Photography Friday #3: My first trip to Paris

My first trip to Paris was in November, 2011. I went alone, armed with a passport, three types of currency for the trip, 2 credit cards, one carry-on, a dictionary, a map of the arrondissements and a walking tour book. Words do not do justice how life changing it was for me to have complete anonymity as I strolled past sidewalk cafes, and knowing I was happily "lost in Paris" on purpose. Sometimes, getting lost … [Read more...]

Travel Tuesday: The Napa Valley Wine Train

One of the things that had been on my "bucket list" for awhile was a trip on the Napa Valley Wine Train in Napa Valley, California, and in May, Darcy and I finally booked our passage. We were on a short holiday in San Francisco and took a day trip down to Napa to enjoy this special tour. Leaving from the Fairmont downtown, it was a pleasant 90 minute drive to McKinstry Street Station in Napa where it departs from.  Their website … [Read more...]

Strawberries in Bruges

Summer is in full swing and strawberries are everywhere. My Grandfather had a strawberry farm and I can remember many (hot) summers picking berries (he paid me 15 cents a quart.) I picked a lot of berries trying to make spending money and to this day they are still my favorite fruit and make me think of him. I took this photo at an open air market in Bruges...it was the end of season and they looked so appealing. Crate after … [Read more...]

FP Urban Farm: Gardening in the Southwest (Summer 2014)

When we moved to French Pemberley in 2010, our one acre lot was mostly barren with no landscaping as the previous owners used almost the entire property in back for horses. Having grown up in the heart of Midwestern farm land and  then years later moving here after living in California several years (where it is easy to grow anything), gardening here was a big learning curve. It took a few years to truly … [Read more...]

Photography Friday 1: A week in pictures at FP

This week found me home...checking on our plants and new orchard following an uncharacteristically hard thunderstorm, enjoying the newly redesigned pool space, helping Tucker acclimate to his new digs, and enjoying a date night with Darcy to one of my favorite restaurants. I also started doing some organizing in my kitchen. Staples in mason jars are a visually appealing design element on a previously bare kitchen counter. July is the last … [Read more...]

Travel Tuesdays: California Adventures (LA, Santa Barbara and Solvang)

 California holds a special place in my heart. I lived there from 1997 to 2002, holding residence in both the Northern end of the state, near the Oregon border, and also in Los Angeles while I worked as a Speech Pathologist at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.  It is where I was living when I met Darcy, where we courted, and though we didn't get married there (we were married in Scotland), we were living there still when we had … [Read more...]

Meet Tucker

A few months ago, I introduced you all to Flynn, a new border collie puppy we brought home with great expectations. And if you follow our facebook page, you know that we only had him for a few weeks when we found out he had a terminal genetic condition. So once again we were without a dog here at French Pemberley...until now. Meet Tucker. Tucker is an 8 week old Yorkshire terrier. We are thinking he must be a toy line because he is so much … [Read more...]

Bruschetta Salad

You will love this recipe made with farm fresh garden fare that is plentiful this time of year and tastes as good as it looks. ~~Katie   Bruschetta (pronounced Bru-sketta) Salad My favorite type of cuisine to cook and eat is actually what is known as "California Fresh", which is known for lots of fruits and vegetables, and prepared very naturally. Think seafood, light pastas, salads, bruschettas, etc, all loaded with in season … [Read more...]

Travel Tuesday: 4 Tips–What to do if you are injured while traveling

Do you know what to do if you become injured when traveling?  Today I'm sharing some tips from personal injury Attorney Richard Levin of the Levin, Riback Law Group on how to protect yourself if you get injured while you are on holiday. Vacation is a time to kick up one’s feet and relax- but if an unforeseen event dampers your getaway, it is important to be prepared. “"All too often people don’t want to deal with the headache of … [Read more...]