Wednesday, June 30, 2010

little nest, i love you



I'm so grateful to have a place like Little Nest Cafe right by where I work. When there is just so much anger and ignorance going on in the world, it's nice to just pop next door and grab something lovingly created to help me get through the day.

Little Nest is a charmingly designed cafe tucked just off Commercial Drive. The decor of this place is like my dream home -- clean, sparse, soft colour here and there, with a real lived-in quality. The true beauty behind the cafe is that it is geared towards families. It's not your average family restaurant -- the kitchen is open, the ingredients are largely organic and the food is hearty and easy on both the kid's and the parent's taste buds. The parents get to sit and relax, enjoying their fancy espresso drinks, not having to worry that their kids are all running around together, shouting and playing with the cafe's toys and books. A really simple concept, where food and family are what's important. It's reassuring to know that such a place exists. (And not at all surprising that a woman thought of it)

Monday, June 28, 2010

beautiful granada


Elizabeth said it well, but to reiterate, I want to live here, for happily ever after.



Some plants, some water, a little stone and a peacock or two and I'm a happy girl.














Friday, June 25, 2010

the shop


I love it when the Flowerbox is full of floral. I wish it looked this overflowing with colour everyday...

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

stay calm

This performance makes me giggle... and tingle... and I'll stop there.

flora



I just mentioned her over on Persuasion, but I love this floral designer, Sarah Winward. Such pretty pieces! And look at this pine cone wedding!
Found via {Frolic!}

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Sunday, June 20, 2010

car-free day


There were no cars allowed in a few Vancouver neighbourhoods on Sunday. Commercial Drive partied like only she knows how. Amazing food, great music, endless soccer fans and hippies and weirdos galore.
















So much good food!


Friday, June 18, 2010

i blush






Yes I love peonies too. Just look at the colour of these -- they are amazing. Get them while you can because their season is almost done.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

jardin botanico


One of my favorite spots of the trip, we spent the whole day here at the Jardin Botanico in Malaga. An easy journey outside the city by bus, followed by a short, confusing walk along the highway and under overpasses brought us to a very affordable oasis. We were in Malaga in the early spring, but we were still very happy to spend the day in the cool bits of shade offered by these gardens.



Thousands of species are found here, thoughtfully and beautifully sectioned and then left to thrive in Malaga's almost tropical climate. There were ficus trees as big in circumference as the cedars in Stanley Park. There were Staghorn ferns happily neglected in open greenhouses and more lemon trees than we could count. A small waterfall was completely engulfed with monstera plants, playfully and deceivingly named the "Monster waterfall"






Although only recently has the garden been properly maintained after years of neglect, there are reminders throughout the gardens of the wealthy family that once called this their home. Iron arbors and stone fountains surround the old manor; this place was someone's labour of love. It's clear that some species of plants were placed specifically for the benefit of future generations.









On such a whirlwind European tour, a little tranquility was very welcome.