The World is Your Oyster

Your Oyster There are numerous ways to interpret “The World is Your Oyster”. Some definitions suggest it means that if you have enough money, then you can have whatever you want. Others focus more on beauty, fame or youth as the keys that open doors to happiness....

Cycling in Southern France

Sunny Explorations I now live in a part of the world where it’s bright and sunny for a remarkably large part of the year. One of my favourite ways to exercise is to go exploring on my bike. Since I’m the master of my own jewellery workshop, I can choose to...

Push-Up Bras and Go-Faster Stripes

The Packaging Each of us wants to be the best we can be; to present ourselves in the best possible light.  However you achieve this, be it a push-up bra or go-faster stripes, it’s a kind of marketing. Being your best self. Whilst there is a time for the push-up...

Beauty. A Definition.

My husband, Chris, recently did a portrait photo shoot which made me think about beauty. Actually, it served to remind me that I’m something of an expert on the subject! To this end, packed into this post are some top tips on being beautiful. And here they are....

Bury Your Feet in the Sand

The Beach The last few fabulous days have been spent with friends who came to visit us here in France. The seasons are changing, but we were easily able to spend a day on the beach, walk along the water’s edge, barbecue sausages and enjoy the warm sunshine. I...

A Day in the Life of This Goldsmith

Yesterday Yesterday I finished working on a sizeable project.  Here’s my workbench … including a plate of Marmite on toast with grilled cheese, brought to me by my husband. He’s a good man. This Morning Whilst talking to the cleaner** this morning,...

Captivating and Curvy Change

Just for a Change Every so often, I sit before the piano and play; it’s a rarity, these days. This evening, just for a change, I played Perpetual Motion by Strauss. My husband, Chris, goes into stealth mode on these occasions in the hope that I’ll continue...

These Boots Were Made for Walking

Low Maintenance I love shoes. I especially love boots. I have approximately, mumble, pairs of boots. Not just walking boots either, all sorts of boots. Well, when I say “all sorts of boots” that’s not quite true. They all, pretty much, come under the heading of...

Turquoise Talisman for Change

Change; a bit about what it might mean Change can involve moving from one place to another. Change can mean swapping one thing for another. Change can mean replacing something that doesn’t work with something that does. A change in direction. Change; a personal...

Reaping the Rewards of Adventure

The Harvest has Begun The results of all the hard work and effort tending the vineyards are now being rewarded. Crops of grapes are being gathered in by the vignerons. Tractors rumble past my jewellery workshop window pulling trailers laden to the brim with grapes;...