Vivez Bien * Live Well

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Life is Good!

I'm back after my little blogging break and I see that many of you have been very prolific with your posts so I have lots of catching up to do.

We had a wonderfully relaxing holiday. While the boys had lots of fun doing things like this......

.... I spent my leisure time doing this.

If you are a Francophile like me, or even if you aren't, I can highly recommend these two books. So amusingly and well written by British author, Michael Wright, about settling into a property in rural France and looking for a soul mate.

I am also currently reading and loving this book, a true story about an Australian couple trying to buy an apartment in Paris.

And when I wasn't reading, I was bonding with our baby!

Baxter is as cute as he is mischievous and gets away with murder! One look at those warm brown eyes and long velvet ears and all is forgiven.

In between reading and playing with the pup, I planted some new veggies....

...watched my garden respond to the warmer spring weather...

...and finished a painting of the boys and Baxter on the beach.

And finally, because this is essentially a blog about interiors and decor, I couldn't sign off without throwing in some pretty pictures I came across recently.

I love the simplicity and soft colours.

I am now going to go and catch up on as many of your lovely blogs as I can.

Till next time

Sharon x


  1. What a fun vacations you had! I'm gonna have to order those books. I am behind on my reading, but I love reading about France too. I just got " A pedestrian in Paris, the most beautiful walk in the world" also "The olive Farm" and "A gift from Brittany" all of them about France. Thank you for those recommendations. Love, love your garden, you are extremely creative.
    Have a wonderful day!
    XXX Ido

  2. Your boys look like they had some fun and Baxter is adorable. Thanks for the heads up on the books I'm always looking for something good to read. I love your garden and how you planted it the stones are a really great idea. I hope you do updates on your garden as it grows. Welcome back Sharon!

  3. Welcome back Sharon! What a wonderful time you have had....lots of my favourite things to do too - reading, gardening & enjoying time with your children & puppy! Enjoy the rest of your week!
    xx Kerry

  4. Glad you had a great vacation. Love your wonderful garden...

  5. Glad you had a relaxing holiday. How clever are you? Your painting is just beautiful. You're a very talented lady.
    Kylie x

  6. Lovely post Sharon!!!
    Your pup is beautiful!
    What talent you have ...that painting is fantastic!!!
    Love love that last image!
    Pamela xo

  7. Looks like you had a great time. I miss those times with my children. They grow up so fast...

  8. You're amazing!

    You did a lot of lovely things...

    That is one lovely painting,

    and the books look really interesting ♥

  9. OHH !!! YOu had a greta time!!! And you are a great painter ,too!!! Really impressed!!! and the planting... where do you get all the time, you are so creative and moreover with style!!!! a big kiss

  10. lovely paintings and so much fun to be out and playing...gorgeous whites too..

  11. Oh Sharon!
    Welcome back!
    So share today!

    Thank you for sharing your reads! I am going to check them out!

    The painting of the Boys & Baxter at the beach is Magnifique!

    You know that I adore your garden!
    Every time you post a photo ... it's a gift!


  12. Hello beautiful Sharon, i am so sorry i don’t get to vist you as often as i ‘d like... it seems i am short of 6 hrs everyday...
    Gosh you are a francophile indeed! i have read 2 of these books and loved them too. somehow books like that always make me want to fly home (France)!! glad to read you had a wonderful break too,
    xo sandra

  13. This is beautiful Sharon,love your painting and you have been busy! Love the images of your garden, and happy to hear the boys had such fun. Xo Col

  14. So many things to comment on!
    Love your painting.... oh my how unusual and extra beautiful your checkerboard garden is!
    Your boys are darling!

    Such great photos.
    Looks like a great time at the shore.

  15. Sharon what a brilliant post, it's so full of energy and life! Your fabulous painting sums it up wonderfully, I can smell that fresh salty sea air! I too adore the chequerboard paving and planting so pretty. Talking of which THAT BATHROOM!!!!!! Sooo divine and as you say so simple, I'm keeping that one on file for our guest bathroom! Hugs from an old farmhouse in England - Glenda xxx

  16. Those books look great. id love to read them. Fiona

  17. Sharon, I've been off the blogging scene a bit because of work. I'm so happy to share in the fun you have just had. We all need that. I'm in love with your baby boy...XO, Mona

  18. I love Baxter!
    So delicious face ...
    Beautiful pictures as always!
    Bisou, Babi

  19. Hi Sharon

    I just found your blog and am your most recent follower. Loving what I see and looking forward to knowing you. Stop by and visit me soon
    Helen Tilston