THAI COCONUT CHICKEN CURRY

DSC_0015.JPGGood evening lovely people.  I hope your Summer is well in and that your gardens are all blooming.  But not like in London, the weather has changed.  June???  We are embracing some very chilly cold weather, damp and at times some cloudy sun.  We may never know what is on the horizon.
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Sewing, Ribbons, Buttons & The Rest

Hello everybody and welcome to my next post.  It has been good weather for the past couple of days.  We have been having sunny weather and only tonight we have had some rain at the same time.  we have been having some cool winds, and the weather has been wonderful, since we know summer will show up.
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Signs of Spring – Daffodils tells us so!

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Hello everybody! What’s new going on around yours in the thought of Spring? I’ve been busy with my crafting works doing quilting which will be posted a bit later in the month.   I am always on the go with my sewing as I am making some beautiful pairs of curtains that will be going to the other side of the pond in the Seychelles islands.  I wish I was in the place of these curtains, you know what I mean?  Well, but for the time being, some daffodils will do.
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This year is already running too fast!

002I have so many things that I think I would like to share with everyone I love and know.  I have thoughts, consideration, reflections, observations and many things that create happiness or make us admire, surprised and amazed.
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Bleak Flow of Existence

Bleak stretch of time comes crawl in, always unannounced, and overlooked. They grab you by a bombshell, and when you look for the bullets you cannot even find a trigger to confront with them.  All you can manage to survive with is some old songs of faded times that made you felt better once.
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Photos of the past!

003I am bringing back a bit of my past that I have already posted on certain occasions here on my blog.  Like we say, “the past is a good place to visit.” My white and blue jug vase never ceased to accompany some flowers, I love filling this jug with flowers, wouldn’t you if you have some jugs like mine?
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My French Holiday 2016 – Chateau Pompadour

dsc_0316Last year in June 2016 I holidayed in the “Farming province of Limousin,” the greenest province of France.   I had all the marvelous time a holiday could be.   I did not get the chance to visit Chateau Pompadour as it wasn’t listed at all on the list of venues I wanted to see while there.
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Preparations of Christmas

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We are almost end of the year and I am sure we are all thinking of the Season that we are about to embrace.  Christmas is a time of year that each and every family thinks of what they wish to do and how they wish to spend this special time of year.

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Treignac the Ancient Village

DSC_0212One day in the week, we decided to go out for some visits.  Got into the car, simply dressed and off we went down the road to the charming village of Treignac.
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Rouen – une ville qui pleure (Rouen – a city that mourns)

en ce jour, samedi 6 Août 2016, j’envoie mon amour à la ville de Rouen en France. Une ville qui est en deuil de la perte des vies qui ont péri dans un incendie. France un pays qui souffre jour après jour! Je me souviens des familles qui ont perdu leurs proches et mon coeur va au peuple français. repose en paix les anges. La France je t’aime!

DSC_0109In this day, Saturday 6th August 2016, I send my love to the city of Rouen in France. A city who is mourning the loss of lives that perished in a fire. France a country that is suffering day after day! I remember the families who lost their loved ones and my heart goes out to the French people. Rest In Peace angels. La France je t’aime!

Christmas 2014 arrangement at home

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To us Christmas is a family tradition which has been passed on from one generation to another.  And without a traditional, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas.
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Long ago we used to go and cut our tree ourselves.  It was a holiday tradition as old as the family itself.  And in a developed world, and busy lifestyles, Christmas is still a family tradition, and for lots of us families, we find out that we go down to our village markets to buy the tree or get our tree delivered home.  And Christmas Starts right here!  One of the things which brings meaning to our life are our family traditions.   These can be traditions we grew up with or the traditions we create for ourselves in our own families.  Christmas is a time of year rich in traditions.      
005Christmas stories are worth hundreds of books.  They showed me where I have come from and I reflected of who I have become.  And it has taught me a lot about families and friends on the whole.  Christmas have provided me with lots of answers to questions that I have been longing for many years.  It is a time that I re-examine myself and I realized that there are things that I may have been overlooking.  At Christmas time when I see family stories, it is the time that truly makes me aware that writing what I see is the only way that will remind myself of a lot of activities that had happened, and it prepares of how I am going to face the year ahead of me.                                                                                        006Christmas is the time to touch every hearts with Love and Care.  Christmas is the time to receive and send blessings.  It is the time to gather round with friends and families and keep the holiday tradition alive.                                                                                                   009Decorating our tree each year is the art of opening our old trunk filled with old Christmas cards, and reading wishes of families and friends.  And many more stories of bygone days.  The Antique decorations that we have collected over the years and together we hang them over the tree.  And plus this year I decided that some old vintage books would make a beautiful stand for our vintage Copper Vase holding our tree.                                                           011Today’s daily lifestyle is very hectic.  It is easy to forget the most important things on our list as we rush through the day.  Christmas is traditionally a Christian holiday but I think one of the reasons Christmas is special to us all is that it is a time of year when we prioritize our family and those dear to us.  Lasting memories are created when we gather together with our families and friends to celebrate friendships with the special people in our lives.                                                                                                                                        012My mother is no longer here and my tree honors her memory and brings more joy to my home at Christmas.  Without her motherly upbringing that she gave to me and the traditional ways of Christmas she taught me, I wouldn’t be who I am today.  I am so grateful for having had a mother like her and the Christmas tradition she instilled in me, I filled my home with them all every Christmas Season.                                                                     055In today’s world we are inundated with images of Christmas from the media.  We are told that it is all about buying expensive gifts for each other.  In today’s challenging economic times it is a tragedy that parents spend way more than they can afford to try and please their children.  The sad truth is that, “money can’t buy you love.”  A Christmas holiday is about time spent together with  loved ones.  It is about gifts that comes from the heart and it is about the thousands of years of tradition that marks the holiday season.                             029This year I made a change in the decoration of my tree.  I went rather simple with some red roses, white Chrysanthemum and some other white flowers.  And together with some vintage pieces of art I managed to make a beautiful and simple arrangement as I call it “Our Family Christmas Tree of 2014.”  I did not forget my vintage pitcher vase.  I thought I would give it a go at filling it with some green leaves and read berry flowers.  And having it in a corner of our home, it brings happiness, smiles, and memories of long time ago remembered.
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Our Candle Holder made it to our vintage chest in the Living Room with tea-light candles and some vintage collections of decorations made it simple for our way we like to see our home decorated at Christmas Time.  For me Christmas is a special time to give , to serve, and to love.  It isn’t just about ourselves or myself, but others that we can think of.            024Brings back memories of long, long time ago, when I read the story of “a new child is born in Bethlehem and how many shepherds and angels came to see him.”  They were the days of being a child growing up in a traditional home.  And until today Christmas is still traditional in my life.                                                                                                                                      christmas-pussy-catsChristmas is the time when I think of the old school Christmas Play of “when Mary and Joseph arrived in Bethlehem to find a place to lay their child.”  And singing the traditional song “Away in a Manger, No Crib for the Child.”  A Long Long Time Ago Remembered!041I smile when I adore my tree and I feel that my heart is connected closer to those of my family members who are no longer around.  Closer to those who are far away from us.  It brings back my childhood memories at Christmas time under the Christmas tree at home. I see the whole of my past life in the beauty of our tree.                                                                     036To all my friends and families who cannot be here for Christmas this 2014, May I wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and Joy to Your world.  I take this opportunity to dedicate our Red Christmas Rose to all of you who  have stopped by to read my Blog in 2014.  And Also to those of my fans who have LIKED my posts through the whole year.                                         044Christmas at home in London.  A way of how we like to live.  Vintage is one great big part of our lives.  We like to live with many aspects of the past rather than what is being invented within this technology world of today.  I strongly believe that my ancestors lived in a happier world than mine.  They had it all, and they had it all that had characters and value.                                                                                                                                                                   043Thank you for stopping by to read about the Christmas Tradition together with me.  I wish you all a Happy Seasonal Holiday
 MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!
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(Please note that all pictures and writings in this context belongs to My Country Epoque and they are my original properties)

The Call

dscn0344I have been thinking about “change,” and who I was this time 21 years ago.  I know I was a lot more, soft, timid, and I allowed lots into my life.  I am no longer that person anymore.

This time 21 years ago, I was waiting on a call that I thought was never going to come.  And now, I am making the call.

I do not know exactly when I changed, or how, but I know at some point, between cutting my strings, escaping my cage, and building my wings, I set myself free.                                       471756_306322786126473_587840278_o“I have made mistakes I can never rewind and I have excuses that you will never believe” and when I think back on this phrase, it is the one meaning that gives me confidence and alerts me that “I AM NOT PERFECT” and to me perfectly “IMPERFECT ” makes me GREAT deep within me.

I have driven many roads, some of them with dangerous sharp bends,   but one thing I experienced along the way is that “the BOULEVARD to TRIUMPH was DUSTY with many enticing stopping bays.”                                                                                            dscn1993-copy-copy-copyAt certain crossroads, I felt there is something I needed to do which I should have done many years ago.  I got rid of a streams of connections and they fell out because I shook the branches of my life, and am glad I did.

My hardest regrets are  the days spent with the wrong flow of peeps.  I learned my lessons, I passed my exams, and I am glad I went through them all, and when I look back on the years, they all make sense to me.

And here I am today, standing my grounds, strong, intelligent, mature and experienced. I progressed from them all.  It was not easy, it was hard, but I did it, and I can tell you, I have become a well tough person and still good at heart!                                                                             dscn1992I have made the best decisions, and at some points, I have reached a certain parts of my goals in life, though there “maybe” still more to achieve, I am happy where I have reached.  Am loving “what I have” and I don’t worry about “what I don’t have.”  I AM WHO I AM!

But I know something for sure, “Someday, someone’s going to look at me like I am the best thing in the world.”  It is like I want to say that “I cannot be good enough for everybody, but I will always be the BEST for the ones who deserves me!”

The best gift I gave to the people who came and left was my HEART because I gave them a place where there was LOVE, and it made me realised that my dream will defeat reality if I give it a chance.                                                                                                                                                  470547_306322479459837_1862265792_oWithin the boundaries of my experiences, I learned never to tell my problems to anyone, because the reflection I see from my mirror is the only person who can put me back on track.

Whenever I am in conflict with the ocean I set up my sail stronger, and I know that it is ME vs THE WINDS and no one else.

And where the “WINDS” will take me, I shall GO!                                                                                 dscn0345(Please note that writings and pictures belongs to My Country Epoque and it is my original property)