Friday, June 1, 2012

Pour Être Vrai

It's too beautiful 


this adventure of ours


as we hover over 

azure paradise

suspended in



It's too beautiful

to be true...




Ladies and gentlemen

we will be landing in 


next Friday, JUNE 8

so please buckle your

seat belts as we prepare for

lift off 


Mediterranean territory


to skim over Provence




the southwest of France



and the Loire Valley


towards the distant but 

quickly approaching

twinkle of

Parisian lights.


anita rivera ©


please have your tours

ready next Friday and 

I will have your links up

to start the party!

Fee at Chipper Nelly
Ria at It's Me
Fleaing France
Julie at Vintage Chic 
Sylvia at A Simple Life
Diane at YONKS
Dorothy at Catkin tales
Pam at Over 50 Feeling 40
Dawne at French at Heart
Casa de Berry
Nella at Acorn Lane Vintage Living
Carolyn at Draffin Bears
Heidi at Hi-d's Place
Sarah at Hyachinths for the Soul
Eden Clare at Artful Fairytales
Martina at M'S Art Impressions
Gem at Treasures from the Cherry Tree
Barbara at Moveable Feasts
Violet at Create Beauty
Koralee at Bluebird Notes
Irina at Witty and Wise
Sheri at Red Rose Alley
Natalie at Dolce Dreams
Penny at Angelsdoor
Marcia at Shop Around the Corner
Pura Vida
Jacqueline at Purple Chocolate Home
Elizabeth at Pine Cones and Acorns
Deana at Lost Past Remembered
Denise at Coffeeberry Cottage
The French Bear
Kerrie at Sea Cottage
Michele at Pearl 13.1
Renae at Simple Sequins
Kim at Victorian Parlor II
Jackie at Bliss Farms Antiques
Kristin at A Page of Inspiration 
Anne at Et Voilà
Champagne and Macaroons
Catherine Robinson
Karen at A Scrapbook of Inspiration
Stacy at Design Addict Mom
Virginia at Paris Through My Lens
Susan at Cruisin' Over Sixty
Maria at Calm Energy
Rayanne at A Lovely Thought
Marsha at Splenderosa
Patricia at Woolytale Miniatures
Doré at Burlap Luxe
Kerri at Artisanbella
Karena at Art by Karena 
Linda at House of Beautiful Dogs
Stephanie at Millesfeuilles
Marie-Ange at Rêver au Sud
Vicki Archer at French Essence 
Mary from Thirty Two Yellow Walls
Dessa Rae from Dessae Rae Miniatures 
Emily from The French Hutch
Jamie with Mimi's Corner
Teresa at Magical Whimsey 
Gwendolyn at Cherchez French Femme
Kathy with Kathy Fornal Photography on Etsy
Kirsten from Write on Thyme


Anonymous said...

Oh, MUST BE HERE NOW! Stunning. What I wouldn't give. Beyond beautiful. xo

GrandmaK said...

Indeed, this adventure in which we find ourselves is grand I am so excited when I can journey with you!!! Have a wonderful day!!! Cathy

Martina said...

Anita!!!!! Thank you for coming today! And look. what magical pix you've lined up here - i'm swooning! OMG, can i please go travelling for the rest of the year? So many places i'd love to see! Am looking forward to my time in Austria - we're leaving on sunday. Oh Anita, i'm daydreaming with you! Have a fabulous day! xoxox

Amish Stories said...

Wow I'm really number 3 with my comment, in a way i almost feel as excited as maybe going to paris just for that ,lol. But seriously have a great time Anita and I'm looking forward to seeing some pictures of your trip on your site. Richard

Amish Stories said...

I spoke too soon, someone beat me to the punch! Richard

Joy Tilton said...

I just drank in the beauty of those photos this morning... just like manna! I'll be tagging along every step of the way...

francis said...

Dear friend , I love your idea for the go to France bloggers tour.
I hope it's allright I'll just be a visitor .
I'm not so good in making a whole story with many pictures .....
I'm not some-one in the front ..
I love to be in the back and enjoy watching the other's ......
Put me on the terras with my coffee and some postcards and a pen .....
I will be there reading and looking and enjoying .....know that !
I told Saskia you miss her , she has been busy and is now more a Facebook-fan.
I must admit I stopped Facebook long ago but every-one is talking about it and using it
and so I am back on Facebook trying to find my own way in it .
I'm always one the last ones to join .....
I'm deffinately NOT collecting as many friends as possible .
I even do not like every-one to read my facebook ....
So I selected and have a few ...
What I do love is using beautiful pictures .
Happy weekend and BONNE CHANCE !

YONKS said...

How blissful those beaches. I have actually been to the first one, it's Zante (Zakinthos) in Greece. Sublime only never that quite anymore.
Have a wonderful weekend. See you in Paris next week.

PURA VIDA said...

the most gorgeous photos ever...I mean it!

Molly The Wally said...

As always Anita , stunning , you do put together the most wonderful posts.
Best wishes Molly

Virginia said...

Love the music. This iwas in the French Kiss soundtrack, which I still love!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh dear Anita...beautiful, beautiful, BEAUTIFUL...and the music is beautiful too...Just a divine post...will have to come back again to look at the pics and listen some more...Happy weekend to you....and here's a cheers to you with pink bubbly while we sit and listen to the Dzintra xoxo

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Bonjour mon ami!
Bebe is so excited about the trip I cannot contain her.. Oh Anita, what beautiful images, and the MUSIC,I have Tino Rossi on my favorites.. Thank you for this beautiful post this morning.
Thank you so much for visiting and your encouraging words this morning.
Bisous, Penny

carolyn bradford said...

Such a wonderful way to start my day! I loved seeing all of these beautiful images! My parents are actually landing in Provence next week after leaving Germany and Switzerland! I can't wait to hear all about it! Have a great weekend! I can't wait to see the tours!

lostpastremembered said...

My time machine is warming up... a course to L'Age d'Or (Paris, 1867) is being plotted. I'm airing out my hoop skirt as we speak!

Catherine Robinson said...

This is so beautiful, Anita...look forward to seeing you
next Friday ;-)
Have a fabulous weekend.

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Oh my Anita....Such an exciting post and beautiful images...I'm sipping my afternoon cup of tea and dreaming here!
I will definitely be checking in on June 8th to join in the fun...Off to put up my Jubilee bunting now Anita...
Hope you have a wonderful weekend,
Susan x

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'll be ready to visit all of these fabulous party goers! What luxury!

Anonymous said...

Oh, Anita, you've done it again, tears of joy are blinding me for this beautiful post. The music is DIVINE. If you see me here a little too often this weekend, don't worry, I'm not a stalker. ;) I'm blaming it all on you and your beautiful inspiring heart. :)

Just when I thought turquoise and red were it, now I am tormented by turquoise and coral. Good tormenting, that is, the kind that stirs the heart with creativity and dreams.

Thank you, my friend.

PS-Yes, I'm playing the music again.

catkin tales said...

oh my goodness i'm getting goosepimples. don't those azure waters fill every pore with delight, just looking at them? and the lavender fields! there were lavender fields behind the previous village i lived in, the smell was unbelievable. i am still not far from there, just 5 miles or so.
i'm so looking forward to this party of yours! can't wait to see all the posts, it's realy quite thrilling! you certainly know how to bring sparkle into the blogosphere :)
i have had an exhausing day, but am just about to relax and have some supper. you will laugh when i tell you, it's bubble and squeek! hehe. i actually think it's quite delectable with a few roasted vine tomatoes.
have a wonderful evening, sweet friend xx

fee @ chipper nelly said...

hey! I can't tell you how much i LO♥E my little bit of Anita art! I am SO lucky. Thank you for making something so unbelievably me.
I've taken some photos and just done a birthday post - please have a look when you've got a minute!
Lots and lots of love

Marie-Ange said...

La Beauté est partout !
Il suffit de savoir la cueillir et la garder au creux de la main, de temps en temps la laisser s'échapper pour notre plus grand plaisir.
Tu y réussis si bien tendre Anita
Je t'embrasse

Red Rose Alley said...

Dear Anita,
I've never seen waters as beautiful as these. Ahhhhhh, precious heritage. I really want to make it there someday. The picture of the cottage with the purple flowers is amazing. Yes, we are looking forward to landing in Paris with you on the 8th. Nel has something special in mind.

I went shopping today, and you won't believe what I found! A bird house in the shape of a CASTLE! I immediately thought of you and had to buy it. I can't wait to paint it. I was thinking of a pretty color - maybe pink.

Your post today has got me in the mood to travel. There are so many places to see. Have a sweet day, beautiful YOU.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

These photos just took my breath away.
Just glorious.
Have so much fun on your trip.
I need to get back to Paris soon.

My daughter is leaving for two weeks in France with her French class in about ten days. Wish I could hide in one of her bags!

Thanks for sharing these inspiring photos.
You just took me away from the mundane Friday I am having!!


Grateful4Crochet said...

These photos literally took my breath away with their beauty!!!
I want to be at that place!!
Just found your lovely blog through Fee at Chipper Nelly

Ivy Clad said...

What fun! Going to France is one of my dreams!

Happy Friday!


It's me said...

I am not ready for Paris yet......o my.....i hope i am on day to the shop tomorrow and than 3 weeks vacation !!! yes yes yes !!..i need that !! from

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

And I'm with you on that beach Anita...have a fantastic weekend ...Dzintra xo

helen tilston said...

Hi Anita

I will meet you at the beach. I'll bring my book but then we would have so much to talk about, I;ll just show up

Helen xx

koralee said...

It is the weekend my dear friend! Yahooooo....and for you the start of your new adventure. Only just a few more days left. I am off to a wedding this weekend...this week has been magical! Lets hope the rest of June will be just as delightful. Hugs for a great weekend. xoxox

Sarah said...

Anita, I'll be there! I'm eager to escape to Paris, even if it's only a virtual trip this time.
Have a splendid weekend, dear one! ~ Sarah

"Create Beauty" said...

Such gorgeous photos! Those lavender fields!!! Sigh.....

By next weekend I will be more than ready for our Paris excursions! It's exciting to see how many are participating...

So glad I have a laptop now and can visit you while in the midst of moving. We are in a hotel for our 2nd night and tonight we will go to sleep early. Last night was crazy...

Enjoy your weekend my dear,
~ Violet

A Magical Whimsy said...

These photos are divine! (Is my name there too?) I know it will be. Can't wait!
Teresa in California

Mimi said...

OH YEAH!!I AM INCLUDED!!!I am so excited and will have MY FRENCH post ready for the trip!!!!I loved the SOUTH of France.....well really ALL of FRANCE!!!!I once heard someone say France did not have good food, that I might go hungry...I am a picky eater...but GUESS WHAT...I LOVED it all!!!!!
no hunger for me!!!
Look forward to the journey!!
And your pics are stunning!!!I would just die to lay on that beach...secluded beach!!!!
jamie over at Queen Mimi's Corner!!!

Jacqueline said...

I did a tablescape to advertise the Paris party! So much fun. What beautiful images as always! Have a wonderful weekend.

ivana said...

Enjoy it with every sense, keep your eyes, ears ad soul open! It's way too beautiful!

lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

What a glorious post! Such beautiful images!
I think this is an amazing idea you've created and I'm sure you will have such fun with everyone!
You will have to let me know how it turns out.
Wishing you a beautiful weekend, my friend. xo

Marie Antionette said...

Bonjour ma belle!

Just wanted to drop by and let you know that I am now sharing Marie's blog @ Dolls by Marie Antionette. I posted a new post about the fire that occurred in her kitchen which pulled her away from blogging for quite sometime. I have closed my blog for a while due to some sabotage of it. But God works in mysterious ways... Marie has problems with the technical aspects of blogging due to health issues so she asked me to help her and share her blog. Marie & I hope you will stop by to visit with us.

Your Paris party sounds so wonderful!! Our wedding anniversary is June 8th and someday I will be there to raise a glass of Asti and toast to my darling hubby...

Bisou mon amie, Sherry "Edie" of Edie Marie's Attic... now Dolls by Marie Antionette

The enchanted home said...

These images are mind blowing! I didnt' want it to end Anita!!!!! Love the idea of the Paris tour and cannot wait to go on it! Enjoy your weekend my sweet friend:)

Nancy said...

Your trip is so idyllic! I am so envious of your lovely experience! Thank you for sharing and I look forward to more, and your Paris link party! I'd love to join that!
Have a wonderful safe trip.

Mary Timmers said...

How could even HEAVEN be more beautiful! It tears my heart out seeing this and wanting to to back there! Thanks, Anita.

Kim @ La Belle Époque said...

Lovely post, Anita. Can't wait til next week. I'm definitely a Franchophile.

vicki archer said...

I can't wait to see all the Paris posts... how fun Anita... Happy weekend... xv

BirgitW. said...

my Dear,

today in English, please!!!

Oh, I like to take part of this wonderful and exciting french voyage - Paris is almost a good idea... !!!

But, we arrive Paris at the 8 of June - I have to be at home the following day...mon anniversaire ( J ài 51 ans) en 9. Juin - c`est ca...

gros bises à toi
ta Birgit allemande

Art and Sand said...

Oh, my! Words can't express the beauty of your photos.

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

My sweet Anita....

Oh how your pictures make me yearn for that little trip......I'll be sure to buzz on over to see all the Parisian goodness next weekend. :-)

I've just seen some pretty darn amazing azure blue waters myself......a nice little Hawaiian getaway. Always good for a little escape from the fowl weather here in the Pacific Northwest.

Hope all is well with you....

Huggies and Lovies,

Champagne Macarons said...

Beautiful music and photos! I can't wait for this dreamy holiday! Please stop by for my Lavender Dreams Giveaway.
Wishing you a weekend of beauty and happiness.
xoxo, B

Anne said...

Aah, gorgeous pictures!! Can't wait for the party!

Woolytales Miniatures said...

So loved the pictures with water ..... It gives me a great sense of relaxation . I love the beach ,specially beautiful ones!!!grin
Lavender... Who can resist it?
See you soon , my dear!

wendy said...

were some of those first pictures from Santorini Greece??
THAT would be my dream destination.
There are so many beautiful places in this world, wouldn't it be great to visit then all
so.......until then
I'll just enjoy these trips vicariously through all of you

*Chic Provence* said...

Dear Anita

Beautiful as always! Thanks for the little journey!



SizzleandZoom said...

What a wonderful way to welcome summer, with your beautiful post. See you in Paris.

Ms. K @ Write On Thyme said...

Ohhhh those colors...and that gorgeous table setting with the view! Always so amazing here! So tell me how this party works. What will everyone have ready on their blogs? Haven't done one before so I need the rules and regs. Maybe I can make it happen. Thanks for always being there, lovely Anita! You are the greatest!
Hugs, Kirsten

Kristin said...

It is too beautiful to be true. What a beach! What an experience it must be to travel to one of those!!! Can't wait for the Paris party :) Have a wonderful day!!!


Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anita,

Can't wait until we touch down in Paris and what gorgeous photos you have shared until we do.
Thank you for visiting me and it is always great to hear from you.

Happy weekend

Teacup Mosaics said...

A party with such a wonderful hostess! I unfortunately will not be participating due to a move. I wouldn't have the time to do your party justice. However, I would love to visit. Have a wonderful party!


The Dutchess said...

Marvelous....My children are in France..having a wonderful time..:)))

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Ah here we are again at the beach...thanks so much for popping this evening and seeing my little felt things that I sent off...This was a fun swap...Wishing you a blessed week...Dzintra xo

Ann said...

Thank you for all wonderful and so dreamy places.

Anonymous said...

gathering my french
work...placing it all a nice
presentation for next
favorite poet
so many to choose
hard to know
but if i have
to pick one today
on this sunday
i shall choose
William Wadsworth
and Emily...
yes...i know summer's
freedom is almost here
for us and the children...
a time to breath and
take rest of heart and
blessings my dear
art and letters will
soon begin!

catkin tales said...

hello dearest friend
i meant to come along and chat earlier today, but have been completely zonked, with the move and everything. so much to do..
but i made time to relax today, though maybe it was a mistake because i kept falling asleep(hehe).
my paris party post is almost completed, just a few more tweaks needed and it shall be ready for the 8th. it has been fun finding and putting images together.. actually when it think of it, it's looking more like one of your posts! haha :D i hope you will enjoy it.
lily is relaxing too , today. it seems that she is also exhausted by the move. even though we have half-lived here for ages.
i am about to have a pot of tea and strawberries, scones cream with my daughter. i wish you were here so that i could offer you some.
wishing you a lovely sunday xxx

warmest hugs xxx

Palomasea said...

Oh, my dearest, I am so late!!! But sweet soul Dorothy is next to me to keep me calm...
Anita!!! That header is WOW!!!!
And this of my all-time favorites, dear one.
C'est TRES beau, notre aventure...l'aventure de la vie!
These images are beyond spectacular, and is that a photo of your favorite jardin in France??
I am very excited for Paris next week...I will have it on the Gypsy blog:))) Can't wait to see yours and everyone' fun!
Bon voyage ma chere amie!
Je t'aime,
- Irina

Anonymous said...

Well, love, it took me a bit, but I've put together a tempting appetizer for your trip, a little party favor for one of your guests. I still have something else up my sleeve, but I hope you like this. You make daydreaming even more fun than it already is.
Enjoy your Sunday.

Gem said...

Good evening beauty. Ooh these photos are magnificent!!! Puts me in the holiday mood. Can't wait for the Parisienne adventure! In haste as my parents are staying with me. Xxxxxxx

Ivy and Elephants said...

Hi Anita,
Oh what a fun idea for a party! I can hardly wait to see all the wonderful frenchy goodness!
I'm out for summer break in FIVE more days!!! Yeah! The freedom is making me giddy. Are you done yet? I just know that all the new ventures are keeping you busy, but know that we love and support you, dearest. You go show 'em!
Big hugs,

catkin tales said...

hello (again)
i left a comment earlier but completely forgot to explain 'bubble and squeek'. our lovely mutual friend irina reminded me of this.
basically it's a dish that originated from the the left-overs of sunday dinner (greens and potato) being fried up for the following days meal, being a monday and traditionally wash-day meant there was little time to cook. egg and or cheese can be added but usually it is just fried up with onion and is actually rather nice. i tend to oven bake rather than fry mine and usually roast a few tomatoes and/or other veg at the same time to go with it.

i'm off to bed now. the weather decided it wanted a change and has been throwing water at us all day. it made for a very grey day, but it's quite cosy listening to the rain pattering on the windows at night. the perfect accompaniment to a cup of cocoa.
much love from lily and me xx

Victoria Sayer said...

G'day Anita.

So lovely to see this latest posting with those beaches and lavender and topiary...extraordinary!!
I am looking forward to your Paris trip, though I am afraid I will not be able to participate on my blog this year.
Hope all is well with you as June arrives, and you are officially retired!! Happy creating dear lady.
♥ Vicki

Champagne Macarons said...

Bonjour mon ami!! Do not worry about tweeting if you're not on Twitter..
I hope you had a fabulous weekend! Are you finished with school yet?
Wishing you a lovely week!
xoxo, B

Cobalt Violet said...

So yummy! haven't been feeling well and these images just make me feel lifted! thanks!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Bonjour Anita
There is nothing rigid about your drawings, they are exquisite, you have your own style, and this is something I HOPE you stay with... I LOVE IT, please don't change... It is who you are. Beautiful!
Yes, Bebe would like to get up in her poot poot this summer..
Thank you so much for visiting, so sorry I am late in thanking you for your warm thoughts dear one.

Jeri Landers said...

Why can't I grow Lavender like that??! I try Really, really hard.

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Dearest Anita!!!!
How was your weekend?
Once again- gorgeous, scenic photos!!!!
What an amazingly beautiful blog post!!!
I just realized my 1 year anniversary of blogging is this month!!!! I can't believe a whole year has flown by!!!
We went out to dinner last with some friends to celebrate my husband's recent promotion. It was a lot of fun!!!
It looks like storms are headed our way overnight....
Hope you have a wonderful Monday!!!
Hugs!!!! Shannon :-)

Anonymous said...

Anita: I left an earlier message but I didn't see it above. Vicki Archer suggested that I might like to join you on June 8th; however, I am not exactly sure what this Parisian party is all about. Is it a real trip or a skype party. I am new to blogging, 6 mos., and have a blog at

If you have time and could let me know what it's about I would love to come.



George The Lad said...

Hi Anita
I can see this is going to be a fun filled busy trip, just look at all that sunshine in the photos and the folks taking part WOW! Over here its been none stop raining!no surprise as its a bank holiday, but today looks ok so we are going out.
Give us a wave when you pass over next weekend:)
Have a good week
See Yea George xxx

Barbara said...

You always find the most divine photos on Pinterest, Anita. And I always spend time checking their boards too. :)
Really looking forward to Friday...I have a nice bready post for you!

A Tale of Two Cities said...

Living in expectation of more beauty-Parisian style. Ooh là, là!

Rayanne said...

I am ready, and looking forward to take off!!! So excited, love your post, it's so beautiful,the lavender photo....oh my!!!

Amish Stories said...

I've just packed for my virtual vacation Anita, all i need now is some virtual money to bring with me! Richard

Vicky said...

I found your blog by chance, while peeking others and I decided to check it out! I’m glad I did it, because I am really delighted with yours. It's beautiful, interesting… and it has completely got me hooked. Gorgeous pictures!!
Have a wonderful day. Vicky

Privet and Holly said...

Thanks for this sweet
taste of what is in store
on your tour! It's our
last week of school and
probably yours, as well....
Good luck as you navigate
your LAST days as a full
time teacher and welcome
your NEW life as an artist!
SO proud that you took
the leap and look forward
to hearing more over the

xo Suzanne

Michelle May said...

Oh my's all just so magical. Bags are packed. Let's go!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Bonjour Anita dear!
Thanks so much for coming over.. I just had to take a photo of that moon last evening.. So happy you enjoyed the roses.. Pruning tips you say? First, invest in a GOOD pair of garden gloves.. As much as I love my roses, the thorns can be horrid... Here in California, I do not prune way back in the winter, in MN I would say probably yes you should..

hi-d said...

Oh, it's going to be fun, Anita! What gorgeous images you posted here. Makes me want to go someplace warm and soak up the sun, sand & surf.

Have a lovely week...see you again, soon!


Missy said...

Hello, found your blog through Gem at Treasures from The Cherry Tree. Those beaches are breathtakingly beautiful! Enjoy Paris and I must let you know how envious I am of your trip to France! I must go again soon for my fix!

Anonymous said...

Yes, they are
coming to an days.
Making some
present deliveries
to some luck children.
Prelude of what is
to come...hmmmmm
what is to come
praytell I must

koralee said...

Morning dear one....this is your LAST day!!!! happy dance! Enjoy your day!
I do need to get on my Paris post!!! Life has gotten so busy around here...and we just got back from an out of town wedding. What is the day that it should go up on my blog??
Is it the 8th?
You must come back to facebook as sweet Saskia is over there and we visit every morning and Francis. Have not seen our Rosie either...her car is not at her shop ever..maybe I will pop in this Saturday and see if she is in. If I find her I will give her a hug from you. xoxoxo
Make your day extra special dear one. xoxoxoxox

Elizabeth Rose Stanton said...

After viewing this post, I feel like I've been on the most delicious vacation. More visual treats! Thank you for another beautiful post! (Sorry I haven't been by lately--Henny's been keeping me SO busy ;) )

The French Hutch said...

MUSIC and snaps, daydreaming again! You always bring back my memories Anita……………..
Looking forward to Friday.

The French Hutch

Apple Blossom Barn said...

Good Evening Anita

Wow what an uplifting post, I love the Ocean, the most gorgeous place so far the I have swam in Sardinia, Italy. Your photos of France are absolutely glorious, that is what I love about France is the regional differences! Best of luck to you for your last few days at school, wishing you a wonderful fresh beginning...

All my best


Aurelia (A Pretty Life) said...

wow, lovely post, everything look like a dream.... have a nice, not forgottenable weekend

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Will do Anita...thank you so much...Rick's book was such a surprise to receive...when I look at it I will think of you now! Wishing you a lovely warm Wednesday...we are cold, rainy, windy...perfect for stitching! Dzintra xo

Leslie said...

Anita! What a wonderful journey you have taken us on!! Gorgeous photographs, and I must say.. can it be true? Doesn't seem real ~ so much beauty.

Enjoy your day!

Maria said...

Hi Anita!
Today was your last day at school?

I still have a few weeks to go...
It's been cloudy and a little rainy, but I guess it beats smoldering heat.

Jason went back to Austin on Sunday and I do miss him. The house is now quiet again... I'm still working on my sewing room and dreaming about "what to do in Paris." My niece is letting me use pictures of her recent trip to Paris. I am so excited and am imagining my virtual trip there.

I know you are imagining a new adventure in your own life. I often think of how that must be ~
I hope you are well, Anita... looking forward to all the Paris fun!
God bless you * always *
~ Maria

Sandy said...

Wow! I really must come visit you and Marcia's little shop around the corner more often! What fun to take a dream trip! Your images are absolutely stunning!!! Love them all, but the lavender field is incredible! Your blog is so much fun and I'll come back to visit more often. Liked the music too.

Sylvia said...

Gorgeous photos and music! A Magical journey! Oh, dear Anita, I am praying for nice weather to be able to shoot my photos...
Much love to you!

hi-d said...

Hello Anita,

Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comments. Oh yes...those boys. Regardless of what they do, you gotta love them always. :)

That little boy in your class sounds so sweet! You are going to be missed big time by all of those children. And I'm sure you'll miss them too.

I hope you're enjoying your last days at school...

Have a good eve.

Palomasea said...

Just had to stop by again soak up the sunshine and beauty here!
Happy Last Day of School!!!!
Love and tight hugs,
- Irina

Karena said...

Anita so gorgeous, the deep blue waters never cease to thrill me!!

Excited about our Paris Rendezvous!


Art by Karena

millefeuilles said...

Oh my goodness, Anita,

Your new life is about to begin. I am thrilled for you and wish you every bit of love and luck you deserve which adds up to a whole lot of love and luck in my book!

Dear Anita, I feel almost embarrassed to whisper this request in your ear but if my post arrives on Saturday instead of Friday, is that so very, very bad? We have another few weeks of school to go and with that comes the neverending list of guitar/choir/ballet/theatre rehearsals, exams, and performances. Friday is pretty damned chocablock. I feel pathetic but I do tend to put my heart and my soul in my posts - as we all do, of course - and I don't want to RUSH things.

Please let me know.

Love and hugs,


The French Bear said...

Okay Dear, I am all ready to go!!! Can't wait! Your photos are so inspirring!!!!
Margaret B

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

You are in my thughts today dearest! Today is the day.
Thank you for visiting all Bebe's friends this morning.

la couleur de vos rêves cher ami !

Gloria said...

VERY gorgeous images!! Blue is my favorite color. This post made me feel so happy!!! :)

Thanks for sharing! Happy day to you...:)


francis said...


Oh my dearest you are FREE .....
I do hope mister postman at least brings you my postcard to let you know I think of you on your last day of school !
Love and hugs ....

Anonymous said...

Stopping by to say hello, love, and like Francis, thinking of you on such a special week. New horizons before you, my friend. Fix your eyes.

francis said...

Anita I hope the postcard comes to you without a problem .
The birthdaygift was in a box ....
You never know .....some post from Koralee once was also very long on its way but still reached me ...
Now we are both without the job we did love ......
I think about you and wish you joy !

koralee said...

Happy Thursday dear are now free as a bird!!!! Enjoy. I will work on my post has been another busy to you.

Cindy said...

Another beautiful post! What I won't give to be on that breathtaking beach! I am looking forward to seeing more of Paris!
Have a lovely day!

Ms. K @ Write On Thyme said...

Count me IN! I'll be there so you can put me on your list!

Wicked Faerie Queen said...

As always Anita, breathtaking!

hi-d said...


How was your last day of school yesterday with the kids? I hope these last two days working go well for you! It has to be a bit bittersweet?

Okay...I better get going. Maximus keeps pushing BUTTons on my KEYBOard and is laughing...AS YOU can see, the caps lock keeps coming off and on.

Have a wonderful day my friend!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Oh my! I see I made a big spelling boofa above..
Thank you for visiting me yesterday dear one.. See you in Paris!
Bebe sends her love

Gem said...

How was your last day at work Anita? I was thinking of you and wondering what you must be feeling. All sorts of emotions no doubt. Excitement, being daunted etc etc.
I am sure you will be so great at what you do form the heart - art - that you will never look back, but can rest assured that you put so much into the lives of those you taught.
Can't wait for the Paris link party.
Am nearly ready to go. Will press PUBLISH the minute I wake in the morning.
x x x x

Woolytales Miniatures said...

Hey beautiful, yes yes I already for party but won't have my post up till evening ...can't wait to tomorrow night , plan to visit everyone!!!! Love,

Presépio no Canal said...

Hello Anita!!!!

I wish you and Ruben a safe journey until Paris! I know how do you love France and especially Provence! Have the time of your life, my dear! So romantic! ENJOY, ENJOY, ENJOY!!!HAVE LOTS OF FUN! Milles Bisous, cherie!!


Kerri said...

Oh so beautiful as always! Looking forward to this party :)


Karen Harvey Cox said...

Hi Anita,

I put my post up early. I am not an early bird, and I wanted to have it ready. Can;t wait for tomorrow.


Cat & Cricket said...

Absolutely fabulous idea!! And what a glorious ride you have already taken us on!!
C'est magnificique!!!!

Nancy said...

Anita, TRULY inspirational, and this made my post linked to yours feel so inept! You are the master! Enjoy your magical vacation. I look forward to each and every image you send us, and I love the videos!

Sandra van Doorn said...

ok, ok. i was away. totally missed that one.

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Bonjour !
I received you email this morning dear one so it IS working now...
I am having such a wonderful time viewing Paris through the eyes of all these beautiful people!!
Merci cher ami,

Anonymous said...

Anita, you don't need to respond to this. I just wanted to comment because I was browsing through your sidebar and I cannot believe I had not noticed Fifi's art on there. Where is my mind these days? Never mind, I know...Paris. ;) I had not even noticed your darling tail-wagging friends and the gorgeous pictures of your home. So much beauty, my friend. Love it all.

koralee said...

Hi sweet friend...what a busy busy day I had...and have not even visited any of your sweet friends...I will have to save that for tomorrow. I have been gathering treasures and ideas for another magazine feature that is due very soon. So much work but so worth it when all is done.
June 29th is my last day of I have a few weeks left to go..sigh! Sending you extra love and a special thanks for hosting such an amazing PARTY! Oh can use any image you wish my friend. xoxoxxo

Jeanie said...

Oh! Those lavender fields. Oh! Oh! Oh!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Thank you so much for visiting again this morning.. I will be in the garden for a while then off to Paris again with bells on!
Bisous, Penny

catkin tales said...

i have pencilled friday 7th - friday 14th december into my diary! i think that will be the week. also everyone that participates will be entered into a draw for a fairy-themed christmas gift!
this has all been inspired by you! my sweet friend.
i am dicovering that lily (perhaps because she is a blonde) is a marylyn monroe or perhaps scarlett johanssen type. she loves the camera! and it loves her. all we need now is a bright day for filming. for her tail to go all the way round she has to be super excited! so i shall have some of her favourite treats on hand.. aga baked doggie biscotti! :)