The latest Homeworthy tour of Bond & Grace co-founder Jacqueline Bonds’ house, Madame Pommery, my current read and more on Monday Musings.
Homeworthy House Tour, Madame Pommery and more on Monday Musings
Good Monday morning friends. How was your weekend? Ours was a mix of fun and work, relaxing but fruitful.
Friday we went to a friends for cocktails and appetizers. Lots of laughs, food and fun, but I stayed up way too late. As I age I am no longer the night owl I used to be and Saturday morning I was a little sluggish. Is it just me or does anyone else feel like this after a late night?
Saturday I joined Kim and Juliet for weekend meanderings. It’s my favorite post of the week because I always learn something new and beautiful about California.
After putting the finishing touches on my post I plodded into the kitchen to make fresh blueberry muffins for breakfast. While they baked, the pups and I enjoyed a hot chocolate on the porch. Mornings are my favorite time of the day. While the rest of the neighborhood is sleeping, the still and quiet is so peaceful. The only “noise” is the chirping birds and the rustling of the pine straw as the squirrels skitter around the yard.
The landscapers showed up soon after to add a new layer of pine straw. Before I moved to NC I would never have believed that people have entire yards of pine straw. I will admit, I do miss a beautiful yard of green grass, not the upkeep, just the grass. But I have the best of both worlds, I live on a golf course so I can look out at the beautiful green grass and not have the maintenance.
Sunday I spent the day digging up ornamental grasses and replacing them with colorful flowers. Let’s hope the deer do not like my new flowers as much as they enjoyed the grass.
Enough about me, onto +5 Things.
Champagne, France, 1860. Madame Pommery, an etiquette teacher and orphanage founder, loses her husband and is forced to support her family. With no experience, the forty-year-old widow decides to make champagne. Her unique vision is to change it from a sweet dessert beverage to a dry, crisp wine to be enjoyed anytime. When champagne makers refuse to teach her their craft, she forges ahead on her own and secretly begins the excavation of champagne caves under the Reims city dump.
Soon after, her son and her entire crew are conscripted to fight the Franco-Prussian war, leaving Madame Pommery alone to struggle with her champagne dreams. After Napoleon and a hundred thousand French troops are captured, the Prussians invaded France, and Prussian General Frederick Franz occupies Madame Pommery’s house as his army headquarters. Undaunted, Pommery uses her secret wine caves to hide the Francs-Tireurs, resistance fighters for France, while she plans to build a spectacular castle winery above the caves.
But when her former lover, a Scottish Baron, unexpectedly proposes marriage, Madame Pommery must choose between nobility and her passionate quest for fine champagne and the most beautiful winery in the world.
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The latest episode of Homeworthy, featuring Jacqueline Bond co-founder of Bond & Grace.
As co-founder of publishing and art house Bond and Grace, Jacqueline’s home is ever-evolving with her artistic collaborations on rotational display. Bursts of color carry a cheerful atmosphere throughout the home, while an edited curation of vintage furnishings brings Jacqueline’s personal touch into each space. A spice garden and serene outdoor living space sit upon two acres of land, where Jacqueline frequently hosts fabulous events, soirees and family gatherings. Enjoy!
Add this flag cake to your Memorial Day weekend.
4. SHOPPING BREAK~FINDS
There are a lot of sales this week. I haven’t been shopping but I have been looking.
Looking for a dress to wear to a wedding or a summer party?
This shirt, which I shared a few weeks ago, is on sale for $19.00!
I have this dress in my cart.
Love these glasses, especially the Champagne coups.
And the entire Atlantic-Pacific collection at Tuckernuk.
5. IN CASE YOU MISSED IT~WEEKEND MEANDERINGS
Saturday on weekend meanderings. I shared Houghton house, six great gardening movies, summer outfit ideas and so much more. If you enjoy English country houses and history you will love Houghton House. Make sure to bookmark the gardening movies for a rainy day, they are a mix of humor, history and of course beauty.
Don’t forget to read Kim and Juliets’ post as well!
You can find all of the weekend meanderings posts here if you missed any or are looking for something that was previously featured on the blog.
THAT’S ALL FOR NOW
I hope that you enjoyed Monday Musings. Have a wonderful day and as always, thank you for spending part of it with me.
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