Home Again

 We arrived home about a week ago and have been busy catching up with friends and family.
I also have been rather busy in my garden , not only have the roses grown furiously while we were away but so have the weeds.

 On the hair front I am rather liking the silvery grey that is coming through, this is three months growth. I visited my hairdresser this morning and he cut a few layers in my hair to break up the regrowth, although looking at these pics perhaps he was a little on the cautious side.

On November 6th. , we had a little addition to our family, our first grandchild Harry John James.
Needless to say a trip down to Hobart to meet him and congratulate his proud parents was first on our agenda when we came home. He is one beautiful baby boy but I am a little biased.

Celebrating my 65th. birthday in Paris was pretty special and I was spoiled rotten. John had as a surprise booked us in for afternoon tea in the Salon Proust at the Ritz. The opulence of the surroundings and exceptional service is something I will remember forever.

 I must admit to feeling like a Queen for a day , drinking a glass of the most expensive champagne I have ever had, it was exceptional and drinking tea from some of the finest china . Then there was the food, a French afternoon tea consists only of sweet treats, the most decadent cakes and biscuits you can imagine beautifully presented on a tiered cake stand.

 After a very pleasant couple of hours luxuriating in the surroundings it was time to leave and we were presented with the leftovers in an elegant white box and a small canister of tea in Ritz packaging, a souvenir I will cherish for the memories.

This was taken on my birthday morning in the Palais Royale, one of my favourite Paris places.
Apologies for not blogging and keeping up with everyone while I was travelling, I set off with my laptop and good intentions but I soon discovered time was my enemy. I had places to explore and experience that I may never see again and that became my focus .

Joining Patti for Visible Monday, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday, Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb and Nancy for Fancy Friday Link Up.



  1. Nancy's Fashion
    December 3, 2018 / 7:01 pm

    Oh what a fabulous time you must had! Paris is enchanting isn't it. But I'm glad we can enjoy your beautiful outfits again!

    • Jill James
      December 4, 2018 / 3:24 am

      Thankyou so much Nancy, we did have a fabulous time and saw many wonderful sights. Paris is always a treat for me. I certainly will share my outfits again on Friday.

  2. Vix
    December 3, 2018 / 8:11 pm

    Welcome home, Jill! You look absolutely gorgeous – what a fabulous birthday photo. I've loved following your travels on Instagram, I don't blame you one bit for not blogging while you were travelling, life and adventure gets in the way.What a beautiful boy Harry is and such a lovely photo of the pair of you. xxx

  3. Jill James
    December 4, 2018 / 3:27 am

    Many thanks Vix , as much as I do enjoy travelling it is always good to return home. Glad you enjoyed my travel photos on Instagram, that was the quickest way for me while on the road. Harry is a cutie but then I am biased.

  4. Suzanne Carillo
    December 10, 2018 / 2:35 pm

    Happy belated birthday! What a gorgeous little baby! We had high tea at the Ritz in San Fransisco years ago and I also remember the impeccable service. Suzannehttp://www.suzannecarillo.com

    • Jill James
      December 20, 2018 / 9:16 am

      Many thanks Suzanne for the birthday wishes. Harry is a dear little boy but I am a little biased.

  5. Natalia Lialina
    December 19, 2018 / 3:44 am

    Congratulations on your first grandchild, dearest Jill! That must be such a special feeling to hold him in your hands. Beautiful portrait of little Harry!! And happy belated birthday to you!! John sure knows how to take care of you and express his love! What a celebration! You look gorgeous, and I am happy to see your posts again! I sort of got off of Instagram, for the last couple of months, but I am happy to see you here!Lots of love!

    • Jill James
      December 20, 2018 / 9:21 am

      Thank you so much Natalia , it is such a joy to welcome our first grandchild.I was a very spoilt girl on my birthday , John made it one to remember.I fully understand the IG , you have been very busy with your new projects , how exciting for you.-xx

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