Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Palms...

I'm not sure what it is, but I can't seem to stop being drawn to palm trees of all sorts. Palms, palmettos, palm inspired anything...Actually, I am pretty sure what it is.  The first day of summer and the longest day of the year have come and gone and we've barely topped 65 degrees - we did have one day at about 68, and I thought it was a first class heat wave.

It's not a complaint by any means since it's been nice to really not be moving and just to enjoy the summer for everything it is and isn't, but I can't help but dream a little dream of palms in the warm breezes... Here are a few from the pinterest board, and check out the board itself for a whole lot more if you're dreaming of palms too...

Monday, June 22, 2015

A diplomat's home in London...

While looking for something else, I came across these photos of a diplomat's residence in London.  Um, wow.  Calm..serene...neutral... everything that my diplomatic home was definitely not.  At least, it didn't feel that way to me for a long time because we hit the ground running on a number of things, and the house was perpetually on the list of things that just weren't getting done.  Only recently did our house feel truly lived in, with things hung and organized just the way we like them.

The article doesn't specify where the diplomat is from, but I'm pretty willing to bet that said diplomat is not with the American service.  First of all, I don't spot a stick of Drexel anywhere in there.  Second, not even appointed ambassadors drop this kind of change on renovations (at least not that I've seen).  But the biggest reason is the third one, which is that as American diplomats, our posts are usually about two years in length, sometimes three.  If a post is dangerous and unaccompanied, it's about a year, and if there is some sort of extenuating circumstance, occasionally posts are approved for four years, but it's rare.  And these photos, seems to indicate to me that this person is likely not going anywhere anytime soon.

That's part of the danger of living this life though - this life of two to three year increments around the world...you start to feel like you're everywhere temporarily so you never do anything permanently.  We made the decision at the start of this gig to travel with some of our furniture pieces, and our art and photographs are dear possessions because they help us feel at home once we set up house in a new place all over again.  It's tempting sometimes not to bother hanging things, or arranging things just so, but when you're always an outsider, you need a place where you feel like you belong.

As beautiful as these photos are,  there was something off about them to me - just a little bit.  I had to look at them a few times but realized that nowhere does there seem to be a picture or any other personal item.  Perhaps that's what the owner prefers, but it seems like a personal touch here and there could go a long way.  I can with some certainty say that any of our diplomatic houses will likely will never look as "nice" as this (and this nice in London no less!) But it doesn't mean they won't feel like home.

All photographs by Andrew Twort for Elle Decor.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Interview with Museum Diary and Other Updates...

Working, working, working on the redesign but a few updates in the meantime to hold you over!

So happy to have been featured as a Museum family over on Jenni's Museum Diary blog - a little bit about how we get out and about here in Copenhagen and beyond.  I met Jenni at Meet the Blogger in Amsterdam and then again here in Copenhagen - she couldn't be nicer and her love for museums is infectious!

And then over on A Toddler in the Trees, a few new posts this week:

- Wise words by A.A. Milne
- Q + A: How do the kids get to the forest
- Squaring the princess thing with the forest school thing
- Toddler Travels: 3 Awesome Playgrounds in Dublin

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Under Construction...

I know it's been a little quiet on this blog this week - I'm not ignoring it, I promise.  Actually, we're working pretty hard behind the scenes to get this blog up to snuff, with a little redesign and sometimes energy towards that end means not quite getting to posts.  Things will get a little more normal in the next couple of weeks and I'll try to catch up, but in the meantime, a couple of things you might have missed over on the other blog about our forest school adventures here in Denmark:

- 9 Unexpected Things Entrusted to Toddlers in Forest School
- How much does Forest School really cost? 
- Getting Sentimental about a Backpack
- The Forest Isn't Just for Forest School
- Dressing Like a Viking in Roskilde

Ps - and as always, follow along on the day to day over on Instagram!

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Constitution Day...

It's the last of the May/June holiday weekends (sad tear...)... this time for Constitution Day here in Denmark.  It actually is a double whammy - once for the constitutional monarchy, which they signed in on 1849, and also for the current constitution which they signed in on the same day in 1953.  Sadly, they don't get as nuts about it as they do in Norway (parades! national costumes! ribbons! - it's on my "to see list"  - as it's on May 17 we missed this year but maybe next?) but they do also have Father's Day so it's a triple holiday if you will. Which we will be spending in Dublin of all places... But we'll see you when back next week!
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