All Creatures Great and Small

All Creatures Great and Small
All things bright and beautiful
All creatures great and small
All things wise and wonderful
The Lord God made them all
–Cecil Francis Alexander

Sweet Escape: A Girl Can Dream

Sweet Escape: A Girl Can Dream
Dear Valentine Cherubs,
I was looking around for a simple photo today (you know how that goes) and found myself swept off my feet into my fairytale Valentine Escape. Now before I could say “Feet, stay on the ground!” I was whisked away to Provence, caught up in the romance and beauty of it all. This country house made me swoon with love!
Sweet Escape: A Girl Can Dream
Sweet Escape: A Girl Can Dream
Sweet Escape: A Girl Can Dream
I shut my eyes and pictured myself nestled in a big cozy bed until noon, sipping wine and nibbing on delicacies on the veranda, basking in the light that Cezanne loved so much (quoting the villa’s website)…then slipping inside to relax in a hot bubble bath…
Sweet Escape: A Girl Can Dream
Soon, I was taking a nap in another beautiful bed before having afternoon tea in the courtyard! Bliss!
Sweet Escape: A Girl Can Dream
Sweet Escape: A Girl Can Dream

Then, as the night turned dark and the stars came out, I was dressing in my finest for a romantic dinner with my Valentine in that glorious dining room…
Sweet Escape: A Girl Can Dream

Sweet Escape: A Girl Can Dream

Sweet Escape: A Girl Can Dream
…before retiring to my room and fetching Ian (oh, dearest Ian! where have you been?) to draw the curtains, turn down the bed and bring my hot toddy (which, incidentally, I have never had in my life but it always seems well-suited to a moment like this…).
Sweet Escape: A Girl Can Dream
Sweet Escape: A Girl Can Dream
And then, just as I was drifting off to a blissful slumber, I heard my kitchen timer buzzing waking me with its harsh shrill. OH NO! I am not in Provence. I’m in Portland! And our Tuna Casserole is ready. Gotta run! Love to you all on St. Valentine’s Day!
Sweet Escape: A Girl Can Dream
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