Saturday, June 28, 2014

She Is and Always Will Be



I simply can't resist musing





you know 

you've reached a pinnacle


from which you might utter:


Speaking more than one language

translates into

endless opportunities for inspiration 

and most of all

more connections

around the world.

But even if you never think


two languages at the same time

because you can still join me here

for an extended tour 

beyond France


You will prepare a blog post 

on July 18 that will run to July 25

about your 

dream European destination


and what you find 

simply irresistible

about the 





culinary traditions and innovations



the stunning photography of georgianna lane here and here

decorating sensibilities


the people.


It's your choice. 

Then during the week of July 18-25

you can come here

to link to all the other travelers' blogs


leave them a kind word.

Just leave me a comment on this post

to indicate that you'll participate.

Then take this banner

and put it on your blog

to let everyone know you've joined

and I'll add your link

to the list of those preparing

to explore the world

in the most creative ways. 


  I know. 
Last year I said it would be
my last link party, but...


Pending Itinerary

1. Judith with Botanic Bleu
2. Carolyn with Draffin Bears 
3. Violet with Create Beauty
4. Heidi with Hi-d's Place 
5. Sarah with Hyacinths for the Soul
6. Speedy and Rachel from Speedy the Cheeky House Bunny 
7. Marie-Ange du blog Rêver au Sud
8. Catherine with Cashmere Lover 
9. Robyn with Simply Fresh Dinners 
10.Denise with Denise's Delights in her Coffeeberry Cottage
11. Sandy with You May be Wandering  
12. Nancy with Fête et Fleur 
13. Mary with Tales from the Backroad
14. Suz with Crusin' Over Sixty 
15. Lynne with Dreams on 34th Street
16. Nélinha du blog Mes Passions en Toutes Saisons 
17. Penny with Angelsdoor  
18. Martina with MV'S Art Impressions
19. Karen with Garden, Home and Party 
20. Rhonda with A Little Bit French
21. Constance with Constance at Home 
22. Heather with Style Minded Chic Life
23. Marsha with Splenderosa 
24. Peggy with According to Braswell 
25. Stephanie du blog Millesfeuilles  
26. Mary Jo with Trust Your Style
27. Karen Harvey Cox with Scrapbook of Inspiration
28. Jeri Landers with Hopalong Hollow Gazette  
29. The Contessa with Vintage Hen House
30. Linnie with The Butt'ry and Book'ry 
31. Eden Clare with Artful Fairytales
32. Dawne Polis with Quiddity 2  
33. Jade with White and Shabby
34. Marcia with Marcia Pilar 
35. Emily with The French Hutch 
36. Stacey with Design Addict Mom
37. Dawn with Petals, Paper, Simple Thymes 
38. Monica with Prince Snow Farm
39. Violetta with V M Creation Atelier 
40. Marie-Paule du blog Marie-Paule Faure Paris-Campagne
41. Toves with Toves Sammensurium  
42. Irma du blog Soupières et Vieilles Dentelles
43. Karolyn with The Relished Roost 



Art and Sand said...

Oh, lovely eye candy as usual!

I am tempted to participate, but we leave for Kauai on July 19 and don't return until July 27. I can write a post in advance, but I don't know if I will have the opportunity to visit others. I think we will have internet access, but I am not positive since we are staying in a different house this year.

I know just what I would write about. I am wistfully planning a month in Italy for our 45th wedding anniversary which won't be until April of 2016, but it will take planning, saving and convincing Steve. I want to rent a house large enough that our children can come to visit, in a spot where Steve can paint and take cooking classes and I can do whatever I feel like.

Bonnie said...

Whenever I find a post from Castles, Crowns and Cottages I know there is a treat waiting to be savored. Beautiful!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Botanic Bleu said...

Oh, will you rent a space large enough for a blogger friend to join you, also? Your vision for your anniversary trip sounds divine.


Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anita,

Lovely to see a new post from you and yes, I would love to be able to join you at your party - thank you for organizing this.
It is so interesting when we can speak some words in French along with our English. I continue to try to learn by listening to my Michel Thomas lessons when I go out walking.
Happy weekend and thanks for the kind words you always leave pour moi.

Botanic Bleu said...

As always your blog photos captivate my thoughts and dreams. Since this year's linky party is "beyond France," does that mean we should write about someplace else or are posts about France included in your soirèe? If France is included, then please include me.


"Create Beauty" said...

Well, won't this be FUN?!?!? and INSPIRING!!!!!

Count me IN my dear!

Now, where shall I travel?.......
~ Violet

Sandy at You May Be Wandering said...

Oh Anita...I absolutely cannot wait!!! I am SO happy you are bringing this fabulous event back!! Yay!!!!

Hope you are having a lovely weekend!! xoxo

Fete et Fleur said...

Hello my dearest Sister,

Yes, I would love to come and dream with you here for awhile. I am so excited because I am now getting your posts in my email. Yea! Much love to you and Ruben, it was great speaking to him the other day. It has been a bit of a crazy start to the summer for us, but things are settling down now. I look forward to your party. ;)


Seawashed said...

The all white rustic corridor with little white bench and earthen vessel is the beauty that captivates me. Sigh. I will be there but not to participate, just to visit the beauty. I am already participating in a blog party at that same time. Who knows...I may join yours too at the last minute if I have time to put a post together. My traveling destination will be The English Seaside. Look forward to your enchanting linky party whether I participate or not. xxo

Jade said...

What a great idea, dearest Anita. And the pictures in your post are really breathtaking.............France is always in my dreams!! And how I love your new header and all your words full of poetry and inspiration.........what a joy to be here! Have a wonderful sunday, my dear friend and great days of summer,

with love and hugs, Jade

hi-d said...

When I started reading this post...and saw the words, "simply irresistible"...I thought...Really? She's going to have another link party??? And then my wheels starting spinning towards, M & S and what I can come up with....hmmmm....count me in. I just hope I can deliver something fun. :)

Your sistah,

Leslie said...

What fun Anita! This will be perfect for summertime:) I've only been to France once and I cannot wait to go back. As for the language.. it's a struggle. Without hearing you, I know you speak beautifully.

I hope you are enjoying your weekend and thank you for visiting me today! xxL

Sarah said...

Anita, this sounds like a wonderful adventure for July. Count me in. It will give me a focus which just might help motivate my creative energy which has been at an all time low of late.
Your beautiful post here is inspiring!

Barbara said...

Dearest Anita, I love everything about this post all the pictures are so beautiful. The hand holding the grapes just shouts FRANCE. How can such a simple image be so captivating? The music and words are (as always) perfect. I loved your last blog party and know I’m going to have fun reading all the post and visiting the participants, but I don’t feel able to join in. My heart tells me I should be there, but my head tells me I will never have the time and will end up letting you down. Letting you down is not something I would ever want to do, so I will participate from the sidelines and enjoy every second of it. Have a wonderful day dear friend! xxxx Enjoy your party! xxx

Little Miss Titch said...

Oh Anita this is perfect,we are so in.....but where do I pick there are so many places Here in the UK and in the rest of Europe?Don't worry I will pick somewhere lovely...Thank you this is wonderful!Love you always Rachel and Speedy

Simplement ... said...

Moi c'est à l'esprit de ton blog, à ses images que je ne résiste pas !
Son raffinement et son romantisme m'enchantent.
Je t'embrasse tendrement

Simplement ... said...

Et bien sûr je participe !!!

Rosa said...

coucou Anita, tu as publié encore un joli article et comme d'habitude plein de merveilleuses images, je suis sans mots pour décrire tout que je sens devant la beauté de tes images.
je crois avoir compris que tu as besoin de Paris et de la France non ??? je l'aime beaucoup la France et je vais suivant en Provence, mais j'espère un jour aller voir Paris, un rêve que j'ai il fait beaucoup de temps déjà.
Je te souhaite un bon dimanche
gros bisous

It's me said...

I really don't now if i can join your party this year..we have our holliday right i have a blog pause...i made two blogs and than i am back again...i will let you know..if i can....lovely sunday my best friend far away !!! love love Ria....x !

Unknown said...

You've inspired me as always, Anita...I'm thinking of my European many to choose from ;) Looking forward to joining in your wonderful link party...such fun!
Happy Weekend xx

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Anita:

The images which you have chosen for this post are overwhelmingly lovely and, at the same time, so very tempting that we long once more to be exploring the unknown villages of France, sipping our morning coffee at Florian's in Venice, riding that fabulous pink scooter, strolling alongside some Dutch canal or simply delighting in all that the world has to offer.

And it is such a lovely idea to link travellers together in July; alas, we shall 'abroad' ourselves and unable to take part.

Robyn said...

Hi Anita,
As always, your choice of music, images and words swept me away and imagine my surprise when I read about the opportunity at the end! You can count me in, dear friend. I will try to live up to your beautiful space.
I love your new header, fabulous! I want to claim that space as my own! Hope you're having a wonderful weekend. Love and hugs. xoox

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Bonjour Rosa! Merci mille fois d'être venue me laisser un joli commentaire! Oui, les images sont sublimes, n'est-ce pas? Et la bannière, ces images sont les miennes! C'est mon atelier et un chandelier chez moi.

Ce que je propose ici c'est une "fête" de blog où on participe en écrivant un billet au sujet d'un pays européen, i.e. La France, Angle-Terre, n'importe ou en Europe. Ensuite, pendant la duration de la semaine 18-25 juillet, toutes les blogeuses cliquent sur les liens que je vais fournir ici chez moi, et on visite les blogs. C'est tout!

As-tu un blog? Anita

Denise said...

I'm so glad it wasn't Your last.What keeps Me blogging is the ladies I meet that somehow I enjoy their company even through this strange way of communicating.Yes,I would like to join in and tour Europe.I for one know where I'm going-the country side of Ireland. I loved the video and music-enchanting.Hugs and blessings to You Denise

Simplement ... said...

Tu as tout compris !
Je n'osais pas te le demander ...
Alors si tu veux bien explique moi plus en détails ... sur mon blog ou chez moi :
Merci beaucoup chère Anita
Gros bisous

deb famularo said...

Bonjour mon amie! Well, I thought of you as I was prancing around your home town L.A. I am extremely homesick now! My friend put it right, you can take the girl out of Cali, but you'll never take the Cali out of the girl! So sad, I would have been in Europe this past week and have actual photos of Italy and France for this blog hop to share, but God had different plans! L.A. is no Europe but Thousand Oaks I'll take in a heartbeat! Enjoy your blog hop. If I can think of anything worthy to post, I may join. XOXO

Celestina Marie said...

Good Morning Anita, what fun it will be to become a traveler visiting all the amazing places participants will share in Europe.
I would love to join in and travel along. Love this post and the inspiration it gives for our direction.
Simply Beautiful and Tu Me Manques Terriblement
Sunday Blessings~
p.s. loved the music in French as this is one I often play on the piano! "Dream a Little Dream of Me" Mama Cass sang this beautifully in English from the Mamas and the Papas

Fete et Fleur said...

Yes, of course, I will participate. Have a lovely day!


Lylou.anne said...

Quel délicieux moment passé sur ton blog Anita, un joli moment de bonheur en ce dimanche.
Tes images sont parfaitement choisies pour illustrer la France et je comprends qu'elle te manque. Ne sois pas triste, là où tu es, profite surtout.
Gros bisous et merci de ce bel hommage.

nélinha said...

Coucou ma douce amie, je sais depuis bientôt 1 an en somme depuis que j'ai découvert tes jolies pages que tu adorais notre pays, à chacun de tes billets une touche française tu y ajoutais...., tes mots, tes phrases tes images honorent à merveille la France.
Moi, tu vois je rêve de visiter ton pays et ceci depuis mon plus jeune âge....Mais pour cet été, se sera l'Angleterre, je me rapproche de toi tout doucement...Once upon a time a dream....Je te souhaite de nombreux participants à ton ravisant jeu...
Bisous tout plein

Karena said...

Dear Anita, so fun, and I would love to be included. I have several posts that are committed, let me see..... You must come and see my amazing time last weekend with my granddaughter Isabella at Andrea's, the French Basketeer! The Laguna Beach weekend at her estate was heavenly. I am excited to hear what you think.....

The Arts by Karena

Mary Hone said...

I would love to be a part of the blog party. Traveling vicariously is always fun.

Suz said...

I have a place in mind and I would like to join your link.

Simplement ... said...

MERCI, j'ai compris !!!
Gros bisous

Je ne sais pas encore ce que je ferais, mais je le ferai avec grand plaisir !!!
Gros bisous

Lynne said...

Thank you for the invitation!
I'm in!

nélinha said...

Je participe avec beaucoup de plaisir...
Bisous tout plein

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dearest Anita,

Bebe and I have always wanted to travel to Tuscany... So we would love to participate! See you there dear friend... Tell Tea Rat to grab his coat... This is going to be a fantastic link party!
Penny and Bebe
Thank you for hosting this

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

AWESOME! I know that you and Bebe (and even Tea Rat) are going to present a fun and original trip to take us to your dream place. I am putting your name on the list now!

Madelief said...

Dear Anita,

Thank you so very much for your sweet comment on my blog!!! What a good idea to organise a link party. Unfortunately I will not be able to take part, because I will be on holiday in England around that time. I will pop over and come and have a look though. Looking forward to see the beautiful parts of Europe that will be featured on the blogs.

Wishing you a Happy week!

Madelief x

Martina said...

Dearest Anita, just came home and saw your post - yes, of course i want to join your fabulous link party! It's a great idea! Hope you have a blissful weekend! I was away, visiting a friend who lives not so close by and we had lots of fun reconnecting and making plans for creatove projects. I thought of you, when we ate cherreies - remember- your joghurt, chocolate and cherry recipeß Love for a happy sunday!

toves sammensurium said...

Oh la la Anita…you just made me dream of France too!Looovely pictures,just the way I love them too!(And I dream of the dress on top as well although it would´t look that good on me )!!!!
I love your taste,and your eye for beauty and details,and you are such a sweet person as well!!!
Might just join in on your link party,will be thinking about it,it would definitely be fun!!!!
Have a wonderful new week dear friend!
Tove-hugs :)

Karen said...

What a fun linky party. I'll come and be prepared to share some details of my favorite country. As always, I love the music repast as I view your well written words and lovely images.
See you on the 18th

Troebadoer said...

Chère Anita,

Une fois de plus un message plein d'émotion et de désir, accompagné d'images superbes.
L'internet nous offre vraiment la possibilité d'une deuxième vie – a second life – qui enrichit notre vie quotidienne.
A votre blog, les jours se suivent et ne se ressemblent pas.
Avec le plus grand plaisir donc, je visite votre pays de conte magique.

Je vous souhaite des jours extatiques...

Audessus des collines vertes
du pays d'été
la beauté danse
la brise du sud chuchote :

N'oublie pas le parfum
des fleurs
que la vie vous donne...

N'oublie pas la tendresse
qui fleurit en autant de coeurs
et ne périra jamais...

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Chère Troebadoer,

Tes paroles ici me viennent au bon moment; je suis en train d'écrire un poème pour un groupe de poètes qui se reunissent chez nous, le mardi. Le poème c'est une villanelle, et c'est PAS facile! Mais tes propres mots ici, juste écrits depuis un courant d'émotion sont la vraie poèsie, et je te remercie.

La musique que tu me laisses aussi c'est parfait pour le moment exacte. Je te remercie de tout mon coeur pour ces "cadeaux" mon est dommage que tu n'aies pas de blog, mais je suis sûre que tu recevras mon message.

Tu es ma propre "fée" - que la magie demeure toujours! Anita

June said...

Even though I didn't participate in the party last year, I certainly loved touring the people who did dear Anita. Such great fun!!!
I hope you have a wonderful week my beautiful friend!

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Dearest Anita,
I am so happy to see you are continuing in your most enjoyable tour. Your photo selections are wonderful and you are building up excitement for us all to be swept away once again. I'm not sure if I will be able to join in with a post as much as I would love to, we are going away with friends for a long overdue holiday of carefree time and relaxation. It's been a difficult emotional journey in processing loss and getting away is much needed. Then on the 25th we have our parents memorial service but Anita I will email you and explain more in depth.
Much love,

Georgianna said...

Hello, Anita! Such a wonderful adventure to go on! Thank you for sharing my pink Vespa photo. Would love a credit or link if you can. I guess it's gone viral. Thanks so much. Georgianna. p. s. it was taken in Amsterdam. xo

Méa Strauß said...

Oh Anita, magic sharing of what is missing so much!
Thank you for this increadible inspiration I really NEEDED so much today! Why do we miss it? Why do so less people add style to their everyday lifes, if they miss and love it, need it so much? Because they do not dare to be individuals and do, what ONE does, the crowd?
I will never understand, walking through modern city streets of uniformity - I think of Orwell... and try to DO something against it with all of my Heart.
Hugs from Méa

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Anita your music here is just beautiful.....oh so French!!! I think I will sit this one out and visit other peoples travels' this time....what a wonderful idea!!!! Looking forward to my European adventure....Love you, Dzintra xo

Rhonda said...

How beautiful to visit you, I am inspired every single time. Your style takes me away.

Oui oui, I would love to join your European party. Much love, Rhonda

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Oh Dearest we have crossed paths lovely! Oh yes the exhilaration of this quilt....and to give it away to my Brother is such special a feeling!!! Oh the seaside was very fresh on Saturday evening and JoJo did get cold....but never mind, we came back and made a pizza and had red wine so all was well in our world!!!! Hope it is in yours' too.....Much Love and a seaside breeze coming your way.....Dzintra xo

Constance said...

I love that song, even if i am more familiar with it in English!
What a fun link party you are planning, dear Anita! I would love to be England:)
Hope you have a beautiful week.

Karena said...

Dear Anita, thank you so much for your wonderful and caring comments on my site....I have a new post up, I know that friends are not getting updates, and I cannot seem to fix the feed. Please subscribe by email. I do have a new post up today...

The Arts by Karena

June said...

I love Georgianna! She and I are great friends. Her mother and father lived in Boise for many years and I know the house her grandparents lived in. She is the most amazing photographer I have ever known. If you ever get a chance to go into her wonderful archives and see all the amazing places she has gone in her life and what she has will take your breath away.
G is such a love.
sending hugs...

Unknown said...

Glorious words and images...the music makes it all come alive my darling friend. I miss Paris too! I feel like I had a mini journey by reading your post. I enjoyed linking up last year and hope to do the same this summer. We will be traveling in Portugal and Spain until the 18th but I will hope to overcome jet lag in time to take part in this lovely group. In the mean time, you'll see some glimpses of Europe on my instagram. Enjoy your lovely summer Anita dear!
xx, Heather

Privet and Holly said...

My life is too unpredictable
this summer to commit to
joining the party, but you can
be certain that I will certainly
stop by and take a peek in
the window : ) ! ! !

What a beautiful idea and
eloquent invitation, Anita!

xo Suzanne

Splenderosa said...

I cannot resist! I'm IN bigtime, Anita...and I am so so happy you changed it up a bit, and that you are doing it again this summer. I am in Italy right now, so you know what my post with be about. This is super !!

BRASWELL said...

yes, I would love to join + don't know which country yet + i have some in mind + thank you amita.

millefeuilles said...

Dearest Anita,

Oh, after our last email this is a most fortunate surprise for me How wonderful! Yes, please count me in; I would be honoured to be included.

I miss you too, dearest Anita! And that first photograph is absolutely stunning. I love the idea that the young woman is dressed in a magic rooftop dress. My parents appartment in the 2ième arrondissement in Paris is on the 5th floor. How many hours I have stood on the balcony staring at those Parisian rooftops....



renae said...

As in last year dear Anita, I will be off doing my own thing at Simple Sequins. So please continue to consider me a dear friend but c'est la vie on the party. I shall be hosting my own style gals and their fun stuff they share. Your post are always so unique and as they should be. Love to you my dearest. These photos and words are lovely here today. I'm not feeling too awful this time. chemo 4 is being nicer. Food tastes right and water doesn't take like it has been settle in an old tin can this time. yay! Happy July and many wonderful summer moments for you, my friend! ♥, Renae

Troebadoer said...

Chère Anita,

J'ai bien reçu ta dernière réaction.
Je suis ravi de tes réponses toujours positives et enthousiastes.
Mais quand on a de la patience, cela peut arriver de temps à temps,
de trouver lelong du chemin incertain de notre vie, des fleurs d'une beauté étrange et enchantante.
Pour moi la signification de notre existence se trouve dans ces rares moments d'extase et de bonheur
dans la rencontre d'un autre être humain.

Dans la lumière transparante
des jours bleus
je t'avais vu
une fleur tendre
dans un monde
de clarté rayonnante

Sous l'arbre du ciel
je te voyais
O, quelle beauté
dans la silence
de tes yeux
et je demandais :
Où vas-tu...

Unknown said...

Dear Anita, always such a beautiful post. I will be joining you this year, why not? Life is so short and this sounds too fun!

xoxo Mary Jo

Unknown said...

Hi Anita,
I love your Simply party every year. I would love to join you.


Unknown said...

Hi again Anita, I don't have your email but wanted to let you know I'll do a post linked to on the 18th!


jerilanders said...

Okay, so, we don't have to have actually BEEN there? If that is the case, I can come up with a destination I have longed for many a moon. Count me in!

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Hello dearest Anita!!!!
How are you? It is SUPER HOOOT here today!!!! We're under a heat advisory & the Midwest is getting slammed with severe storms!!!! How are you??? Is your weather calmer I hope??? This is kind of late in the season for such crazy storms!!!!
I posted a photo in my new blog post of the vintage coat I bought that I was telling you about!!!! I can't wait to hear what you think!!!!!
Did you go shopping?
Hope you had a fabulous day!!!!
Can you believe this is the last day of June??????? Whoa!!!!!!
Love & Hugs,

La Contessa said...

AS before I do not know how to link in!Do you think someone can teach me before the 18th of July?
I know just ridiculous,but I do not know how.
I have to give some thought about a DREAM EUROPEAN I love all of Europe.
This might be too tuff an assignment for moi!!!

hi-d said...

It looks like the turnout is already going to be good on this link party. This is going to be so much fun. I'm thinking maybe an Italian theme for the boys? hmmm...we'll see. Thanks so much for your visit Anita. I hope your week is full of lots of good books and writing. :)

Love to you,

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Shannon! I tried four times to leave you a comment on your beautiful blog post, but they never, ever went through! I hope you get this message! Anita

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Carolyn, I just went to your ORCA post! Fascinating to hear them "snort!" I cannot leave a comment on your blog my friend. I hope you get this message and just know that some blogs are having trouble leaving and receiving comments. Anita

The enchanted home said...

Wow Anita what a beautiful post to come home....magical and dreamy!! I just may need to participate in this one. Thank you for the virtual getaway....loved it and hope you are well.

Deborah said...

Good morning Anita!
France? I cant wait to return and see all the sights!
I have missed you so, and am sending all my love your way!
Hugs xo

All my heart,
Deborah xoxoxoxo

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Deborah! I went to your blog earlier and tried to leave a comment but was unable to ! BLogger is having problems because this happened to me five times this morning with other bloggers. It was fun to see you with your daughter! Happy Canada day my friend! XOXOXO Anita

Pura Vida said...

Good morning sweet Anita...I see from your response above that the trouble was not my imagination...oh well...I just loved looking at your lovely photos over and over...they are always breathtaking and I could look at them all day long! I hope you are having a wonderful wonderful summer. Happy 4th too!

La Contessa said...

YOU Talked me into it!But its a hard topic for me!I am LIVING THE DREAM with the EUROPEAN HUSBAND!!

Anonymous said...

Oh, oh, oh... I so want to participate. Love this idea!

The BUTT'RY and BOOK'RY said...

Hmmmmmm....OK YES ......I WILL !!
Hugs, Linnie

renae said...

I zipped and zapped my blog around last night. I had the desire but was n't sure if my energy would sustain me. This chemo 4 is pretty much amazing. I just have a 'zombie walk' and a bit of a sore throat, achy neck. I am heading back to bed now tho, for a bit of a nap. Yesterday I only had to have two naps and I only slept for about 20 of the each time being in bed. Just tossed and turned and read stuff on Instagram mostly. I am getting better!!! ♥

VM Creation Atelier said...

Hello dearest Anita!
I see this absolutely beautiful and inspirational post again!:)))
I love France immensely much,but Spain makes me so special happy....
I can imagine HOW much bloggers should be a members of your great party,dear friend!:)))

My brightest hugs to you!

Unknown said...

Incredible piece, as usual. I am disappointed over not receiving a reply to the message I left you on Google+ a week or so ago. I hope you-all have been okay.

Red Rose Alley said...

Good Morning, Anita.

I am finally able to comment. I sent you an e-mail. I am just browsing through all these lovely pictures - the pink motor bike, the girl with the long hair on the balcony, and aahh the old man reading his paper. I'll tell you something, when me and husband were first dating, he used to ride over on his mo-ped (that's what it was called back then), and he would drive it home late at night, and that was his transportation for awhile. But wasn't I worth it? hehehe.

Tu Me Manques......I love that.

Have a beautiful day.


Jade said...

Thank you soooooooo much for your lovely comment, my dearest Anita........what a joy for me! I would really love to be a part of your link it ok. when I create a little bit french post but all pictures taken here in Bavaria? Think it will be great! I´ll put your banner on my blog and take pictures for the 18. July. Please let me know if that´s ok. and have a wonderful summer day,

with love, Jade

Anonymous said...

Eeeee! Claro que si!!! Por supuesto que quiero participar!!!!!
Certainly!!! Of course I want to participate!!!!!
Yes, I speak, think, and live in two languages, and yes, yes,, si, si...I am beyond happy that you are hosting this wonderful gathering again. We need more of this in our blog community again, more connecting to connect and nothing more.
Thank you, my friend.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Chère amie, mi amiga! BUENO, BUENO! Quieres participar? teeehee

OK, I'm adding you to the list my dear friend! Isn't it great to think in more than one language? Sometimes I forget the English word and go to French; if I'm angry, I go to SPANISH! love it....

Jade said...

Thank you, my dearest Anita.........I´m looking forward............
á la prochaine, Jade

The French Hutch said...

I want to join in the party Anita, hope I’m not to late to sign up!
Happy Fourth of July!

Ivy Clad said...

Hey there, stranger. I've missed you! (I'm the one whose been MIA, I know.) How are you? This looks like so much fun. It will be so much fun to read all the posts. Next year, if you do this again, I hope to join in.

Keri said...

OH how i love the way you line things up so creatively sweet Anita! i love scrolling very slowly anticipating each next surprise, BEAUTIFUL post! and what a grand idea about European photos and links. i can't be included, too much going on this summer. But you can bet i'll be peeking in when there is time. Thank you for doing this! hope you are having a wonderful time off! xoxo

Barbara said...

Good morning dear friend, I’ve just woken up and found your lovely, warm comment. I won’t be blogging for a while, but I will be visiting and sharing in with all the fun. I’m really sorry I can’t participate, but it will give me more time to visit and comment on the other blogs. I feel like I could sleep for a week, but I hope a few 'play days' will revitalise me. Enjoy your party, I know I will! Love Barbara xx

VM Creation Atelier said...

This would be my FIRST time if I do it,dear Anita:)*
I don't know how to describe all my feeling in the right words.....
When I see how many gorgeous blog members want to do this link party,I think:''OH,my....."

But I like it SO,SO very much,my dear friend:)))*

V. said...

"what i hope to do at least once"...then you will love. as i have learned techniques and finding my own soul in my work i was remembering back when i shared with a young friend "i want to do a giant collage, with my own painting, adding quotes, poetry and other peoples photos (or own)" hEIDI said, "you will" with such assuredness... the first was for my dad, and when he passed last august, my sister Candy took the piece and hung it in her home, telling me it was there and for the taking any day. well, when i visited she and family this june, i saw and cried, knowing, it's right where it should stay. it is a piece mainly with photos of me and dad and a few others in the mix. and it tells such a story of the LOVE that runs through our entire family (my sister saw and felt this) doesn't get any better in life than this.
back to you: as you go along (all of us) things start coming together, so many surprises and magic, unexpected creations...YOU WILL!!! in fact--i know they have already...there will just be more to and i both know....XOXO said...

did i say THANK YOU, i treasure you and your words immensely...xo

Anonymous said...

Renae, I just saw your comment and while I do not know you, my prayers are with you in this journey. I was my father's caregiver and this can be such a hard time. Sending many blessings and prayers.

Stacey said...

Yippee!! I'm reading as I wait for Zion to finish his piano lessons and had to restrain myself from screaming with glee about this post!!! You know I'm in! When I get home and get on the computer later tonight, I will grab your banner and place it on the blog. So, we are going beyond France for this one, meaning it does not have to be about France? So excited!! Happy 4th to you too! xx

Ivy Clad said...

Hi there, friend! Your messages on my blog always elevate my day. Thank you, thank you for your kind words!

Talk to you again soon!
Keri said...

YOU my Friend DELIGHT my senses down to my very toes and right into my soul! OXOX

Anonymous said...

Anita, I'm so excited, to join in!! Your 'Europe: Simply Irresistible Link Party' sounds like a wonderful adventure! Of course, I'm a bit nervous, as this will be a very BIG step for my new, little blog. My heart tells me that I MUST do it ~ and when my heart speaks, I must listen! So, I have chosen a very special European destination. It felt like we were living in a fairy tale village during our weeklong stay in this special place! Perhaps I will email you with a question or two.. I'm so looking forward to this adventure!
♡ Dawn

Red Rose Alley said...

I wanted to make sure that I said "HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY" to one of my sweetest blog friends ever!

Have a fun day and celebration. Not doing much here, just having a barbecue and maybe going up on the hill to watch the fireworks with husband. Do you have any plans?


Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Dear Anita, happy 4th of July to you. I hope you are relaxing and spending time with loved ones. We are relaxing today, after we attended a baseball game yesterday, complete with fireworks. Lovely idea sharing one's dream European vacation. xo

prince snow farm said...

YESSSSSS! Please count me in my friend! As always, your words and images are captivating!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Sweet Linda! Have a great fourth out there in beautiful California! I bet your table setting is colorful! Big hugs, Anita

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anita,

Happy Independence day dear friend to you and your husband and wishing you the most wonderful weekend.
Thank you dear friend for organizing this and including me in your fabulous European Irresistible party - will share the link on my blog, merci beaucoup.

irma said...

Je n'ai pas compris ce qu'il fallait faire pour participer; le choix de tes photos est superbe.
Bon dimanche.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Bonjour Irma! Merci d'être venue et de m'avoir laissée un commentaire! Tout d'abord, il faut avoir un blog afin de participer. Vous êtes bienvenue de participer, mais j'ai remarqué que vous n'avez pas de blog? SI OUI, c'est très simple. Le 18 juillet, on affichera un billet. Au cours de la durée jusqu'au 25 juillet, on rend visite aux autres blogs en laissant des commentaires. On fait des amies. Le but ou bien, le thème c'est l'Europe: quel pays, village, ville aimez-vous, et pourquoi? Les photos, les recettes, les arts, la poèsie, n'importe quoi peut être votre sujet.

MERCI! Anita

VM Creation Atelier said...

This is indeed,very excited and wonderful,Dear Anita!
Thankyou so much for this chance:)
Wish you lovely new Summer week ahead,dear friend!
And if do you have one little free minute,read please my last post:) THANKYOU for your time always!


Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic said...

Hello beautiful Anita!!!!
How was your 4th of July?
My husband and I had fun just relaxing, going out to eat, & shopping.
There are A LOT of great sales now!!!!
I just celebrated 3 years of blogging!!!! I can hardly believe it's been 3 years!!!! You have been one of my first blogger friends and stayed with me through this blogging journey.
I can't thank you enough for your friendship, kindness, and support!!!!!
Thanks for everything!!!!!

Jen Beaudet said...

Oh wow Anita! I'm so happy I clicked to see what you've been up to! I missed this last year and so want to join in! Thank you so much for hosting this party! I've never been to France…or any where in Europe...yet…but someone so close to me is enjoying it for me right now! I'm getting new photos everyday that I'm going to be doing paintings of soon!
I hope you had a wonderful Independence Day Anita! Enjoy the rest of your summer! Jennifer:)

toves sammensurium said...

Hey Anita,one more chance for me to enjoy your beautiful pictures,as I wanted to pop in and say hello and wish you a wonderful new week!!!! Have to ask you if the top pictures are from your own home (in the logo) - they take my breath away!!!!
And yes,I would love to join your link party,if it´s not too late?Already working on it ;)))
Enjoy the little things and wonderful moments in life sweet friend!
TOvehugs ;)

Beth at PlantPostings said...

Great idea! I haven't been to Europe much, but I've enjoyed what I've seen--only London, a bit of Zurich, and several parts of Italy. Always enjoy virtual trips to your blog, though!

Martina said...

My sweet Anita, thank you for coming and visiting my dog gallery - so glad you like the airedale, because i do, too!° And, that you enjoy summer! We have a rainy day today - but i'm glad for the garden was getting very dry and needs the water. Have an iinspiring day - am dreaming away about dstinations to post about for your link party ...

The Dutchess said...

Dearest..your party's are the best..and I'm looking forward to it..I will visit them all!!

irma said...

Merci pour les explications. L'adresse de mon blog est à la fin de mon commentaire. Je participerai avec plaisir.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Bonjour Irma! Je viens de remarquer votre réponse ici - hier, j'ai eu des problèmes technologiques à cause du temps. Il faisait orageux, alors, pas d'électricitié pendant 24 heures!

Je suis ravie d'avoir votre nom et lien sur la liste maintenant! Merci pour votre adresse ici. J'aurais laissé un commentaire chez vous, mais les commentaires sont fermés.

SUPER! Je vais afficher un dernier billet dans quelques jours en vous rappellant de notre "JEU."

MERCI! Si vous avez des questions, n'hesitez pas de me laisser un commentaire. Amusez-vous! Anita

therelishedroost said...

Such a gorgeous French post! I just returned from Ireland with lots of images so would love to join in on this party!! What fun and I hope your Summer is treating you well!

Elaine said...

Hmm, I have to think of my dream destination. There are so many places I want to visit it's hard to pick one. I would lie to join your party.

Your images of France are dreamlike. How can one country have all the beauty? Just an amazing destination.

Kim said...

What a fun and creative idea! I am with you, a French lover since my first year of language classes in 7th grade! My kids study it now and it's so much fun to converse with them, in French, as they do their homework. It's amazing what comes back to you after so many (many!) years! I see your comments on Carol's Art and Sand blog and today I decided to click on over to your blog. I am so glad that I did. I could not stop scrolling...just lovely! I hope it's been a lovely summer, so far!

Anonymous said...

Hi Anita! I just wanted to thank you so much for helping my mom to find the perfect picture for my birthday post, and for being such a sweet friend to all us girls at Red Rose Alley. Wishing you a lovely day! ~Nel

Red Rose Alley said...

Yes, that is me holding her, and I was only 21 years old! The other pictures are all of Nel.

I'm going to e-mail you right now and tell you a story about one of the pictures.


Karena said...

Dear Anita, I may not have it together for this fabulous party, however I will be visiting everyone that I possibly can!

You are in my thoughts always!

The Arts by Karena

hi-d said...

Hi Anita,
Thanks for stopping by yesterday. I hope your weather starts cooperating and getting nicer. It seems strange to lose power in the summer...maybe that's not strange for the Midwest?

We are having warm's been beautiful...temps in the 90's forecasted for the long range forecast. Wow!

I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week!

Love ya sis,

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

Dear Anita...How much fun you are going to have flying around Europe on your magical tour!...I shall definitely make sure I visit and will let you know if I can join's going to be so much fun as always!..x
I hope those awful storms have passed you by now lovely lady....
Wishing you a happy Thursday!
Susan x

La Petite Gallery said...

Oh Anita, you had me swaying in my desk chair with the French song Dream a little dream,
this is such a gorgeous post. The roof tops of Paris are wonderful. I would like to do the thing with
Europe, but I am tied up with a week of sitting and helping with an art show for a great Artist and friends memorial, he passed away last year and we are doing a show for his art scholarship fund. I will try to peek in though. Big hug and keep blogging, You have the best blog on internet. yvonne

Anonymous said...

I am going to try to join in and hope that I can measure up to the others. I am immersed in my new HOME and location, but I will try hard to dream about yet another strange place!!!!

Sarah Coller said...

Wonderful! I'd love to join---thanks so much for the opportunity!


Jill of All Trades said...

I would like to be added to the list please. Working on the post right NOW! What fun!

Anonymous said...


You have such interesting photos! I love the aesthetics.

Palomasea said...

Dear one, here I am again to try and leave a comment...
I love all of YOUR gorgeous, my friend!
This post is dreamy...the music, your words, and the images....I would indeed LOVE to participate...I don't want to miss a party chez Anita! :)
Je t'embrasse...xoxoxo

vicki archer said...

CAn't wait to come to your party, Anita... of course... :)
I love seeing how we all celebrate in our unique and individual ways...
Much love, xv.

Anonymous said...

Well, my lovely friend, come see what YOU inspire. Not only a second Simply Irresistible party post, but a most delicious dinner for Mr G and myself tonight. I cannot tell you how long I've been wanting to add this recipe to my blog properly, and I refuse to post photographs I do not live, so soup's on tonight...and Pavarotti...and how perfect to link all of it to your party.
Thank you for all you do, Anita fairest.
Buon appetito!

Anonymous said...

Post photographs I take and do not live that is.

marie paule faure said...

Hello Anita, what a success your party is! it is so touching to feel connected with so many people around the world. I did not expect anything like that.

Merci beaucoup et bravo!!

Bipard said...

Your blog is filled with unique good articles! I was impressed how well you express your thoughts.

Meesho APP | Meesho APK