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I’ve just returned from a couple of weeks in Bali and Lombok. It was a incredibly beautiful holiday and a perfect balance of island and mountain life. First up Gili Air and Ubud.

We started on on one the quieter Gilis – Air, swimming, doing yoga and enjoying lots of fresh papaya juice. From there we went to Ubud for a couple of nights where we stayed in the botanical jungle that is Ketut’s Place and visited some of the nearby rice paddies and water temples.

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A little flashback to Paris last August.

     All photographs by Sophia Kaplan.

Continuing on from Part I and my initial Paris post, here is Part Deux where we have an amazing vertical garden, a little trip to a friends place in Orleon, and some super cute kittens that I shared my room with.

Photographs by Sophia Kaplan.

It’s been a busy month! Some pals leaving on great adventures, others coming to stay and wedding season thrown in too. I’m beginning to plan more of my own flower work for next year and getting excited about all that will hold.

One of my favourite Frenchies is here at the moment which reminded me that I still have plenty of photos to share from Paris.

Endless delicious meals cooked by Angele and Olive.

Visits to the Marché Aux Fleurs in the middle of the city.

One of my favourite galleries, Fondation Cartier with its rambling landscapes and impressive green wall above the entrance.

La Recyclerie, a new cafe near my sisters work where we often met for lunch. It’s located in a former railway station, is super laid back and they even have their own mini farm and vegetable garden.

And other random wanderings through the streets and a cat adventure…

More to come soon. All photographs by Sophia Kaplan.

One of the first gardens I visited on my recent trip to Paris, the Promenade Plantée runs 4.7 km between Opera Bastille and the bois de Vincennes. It’s built on an old railway line reminiscent of New York’s High Line. It’s a tranquil trail with an amazing rose collection and beautiful views down Parisian boulevards.

  

All photographs by Sophia Kaplan.

Sambo and I were in Hvar, Croatia not so long ago for the beautiful wedding of Michelle & Dan. We so enjoyed the hospitality of the lovely couple along with their family and friends, big thanks for having us.

While there we also managed a bit of adventuring, exploring the little islands by boat as well as taking a cute convertible (of course) to go further inland. The island was bursting with life, thyme growing wild under our feet, pomegranates and figs picked freely from the side of the street, flowering fennel towering above us, the sweet scent of rosemary filling the air and gnarled old olive trees scattered everywhere. Picking wild things straight from the land makes for a perfect summer.

All photographs by Sophia Kaplan.

Located in the marais, the Jardin des Rosiers – Joseph-Mignaret has been accessible via the Maison de l’Europe for some time, but only recently have they opened up the rue des Rosier entrance, meaning it was a completely new find for me in a neighbourhood I thought I was quite familiar with. I am sure there are so many gardens like it in Paris, hiding just out of view.

The garden is named after Joseph Mignaret, a local teacher dedicated to the Resistance during the war. After 165 of his Jewish students were deported (none were to survive) he became active in the underground network assisting Jews escape deportation to the camps. He has since been honoured as Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem.

It’s a beautiful garden filled with birch, green walls, apple espalier and a thriving vegetable patch. A fitting memorial to Mignaret.

  

Entry via 10 rue des Rosier or through the Maison de l’Europe, 35-37 rue des Francs-Bourgeois.

It’s been a big couple of weeks since I arrived back in Australia. Ten hours after I touched down I was flying again up to Port Douglas for the wedding of the lovely Lucy and Nick and a long weekend away with my family. Hanging with my gorgeous baby nephew and soaking up the tropical sun completely evaporated any possible post Paris sadness. Now I’m back to work with Jardine, ChrisThe Glue Society, my own flower jobs, and another project I’ll tell you more about later for a crazy busy rest of year. Perhaps it’s a little corny but Paris always leaves me feeling energised and inspired for what’s yet to come.

So to Paris. I booked my ticket a week before I flew and left my visit a surprise from my sister. When she saw me at our regular Sunday cafe spot there was a lot of love and jumping around and a smile that lasted on both our faces for my entire trip. Over the couple of weeks I was there friends trickled home from their August holidays and it was such a pleasure to catch up with each and every one of them. Special mention goes to my French Family: Angele, Robinson, Pierre, Francois, Pauline, Emile, Flo, and friends Etienne, Charlotte, Monsieur Floch, Marietta, Artus, Jade, and Rebecca along with the visiting Aussies Luke, Mike, Kitty, Jamie and Monty. And of course my actual sister Olive. Love you, miss you loads already.

Here are some pics from my first day in Paris, wandering from the Marché d’Aligre through the marais, Place des Vosges and then a friend’s rooftop bar, le Perchoir. More photos to come of a few French gardens, a wedding in Croatia, and a quick pit stop in London.

 

All photographs by Sophia Kaplan.

My best friend Janey is over in Europe and has been sending me jealousy inducing photographs of her travels. I asked her to write a little something for the blog, so here is a guest post about her week in a beautiful Swedish summer house.

A Midsommer Night’s Dream by Jane Crowley

Set in the Swedish provence of Småland, home to dense forest, over 5000 glinting lakes, the highest number of moose in the country and of course Pippi Longstocking, a fairytale scene is set for midsummer. A red house nesting in the middle of the forest surrounded by blanketed fields of wildflowers, and a river not far. It’s June and the days are long, light and bright.

The preparations for summer solstice, the longest day of the year, begin early. With 50 of us on the farm (Germans, Swedes, Australians and Brits), we bake bread every day, retrieve water from the well, bathe in the river, decorate the house with local wildflowers, cut the grass, hang up the hammocks, set the trampoline, swat the flies, perfect the bon fireplace, paint signs, build the outdoor kitchen and prepare the wild boar for the spit roast.

There is a secret garden, a homemade sauna, a confession booth, a hunting tower, a magically decorated dual compost toilet-house, and a whisky library room. After creating flower crowns, and dancing around the maypole like frogs, all 50 of us sit at one long table in the garden decorated with candles, wildflowers and jugs of cocktails, to feast on Swedish herring, salmon and the wild boar that has been roasting for ten hours.

Later, by the fire, a glittery rave begins; in the library, more are belowing to Johnny Cash records; in the dining room, a serious game of poker continues in one corner while facepainting is happening in the other; and the rest are frollicking in the fields like fireflies. Sunlight all night long, a midsummer nights dream in a Swedish fairytale.

Thank you again and again to the wondrous hosts Sixten and Sara, and Sixten’s family who have owned the property for over thirty years.

Cleaning up my laptop and just came back across these old disposable photos. I love the feel of these images taken on the cheapest camera known to man. Check out more pics I took The Harris Garden (fourth pic down and one of my favourite English gardens) here.

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