Tuesday, February 26, 2019


Here at the Red Cardinal Blog we like to discuss the annual Colour of the Year.

The Pantone Colour for 2019 is:

Living Coral

This pretty shade sits somewhere between orange and pink, and in the past I think was simply called 'coral'..

I remember when I was in high school having and loving a cardigan in just this shade.

Dame Helen Mirren at the Oscars. 
 If this is not living coral, it is certainly rather close, and one of my top picks.
But then, I always did love pink....

This is pretty, with a sweet silver bow.
In fact, there were lots of bows to be spotted on the red carpet if you looked closely.. 

Julia Roberts always looks gorgeous and happy..

This black Chanel appealed too...

There is always one charming canary yellow dress at the Oscars -
I love yellow too, but one dress per Awards night is probably enough!

Disappointed that Willem Dafoe missed out on an award for his portrayal of Vincent Van Gogh in 'At Eternity's Gate'.
We loved the film, and thought he was wonderful in the role - sympathetic and eerily like Van Gogh himself in all those self-portraits.

Mr Cardinal and I were doing research for our next big adventure:
We have made our airline reservations for a trip to the South of France to explore the haunts of not only Van Gogh, but Cezanne, Matisse, Chagall, Picasso...

I can't wait to see the settings of many of the famous paintings I have studied over the years.

We then will fly to London and on to Ottawa for a fortnight with our dear daughter and grandsons.  The boys appear to be growing taller every time we see them on Facetime!  We hope to see lots of Autumn leaves...

(And hopefully not the sort of heavy snow they had last week, biggest dump since 1998:
They woke one day to find the snow piled against the glass back door - there are four steps down to the ground here...
No playing outside this week..)

Then we will complete our round-the-world fare by flying home via Vancouver.

We have also been to Sydney lately, to visit our son and his Irish wife, in their picturesque cottage.
Their garden has some resemblance to ours:
Hedges, roses, picket fence...

We proud parents were terribly impressed that our son made this lovely bench for their hallway.  Such a talent!

While in Sydney we saw an exhibition of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings from The Hermitage, St. Petersburg...

In the interests of research, we immersed ourselves in some stunning Cezanne, Matisse and Kandinsky, Gauguin and Monet, and on it went:



And just before I go, one royal fashion sighting:
I was smitten with the fabric in Meghan's Oscar de la Renta dress -
just look at those cute woodland birds and animals.
Don't think I wouldn't kill to get my hands on a piece of that fabric....

It has been raining a little bit here, and the temperatures have dropped, to 29c maximums.  Blissful.  Can Autumn be that far away??

Hope you are all well.


Oh look, they got out there anyway!