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Carpe diem...

{Beautiful magnolia tree near maison no.20}

So beautiful and yet oh so fragile.

I adore the Magnolia tree and it reminds me of New Zealand as my grandmother had a beautiful tree in her garden which I adored.

Carpe diem roughly translates to "seize the day" and I think that this phrase is well suited to the magnolia as the flowers appear and then disappear as quickly as they appeared.

A useful phrase that we can also apply to life in general.....

Wishing you all a fabulous weekend/Je vous souhaite à tous un fabuleux week-end......

Leeann x


  1. Hope you have a gorgeous weekend too!

    Best wishes always,

    PS Whenever I hear that phrase I always remember the film "Dead Poet's Society"...I must watch that again soon!

  2. I love magnolias too. Thanks for the reminder of spring. It's autumn in Australia so it's nice to see the memory of spring.

  3. love magnolias too. beautiful photo! happy Friday

  4. What a strikingly beautiful magnolia tree. Ours have just a few cream blossoms.

  5. So pretty!

    Have a great week end!


  6. Is there anything as magnificent as enourmous lush blossoms like this?!?

  7. What is it about this time of the year that makes us want to "seize the day"? Must be the promise of warm weather, new growth in our gardens, time spent outdoors, and lovely spring clothes. Thank you for a post that exactly matches my mood!

  8. carpe diem to you as well! thanks for the reminder!!

  9. Hi Leeann,

    There is nothing prettier, than a magnolia tree in bloom.
    Glad to see that Spring is there for you.

    Happy weekend

  10. This is one of my favorite sayings and it is a wonderful motto to life!
    Bonne weekend!

  11. This magnolia tree reminds me of the one that was in my grandmother's garden. Brings back great memories of her. Thanks for sharing!


  12. Fabulous blog and great to see the Kiwi connection. Jane (NZ)

  13. very sweeet blog :)

  14. Hi Leeann!
    I think your Friday flowers are always best when it is something of yours.........Also I love the picture of your shop! Looking so pretty! Thanks for your positive remarks about the new look......I had a magnolia, it went south last year,it was sick, we had to have it taken out.....Yours is beautiful! Maryanne xo

  15. Beautiful floders and carpe diem to you to


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