The weather outside isn't worth talking about, so to cheer myself up I decided to visit some of my favourite domestically-minded blogs.
First up was the much needed Paris Breakfast, home of Carol Gillot's exquisitely done watercolours. I love the way she chooses a topic and runs with it, sharing not just her watercolours but her photos, often dropping in one or two tidbits of historical trivia that I would never otherwise learn. The best part (aside from the writing, the photos and the paintings)? No sugar rush.
Next was a visit to Sandra's Ravenhill Cottage. I discovered her blog a few months ago, and a visit with her always leaves me pondering something new. A fellow fan of the defunct Victoria magazine, she's constantly sourcing out interesting and sometimes little known books about a variety of vintage or domestic topics. Her past few posts have ranged from home decor tips and victorian doll houses to the joys of tea.
Melange is a Virginian blog that I simply don't visit as often as I ought, and I'm reminded of this every time I finally do get there. Her life and past expereinces are far different from mine, and I think that's exactly what brings me back - she writes about a Southern life I've only read about in books...
A more recent discovery is Under a Blue Moon. Written by Andrea out of Northen California, it's an absolute trove of goodies. I always enjoy her posts, and love the fact that she shares her home and surroundings - it appeals to the voyeur in me. I love where I live, but every once in a while I have random daydreams about a bungalow built for two with a rose garden and room for dogs, and visiting her is the next best thing.
A trip of this type is never complete without dropping in to Christine's Morning Coffee and Afternoon Tea site. I've mentioned it recently in relation to the US's National Hot Tea Month, but that only nicked the tip of what she writes about. If you like yummy recipes (or just want to ooh and aah over the related food porn photos), hers is one of the best sites to go to. Visiting her reminds me of one of my more attainable goals, which is to get out of my comfort zone and try new flavours.