Sunday, March 04, 2007

The day after the night before


Oh what a night! There still are streamers and flowers everywhere !
For me the best way to start the weekend is breakfast in the garden with a big pot of tea, fruit juice, some good bread (organic wholemeal sourdough made by our dear friend Nick of La Tartine) and last but not least, some home-made jam. I always make my own but this one is very special, it's a gift from Alice. Thanks Alice !

Ah les amis, quelle soirée ! Il reste des confettis et des fleurs partout ! Pour moi le meilleur moyen de commencer le week-end, c'est un petit déjeuner dans le jardin avec du thé, du jus de fruits, du bon pain (du bio complet au levain fait par notre cher ami Nick de La Tartine) et, indispensable, de la confiture maison. Je fais toujours la mienne mais celle-ci est très spéciale, c'est un cadeau d'Alice. Merci Alice !

28 comments:

Nathalie said...

As a very straight mother of three, I'd never thought of going to Sydney's Mardi Gras before. So glad I did. It was much 'cleaner' and more mainstream than I imagined. Some of the hard core founders of the Gay Parade actually complain that much of the original spirit has been lost, but I would argue that it's a change for the better: no need to fight when the general public has become so easy-going on the subject. Everyone can just relax and have fun. There was very little there that I wouldn't have wanted my 13 year old daughter to see.

The parade was huge, with far more floats than I imagined. They represented various support groups of course but also the lifeguards (beautiful bodies!), Amnesty International (in very impressive orange Guantanamo suits), various political parties (the Greens, the Socialist party and the Democrats - didn't see the Liberals?!?), businesses such as Ikea or the Newtown Gym, or even such unlikely (to me) organisations as the police or the firefighters. All in all, a fantastic experience !

Nathalie said...

Mère de trois enfants habitant depuis six ans en Australie, je n'avais jamais eu l'occasion d'aller à la Gay Parade. Je pensais que ce n'était pas pour moi. Je suis vraiment contente d'y être allée cette année. C'était bien plus sain et plus grand public que je ne l'imaginais. Certains des fondateurs du défilé se plaignent que le bouillant esprit d'origine s'est perdu, mais il me semble que c'est une bonne chose : plus besoin de se battre violemment quand on est si bien accepté. Il n'y a plus qu'à se laisser aller et à s'amuser sans arrière-pensée. Ma fille de treize ans aurait presque pu y aller.

Le défilé était immense, bien plus long que je ne l'aurais imaginé. Les chars représentaient de nombreuses associations de soutien bien sûr, mais aussi les Lifeguards (ah, ces beaux corps d'hommes en maillot de bain !), Amnesty international (en combinaisons orange façon Guantanamo Bay, très impressionnants), des partis politiques tels que les Verts, les socialistes et les démocrates (tiens, je n'ai pas vu les Libéraux de John Howard ?!?), des syndicats de travailleurs des entreprises telles qu'Ikea (oh, ce bel antillais à la cuisine, nu sous son minuscule tablier rouge!) ou le club de gym de Newtown, et puis, très étonnants pour moi, des organisations qu'on imagine très macho comme la police et les pompiers. Partout le même message : oui à la diversité et à la tolérance. Un bien beau message, je suis contente d'y être allée.

Pod said...

i wasn't going to go out, but......
pleased you enjoyed it!

photowannabe said...

Lovely breakfast tray. I'm glad you had a good time .

edwin s said...

Oh what a night is exactly it!!! Did you see the Kylie float? Was it fabulous?

I had quite a night too. Come by KLDP to have a look. I think you'll have quite a laugh. It's dedicated to you too.

Meg in Nelson said...

Do you always have such beautiful breakfasts at your place? I'm more interested in the breakfast than the parade. Having said that, I was always offended by the overt/aggressive sexual nature of the parade they used to have in Auckland - some years they continue to have it, some years not. I want to support the gay people and go to the parades (we have none in Nelson, though) but I don't like studded leather straps and whips and such. I'm glad you had a good time, Nathalie.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful breakfast tray - the large format shows all the thoughtful details!

Happy Mardi Gras from Sidonie, at http://echospond.aminus3.com

Kate said...

Tea, toast, jam and juice. What more could you want??

Imparfait présent said...

Serait - ce de la confiture faite maison?

Jing said...

:))
what did i eat this morning???
haha...
so western style breakfast...
looks nice.

jing

alice said...

Pas mal non plus dans un yaourt nature...;-)

Icarus said...

Salut Nathalie, je viens içi te remercier ta première visite chez moi au Portugal, mais aussi je constate.......une photo magique! What a beautiful first photo for me to see to day, which is much more grey than we expected. Out to breakfast soon, but you know what? I would much rather be coming over to sit down to this trayful!

Daniele Marioli said...

Ciao Nathalie! nice name...
Thancks for the visit in my blog! your work is much creative! please come again! See you!
Ciao!!

Abraham Lincoln said...

Thank you nathalie for visiting and leaving a comment.

Your beautiful photograph of a breakfast reminds me that it is about time to eat here. I don't think I will get to see something as exciting at your tray.

Imparfait présent said...

Euh... je m'aperçois que j'ai mal posé ma question, je voulais savoir ce qu'il y a dans la confiture maison...désolé

isabella said...

What a lovely breakfast tray to greet me this morning! How did you know I take tea? Anyway, this and Alice's daffodils is a perfect start to my day. Merci!

Nathalie said...

Imparfait Present, celle d'Alice c'est pamplemousse-orange-citron. Franchement pas mal !

Les miennes d'habitude c'est prune ou abricot, selon ce que je trouve a bon prix au marché, et puis de la marmelade de citrons: Je récupère les citrons chez les voisins. C'est délicieux.

A Avignon je faisais surtout de l'abricot, le pays s'y prête !

Dsole said...

that's really neccesary after a great night!
I'm glad you had fun!

angela said...

Such a beautifully presented breakfast and home made jam...yummy!
Bon appetit!
Angela

Lilly said...

Nathalie, you brought Mardi Gras to life on your DP. How wonderful that so many different people, groups and companies are supporting it. It's high time we respect and accept all walks of life no matter what sexuality, colour or creed they are.
Also, what a feast for breakfast. All healthy but so yummi too. My breakfast wasn't so delicious but a friend is making pancakes, so I'll eat one nice thing today.
Thanks for stopping by at Tuzla DP. I really do appreciate it.

Jilly said...

Oh, I'd love to go to Sydney's Mardi Gras. One day, one day...

Your breakfast looked absolument parfait!

Jilly x

Imparfait présent said...

Ah! les abricots des Alpilles...

Chris & Deb said...

looks and sounds like a perfect way to start a weekend day! for that matter, starting every day that way sounds pretty good!
Beautiful.

Helen said...

Sounds like a whole lot of fun!

Lavender Lady said...

Your breakfast tray is wonderful. I have plans to do that more often this coming summer and you have given me several ideas.

Kala said...

I had to think about that - "the day after the night before" haha - threw me for a brain twister. Anyway, weekends are the best indeed! Glad you got to st foot out and enjoy yourself!

Olivier said...

tu as bien raison d'etre aller à la Gay pride, il y a toujours une superbe ambiance, meme si au bout d'un moment la techno ça me fatigue ;o) ta photo me fait penser à la dinnette de ma petite niece ;o).

Ming_the_Merciless said...

Hmmm! Jam and butter on toast! I haven't had that in soooo long. I think I will have that for dinner tonight.