Sunday, January 14, 2018

In the month of January....a 'recharge' and a reading list


Lavender, books and a view from Mr. H's 'Master and Commander' window.



Happy New Year!

I hope your year is off to a roaring start or a gentle one...whichever suits you best. I ended the year with a wonderful big family roar and now that everyone has flown the coop, am easing into a gentle start.

Someone asked me the other day when I would be flying the coop and I had to pause...wondering if I was lost in the post delirium of the holiday rush and was suppose to be packing for a trip I had forgotten about. It has been known to happen. It then dawned on me....I am not going anywhere. I will be at Tahilla Farm for the winter, most of spring, most of summer and a good part of autumn. I will travel in and out to Hong Kong and Australia but am happy to call Tahilla Farm 'home' this year.

They say that January is a good month to 'recharge' your batteries. I like the sound of that and plan to embrace it. I am 'nesting' around the house, taking over the whole lot, much to the chagrin of my youngest son, Connor. There are rooms to be sorted, cupboards to be cleaned and and a basement that is looking more like a disaster zone than my usual organized chaos. Each time I fly off from Tahilla Farm, I have a habit of leaving a list of things to do when I return. Each time I return, I bury the list, thinking that I really need to tame my 'Inner Virgo'. ;)

No excuses this month for this Virgo...I am not running off anywhere. There is also a little matter of rebuilding our barn/carriage house this year, which in fact will be a big project. I am keeping my fingers crossed that all proceeds as planned. The pricing is due in shortly and I am hoping my creative inner Virgo did not run amuck with design ideas and that Mr. H and his windows did not blow the budget. We shall see...


I Spy a Studio in a Barn


In the meantime, I have plenty of reading to do and at the rate I am going with my 'nesting', I should be able to use each of the rooms in our house this month. Two dear friends who love to read and always offer wonderful book suggestions passed along a few ideas.  I am putting the list to good use and sharing it with you in the hopes that one or two may spark your interest and that you might also share your favorites.

You can write to me: jeannecollageoflife@gmail.com

The hardest thing for me to do right now is to decide which format to enjoy the book in. I recently signed up for Audible and now have three options for reading, the good old fashioned hard copy, my Kindle and Audible. I really need to work on that 'Inner Virgo'. ;)


via 

Highly Recommended!

by Trevor Noah

by Fredrik Backman

by Shanthi Sekaran

by Celeste Ng

by Marie Benedict

by Abby Fabiaschi

by Lisa Wingate

by Bill Browder

by Vicki Constantine Croke

by Yaa Gyasi

by Gail Honeyman

by Claire Fuller


With that I leave you 
with a few words 
to stir the soul.


"You are the books you read, 
the movies you watch, 
the music you listen to, 
the people you spend time with, 
the conversations you engage in. 
You are what you take from these. 
You are the sound of the ocean, 
the breath of fresh air, 
the brightest with and the darkest corner. 
You are a collective of every experience 
you have had in your life. 
You are every single day. 
So drown yourself in a sea of knowledge 
and existence.
 Let the words run through your veins 
and let the colors fill your mind."

Jac Vanek


Let the words fill your mind..
Enjoy!

Jeanne xx

Monday, December 25, 2017

Christmas in New England....MERRY CHRISTMAS!






'Tis the wee hours of Christmas 
and all though the house, 
not a creature is stirring and if I am lucky, 
not even a mouse. 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Sharing the LOVE for My Stylish French Box and Christmas in Paris





How are you faring this holiday season? Are you feeling the magic yet? I had a super productive day yesterday which is a good thing because these past few days have not been as productive as I had hoped. I finally looked at the calendar and started counting...19 days until Christmas! Seven days before the first of our clan comes home for the holidays. I swigged two cups of coffee and felt the holiday magic. I love a productive day!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Some Kind of Wonderful....Tahilla Farm

Follow the path...

I feel like that woman who stands on a street corner with traffic whizzing past her wondering if she should look left of right...because she has forgotten which country she is in. I started the month in Sydney, spent the mid-part of it in Hong Kong and am finishing it off in New Hampshire. All the while I have been thinking of writing about the answer to the BIG question I asked in my last post...deciding which winter scene to use for our 2017 Christmas photo. Just when I thought the decision was done and dusted... I arrived in New Hampshire to this...a blanket of fresh snow and more potential photo choices. I honestly couldn't think of a better welcome home gift from Mother Nature. If I could have wrapped my arms around her and Tahilla Farm I would have given them both the biggest squeeze...just so happy to be home!

Friday, October 27, 2017

The Christmas Card Photo...which one do you like?



I am the first to say no, no, no when it comes to seeing Christmas decoration in stores in October. So it  must seem odd that I am asking for your advice on picking a Tahilla Farm Christmas card photo in October. But I am. ;)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Grace Notes...and Grandmothers


Ferry passing, Sydney Harbour


Dear Friends,

It's been wild here in Sydney these past weeks. Since I last wrote, Mr. H flew into Sydney for a week and flew back out to Hong Kong. We had a wonderful time, celebrating a wedding anniversary, catching up with family and friends, exploring and discovering four more Australian Aboriginal paintings to add to our Tahilla Farm art collection. I love them all but am particularly excited by the one below. It measures 4' by 6.7' and will hopefully hang above our kitchen island. We have been wanting something special for that space and as soon as it graced our presence we knew it was the one. 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Celebrations and a Giveaway!


A new day, a new dawn and lots of news...in Australia


 You know that feeling 
when you are really really excited 
about something 
but you have to be patient 
and wait but you are really really 
excited 
and all you feel like doing 
is running in place 
and hopping up and down...
thinking it will possibly 
come faster if you do?

I have that feeling. 

For FIVE reasons.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

This thing called life...and art


Seven sisters 2016
acrylic on linen
Art Gallery NSW
Sydney, Australia
see details below*


Yesterday was one of those surreal days....filled with messages that makes one stop and ponder this thing called life....and art. It was a fabulous day for two reasons...one it was my birthday and I celebrated it with some very special friends, the ones Mr. H calls my 'heart friends'...those women who I hold near and dear no matter where I am in the world. The second reason for the wealth of 'fabulousness' was all the wonderful birthday messages and responses to my last blog post Pearls of Wisdom...on turning 60. Thank you all! Seek and you shall learn!
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