Monday, September 21, 2009

Back in blogland with a smile on my face....and here's to friendship


I'm so glad to be back in blogland after all this time spent half lying down, half reading, half walking slowly. Still, no dancing for me alas but well little by little. One week ago, I celebrated my birthday with my lovely friends who brought cakes, more books to read (I've just discovered Nancy Mitford and loved it and laughed with Graham Greene with Travels with my aunt) and a beautiful handmade marmalade which my sweet friend Josiane made with tangerines from her garden.

My darling Gym gave me this exquisite perfume flask crafted by some local artisans. I love it so much and placed it right under my field of vision whenever I lie down to read. It's quite unique don't you think?



I also got this adorable vintage Spanish tea cup from Tim. So cute ! I now use it everyday for breakfast and it so brightens my day....
Monchéri was sad because he had ordered a big bunch of red roses to be delivered on that day and the guy just never showed up !
oh well...in the end we laughed because after all this kind of thing can happen in Andalusia....
and with or without roses, I told him I couldn't have been happier...

In the morning, the postman brought a package filled with some of my favorite French sweet things and sent by my mom who is now in France. She knows I love meringue lemon pie but couldn't really send a real one by post so she got me a nice ersatz, tiny lemon tartlets by Bonne Maman (also because she knows I love the design of this brand!). She added 3 packages of my favorite madeleine, the typical madeleine de Commercy....I guess one really has to be fussy about sweets like me to tell the difference with ordinary madeleines ! By the time I write this post, alas there are only 2 madeleines left and I'm keeping them preciously for tea this afternoon with Monchéri with what is left of the exquisite tangerine marmalade.

The week following my birthday, I kept thinking I should really call my friends more often. We're so busy with our own life and we never actually ponder about the value and meaning of friendship. Now I know for sure genuine friendship is such a treasure...

I also thought I should blog more about my friends...well...you already know Gym from here and here. She just started a blog called The Sandpit Club about her life in Andalusia, her job as a decorator on ads and movie sets, her very special shop Camel Stop. You know Josiane's home from here. I've been wanting to post since a lot time ago, about my other dear French friend Anne-Muriel who owns a charming rural hostal in another village. I promise I'll do so in the near future. We all live in the Lecrin valley in the south of Granada in different villages.
Last but not least, some of you already know my friend Tim, a very talended photographer (he is the author of my banner) who writes the very colorful blog Mediterranean Life, Interior Design and Photography. We always have a good laugh with Tim because he's brimming with the most funny and interesting ideas. We sometimes get together for photos projects. I'm planning to make another tableau vivant with him for a new banner and he's planning to...but sssh...I can't say it yet ! Last year, we spent a series of very enjoyable sundays shooting Monchéri making a lemon meringue pie....And where is it you'll ask me ?
Well...the truth is I was supposed to edit it but I'm totally crap at it....Yes Tim, if you happen to read this post...sorry I need you again !!

I'll end this post wishing you a very nice start of the week hoping autumn in your part of the world rhymes with alegretto ad libitum...
I haven't visited all of you yet but I'm on my way slowly but surely !

I'm so happy to tell you : see you on wednesday and most important
Let love be in the air !

24 comments:

Steven D! feat. Charly_GC said...

Hi Lala,
nice to read from you again!
With best regards to your castle in Spain from Germany
Steven D!
Let love be everywhere! ;-)

philippe said...

Meringues, gateaux , cadeaux , douceur ... un formidable anniversaire. Un joyeux anniversaire un peu en retard, Lala .Je te souhaite de la joie et de la douceur ...
Mélanie

Yoli said...

So happy you are back my beautiful girl! I hope you had a happy birthday!

Steph said...

I hope your birthday was happy, even though you're not completely back "in the swim" of things, as we say here in the States.

Oh, how I relate to your friend, Gym. Thank you for showing the way to her blog.

Heal quickly; enjoy all the cakes you want, lovely lady!

alette siri ane said...

I am glad you had a happy birthday!I have touched too many buttons on my data machine and your address went away,and when trying to klick your email address my maskin will not load it,so please will you send it again to me?

alette siri ane said...

I am glad you had a happy birthday!I have touched too many buttons on my data machine and your address went away,and when trying to klick your email address my maskin will not load it,so please will you send it again to me?

Dakota Bear said...

Happy Birthday wishes and many many more.

I had not read your last post, so I didn't know you had undergone surgery. I'm happy to read you are recuperating and getting back to some of the things you enjoy.

TheChicGeek said...

Oh, Happy Birthday, Sweet Girl! What a lovely celebration not only for your arrival upon this earth but to your return to Blogland...LOL

So good to see you back! I LOVE the teacup...so cute!!

Happy Birthday!

Hugs to you :D
Kelly

Susie Hemingway said...

Such pretty gifts and a charming post - I have enjoyed this short visit to your blog - I will return once again - much enjoyed, thank you.

oiasantorini said...

Happy birthday lovely ;-)

Years and years of good health to you !

Simply Mel said...

Lala,

You are adored by so many...and so deserved!

I can't wait to see photos of the Christmas cards!

Bisous,
Melissa

David Engel said...

Hi Lala!

Happy Birthday!!!!! I had no idea. Love the Flask! Love the Tea cup! Love the little food stuffs! Will your friends adopt me?!?!?!!? Most of all, I am thrilled you are feeling better.

Cheerio,

David

The Girl From Cherry Blossom Street said...

Lala!!
Oh I hope someday I get to enjoy a cup of tea with you. That vintage spanish tea cup is quite lovely!
And I love madeleines!
[My] mon Chéri came back from South of France and brought home madeleines! :-)

Happy birthday!!!

studioJudith said...

Lala .....
I'm happy your friends spoiled you on your birthday - wonderful treats for a wonderful BirthdayGirl!
HappyHappy .....
Judith

Carey said...

Happy Birthday! You really hauled in the goodies. Oh, that cup & saucer! Grrrr. Ooops, sorry, just being coveteous.

The roses that never came:( Well, if that's typical of the service in the region, then it's kind of a cute story. Perhaps roses that never arrive truly are Andalucian roses?

maría cecilia said...

It´s so great to hear from you again Lala... and please receive a big hug for your birthday!!! have a great whole year of very, very happy and divine life darling!!!
muchos cariños
maría cecilia

Diana said...

Welcome back and happy birthday!

A Cuban In London said...

Bienvenue, cherie! I hope you feel much better. You've been heavily missed.

Greetings from London.

Des said...

It really is wonderful that you are back and I hope that you had a very happy birthday! Please take care.

Des

luna miranda said...

welcome back, Lala! glad to hear you had a wonderful birthday. the gifts you got from your friends are wonderful!

kendalee said...

Hi Lala, so glad to hear that you are feeling a little stronger and better every day, and that you had a lovely Birthday, full of treats and gifts and the love of friends and family near and far! You will soon be back to your dancing self!!! :) xo

Christina said...

i love you Lala, you make my day. : ) Mum's in France now, huh? xoxo

Carla said...

HI Lala, thanks for your lovely post, I checked out Tims blog, fabulous. Will look through the others. Hope you had a great summer. Carla

Claire said...

so glad to see that you are on the mend. your spirit shines through lala and its beautiful... as always.

birthdays like the one you have described are magical aren't they?

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