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A little bit of extraordinary red

Robert sometimes suggest that I add more colour into my life.

He sometimes teases me and says that I only will wear black. I say that’s not true, it’s only until someone comes up with a colour darker than black, then I’d be happy to wear that. πŸ™‚

It’s true, I’m a basic black kind of girl. I do really love neutrals. Any shade of black, grey, beige…etc, that’s for me.

But I do love surrounding myself with splashes of colour, as long as I don’t have to be committed to it. Like, I don’t think I’d like to paint the walls blue or yellow or orange. I know paint it the cheapest design mistake anyone can make, but I prefer to have colour in pretty things I can always move away and change.

Except red. I do love red. I can say that I’m committed to red. I did paint the front entry hall a hue of Chinese lacquer red that I mixed myself. (Oh, don’t get me started about trying to get Benjamin Moore to live up to their lacquer red colour swatch. Bunch of wana-be players!)

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Anyway, red. I love red. So, when I got five burrs tangled in my two feet of hair getting these rose hips at my cabin, it was totally worth it. I love them and I’ll love looking at them for a while.


Speaking of love, Chloe asked me for a recommendation for a book. She wants a lovely romance, somewhat sexy, but no…er…pulsating organs. (I guess that leaves Jackie Collins out of the picture…lol) I suggested Katie Fforde, but she said she’d also like a 20 something heroine. I suggested some lovely period books; she said, “in the present day”. Hmm, I’m a bit fresh out of ideas.


I think she’s looking for a romance book to make her feel like the Twilight books made her feel when she was 14.

Anyone have any suggestions? Anyone have a 20 something child who has any suggestions?

This book is my Waverley by Sir Walter Scott. I like this quote from it:

β€œNothing perhaps increases by indulgence more than a desultory habit of reading, especially under such opportunities of gratifying it.”

(Except if you’re a fourth year uni student like C and have to read terribly dry essays about hegemony and how it related to post modernism. Then you need a lovely romance book to balance life a little.)


Sharing with Mary for mosaic MondayΒ and with Kathryn at Make it pretty Monday and with Inspire me Monday

Comments: 37

  • October 21, 2013

    The first photo is my favorite! Looks like a painting!

  • October 21, 2013

    These pictures are simply amazing and I dont think you can ever go wrong with too much red. I feel red is a very inviting color and its warm yet relaxing! πŸ™‚

  • October 21, 2013

    Hi Veronica! Saw your post over at UBC!
    My daughter will be twenty in January and yes it can be difficult to help them find something interesting to read… especially when your reading interests are as different as night and day… such is life!
    BTW… I love my blue walls, and my yellow walls, and my pink walls… color expresses the heart and soul of the person living in a house or a home… I like red too- that’s what my kitchen cupboards are painted!
    Have fun at UBC…

  • October 21, 2013

    I walked out of college, more or less, screaming “You can’t make me read no more dead authors!”

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    October 21, 2013

    I remember after I read twilight and couldn’t find anything that I liked. Then I started reading Sarah Dessen. The best ones she has are: This Lullaby, The Truth About Forever, Just Listen, Along For the Ride, and Dreamland. Those are probably in my list of top ten favorite books. Or you could suggest Morgan Matson. She only has two books out right now and they are so amazingly perfect. The title are: Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour and the other one is Second Chance Summer. The first one is more of a romance book but the second is just as good. Also maybe The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks. It’s my favorite Nicholas Sparks book and it’s the only one I don’t skip around. I hope this helps!

  • October 21, 2013

    I absolutely LOVE those rose hips!
    They are definitely worth all the tangled hair and those old Ginger Beer bottles are perfect for them!
    Did you dig them up from the Thames like my Uncle?
    (Thanks for your support Veronica – very much appreciated)
    I’ll have a mull over a book suggestion, but nothing springs to mind – perhaps there’s a hole in the market….

  • October 22, 2013

    Red is a bold color and I love it too! I adore that first photo- it captures the luster of the color so well.


  • October 22, 2013

    Love your photos. Enjoyed reading this post! How about one of Sarah Addison Allen’s Books?

  • October 22, 2013

    Outlander Diana Gabaldon

  • October 22, 2013

    Hi Veronica,

    Red, (my passion, my pulse, and my distraction), is for me, whether in little splatters or substantial splashes, extraordinary!

    Your first photo is pure indulgence, after a treasure hunt for red, having found its many specimens, in nature’s shades and patterns, void of cyber flair, and worth the messy hair, I’m sure.

    Brilliant styling, thanks for my fix!


  • October 22, 2013

    Your first photo is so satisfying, I mean like drinking beer cheese soup when it’s freezing outside, where the warmth goes all the way down to the toes.

    I try to leave most of the rose hips for the wildlife but can’t resist clipping a few sprays–and digging a little jade green moss to lay them on.

    I hope your daughter finds a book with a romantic young heroine she likes!

  • October 22, 2013

    This woman makes me laugh so hard–Kristan Higgins–she is really good at taking you right to the juicy part without having to get all juicy…here’s her website There are others like Jennifer Crusie who also make me laugh but she does get into more intimate details–you can always do what I do because really after reading a few of those–yawn–just skip to the story line πŸ˜‰

  • October 22, 2013

    Hi Veronica: I am so excited that you have made something for me. I keep handmade items forever. That is part of my problem. Thank you so much. I love it already. I do not get many things made for me. I know you understand about messes. It is taking forever to get the chandeliers in. I get your posts by email and always enjoy reading them. I am sorry I have not commented back lately, but you can understand it was hard just walking in my house. I am hopefully getting back to normal. Hugs, Martha

  • October 22, 2013

    What a lovely mosaic you’ve created. Love all the deep shades of red! Thanks for visiting me !

  • October 23, 2013

    i am a new yorker which means i wear black and grey almost daily … i did however last season try to add some color but i found that i could only do it in very small doses .. like scarves or cardigans … i once long long ago painted a wall in my bedroom orange .. it last a week, it was toooooo cheerful, i repainted it dark brown …

  • October 23, 2013

    Beautiful Blog Veronica, and all that RED! followed a trail here from the Noisy Plume (I think) and so happy I found your little neck of the woods. p.s. I’m a black kind of girl too.

  • October 23, 2013

    Love the red color! I have a few Asian dresses in that color. I also used to have a lot of black in my closet (mainly because it was the preferred color scheme for a restaurant I worked at). I still like the simplicity of a dark shirt, but I’ve also embraced more color in my wardrobe now.

  • October 28, 2013

    First, Congrats on your WSS photo win!

    Second, i asked my 20 something daughter for book suggestions. Here’s what she said:

    Good books with love stories in them:

    – City of Bones – The Mortal Instruments series (Cassandra Clare)
    Detailed. Interesting. Exciting. Hard to put down.

    – The Hunger Games Trilogy (Suzanne Collins)
    I just assume you have already read these or seen the movie. Good stuff.

    – Harry Potter – Harry Potter Series (J.K. Rowling)
    Get past the first three books and this series gets really, really good.

    – Divergent Series (Veronica Roth)
    Really likeable characters. Interesting, keeps you reading. The story is a little lacking.

    – Shiver – The Wolves of Mercy Falls series (Maggie Stiefvater)
    Really likable characters. A little different for a werewolf story.

    – My Life Next Door (Huntley Fitpatrick)
    Really sweet teenage love story.

    – Looking for Alaska (John Green)
    An emotion story. The friendships in this book seem true to real life so it’s really relatable.

    – Just Listen (Sarah Dessen)
    Cute. Quick read.

  • October 31, 2013

    I have just painted one wall in my bathroom firework orange, so I’m not sure how you’d get on using the facilities at mine πŸ™‚ But red is good!

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