08.05. Will you be going quietly? Or growing old disgracefully? Or at least raucously?


A book by Booki.sh

I got off to a bit of a late start this morning and heard two splendidly eccentric ladies on Radio National. They were old school friends and met up again over 35 years later and have travelled the world together. Not just posh hotels in Paris or London, but real, gritty destinations.Places like North Africa; Patagonia and the Galapagos Islands; Istanbul, Cappadocia and Antalya in Turkey; safaris in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and the Serengeti; music festivals in Naples and Prague; and the western isles of Mull and Iona. Places that have tested their patience, their sense of humour but given them so much adventure along the way.

I’ve always pictured my seventies (which are quite a way off might I add!) as a quiet time. Reading, tea, craft, perhaps a pet dog. Some time to reflect and relax.

These ladies have changed my mind!

They sounded like ace birds. Maybe one day, I will read their book. Or follow in their footsteps!

What do you plan doing in your seventies and eighties?

Growing old outrageously: A memoir of travel, food and friendship
Authors: Hilary Linstead and Elisabeth Davies

06.04. Aah, the serenity

Every Easter, we go away with the same bunch of friends.
We hire a beautiful house, ideally in a beautiful place and pretend to be millionaires for the Easter weekend.
We eat brilliant food, have the odd chilled white wine and enjoy each other’s company for 4 days.
This year, the house was brilliant, in Ventnor on Phillip Island it was right on the water, a 3 minute walk to the beach, with a lovely deck to enjoy the view.
One of the nicest things in life.

If you love the view, you might love the house. Details here: 11 Grossard Point Road, Ventnor.

Do you get the chance to live like a queen sometimes?

19.03. Revisiting old haunts

(A catch up post from last week- sorry- had to download the pics…)
When I was a student and relatively new to Sydney, I fell in love with the Strand Arcade.
The architecture, the quirky stores and in particular a tea room on the ground floor that served delicious coffee and the definitive cherry and cheese strudel.
The tea rooms are gone now, which is very sad, but I still like to go back there and enjoy the light and the space and the vibe.

This time, I found it as charming as ever.
BYO cherry cheese strudel.

From the vintage jewellery store (yes, I really like old jewellery) to the hidden change rooms at the Fleur Wood store. Those bookshelves? They hide the charming change rooms. Very sweet.

Do you have any old haunts that constantly draw you back?

03.02. The Jewels of Florence

Time to get back to catching up on all my trip posts. It’s like a time machine!

Winter is a great time to visit Florence.
There are no queues to get in to see David and the Uffizzi.
And they are brilliant!
But since you can’t photograph in those galleries, here are some of the other jewels of Florence.

The Ponte Vecchio is lined with jewellery stores. My favourites were a couple that had lots of antique jewellery. Beautiful.

The culinary jewel of Florence is their famous bistecca. It is a steak from the Chianina cow, a very old breed from Tuscany. And it is enormous.
Someone recommended Buca Lapi and we loved the experience- incredibly charming waiters, brilliant food and a lovely ambience.

There were also a couple of sweet things in antique stores we loved. This little puppet show and a sweet postcard.

20.03. A Bed of One’s Own

I don’t travel very often for work any more.
But when I do, I really enjoy it.
One of the things I enjoy most is the hotel room at the end of the day.
It is just divine, to have the whole bed to myself and revel in the crisp whiteness of someone else’s housekeeping.
And there are no tapdancing dogs waking me up at 6 am.

Hip hip for hotels.

Do you love to just leave your life behind sometimes. Just for a night?

08.03. From Paris with Love

Everyone knows French women have style and elegance and don’t get fat.
They also have French pharmacies, which are like a secret weapon for beauty with so many wonderful products at priceline type prices.
I brought myself back a little treasure trove of goodies that I have been enjoying. If you’re ever in Paris, try these out!

As you can see, they love a scientific sounding name, and don’t fuss around too much with fancy packaging. I’ve loved these products and will definitely be stocking up next time I’m there.

Bioderma Crealine H2O Make-Up Removing Water for face and eyes
This really takes the day off with a couple of swipes.
What I like is it is completely odorless and doesn’t sting or dry skin out.
Apparently most models won’t let anything else on their skin.
I love.

Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre and Lait-Crème Fluide (24 Hour Miracle Cream for Hand and Body)
Their products have nothing to do with embryos and are not tested on animals.
They are very nourishing creams that go on easily and seem to not leave undue residue on the skin. I’ve been loving the face and body cream.

Weleda’s new Pomegranate line
We know pomegranate juice is full of anti-oxidants. So it seems to make sense that putting it on your skin will be good for you.
I love the body oil, a nice sweet fragrance.
The face cream feels very rich, but the texture is a bit thick- this is definitely night cream only for me.

This lives behind the counter at the chemist- apparetnly it was originally a nipple cream. It now lives in my top drawer at work and is the frontline of defence against airconditioning drying out my lips.

Nuxe Body Oil
This is divine and my absolute favourite- it is the original shimmer oil and comes in a very sweet bottle.
I’ve been using it on my face and feel like my skin is drinking it up.
Maybe its just the shimmer confidence it gives me, but I love this stuff.

Any beauty secrets you care to share?