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Dominique Laurette LeBel  My world is words. The romance of the in between. β€˜Ever Thine. Ever Mine. Ever Ours’ πŸ™πŸ„β˜οΈπŸŒΏβœ¨πŸ¦ŠπŸ’πŸ’πŸ°πŸ’— Mr Wehling

Since returning home to Australia in October last year I’ve found myself hungering for the stimulation, vibrance and quality of conversation w my peers and professors alike at @ucl and in the subsequent travel months romanticising after the Indian monsoon, European heat wave and NZ winter melancholy. I’ve never experienced a period where I was so connected to my senses, surroundings, bodily and embodied self and so appreciative of the ability to examine and discuss thoughts and ideas with my loved ones. Since then, I’ve been lucky enough to have been introduced to my soul mate @dan_double_u_ and have begun a life brimming with deliciousness, belly laughs, passion, beauty and a profound depth of feeling and alongside this to have the opportunity to be working in the disability sector and giving back to my local community. Yet the sense of inertia grows daily: to do more, think more, see more, say more and be more. My best friends who happen to be my parents are currently on a 2 month spiritual pilgrimage, enjoying the overwhelming frenzy of sights, smells, sounds and bodily responses (pleasant and not so) that travel offers in such abundant supply. Though I’m Aussie-based I find myself Rishikeesh-dreaming, of loose threads of saris, firmly plaited scented & oiled hair, wilting flowers, prayers and gentle song. It’s as though I’m there and thus on the precipice of change spurred on by the dreamiest of dreams featuring Indian-coloured hues.

Happy place* πŸ’– (*not pictured: my obliging and patient love who supplied the generous amounts of SPF 50+ and allowed me to luxuriate under my umbrella with a book while he frolicked in the waves)

The poignant beauty and grounding effects of the past few weeks culminated yesterday while hopping along the old farm road from Boulders beach to Skennars Head. Earlier that day my clumsiness got the better of me so nursing grazes courtesy of Shelley Beach’s pebbled ocean bed I carefully made my way through the now overgrown path admiring rouge hibiscus, munching on violet and yellow freshly picked snowpea flowers, blackberry nightshade berries and sucking on the nectar of pastel florals all picked and explained to me by my sweet love @dan_double_u_ Overhead a sea hawk patiently hovered stationary above the nearby road, eyeing off a mousey prize and I imagined myself back in time, taking in interesting tidbits from my father-in-law about the local history and seafaring people while mentally piecing back together an old crumbled stone farm cottage we passed, picturing its goat-herding inhabitants getting out to enjoy the salt spray, rich black/brown soil and drowning out the internal chatter of their thoughts with afternoon birdsong in the surrounding acacia and pandanus trees. At times, consumed by the intensity of our insular working day personal affairs and the weightedness of external media it is easy to place too much emphasis in the happenings of our own existence and in doing so lose sight of what is truly important. For me, yesterdays meandering was a gentle reminder of our own impermanence. A fallen nest, a poisoned pine tree or an eruption of introduced South African fluorescent yellow blooms, passionfruit tendrils and green tomato vines are all tracings and leavings of humanity and our contribution. And from there, it gestures to our own ability to co-create the reality equal to dreams

I had the most magical weekend with my sister-in-law, @lanis_kitchen_ foraging and learning about local ingredients, taking in the sights and smells.. drinking the softest, loveliest water, enjoying heavenly meals together, admiring the clear starry-night sky (Steve saw 2 shooting stars), walking to the creek that is home to a shy little platypus, laughing more than I have in weeks with beautiful Bessie and her many cute noises - including a wonderful rendition of Daisy the goat, pictured here and just being among people who inspire and enrich my world and in an enchanted house filled with antique furniture which I’m convinced comes to life when we’re sleeping #fairytaleliving #family #love #soulfood #blessed

Easter treats πŸ₯πŸ£πŸ’ my beloved, @dan_double_u_ latest creation borne out of a love of Christmas & Easter flavours! Starting with a toasted brioche hot cross bun, courtesy of the best on the coast @bambam_bakehouse we had the wild idea to create what sits atop - an icecream made from Christmas flavours of spice, brown sugar, citrus peel & all things nice! Add caramelised slightly savoury fig & some refreshing relief from black finger grapes, orange segments, fingerlime & herbs and voila! Thanks @paddockbakery & @bambam_bakehouse for baking such inspired deliciousness and to @dan_double_u_ for bringing this dish of dreams to life and into something we can’t wait to recreate & share with our loved ones !

He puts the cherry on my sundae πŸ’πŸ¦πŸ’‹

Let the European daydreaming and plotting begin... I’ve been eagerly devouring all of the recent imagery ❄️of swirling wintery icing-sugar coated buildings and London backstreets in the knowing that come July I’ll be donning my hat and gown and reuniting with my fellow UCL MA grads and soaking up the joys of a double summer πŸ’β˜€οΈπŸ›πŸ‘­πŸŽ“But most of all beyond excited to get lost down a rabbit hole adventuring across the European countryside, with my beloved @dan_double_u_ by my side helping to keep my balance over the cobblestone streets in heels, πŸ‘ πŸ˜°for early morning shared espressos in frantic Italian cafes with elegantly dressed gentlemen, for late night musings and menu planning inspired by daily pursuits of weird and wonderful seasonal produce, πŸ„πŸ’‹for lazy afternoons occupied by nothing more pressing than taking in the local beauty, fashion and history fuelled of course by endless gelato but most of all just to grow and learn and experience sensory overload with the person I adore most !! Yippee β€οΈπŸ—πŸ‡πŸ₯€πŸšͺβ˜•οΈπŸ°πŸŽ©

Australia Day weekend coloured as it was by the events of my irksome kidney infection didn’t involve the usual beachside, sun-kissed shenanigans I had envisioned πŸ‡¦πŸ‡ΊπŸ¨β˜€οΈπŸ». But in some ways, it was by far my most special yet! Being forced to take the time to slow down can provide the perfect opportunity to appreciate all the goodness that surrounds us, always! And the wealth that is to be found in friends that are like family πŸ‘πŸ’ž, romances that are like the story books πŸ‰πŸ—‘β˜οΈπŸ“šand parents and siblings that are an extension of yourself 🌻✨🌻✨🌹✨🌻So indebted and utterly grateful for this weekend’s overwhelming bursts of love, be it in the form of surprise care packages with assorted goodies πŸ’ŒπŸ’πŸ¦”, the homemade bowls of porridge and shared cups of tea or the many laughter-infused conversations. I love you all - from across the seas to down the hall 😘

An utterly enchanting snapshot of Mum’s birthday weekend in the The East Cape. New Zealand will forevermore hold a special place in my heart πŸ’“πŸ΄such a healing land and one that affords sights such as this, of open fields, foals playfully enjoying the sunshiny warmth, rolling around on their backs and an ever-changing palate of sparkling blue-green sea! Happy birthday @joseelebelnaturo love you so β˜οΈπŸŒΏπŸŽ‚πŸ₯‚πŸ§˜πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ’œ

Lusting after that pink-gold drama πŸŒΉπŸ’ŽπŸŒΉπŸ’Ž
@ginger_jackie_tailorshop

Beetroot, Yoghurt & StrawberryπŸ“πŸΆπŸ’“
The blushing warm pinks and red tones of this prettily perfumed dessert from @northroommermaid had me utterly in raptures last night .. the roasty beetroot wafer-like meringue shards were so unexpected and unusual, yet so perfectly complemented by fresh strawberry and sour creamy yogurt. And the aromas as we devoured the fast-melting strawberry sorbet are so closely reminiscent of hot summer afternoons, sticky from berry picking. Bliss!
Thank you North Room for a truly memorable dining experience. We can’t wait to return and I highly recommend the tasting menu to locals - the shaved Brussel Sprouts and Macadamia salad, the Cultured Butter with Pretzel Bombs πŸ₯¨, the Rhubarb and Duck Parfait (and don’t get me started on the playful decadence of the Comte Gruyere, Brioche and Apple πŸπŸ§€πŸ₯–πŸ‘ŒπŸ»πŸ˜œ) .. all delightful dishes, and such a fun way to nourish your soul and savour a new experience with someone you treasure!
#eatpretty

Ma famille πŸ’— eternally grateful today and everyday for my beautiful family, across the seas yet always close by .. merci - for all the hysterical laughs, shared sweaty gelato/s, long breakfast chats, inspired dreamings, jars of hazelnut butter and the many many (mis)adventures to come πŸŒπŸ’œπŸ’πŸŒΉπŸ’πŸ¦‹β˜€οΈ

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