Wednesday, March 23, 2016

A DOOR INTO SPRING

 
Well , here it is almost Easter already. After all my complaining about leaving the confines of the Casa du Borghese during my winter cocooning, and coming to term with the Snow Queen leaving the throne, I am ready to welcome spring. The Lad got me out and about, and Daddy Warbucks got me outside last weekend, and I must admit it was nice to switch into my blues, lighter leathers and spring gauge sweaters. Time to leave the cashmere behind. I say that sad sort of...it's so damn snuggly and comfortable. But must admit, it was nice to throw up the windows and air out this gin infused joint. Around the grounds, two types of magnolia are blooming already as are some bluebells.
I picked some of the magnolia to bring in...and it only last two days before it wilts....just like some guys I know....
Of course I did my apothecary jars in the festive spring...time for eggs, nest, and rabbits.
This porcelain rabbit was my grandmothers. It's a Lefton. Do you remember these when you were little? I put him under this cloche in a nest.
The Easter postcard is a real one and has post mark of April 10 1908!

This weekend I'll be heading to the ancestral home, so feast your eyes... I made homemade challah bread and a batch of Hot Cross Buns for my ma. I am also making her some English Tea Biscuits too. Can you tell we HATE carbs here? We never give up anything for Lent around here. I thought of giving up meat, but well. Why? I'll just fall off the wagon.
 
Now speaking of buns...excuse me whilst I go bath and lounge for the night...and of course enjoy a lovely gin and tonic.

45 comments:

  1. I hardly recognized you clothed for once. now shall we make omelets?

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    1. It doesn't flap on the breeze all the time.

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  2. I love hot cross buns! They're my favourite part of Easter.

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  3. Your buns looks amazing! If there are any extra, feel free to send them over this way handsome.

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  4. Your buns and eggs look great....now can we see yours?

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  5. What a mouth watering post. Feel free indeed to send over that great looking challah! As for the hot cross buns, it was a tradition with my mother every Good Friday to have them with tea. So I continue it. Oh yes...I do remember Lefton. My sister I believes has several of the chicks and ducks. The jars looks so fun this time. Loving your style.

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  6. I was in Trader Joe’s looking for currants. No currants, but there were dried blueberries. Non-traditional, but I think it will be yummy! I really don’t want to wait for Good Friday now! I too love your style and the apothecary's looks so festive!

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  7. nothing like a nice full basket........

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    1. And it's a basket that keeps giving......

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  8. Lovely post, you have my mouth watering for a few things! Magnolias are among one of my favorite flowering trees. I too have clipped some to bring in, but they never last more then three days. The prettiest trees never stay for long. The Lefton rabbit is adorable. I remember them well from when I was little. We had several chicks and baby ducks, have no idea what happened to them.

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  9. I remember growing up with hot cross buns, they were wonderful. My Mother always snipped the top crisscross with scissors and it made a perfect trough for the powdered sugar icing. Nice to see the tradition continue. Your apothcarys are beautiful. Are they real nest?

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    1. The little one is indeed a real nest as is the one the rabbit sits in. They are found on the ground, and the other is from the Dame.

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  10. How did you know blue is my favorite color?
    I love the photos -
    Warm Easter tidings to you, the houseboys, and all the assorted peeps and bunnies.

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  11. "it was nice to throw up the windows and air out this gin infused joint" - my grandmother used to say "let the stink of winter out" upon opening the house windows for spring.

    I can tell you readers that the mistress' tea biscuits are TO DIE FOR! if his challah and hot cross buns are as good as that...(drool).

    easter greetings to all at the casa!

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    1. Sound like you have first hand knowledge of sampling his goods😂

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    2. JUST HIS TEA BISCUITS! his other goods are reserved for da menz only! ;-)

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    3. like the mcdonalds sign...over a million served.

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  12. A Backdoor into spring seems appropriate... I'm loving the Festive decorations once again darling and as for your cullinary delights... I'm drooling as we speak...
    Happy Easter Darling...

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    1. And to think, I almost commissioned you for a Easter bonnet.

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  13. Magnolia is the most glorious of all trees - I love seeing them against a blue sky. Happy Springtime! Jx

    PS If anyone has a mouthful of your buns, they are not going to be cross for long :-)

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    1. I wasn't cross once my whole trip to Philadelphia!

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    2. I'm with you on the magnolia Jon!!! And just ignore Cali Boi. He needs hosed down.

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  14. Would you believe our magnolia petals are falling already??? Sure pretty but they don't last long. Your baked goods look scrumptious

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  15. Loverly! Back in the day my Catholic friends decided to give up Clint Eastwood movies for Lent. :-)

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  16. I've long said you FILL such a nice basket.

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    1. Its so hard to find baskets these days to fit it all in.

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  17. You do holidays,so well. I will be having hot cross buns tomorrow for good Friday. The magnolia is stunning. Always great,style as usual handsome.

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  18. You truly go all out. Amazing.

    Give up meat for lent? Depends on which kind of meat we're discussing now, doesn't it? ;-)

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  19. I love these photos, and have you noticed we have not seen a Cadbury bunny commercial yet on TV this year?

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  20. Ah, Spring has truly sprung! Magnolias (beautiful), Easter apothecary jars (wonderful), hot cross buns (delicious), and inspiring new season fashion (hot model)!

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  21. You make chinos, Easter decor and magnolia look all so nice and effortless.

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  22. I think its nice you embrace the holidays....makes life fun. And a strapping lad you are! Nice outfit. But can we get a naked one now to compare the two together?

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  23. I wish I wore clothing half as well as you did.

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  24. Love your style. Handsome, relaxed, and looks great. We both enjoy your decorating. Bring back such memories. We really need a few things. But we do color eggs.

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  25. Those magnolia look so amazing. It is one of my favorites too. And is it me or do those pants look nice and oh so snug ......... you really are quite cute.

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  26. Looking good handsome. Love all your easter touches.

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  27. Well that certainly was a refreshing glass of water. And the rest of the post was beautiful too.

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  28. THANK YOU EVERYONE for your kind comments!!! Glad you enjoyed the wee tour.

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  29. I tell you, if I wasn't already taken, id marry you. I may be crushing some.

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  30. looks like someone is packin a little something something in those chinos......

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Go ahead darling, tell me something fabulous!

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