17 May 2011


We arrived safe and sound yesterday, flying for 23 or so hours is not a wonderful experience but being able to knit for so long uninterrupted is! We are settling in to our little one-bedroom rental house - and to my delight roses are flowering in full bloom everywhere. They make a beautiful sight out of the kitchen windows.

We are slowly adding our touches to the place and this morning christened the quilty placemats with our breakfast bowls. And yes my dear friends, mrs willow tree (the teapot) made it over safely in my carry on luggage. So did lucretius ginger-loaf (alex's horse sculpture). I can't tell you how intensely funny it was watching that outline of the horse in the security x-ray machines.

The sun is playing hide and seek today but the spring weather is lovely... so are the birds. the birds sing so differently here than they do back home. Compared to sweet-singing French birds, Australian ones sound harsh and rugged and eccentric. Hmmm, that was a bit of a strange sentence....

I am so looking forward to exploring our neighborhood more and putting our French to the test.

for now


  1. Oh my!

    I'm so thrilled for you two!
    Yee, now I'll be able to live my dream vicariously through you! ;)


  2. I am incredibly excited for you, and quite jealous. Enjoy your explorations! I am reading Julia Child's memoirs at the moment, and living vicariously through both of you.

  3. i'm so glad to hear you made it safe. Your new home sounds lovely :) Its going to be an awesome adventure!

  4. votre maison est belle. Bon aventures! x

  5. I shall be living vicariously through this time in your lives. Live it up for us both, oui?!


  6. Wow! Enjoy settling in and the gentle weather and birds! God bless you both in your new adventure! Love Martine

  7. Glad you arrived safely.

    I'm sure we are all looking forward to hearing about your new adventures.

    Love to you.

  8. So pleased to hear you are safe and sound... and that the teapot made it! xx

  9. Bonjour, Emily :-). I am delighted to see that you and your loved one have arrived safe and sound. I know how gruelling those long flights can be as soon I will travel to Kenya and the flight is just as long. I am excited to report that my teapot cosy and pot holder arrived today. I was very happy and they are very lovely. I think your new cottage and the garden look very charming and I'm sure you will love it.

  10. I'm so glad you made it safely. I have been with you. Your new home garden looks lovely!

  11. Oh and there she is across the sea amongst the roses! Wow, can't believe you are there. So funny what you said about Australian birds. I adore all those loud parrots but when I moved back to NZ I was so amazed at the birds here who hopped quietly along the ground and sung melodically in the trees. So quiet and tiny and timid! I cannot wait to see all your new beautiful adventures! Please don't forget us x x

  12. :):):):):):):):)

    Grinning sooooo much right now and wishing soooooo much I was there with you experiencing France. I'm just thinking of all the beautiful things you'll get to do. And see and hear and eat. Just what I need right now.

    Love the roses,

    And you,


    P.S. they allowed knitting needles on the plane?

  13. Salut!

    You're in my prayers sweet people.

    And PS: I love long flights - because they mean you're going somewhere! And I love adventures!

    PPS: Take care, and email often!

  14. Hooray! I'm so thrilled for this new chapter in your life! <3

  15. I was so thrilled when I saw that the horse and the teapot had arrived safely at your home in Paris! Wonderful! Everything looks and sounds so intriguing and beautiful out of your window - keep those posts coming so we can all look and listen through your eyes and ears!

    Much love ...

  16. wow, you've already made it look like and be like home, that was very quick!
    Cant wait to see the adventure.

  17. Everyone wants to live vicariously through you, it seems. Well, who wouldn't?

  18. how did you get knitting needles on the plane? see the link below. Knitting needles and crochet needles prohibited. Don't tell fibs.http://travelsecure.infrastructure.gov.au/international/onboard/prohibited_items.aspx

  19. Thank you for all your kind comments xx

    Anonymous, Please read your link carefully... it actually states that as of December 25th 2009 items previously on the prohibited items list were removed from that list (ie. they now ARE allowed) -this includes umbrellas with metal points, knitting needles, crochet hooks, cork-crews, pointed metal nail files, squash rackets. I made sure of this when I travelled with crochet hooks in November 2010 and took a print out from the customs website as a precaution. I had no problems at all. I took knitting needles with me when I travelled on 14 May 2011 and had NO problems at all. By all means call Australian Customs if you want to be absolutely sure.

  20. That looks so beautiful...
    Good luck!


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