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Memories of Summer Blooms

September 16th, 2012 | Posted by Ruby in Flowers | Summer - (Comments Off on Memories of Summer Blooms)

I know I’ve mentioned this before but I’m going to say it again – summer is my favourite season.  Its warm, sunshiny days, not having to wear six layers of clothing.  Swimming, sailing and surfing, soaking up the vitamin D – what’s not to love.  Evening barbeques and fresh salads on the patio.  Long, cool summer drinks with loads of fruit and ice – again…what’s not to love.

With autumn just arriving I thought I’d post some of my favourite flower photos from summer 2012.

Gardenias and Hydrangeas at the Bio Marche on Boulevard des Batignolles

English Roses – in London and Paris

The Colour of Summer

and finally, roadside blooms in Auvergne …

Lunchtime Lemonade

August 8th, 2012 | Posted by Ruby in Drinks | Lunch | Summer - (Comments Off on Lunchtime Lemonade)

Cool, refreshing Lemonade

When summer finally arrived in London it was time for a refreshing home-made lemonade.  Lemonade always reminds me of the Organic market in Bryanston (Johannesburg) located at the Michael Mount Waldorf School.  This Saturday morning market served the most sublime freshly made Lemonade. (also moonlight markets on Tuesday evenings)


You’ll need:

½ cup castor sugar

1 cup water

1 cup lemon juice (squeezed from 3-4  large lemons)

plus 1½ cups ice water

ice cubes

mint leaves

1 lemon sliced


To prepare:

  1. Place the sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to the boil – boil for about 5 minutes until you have a thin syrup – remove from heat and allow to cool
  2.  Pour the syrup into a 1 litre serving jug and add all the remaining ingredients


Note: you can use cold sparkling mineral water instead of the ice water to produce a sparkling lemonade (both are equally refreshing).

Saturday morning at the Bio Marche

June 3rd, 2012 | Posted by Ruby in Favourite Places | Summer - (Comments Off on Saturday morning at the Bio Marche)

We have a Saturday ritual when I’m in Paris.  Jacques and I walk down to the Bio Marche on the Boulevard des Batignolles.

This is our local organic market that sets up on a Saturday morning.  So we take the shopping trolley and fill it with great fresh produce and some wonderful Organic 24 month old Comte cheese – my absolute favourite. And of course whilst we’re there – a wheat grass shot at the herb stall that always makes me feel particularly healthy.

Walking along the tree lined Boulevard with Muffin is always a slow process – she loves all the smells – checking on all recent visitors.