Saturday, April 30, 2011

Something Beautiful to Watch - Duhmhara - Spirtual Awakening of the Senses

Something Beautiful to Watch - Duhmhara - Spirtual Awakening of the Senses: "

In the wee hours of this morning while everyone slept, I was wide awake with my laptop in bed
searching the Web for answers of some things that I had on my mind.
It was quiet, peaceful and I was enjoying having some time to think.
For quite a while now I have been meditating and thinking a lot about how important
it is to live more in the heart and not in the ego (head).
What does that mean?
We all need to listen more to our inner voice each day,
listen to what our heart really feels
and learn to make our decisions more and more from the heart.

Is it my age or is it the times we live in?

I came directly to this web page, I was amazed at all the beauty that was captured of
Mother Earth, the animals and the wonderful photography and models.
No words, just music,
My questions were answered as I watched nearly all of his videos,
and I so I want to share the work of this wonderful soul with you today.

His name is Duhmhara
He from Greece, he's 35 years old
and his work is amazing - click on the YouTube link at the bottom of this post.
I wish I knew more about this clever and creative man.

Duhmhara - There is always a new Beginning

Click on the link below to watch

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{the royal wedding: with this kiss}

{the royal wedding: with this kiss}: "like-a-fairytale-hed

. . . must confess, still a little caught up in the romance of it all, the stolen glances and secret smiles, the horse-drawn carriages and chantilly lace, the balcony kisses and moments so breathtakingly lovely, can barely stand it . . .


prince william & catherine, the duke & duchess of cambridge


detail of the exquisite wedding gown, put together by hand by sarah burton of alexander mcqueen, it is a perfect intermingling of tradition and modernity, with a
bodice of ivory satin made of hand-cut english lace and french chantilly lace, over ivory and white satin gazar {a sheer, lightweight silk organza with a glaze-like sheen and moderate stiffness}; individual flowers were hand cut from lace and hand-engineered onto the ivory silk tulle to create the design, which features rose, thistle, daffodil, and shamrocks, the national flowers of england, ireland, scotland, and wales; 58 gazar & organza covered buttons ran up the back


the eight-tiered royal wedding cake was decorated with 900 delicate sugar-paste flowers, including 17 different blooms and foliage for their meaning and symbolism, known as the language of flowers

the veil was made of layers of ivory silk tulle and trimmed with hand-embroidered flowers, sewn on by the royal school of needlework at hampton court palace


royal-wedding9the bridal bouquet included myrtle, lily-of-the-valley, hyacinth and sweet william blooms; in keeping with royal tradition, stems from a myrtle planted by queen victoria in 1845 were also added; according to tradition, the bouquet of a royal bride will be left on the tomb of the unknown solider in westminster abbey; the late queen mother began the ritual by leaving her wedding bouquet at the grave in 1923 in memory of her brother, fergus, who was killed in the first world war



. . . and of course, with all of this week's talk of tiaras . . . kate's 'something borrowed' was the cartier halo tiara, made in 1936 and purchased by king george VI for his wife queen elizabeth {the queen mother} three weeks before he succeeded his brother as king; the tiara was presented to princess elizabeth, now the queen, by her mother on the occasion of her 18th birthday; the new princess catherine matched the tiara with earrings by robinson pelham, a gift from her parents inspired by the new middleton coat of arms

{p.s.} for the royal wedding reception, catherine changed into a second alexander mcqueen gown, and her sister pippa changed out of the stunning mcqueen into temperley london

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Things of beauty...

Things of beauty...: "Here we are again! Some weeks, Friday arrives and I feel like I blinked and the week flew by; today is one such Friday.

I have been thinking about childhood and how each stage of your children's lives seems to be the defining stage. But then it passes and you realise that it was just one phase in the whole journey of parenthood. I have attended lots of school events this week and have observed the Boos standing amongst their peers. The realisation hits every time how much they have grown. Especially my daughter, whose contemporaries have been by her side at her school since she was 4. To see them all grow up - how worldly and mature they seem now. And just to cement that view, Boo then returns home and asks me 'what is antidisestablishmentarianism Mummy?'. Pipped to the post by 'supercalifragilisticexpialidocious' for being the longest word in the dictionary, apparently. You have to think on your feet as a parent! They break up from school today for nearly a month....eeek.

A weekend ahead of more activities - I am longing for some quiet time. It's Mothers Day on Sunday so maybe then? I have tactically scheduled a duvet day on Monday...can't wait.

...the stunning Natalia Vodianova photograph by Annie Leibovitz...
via Toast home
Vilhelm Hammershøi, Portrait of a Young Girl, 1885
photograph by Polly Wreford
I just love this buttonhole...the second I have posted lately...buttonholes should be worn more often I think.

Photograph by Braedon Photography

Photograph by Mario Sierra
via skona hem
Almost certainly, we will have some beach time this Easter holidays...

There is something about this row of scarves that I just love...

via tiny white daisies

The bun: my new happy hair do - although mine will never be quite as resplendent as SJP's...

Photograph by Sara Kauss via Hey Gorgeous

Daddy has been working alot lately...

Photograph by Mario Sierra via Sarah Klassen Haute Design
Photograph by Lars Ranek
Photograph Mikkel Vang

Have a wonderful, restful weekend...!

~Let Them Eat Rose Petals~

~Let Them Eat Rose Petals~: "

For some time now I have been longing to try my hand at stirring up a fragrant concoction of

Rose Petal Jelly

dreaming of this sweet delicacy…


what it would look like…

and how it might taste slathered on my favorite scones.

I now know why the bees and hummingbirds are so passionate for my roses…

*****just heavenly*****

I began by gathering some of the most fragrant roses from my garden…

pesticide free, of course.

I chose mostly pink…and one red.

Don’t you love how pale pink the delicate jelly is sans the petals…

some recipes call for the petals to be strained out, but I opted for leaving them in.

I consulted 5 different recipes trying to decide which one to go with and in the end came up with my own version that combined techniques from them all…I would love to share it with you, but it needs a little fine tuning before I do that. Some call for pectin and some do not. I went pectin free and my “jelly” is a bit more syrup like, which actually makes this rosy delight even more versatile.

My customized version reminds me of Sciroppo di rose ~ a wonderful Italian rose syrup I discovered a few years ago. Add a few drops to a glass of Prosecco or Champagne for a little intrigue…or drizzle it over vanilla or strawberry ice cream.

As you can see, even with this consistency it still clings well to the scone.

Taking 8 cups of petals to yield 1 pint…this elixr lends itself to being made in small batches. Bottle it in pretty little containers and rose petal jelly becomes a beautiful gift.

I first acquired my taste for the romantic indulgence of eating roses at Ladurée in Paris…the Marie Antoinette cake is heavily infused with the essence of roses…

and then there is irresistible Religieuse a la Rose pastry…

filled with rose infused cream and fresh raspberries, and then finished with a soft pink fondant.

Take my tour of Ladurée here.

If any of you have found or perfected a good rose jelly recipe, I would love to hear about it.

And now I think I shall sit down to a cup of tea and a fluffy scone covered in a generous drizzle of

Rose Petal Jelly