Emerald Leaves…


.Perchance I miss posting ‘Favourites’ this week, as I will be traveling on Friday, I wanted to share this little gem with you.  British designer Jasper Conran’s first book  ‘Country‘ has recently been published and it’s a gorgeous tome!  Jasper was a young ‘Enfant Terrible’ ‘ just making his debut in the fashion world when I lived in London.  Despite the formidable shadow cast by his famous father Sir Terence Conran, Jasper has managed to stand the test of time and then some, to become a well respected and talented designer in his own right. Making his mark not only in fashion but interior design, fragrance and tableware (Conran designs for Wedgewood and Designer’s Guild, amongst others) he has a beautiful new feather to put in his cap. ‘Country‘ is a rich and quirky feast of mucky wellies, village fetes, roaring pub fires and heart-stopping vistas.  This is not an interior design book by any means, but rather a loving and personal tribute to everything that makes English Country Life so unique and appealing to the rest of the world.


Please Watch this Video for more lovely images from ‘Country’.

Slim Paley photo, Ninfa Italy

Nothing moves me more than a sun dappled allee of mature trees.

Ralph Lauren Fall 2010

Leaves of a different sort.


(I featured this green leaf large scale wall mural on my Chartreuse post, but I simply couldn’t resist it for this 🙂 )

Artist unknown

Slim Paley photo  My favourite ivy leaf  bracelet


Monique lhuillier


Leaf Ties

How cute are these? I can think of a million ways to use them, can’t you?

Woops, lost the credit again

Walt Whitman’s First Edition “Leaves of Grass”

My Lover Gave Me Green Leaves


My lover gave me green leaves
with the mud of the garden on them,
radishes sharp and red,
nasturtium flames.

He gave me the tender heart
of a cabbage, its glossy coat,
a loaf of bread studded deep
with seeds.

He gave me the note
the blackbird
I’d cried at the blackness of
by the river sang.

He gave me the struck fire
of the thoughts
in his mind—
flint on flint.

He gave me the taste,
direct on his tongue,
of the syllables their embers
did not destroy.

He gave me his word,
the word of an Adam—
a promise,
should he set eyes on the sun.

He gave me a drop of the dew
to hold.
To see my face in it.
To look through.

He gave me,
in the chrisomed palm
of his empty hand—
a gasp of joy.


Born in London in 1957, poet Josephine Dickinson has been deaf since the age of six as a result of a childhood illness. She studied classics at Oxford University and went on to establish a career as a musician, composer, and poet. In her late 30s she relocated to Alston, a remote English Cumbrian town, where she met and married an elderly sheep farmer, Douglas Dickinson, who died in 2004.

Her poems, rich in natural imagery, are sometimes metered or rhymed, but always attentive to sound in their tender evocations of rural life. In a 2007 interview with the Times (London), Dickinson stated, “I do know that I found speech more difficult than music to cope with after the deafness. I came to see the written word as a liberation, which was wonderful. Very exotic and exciting.”

Dickinson continues to tend her late husband’s sheep farm.


Appree leaf shaped post it notes



Slim Paley photo

Bamboo in Kyoto


Fulvio Bonavia.

Slim Paley photo

It’s that time again… letting my Cecille Brunner climbing roses curl into my second story office – I LOVE summer!!

I leave you (no pun intended) with this pretty song by Crowded House; English Trees


Slim Paley photo


  1. A sun dappled allee of mature trees…………….you read MY mind! Beautiful cooling and luscious post Slim, ………..that broccoli purse, WOW!

  2. LOVE this blog! being a tree girl and all. Oh, Slim, just read a great book that I think you’d like.
    “The Help”. It is a must read and a movie is in the process. Couldn’t put it down and was an unsociable disaster during my vaca with 2 other couples because of it!!! have a great day!

  3. Ugh! I spend so much money in the middle of the night whenever I read your posts! Just can’t resist your suggestions and am never disappointed.

    “Country” and emerald leaf ties (just back in stock) are in the mail………all the way from South Korea, so one has to buy more than one package and save on the shipping, right!?

    Now I have to decide whether $28 is too much to spend to get leaf post-its…………???? Have you found them anywhere except the internet? Saw they were at the NY Gift Show so I hope someone in the city carries them. I would love to know then I could go pick them up and justify by not paying the $9 shipping.

    Thanks………..I think…..?

  4. Just breathtaking. My favorite thing on earth is mature trees, cannot get enough of them. Thanks for making my day.

  5. Brilliant! ‘Country’ sounds like the perfect hostess gift for my sister-in-law when I go to stay with them in Northumberland …. Many thanks for the inspiration! Back mid July, maybe we can get together then! C xo

  6. Truly very beautiful post . We live in an amazing World, you bring that to our attention in every thing you write, thank you for that. Loved the music also. Have fun on your travels and until next time thanks for making my day ox

  7. Beautiful post!

    The post-it notes and the ties are fantastic, the purse not so much.

    Absolutely LOVE that song..

    • It’s cool Alexandra
      Thanks for that. I wonder how someone creates such an intricate App such as this and it’s free- ?!

  8. Thank you for the beautiful photos of England, fashion and life. The Crowded House song was
    lovely and like you………I miss England too !!!

  9. This is absolutely my favourite post. I love the bracelets, the dresses and the photos. I love forests. The broccoli purse I won’t be buying. Very green post.

  10. Fantastic post, as always. Can’t help but wonder where you are off to now. Wherever it is, I am sure you will make the most of it. Have a wonderful weekend.

  11. I bought Country yesterday and have thoroughly enjoyed it. It will be the coffee table book of the summer at our cabin on Gambier! I always enjoy your fabulous posts. You have a great eye.

    • Yes, Blighty
      That is my upstairs office 🙂
      Santa Barbara is a BEAUTIFUL place!!

      PS. Just got an 84th birthday video from my Aunts and Uncle in Beaconsfield yesterday!

  12. I love this- I wonder does Joesph have a significant other besides his lucky dogs?
    I am in love with him- and the broccoli bag- plus the entire post
    every pic
    every word
    every mood
    every movement

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