The Typography of Travel 24
Beautiful typography and lettering spotted on some of my recent travels:
Pharmacie Méot - Neuilly-en-Thelle, France
Pinoli restaurant - London, UK
10 Corso Como boutique - Milan, Italy
Modern' Cordonnerie - Creil, France
Mademoiselle M culinary workshops - Paris, France
Fairground creative venue - London, UK
► To see all previous editions of The Typography of Travel, click here.
Grow your own succulents
One of the many reasons Igor and I founded Urban Jungle Bloggers, is to share our green knowledge. So today I'd like to show you a very simple trick called succulent progagation. Of course you can buy the most beautiful succulent plants everywhere, but it's also a lot of fun to grow them yourself from leaves. I've been doing it for many years now and enjoy sharing the green love by offering baby succulents to friends or by sending some via snailmail.
There are many different ways to propagate succulents, but this is what works for me. First you need a succulent plant with leaves, like the one on the right:
Don't cut the leaves, but gently pull off a few leaves from the stem of the plant. When they don't come off it helps to twist them a little bit. But be careful, it's important to have a clean pull, which means that nothing gets left on the stem.
Lay your fresh leaves horizontally on some soil. For my current "mass production project" I used some plates with a thin layer of soil, but you can also lay them on the foot of a plant in a plant pot. My succulents also grow without soil (I sometimes find babies randomly in our home!), but appear to grow faster and stronger with it.
Now you'll want to let your leaves dry out for a few days, so don't water them immediately. After a few days gently sprinkle water over the plate. Water again once the soil is completely dry. I tend to water once every 10 days or less. Just like a grown up succulent, they don't like a lot of water. Place your leaves in a place with lots of indirect sunlight.
After a few weeks some miniature white or pink roots will sprout from the tip of your leaves. And a teeny tiny baby plant will start to grow. Oh how I love their cute pink roots:
Once your new succulents are a little bit bigger, you'll notice that the initial leaves will become wrinkly, yellow, or dry. You can carefully pull them off and plant your succulent in its own plant pot.
Oh and if you want to send some baby succulents via snailmail, simply wrap the succulents in some moist tissue paper and wrap it in paper (not in a sealed plastic bag!). Most succulent babies are strong enough to survive a few weeks on the road without water.
Have you ever tried growing your own succulent? Do you have any tips & tricks? Or some questions maybe?
How is your week? Rainy? Still en vacances? Mine has been busy and also included 2 interviews about my blog after a surprise article in the newspaper last weekend. Fun! The journalist who wrote this, found me through Pinterest! Double fun ;)
These are a few photos of the beautiful artichokes that grew in the Jardins de Montplaisir. I love their color and shape... and eating them too!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Our bathroom renovation #2
More than two months after the first update, it's time to show you some new images of our bathroom. Unfortunately the renovation was paused for more than four weeks due to illness, but we're back on track! I really like that with the new walls we're now aware of the real volumes of the bathroom. The double walk-in shower will be HUGE.
And some things never change: Wally still loves hanging out in the bathroom, although he's a little confused when a new wall is up ;)
In the shower, we decided to create an incorporated shelf, to avoid adding a shower caddy and still have enough room for shampoo... and maybe a plant?
Wally being his adorable and clumsy self:
As we are going for a clean & sleek look without visible wires or tubes, the new walls are like a 3D puzzle. The floor will also hide some drains and water tubes. And for the Restaurant letters I need electrity in the exact right place, because I'm replacing the old neon tubes with new lights!
And of course we're only wearing sexy glasses:
By the way, we're still not sure about the wall finishing. I checked for special bathroom paint which would be a nice option. But then: the guy at the store gave me a color book with 1200 colors. Which means the options are endless! So for now, I'll continue pinning ideas to my Pinterest board ;) bathroomrenovation
For more before & after pictures of the renovation of our home click here.
Wandering around Gerberoy
While I just told you I was working while everyone seems to be on holiday, these pictures have a pretty real holiday vibe, right? Well... my stepson and stepdaughter spent a few days with us in France, so we decided to visit the prettiest village in our Oise region: Gerberoy. The village is part of this national ranking with the most beautiful French villages, just like Roussillon that we visited last fall.
Gerberoy is really small with a population of only 115, and no traffic lights or billboards. It's known for the Rose Festival and the famous impressionist painter Henri Le Sidaner who created a wonderful garden on the remains of the castle. From the top of the monochrome gardens (in white, red & pink, blue & yellow) we appreciated the view over the rooftops on our countryside. A stunning view!
The people of Gerberoy really love their village, it looks pristine and very well maintained. I don't think I could live in a small village like this with so many tourists visiting all year round, but at night when they're gone it must be rather special to live here.
We wandered around the village with cobbled streets and timber framed houses, watched the geese and sheep in the surrounding fields and walked up to the Temple de l'Amour:
Rose loves roses and the love temple too: <3
There were very few roses left, but in June Gerberoy probably smells (and looks!) amazing. We may have to come back during the Rose Festival next year...
Les grandes vacances
Not going on holiday in the summer months is such a joy. Don't get me wrong, I love to travel and would hop on a train, boat or plane in a second. But it's nice to work while life slows down around you. Many of my French clients are en vacances, which means my phone doesn't ring as often. The harbour in front of our home is empty, the school and the snackbar are closed. The cordonnier is on holiday and we find cheesy postcards in our mailbox from dreamy destinations. And I love that my instagram timeline is filled with sun drenched holiday pictures.
It also allows me to sneak out of the house and spend a random weekday at the Castle of Pierrefonds and eat violet & liquorice icecream. Or to make lots of ice cream myself and work on nice projects for La Rentrée. Because life starts all over again in September ;)
These are a few of my favorite details of the Château de Pierrefonds, a half hour drive from our home. The BBC series Merlin was filmed here and really, it's how you'd imagine a real fortified castle. I'm particularly fond of the hand painted hedgehogs with golden details. There are thousands on the walls in one room, they're all slightly different and the reflections of their gold stripes in the light is so gorgeous.
Are you working this summer? Or did you already enjoy a little break? If not: at least enjoy the weekend!
Blueberries and pinkberries
It's August! Can you believe it? These are some pictures of the 63 blueberries before I turned them into yogurt granola bars. We picked almost a kilo of blueberries at the wonderful Jardin de Montplaisir. I loved their pink, blue and purple hues and the way my sister's dress matched ;)
Have a wonderful weekend! (Oh and there's still time to join my giveaway and win a Flower Power!)
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