dare to dream

portrait in paris

Convinced I didn't deserve center stage, Carla Coulson you helped me change all that. Not only did I find my inner sexy, adventurous, spirited, passionate sense of self again. I also gave the gift of myself back to my daughter. A Mum who wears red lipstick, high heels and knows how to navigate the Metro. […] Read More

Life is full of beautiful moments  this is why we came to Italy for our Children, for a simpler lifestyle and to find 'us' again..... I love messy, I love life and dirt and skinned knees, I love my kids playing outside, rounding up chickens, open hearts, a treasure hunt every day, joy in each […] Read More

time to shine

Time to Shine with Carla Coulson 'Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye' H. Jackson Brown Jr I turn 50 this year in June, and I will be celebrating in Paris. and the beauty of this is that she will show me what everyone else has always known ......that I am beautiful […] Read More


I didn't write a post last week, I almost didn't write one this week, the only thing I really want to do right now is curl up in a ball and sleep. But I can't..... I can't take time out for me right now, can't regenerate, recuperate, re create myself, not now, not with so […] Read More

italian renovation

Italian Renovation 'Remember why you Started' ~ Some days our Italian renovation,  even the dream home in Italy, has an overwhelming feel to it. Every single place I look something needs to be done. Where to start, what needs doing first, how's the budget going? I find the best way to start is to visualize […] Read More

 'She decided to start living the life she imagined...' 'Kobi Yamada' Last night I lay in bed thinking, about my big birthday next year and what I want to do on the day. In my mind I have been planning a huge bash in Paris somewhere overlooking the Eiffel Tower. I have already started hinting […] Read More

A simple Life

 'Dreams come a size too big...so we can grow into them.' Josie Bisset I've been reading much lately about living 'a 'simple life' one not complicated by the expectations of society. Not the 'declutter' fad that seems to be growing as fast as Ikea can create imaginative ways to store it all. I'm not thinking […] Read More

the field stones of umbria

I am honored to share the latest in our series of guest posts on one of my favorite topics – Renovating in Italy. I knew that we couldn’t be the only ones out there dreaming about houses in Italy. Today we are joined by Authors Nina (The Field Stones of Umbria) and Pavel who share […] Read More

italian dream

Italian Dream 'Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life' Anna Akhmatova It's there instantly, the flash and widening of  the eyes, pupils dilate. The slight movement towards me almost imperceptible unless you watch for it. At the service station filling up with petrol, at the supermarket chatting to the […] Read More

australia to italia

With our proposed departure date looming I thought I would give you all an update on our progress moving from Australia to Italia. As you may know we are in the middle of a renovation on our property in Australia (Brisbane, Queensland to be exact) and we are so close to finishing I can taste […] Read More