)

Getting to know Gisborne (and its wine)

New Zealand is, as I may have mentioned once or twice before, ridiculously beautiful.  Everywhere you turn, it looks like nature is just plain old showing off – oh you want a beach, here’s a perfectly untouched one I made earlier; or how about some scenery, just go round this corner and poof: will this epic postcard view…

A warm welcome to Kiwi Land

A warm welcome to Kiwi Land

Apart from the fact that they make great coffee and have brilliant birds, there’s something about New Zealand that just always makes me feel warm and welcome. Unless I try and bring in fruit or mud on my shoes. That’s a no go. I almost smuggled in a banana this time round before my wily kiwi…