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Sunday, June 8, 2014

The Aesthete's Alphabet - Q is for Quiet

For many of us, life is busy... chaotic....and....often noisy......which is why the prospect of QUIET is so appealing. Whether it's time spent reading or writing, gazing out to sea or gazing into a fire, in a bath or on a mountain, with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, relaxing with our dogs or our cats.....we all need quiet time to empty our heads or collect our thoughts. These pictures epitomize quiet to me. I will leave you to enjoy them in peace.

So, my dear friends......go forth and be quiet!

Till next time

Sharon x

All images via Tumblr and Pinterest

Sunday, June 1, 2014

The Aesthete's Alphabet - P is for Picnics

I am a big fan of picnics. Finding a spot in the great outdoors, preferably with a beautiful view, delicious food and wine, family and's hard to beat.

But, make no mistake, a great picnic requires precision and planning! Whether you are getting to your destination by foot.... car....

....or even by bicycle... need to have the right picnic paraphernalia.
A pretty picnic basket or tote is a good starting point....
....a container to keep your special bottle of wine from breaking en route  (we can't allow that!)...
....a stylish cooler bag....
....plates and cutlery (try and avoid plastic of you can!) and linen napkins....
....and to round it off, a good looking and comfortable picnic blanket.
It goes without saying that the food must be fresh and tasty as well as beautifully presented. No sweaty sandwiches wrapped in plastic wrap for this girl!

If you have room, bring along a cushion or two...great for post prandial naps!

A board game or a good book is a good idea (no techno toys please really spoils the effect!)

This is how we do it in Africa.... how do you do your picnics?

Stay tuned for Q is for  ?????

Till next time
Sharon x

All images via pinterest and tumblr