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Monday, 6 November 2017

October Monthly Round Up

LIFE LATELY: It is the beginning of autumn! Hourrah, my favourite season!!! Whenever possible I go for long walks at Parc des Evaux and Forêt Onésienne.

Autumn bench in the Parc des Evaux

Children picnicking in the Parc des Evaux

Forêt Onésienne

From the Forêt Onésienne one has gorgeous views over the River Rhône.

CAKE LOVERS: It is impossible to resist these A. Pougnier mini cakes called “Pavés Tony”. The cakes are perfect. They are a delicious génoise sponge soaked in kirsch and covered in dark chocolate. (A. Pougnier - 34, Rue St-Victor, Carouge)

WHAT I HAVE BEEN READING: As I mentioned in many of my diary posts, I have so many books on my bookshelf waiting to be read. But, as I am a passionate soul, whenever a book captures my attention, I take it home. Thus, I borrowed “Coeur Silencieux” by Anne Brecart from my local library. This Swiss author is a wonderful discovery. I finished this book in two days and can’t stop thinking about it. This will be one of those books that stay with me forever. It is a reminder of what love life is like; there are no bad decisions, just appropriate ones, made at that particular stage in our life.

Another book that will stay with me forever is “A woman in Berlin” by an anonymous author. This is probably the best book I have read this year (I will review it next month).

Another fabulous read, a very entertaining and exciting memoir of an American outlaw. I loved it enormously! “You can’t win?” by Jack Black.  I offered it to Sweetheart as a birthday gift. Jack Black has a storytelling talent that keeps us going all the way through the 470 pages. (I will review it next month).

BOUTIQUE: I discovered the Pop and Chic many years ago and it has since become one of my favourite decor shops. I especially love their top quality objects and fantasy jewels — I came here to buy a gift for Sweetheart. (Pop and Chic - 32, rue Ancienne, Carouge)

MUSEUM VISIT:  I enjoyed the exhibition “Le miroir céramique” which you can visit until 10 December 2017.
This is an exhibition of the ceramic pieces that have been selected for the 16th edition of the Carouge international ceramic competition, The ceramists have worked on an imposed theme. This year’s theme is the ceramic mirror. This subject leaves a great deal of freedom to the artists. Indeed, a mirror can be hand-held, wall-mounted, standing or pocket sized. Above all, it opens up a field of possibilities, for a mirror can be functional, certainly, but also magical, opening on to other worlds, questions, minds or souls. The works of 38 countries are represented. (Musée de Carouge - 2, Place de Sardaigne)

“NOUS et, TOUS LES AUTRES” by Nathalie BENOIT (France)

“FACETTES” by Claudia Von Boch (Switzerland)


HAND-CRAFTED BEAUTY: Savon de Marseille Soap. Sweetheart bought me these soap bars when he was in France. I really fell in love with this soap from the brand Belle Nature which is made in France.

This is the result of organic, handcrafted and traditional soap making. It is incredibly gentle and can be used on all skin types, especially sensitive skin and can be used on the face and body. The result is pure luxury - it is gentle on my skin and the smell is amazing. 

APERITIF TIME: Is there a better place to have an end-of-day aperitif than at a friend's place? With a view of the Mont Salève!…On the balcony we sipped a cool rosé, ate homemade “pâté” and enjoyed lots of laughter.

RESTAURANT: Spaghetti D’ORO Pizzeria, a gorgeous place where you feel like an Italian. Giant pizzas made in a wood fired oven, a great atmosphere and the address for great Italian specialties: fresh pasta, lasagne and more. You can also order your pizzas as a takeaway. (Spaghetti d’oro Pizzaria - 56, rue de Carouge)

Diavolo Pizza

You can also order your pizzas as a takeaway

Capricciosa Pizza

St-Pierre Cathedral in the Old Town beautifully illuminated in the evening…

WHAT ELSE HAPPENED: We blew the candles out and drank bubbly for Sweetheart’s birthday. Actually, I made the same cake as the one I did for my birthday, but the topping is different: I used fresh exotic fruits...

Beautiful autumn flowers... Love these warm colours!!

So what’s next? I am planning a long weekend trip…not sure yet if it will come off…let’s keep our fingers crossed.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Another birthday celebration

Towards the end of August, I celebrated my birthday for the second time. As written in previous posts, I adore birthdays - they are like small, magical vacations....

That Saturday, we spent the morning, having a lovely breakfast and then went to the thermal baths – Les Bains de Lavey, before driving back to our secluded location in Heidi’s Country.

In the evening it was time to celebrate my birthday. I decided to have a barbecue. I had made a marvellous Nordic Potato Salad and Mint Lamb (recipes from a cookbook). The lamb was cooked to perfection by Sweetheart - juicy and tender with amazing flavours…

For birthday cake, I picked the regional speciality Galette Valaisanne from our local  bakery.  This is a typically Valaisan tart, made of shortbread pastry, extremely rich and tasty, stuffed with apricot or raspberry jam.

I wore a maxi floral pattern dress, sandals and simple jewellery, like this diamond cross with white gold chain.

It was a great night, a relaxing evening. All in all, I just enjoyed being surrounded by everything I cherish the most.

I wish you all a lovely week.