Saturday, May 27, 2017

Glorious colours in Humble Bungalow Garden

Orange poppies
paper thin petals
waving in the breeze.

Pure white lilacs against a clear blue sky.

a foamy pink and white flowering bush
below lies the stalwart pink ground cover "pride of London"
and below that the hardy Lady's Mantle which when in bloom is chartreuse green.

(succulents to the left in a planter)

The weaving path is lined with 
Creamy Smilacena racemosa
Pinky Pride of London

Purple Alliums

The pink Madame Gregoire Staechelin roses have started blooming...

The climbing Royal Sunset Rose has a few blooms.
You may see those small dots of orange colour at the top of the lattice.
This vigorous rose has the most amazing fragrance and is a reliable supply of cut roses throughout the season.
There are 4 new white David Austin Roses below just getting established...
we planted the boxwood to line the edge of the bed.
I am very eager to see them bloom.

Our red chairs look so tempting
but they will have to wait as
there is a lot of work to do in the Humble Bungalow Garden.

I have yet to open this book which is a recent purchase.
It was recommended on several of the blogs that I regularly read.

The community of dedicated bloggers that I follow
share loads of information with their readers.

They are most 
and giving.

I have been able to read and discover...

their favourite books
make up and skincare products
packing tips
travel pictures
cleaning tips
home decor

Thankfully there are many many wonderful blogs...
do you have any that you love and care to share with our readers?

Thank you for taking the time to stop by mine.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Cruising recap...The Long Weekend in May

The long weekend weather was given a favourable forecast so we took to the sea.

Snug and Cozy tied up at a little marina at Genoa Bay.

Mother's Day flowers made the trip.

Tasty Lime Margaritas on the deck of the cafe.

Floral lined lanes nearby made for some spectacular walks.

The bees were busy working in the hot sunshine.

Dinner plate sized tree peonies were in full bloom.

It was lovely to get away and relax in the peace and quiet.

Healthy meals, a comfy bunk, friends nearby, a good book.
Simple luxuries while aboard our small boat.
Feeling grateful and thankful as I write this post...
reflecting on all the good things in life.

I have some garden photos to share with you soon.

Until next time...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Bringing France Home...My Stylish French Box

It has been 2 years since I travelled to Paris and the SW of France...
my love for the French countryside and the sights and sounds are still very vivid.

For the time being, I incorporate as many French habits and French products into my daily routines.

French Soaps, candles, hand lotion, recipes, and books set in France and Paris keep the memories alive and I feel content.

Do you follow Sharon Santoni's blog My French Country Home?

Sharon is a busy lady...
besides keeping a lovely home and garden she has written a lovely book My Stylish French Girlfriends and another book will be available in August...
My French Country Home.
I love her first book and have preordered her second...

BUT this is not all that Sharon does...
she has created the sumptuous My Stylish French Box...

I splurged and subscribed...these French themed boxes arrive every few months and are filled with wonderful French gifts. Each box is wrapped in ribbon and the contents are carefully curated and packed with care.

The May box has a rose theme...

I unwrapped these items and took a photo...
a vintage spool with new blush pink velvet ribbon and a pair of scissors
hand lotion and balm
a rose diffuser
slate tiles to use as labels for roses or cheeses 
(or whatever you desire)

a hand made linen tote with a rose print on the front
perfect for shopping

I particularly like the hand "gelee" and I am keeping it handy beside the kitchen sink.
I look forward to trying the balm.

It's so nice to have a box delivered from France that is full of surprises.

 I love how these special delivery boxes transport me back to the French country.
I remember those poppy filled fields near Auvillar
and the roses that clung to the stone buildings.

One day I hope to visit the lush lavender fields of Provence...
but until then I'll dream 
and look forward to another one of Sharon's gift boxes.

BTW all opinions are mine...
I have received no benefits from this post other than to be happy with the contents of the box that I fully paid for!

Most of the readers here are polite and some are rather discourteous and rude...

So there you have it...
I must be
with no ethics
this humble hostess is honest.
I am not ashamed...

The Humble Bungalow Garden is filled 
with the scent of lilacs and muguet des bois.

Our garden roses have started blooming...
and if you did not already know, roses are my favourite flower.

Hope that you are having a great week.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

More and polish

I have been living in Yoga wear lately as I am going to Yoga 3-4 days a week. It seems silly for me to change clothes when I get home just to action domestic chores, read and prepare dinner. Besides, my Yoga pants are comfy and the tops I wear are Tees topped with a grey cashmere that Mother owned...
and the cats do not complain!

My mid section has expanded and I am finding the zippers on my pants do not lay flat anymore and that bugs me so I purchased a pair of Ralph Lauren pull on jeans that are a slimming and flat at the waist...very comfy.
I hope to whittle down my midsection a bit given time...
but I am taking "baby steps"
giving myself permission to lose slowly to avoid added stress.

The top seen below is navy and white stripes with a white under layer showing fits loose but not baggy so it should be cool in the summer.
I can wear this with my white NYDJ jeans too.

This bright and cheerful Columbia raincoat apparently "breathes" 
Do you see how the colour caught my eye?
(its not black!)
This happened innocently 
while I was looking for new deck shoes to wear on the boat. 
The jacket was marked down almost by half and it fits and flatters so I bought it. 

It will be great for walks and with the boating season almost upon us I could not resist.

I own several pieces of Columbia gear for walking and cruising.
I appreciate the quality of these garments.
Whats not to like about active wear with a bit of style?

Here are the deck shoes...also by Columbia.
Not on sale but oh so comfy and I needed them...
somehow last season my deck shoes were lost
I rarely lose things and when I do it drives me a wee bit crazy trying to figure out what happened...
it is a mystery and one that I cannot waste any more time thinking 
obsessing about!

Lisa at a mid life of privilege showed us her freshly painted toes today.
and I got to thinking that I should have a pedicure.

Most of the women at the Yoga studio have their toes painted and I usually indulge in a pedicure from May to September during sandal season.
It is too late to get an appointment at the Spa this afternoon but not to late to try my hand at an at home pedicure. 
The main reason that I get pedicures is because I am not that flexible and my eyesight is dodgy...

well I surprised myself 
Yoga must be helping me with flexibility as I did not find it at all difficult bending over and applying the polish.
I am quite pleased with the results
 not as professional as I would get from the Spa but they are OK.

So Lisa, I must thank you for sharing your toes...
I used Formula X "Thrilling" 
The next time I am in the "downward dog" position I'll enjoy looking at my toes!

It is a long weekend here in BC and we have the Victoria Day parade this Sunday.

I'll be taking a few days off and will catch up with you all next week.
Hope you have a great weekend.

Thank you for stopping by The Humble Bungalow Blog.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Skincare and make up Hostess Style ~ in response to a reader

One of the many things that I enjoy about blogging
is receiving private emails from readers.

Once in awhile, a question is posed or a specific request slips into the mail.
Often that prompts or inspires me to write a blog post.

This past weekend I was asked my opinion and recommendations on "green" skincare products. This is an area that I cannot address without a significant amount of time and I will leave that to those who are much more qualified.

I bow to the experts at The Environmental Working Group.

This site is user friendly and one can look up many of the products currently on the market and read about the pros and cons of the ingredients.

If you are interested in what I have discovered that works for me
I am happy to share...keep reading.

My skin is mature, sensitive and I have rosacea.

I have discovered that skin is a reflection of genetics and general health.
Our skin says much about our lifestyle and what we eat.

Cosmetics can augment and enhance beautiful skin,
or they can cover up a problematic complexion.

I indulged in a professional Hydra Facial at the Spa and it was amazing...
a specialized machine was used to cleanse my skin,
a gentle peel was applied that unclogged pores,
emollient serums followed and when the facial was finished
my skin felt soft, supple and it glowed.
I plan to go back for another facial in a few months...
perhaps after the summer season.

Hostess Skin care Tips...

Start by choosing fresh fruits and vegetables,
drinking lots of water and eating small portions of protein.
Exercise (for me that means walking and also practising Yoga),
Aim for 8 hours of sleep
Reduce stress as much as possible
Wear sunscreen and or avoid the sun altogether.
Embrace joy and beauty everyday
Adopt the attitude of gratitude and give thanks...

For things that you can buy pop into your local pharmacy
or the beauty counter in your department store.

I opt for a mix of high and low priced potions.

For those that do no "stay on the skin" I use a less expensive but a quality line...
there are many good ones out there you just need to experiment to see which ones work for your skin type.

My skin is prone to rosacea so I need to treat it kindly...
Gentle Avene products work for me.
Anti redness cleansing milk and mask are two in my skincare arsenal.
I avoid hot water.

The more expensive Spa line by Methode Physiodermie...
for the products that stay on and those that need to perform. 

I love the Bio-Gommage 
which exfoliates efficiently with a minimum of irritation.
I use it once a week.
My skin gets slightly pink but it doesn't stay that way for long.

The anti redness emulsion I use sparingly each morning
 followed by the Emulsion for Sensitive Skin.

Then I wait a few minutes before applying my make up.

Make up is light and takes 5 minutes.

5 products for daytime = 5 minutes

Mineral make up
Eye brow tint
eye shadow


SPF 20 mineral make up
use with a light hand or for more coverage it can be built up
used with a big brush it is easy to apply.

Amethyst eye shadow by La Bella Donna
an everyday colour for my hazel coloured eyes.

For evening
I simply add blush and eye liner for a bit more of a dramatic effect
and apply a darker shade of lipstick.

I have posted before about skincare and make up...
to read previous posts please scroll down on the right hand side bar to the "labels section"
click on the titles "skincare" and "make up"

I love the following quote...

The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years. 

~ Audrey Hepburn ~

Hope that your week is off to a great start.