tour 2011

And just a quick note that the Tour De France is on again.   These 10pm – 2am nights are hard work. But oh the joy of the Tour. It is not just the fact that it is France or that is elite athleticism or my favourite sportsman (oh, Jens), but it is snuggling on the couch with a glass of vino and my beloved. Bliss.

(and it is also healthy competition between friends who think that their fantasy tour team is better than yours….)

Leopard Trek (in all their glory!)

mint green

I love the colour mint green. So much so that I got married in it.  And I have now spent way too much time this afternoon looking up mint green ‘things’ on Pinterest.  But I also discovered this very fun things called a ‘Color Palette Generator‘ which lets you input a picture and it generates a list of  the colours and shades found in that picture.

Let me demonstrate.

Take picture you love, like the one below (found on Pinterest, of course).

Pop the URL of the picture into the generator – and hello – lots of lovely colours you love. Best to read the full instructions on the site, but if I can do it, you can do it.  I also worked out how to take a ‘screengrab’ as well. Feeling very tech savvy at the moment!


Our 5-year-old sensation is currently learning how to read. What an amazing, profound, fascinating process to be apart of.  It makes me acutely aware of the power of words and that at their very base they are, simply, the tools of communication.



it’s fun to be four

Tomorrow our baby girl turns 4.

If there was ever an occasion to for my heart to sing, this is it.

seeker lover keeper

Seeker Lover Keeper – is what I have been listening to lately.  It took a few plays to decide I liked it, but it was worth persevering with. It is a collaboration from Sarah Blasko, Sally Seltmann and Holly Throsby. It is quite lovely. This is one of my favourites from the album. Have a listen.  Fabulous clip too.



I have just discovered this website – awesome people hanging out together. It is a little bit awesome. There are some contemporary photos that are a little ho-hum and feel like you flicking through a Woman’s Day.  But then there are some beautiful moments captured of  the most unlikely combinations. The photo of Charlie Chaplin and Helen Keller is simply exquisite.  The photo of Salvador Dali and Walt Disney made me gasp out loud. The juxtaposition of Stephen Fry and Lady Gaga made me smile.  The photo of Salvador Dali and Coco Chanel makes me wish to be a fly on the wall.


Other favourites are the photo of Marlon Brando and Paul Newman at a Civil Rights Rally in 1961 and Simone de Beauvoir, Jean Paul Sartre and Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara in Cuba, 1960.

Check it out. What’s your favourite?

good for the soul part 2

Another thing that is good for my soul is this story I heard the other day.

Gino Bartali was a well known Italian cyclist in the 30’s and 40’s, after turning professional at 21 he became the Italian champion within the year.  He won the Giro twice and the Tour once – which is an impressive record for anyone of any era. Bartali’s nickname was Gino the Pious, for he held to a strong Catholic faith and had an extraordinary sense of justice.

During WWII, for good reason, they suspended all the grand tours and many of the smaller classics, but Bartali kept ‘training’. His training was a covet attempt to help the Italian Jews.  Bartali would hide messages and documents for the Italian Resistance in his bike frame and then he would ride from Florence, where he lived, through Tuscany, Umbria and sometimes as far as Rome, while wearing his racing jersey.  The Fascist police and the German army would not risk arresting him for fear of the fall out.  How awfully clever and just and impressive and brave.  There is also some evidence to suggest that he and his family hid Jews in their home during the war.

So it seems that the combination of cycling + Italian + sense of justice + sticking it to the Nazi’s and communists = good for my soul.