A couple of weeks ago I went to a hair appointment. I was a bit early so went for a walk. I ask you, was this a bad or good move? A shop was closing nearby and the flavour of interest with me at the present moment is anything French. So I bought the 2 French books, one on French women and the other on various homes and families in France. Would be an interesting experience to live there or maybe it is a case of the grass is greener perhaps? I never would, too far away from my children and little grand daughters. I enjoy reading Laura's Cooking Blog as well as The Paris Apartment and then for something really different the blog, Travelling but not in love It is written by a chap who is gay and living in Paris ..I quite enjoy the way he writes. I also like to read From Here to Eternity This is by the lady who has started out life again, left the UK and living in France on 27 acres. I quite admire her (she also has alpacas!) and wonder if I could do that..on my own,,,probably not.
Back to one of the books ; Parisiennes A Celebration of French Women
The Chapters are Love, Motherhood, Appetite , Work and Play , Out and About , Rebellion , (did you know it took till 1944 for French Women to get the right to vote? Australian women 1901 (earlier in South Aus) and American Women in 1920) Elegance and Flirtation Pictures are in black and white and amongst the pictures and blocks of text can be found comments that make one (well me anyway) think. Maybe, I think too much at times?
My favourite pastime is letting time pass, having the time, taking my time, wasting my time, living out of time-against the current.
(Francoise Sagan, Reponses)
I need to remind myself to waste some time, to take my time etc. My husband has said that he thinks blogging is a total waste of time.He is, of course, entitled to his opinion..each to their own. Right now, this minute, I am enjoying 'wasting my time'. I havent enjoyed much of late. I have had an incredibly difficult week, so difficult that it was a case of one foot in front of the other, after all what choice do I have? People and Animals depend on me. I am not ready to discuss this further, people dont understand...some people do. A friend of mine picked it up on Friday but then he understands perfectly, one has to experience it.
Another quote from the book
Take Chocolate: it will make the most evil company seem pleasant.
Marquise De Sevigne
Now this is oh, so true! No more needs to be said! I am a lover of chocolate...
Coco Chanel said
I dont understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little, if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that's the day she has a date with destiny. And it's best to be as pretty as possible for destiny.
I looked like I was ready for a day in the garden last friday or at least, ready to clean the house..instead there I was out in public. Ms Beautiful Shoes, a colleague at my work is always, always, always a style icon. I think Coco Chanel would have been impressed. She wears tailored outfits of impeccable quality and the most beautiful shoes. Carrie Bradshaw eat your heart out! I must say I do believe I have style, when I feel inclined. Dressing up makes me feel good, too. There are those days though when it is just all too hard. I stand accused Coco. I will try to do better! A smart young relief teacher (younger version of Ms Beautiful Shoes) was in at work last week. Friday's shoes were stunning, matching her smile, and she was totally surprised that state school teachers were 'allowed' to wear jeans. Her previous permanent work was at a private school with work wear 'rules'. Mrs Organised did point out it was friday so ok for jeans! I do see teachers as role models but on some days it can alspo depend on the job. If one is moving boxes of gear and running up and down to the photocopier, inbetween duty on the oval (I once wore nice shoes that sunk into the damp grass as I walked when on oval duty,,Blunnies are so much better !)one really needs to consider what suits the day! I also remember numerous comments on my dress when I was doing relief. I enjoyed dressing up each day..the daily grind can change all that. Once again, I will have to keep in mind Coco Chanel's words. And on what we are allowed to wear: I was on a prac sharing duty with a teacher, who later became a friend, along with his wife. He is one of those men with grey/silver hair that looks dashing and has a conservative, yet smart style. I asked him about dress code because there is 'this girl at uni who has the brightest pink hair'. His answer was "that girl is my wife"! She and I went to Canberra with a group some years back, she has a real passion for life and I enjoy her company,,,not that I have seen much of her or many other people of late.
Another weekend is over! We got plenty of rain and the ground is nice and green and muddy...sold my four Rhode Island Red birds. They are excellent for breeding and showing but although I feel sorry to part with them I dont have the time for it..I sold them to people with 25 acres who will free range them and have promised the birds (2 pullets and 2 cockerals) the cockerals will not end up in a pot.
Lost a black silkie girl yesterday so that was a bit sad. Dont know why, one of her counterparts has had issues with her feet (scaly mite) so have treated them all. The one that was found passed away yesterday morning had appeared to be fine.
Good friend just phoned so nice to have a chat. Last night had my babies for the night. I asked for Jasmine and Lily as all quiet at our place and thought Mel might like to go out. Today took the dogs for a walk round the waterfront..they just love all the different smells and people and spots to sniff,,,and other dogs to talk to,,or bark at,,, Oh and I have lost some more weight lately though not actually trying to(believe me when I say that is rare, usually I only have to look at something yummy and it jumps onto my hips) and jeans are literally falling off me so went to purchase a pair. Not the cheap variety either, for the first time in my life I have paid over $100 for a pair of jeans , RM Williams so a good aussie style icon. They fit very well too but the store RM Williams section of Les Lees are going to have the hems put up for me. NO, I know slack but I dont sew.