come creare un bouquet perfetto

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Ogni fiore con i suoi colori e forme rappresenta emozioni, sentimenti come il tuo matrimonio racconterà la vostra storia d’amore…

scopriamo insieme quali sono i fiori per creare i bouquet più adatti a te:

  • per un bouquet glamour lo stile adatto è quello a cascata appariscente ma elegante arricchito da gioielli, strass o piume. I fiori più adatti sono orchidee, anemoni, giacinti, calla porpora, peonia e gelsomino
  • per i più romantici quello più adatto è tondo e compatto potrai scegliere tra rose, viole, iris e girasoli
  • per i bouquet classici i fiori consigliati sono tulipani bianchi, rose bianche, edera e gerbere che lo renderanno voluminoso e più raffinato con delle perle
  • per chi ama lo stile moderno i fiori più adatti per creare il bouquet sono quelli dalle linee semplici come margherite, gigli e ginestre

Per un risultato migliore ricordiamo di scegliere sempre fiori di stagione

per oggi è tutto .. a domani con il significato dei fiori..

NEW WANT! Acapulco style string chairs

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Cox & Cox grey string chairs

Cox & Cox grey string chairs

As our rennovation work starts drawing to end it’s time to start thinking again about how we’ll furnish the rooms we’ve been preparing for the last 6 years!!! Obviously in this time, ideas have come and gone. I know it will be important that we get this right so our B&B has a bit more to offer than all the other people who are trying to rent out their spare rooms.

anora string chairs from Graham and Green

Anora string chairs from Graham and Green

We have built 3 ensuite bedrooms, they all have french windows which open on to a patio. I really love the idea of have a couple of these acapulco inspired string chairs with a small table outside each room. There won’t be space for a sofa so I think it would be nice to have a chair you can relax in, they could be moved inside easity if required. I can just imagine enjoying my morning cappucino on one of these enjoying the breeze and the views!

acapulco string patio chairs

acapulco string patio chairs

These chairs can be quite expensive but I did see them at my local jysk in the sale but I haven’t seen them online since. Otherwise you can find them from superstudio and they offer delivery across Europe.



Bougainvillea Wedding

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Bougainvillea is a stunning Mediterranean plant. It comes in a range of bright colours, mainly: reds, pinks, purples and oranges. It flowers, with the right conditions, from spring right through to late autumn. When it’s in flower, you don’t see many leaves just a burst of colour from its delicate papery blooms.


Bougainvillea is great to use at weddings although be wary that once cut the stems will go droopy quite quickly and may need some support, if your preparing the flowers youself, have a mini test run. It’s also worth noting that there are thorns so be careful when cutting and arranging. As it tends to grow in such a sprawling big plant with hundreds of flowers if should be fairly cheap (or free) to use.

bougainvillea wedding flowersbougainvillea wedding flowers








Another great idea is to collect fallen bougainvillea flowers or pick them and allow them to dry slightly (too much and they will go brown) and use them as confetti. It would be a good idea to place them in baskets near the exit of your venue or give your guests small boxes or cones pre filled.

bogainvillea flower petal confettiYou’re also sure to get great photos, just look at this shoot by Lauren Barkume, so many great ideas for you to incorporate into your own wedding!

bougainvillea wedding photo

My rennovation inspiration

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When We bought our house I had just come back from travelling around India and the surrounding countries. I fell in love with the havellis in Rajisthan and the Portuguese villas of Goa, Kerela and Sri Lanka. Sardinian architecture leaves a lot to be desired and country properties in particular were built to be practical and little else. Still our house felt like it had character, it was built by a wealthy (for the countryside) family who owned a lot of land in the early 1940’s. They tried to create a house similar to those in the city with high ceilings and tall windows, inside however has low doorways!

Rajasthan HavelliWe knew from the outset we would extend our house, I loved the idea of a veranda or roof terrace, enjoying a breeze in the shade sipping a lime soda. Ahhh, those were the days! I knew we’d need some areas which would graham and green goa villastay cool in the hot summer months. Havellis do a great job of this with rooms built around a central open courtyard. I was lucky enough to stay in the villa owned by Antonia Green, co founder of Graham and Green. It too benefits from a central open courtyard, however, the Goan climate is slightly different from Sardinia’s and I don’t think we’d appreciate the chill in winter!

portuguese villa in goaAs our house was built on a slope, we decided that where you enter the house, the ground floor, would be the day time zone with lounge, dining room and kitchen etc. And the extension would be built at lower ground floor level and house the bedrooms and bathrooms. In fact the house actually has 5 levels! Up a few steps to the kitchen, down a few to the family bathroom and shower room, down a few more to 2 bedrooms and down again to a further 3 bedrooms which have their own private access and en-suites built in the extension. Eventually we will convert the loft space so our children each have a bedroom. The extension was built on the back of the house and is roughly 80sqm and the roof is a terrace accessed via french doors from the dining room with steps down to the garden.

I also found inspiration on websites such as Mr and Mrs Smith and Olivers Travels looking through their Italian properties. Unfortunately, Pinterest had yet to be invented!

The reality of living in Sardinia

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If you love Sardinia and think you’d like to live here full time then here are a few things you should bear in mind:

tempio pausania sardiniaWork.

Do you need to work or will you be retiring? If you need to look for work then you should speak fluent Italian or be CELTA qualified with 2 years experience (or the equivalent qualification for teaching another sought after foreign language such as German, Russian French or Spanish). There is teaching work in Sardinia, however without experience and any knowledge of Italian you may find it difficult to get many hours. If your Italian is good enough you could get seasonal work in a hotel or restaurant. These are generally 4 month contracts which include accomodation. There is little other work. You could translate but you need a very good knowledge of Italian.

Or perhaps you’re one of the lucky ones who got transfered to Sardinia…. it does happen.

I’ve lived in Sardinia for 7 years, I have a degree in Graphic design, a CELTA and speak fluent Italian, Last year I started teaching and have continued this year, gradually building a reputation. I now also translate part time. I’m lucky to have a job.

My husband speaks fluent English and French along with Italian, he works 4 months a year as a restaurant manager. It’s not easy supporting a family with so little work. If you’re interested on reading more listen to Jennifer Aventura too.

Many places will only offer a temporary contract so you can forget about things like loans, mortgages and credit cards.


Learning Italian is a must. Get lessons, throw yourself into Italian life unless you want to live in a bubble of expats with whom your only common ground is probably the English language. This was my experience anyway. Most English people I know who live near me are retired, they don’t have much time for me and my brood and I don’t think they understand the daily struggles of life in Sardinia.

cabu abbas, perfugas, sardinia


Life in Sardinia is slow paced, old fashioned and ridiculously frustrating. There is a form for everything, and they need to be filled in every year, (for example, child benefit should be reapplied for every year even if no changes have occured.) You really do need to know lots of people otherwise things just won’t happen for you, I had been waiting for over 6 months to get my daughter assessed for speech therapy, when I mentioned it to my friend she said, oh my friend works there, I’ll call him. So we got an appointment. The SYSTEMS are long and complicated, I bore myself talking about it, in fact, I can’t really think about it beacuse I find it so frustrating. People shrug it off and say, oh well in England things are different. But some of it is common sense and laziness. Too many people have jobs because they know someone at the top. Hence lots of incompetent people – mainly within the councils.


home grown baby water melonProbably the best aspect to living here is the fresh and organic produce. If you live in the countryside then you and your neighbours will likely have an ‘orto’ veg patch. People share their bumper crops amongst friends and family. I rarely buy fruit and vegetables during the summer. There are lots of wild fruits that you can pick from along the roads too. Figs, prickly pears, blackberries, pears, almonds, asparagus, mushrooms.


The landsardinian countryside, perfugas, domos cabu abbas
I live in the countryside in north central Sardinia. An area known as Anglona. It’s handily positioned between 2 airports. It’s blissfully quiet. All I hear through the winter is the sound of cow bells in surrounding fields, in the spring the frogs wake up and sing their hearts out and in the summer the air is filled with the sound of crickets. It’s beautiful. It’s a shame so many tourists don’t bother with central Sardinia, it has a lot to offer, huge lakes, moutains, great bike paths, rivers, nuraghes and traditional villages.

Let’s not for get the beaches, although, if you have to work like most Sardinians throughout the summer months, you won’t get much chance to enjoy these! This is Tinnari, a cove once used by pirates and accessible only by a very steep and difficult footpath or by boat excursion, it’s worth the hike though, it’s hard to find (almost) empty beaches in August in Sardinia.

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The worst thing about living in Sardinia

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Maybe I am over exaggerating, and I have to admit, this is not the only bad point to living in Sardinia. I know plenty of people look and think wow, they’re really living the dream but believe me, living the dream is not easy.


For the last 5 years I’ve juggled looking after my kids and attempting to make something of a garden. I quickly realised that the soil was practically dust and not a lot of plants were very happy growing in it. In fact, only cosmos seemed unfased, so slowly but surely I’ve been making compost, adding sand, collecting manure and carting uphill wheelbarrows full of nice leaf mulch from the woods. It’s been a long process.

sardinian wild boarLast night after I put my children to bed I heard a loud grunting noise, I quickly looked outside and saw 2 large cinghiales (wild boars) having a good old snuffle amongst my lavender plants. I banged on the window to shoo them away. We often see and hear boars around the house during the hot dry summer as they come out of the woods looking for food.

This morning, when I opened my window, I couldn’t see my little orange tree, It had been completely uprooted from it’s nice fertile soil along with my other orange tree. I’m so sad for these trees, as this is the first year they’ve had oranges on them, I don’t think they will have enjoyed the trauma. the other had almost died so I think it may have been just too much even though I got them back in the ground first thing this morning and gave them a good watering!

young sardinian wild boarMy rockery and lots of cosmos, miniature sunflowers, lavenders were also brutally attacked and my pretty hydrangea – grown from a cutting which was flowering for the first time this year was also completely uprooted. I can safely say those boars had a good old time.

I have covered the ground around my trees with large rocks. Hopefully this will stop them unearthing them again. I’ve heard that placing half full bottles of water  dotted amongst the plants scares them too. Last year I was forced to put my bouganvillea in a large container as it was dug up 3 times, since then it’s been safe! In the future we will fence off our land so hopefully they can’t get in again!

If all else fails we’ll be calling the hunters in and having wild boar stew!

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One of the most amazing things about living in the Sardinian countryside is being able to have a huge veg patch, in fact, mine is allotment sized! As we live in a old farmhouse we have a walled off area that would have been used for pigs.

The soil around the house is terribe, it’s basically dust, topsoil is non existent. Luckily this walled area, next to the woods, is super fertile and benefits from lots of leaf fall.


I don’t have any fancy machinery, unfortunately just a spade and a hoe (my rake has disappeared!) So it’s difficult. I grow all my plants from seed. And I threw in a few extra courgette seeds in case they didn’t all come up. They ALL came up! So, not wanting to throw away a healthy plant, I put all 6 in. Well, it was a funny summer. We had a lot of rain, huge thunderstorms followed by really hot days then more rain, more sun…. It was nice not having to worry about watering. At first it was fun collecting all the courgettes, my children love picking our veg. In the picture below, my son is 4 and my daughter is 2, the biggest courgettes weighed nearly 2kg!


The fun aspect soon passed, we’d go to the beach for a few days and when we returned were faced with literally bucket loads of courgettes. We gave lots away but also started eating courgettes with every meal. It was challenging finding recipes that the children might like. So I’ll share a few child friendly courgette recipes with you!!!!

courget glut