For the first time this summer I had the chance to spend 10 days on the gorgeous and trendy Ile de Ré in western France. Think of white sand beaches, beautiful villages, stunning sunsets and of course the most gorgeous and freshest food. You can conveniently ride your bike all over the island too, which certainly adds to the charm of this Parisian favorite get-away.
How flowers influence my work - here an embroidered flower brooch
I am always looking at the flowers in places where I go and it was no exception this time again. Ile de Ré is home to many rose trémières flowers with delightful shades. They are part of the island's identity, and enhance the otherwise neutral colors of the houses.
View from the Phare des Baleines and a lovely door
One of my sequins & beads box next to a pink rose trémière on a warm yellow wall
I am a little bit sad for not taking more pictures, but maybe the reason is that I was busy riding my bike most days. It's something I had missed in the past four years while living in Singapore - the heat there is unbearable. Luckily in Japan it's a way of life and nearly everyone owns a bike! I have got a brand new one two weeks ago and use it conveniently every day to bring and pick up my son to/ from pre-school.
I am loving my new routine now, how about you?
Have you ever changed something in your routine that made you a happier person?
** By the way, this weekend we are off to the Izu peninsula for a short and much needed family break. The kids are looking forward to spending some quality time with their father and so do I!
Sotoura beach in Izu, Shizuoka Prefecture
Photo by Ippei and Janine Naoi - all rights reserved
It looks lovely, doesn't it? I shall be sharing my photos with you all next week, have a wonderful weekend!