Sunday, March 13, 2011

Pure Goodness No.3

Cherries. A wonderful gift from nature.

I hope you are having a nice weekend! This weekend has been relatively quiet, with some work to do, but also some time learning more about last week's devastating disaster. It truly makes one appreciate both large and small things in life, and who we love and hold dear. I cannot begin to imagine what the citizens of Japan are going through, as well as friends and family of the Japanese, living elsewhere. We must be thankful, but also, remember to give. Give a prayer and if possible, a helping hand. As I sit here in my comfortable home, drinking green tea, feeling nothing but the greatest of ease, I remember to be grateful for being able to do this. On a lighter and more cheerful note, today, we look at cherries—delicious and vivid cherries...

And, some very interesting information about cherries... apparently, they are rich in antioxidants as well as containing Anthocyanin, which may help reduce inflammation and ease the pain of arthritis and other ailments, as well as "reducing risk factors for heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers. Cherries also contain melatonin, which has been found to help regulate the body’s natural sleep patterns, aid with jet lag, prevent memory loss and delay the aging process". They are also a wonderful source of vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, iron, fiber and folate. And what must we gain from all of this? The perfectly respectible request for a hot fudge sundae with cherry on top... if only for the health benefits, naturally, *wink* + a lovely recipe on one of my favorite desserts to include cherries: cherry clafoutis!

— info & quote: choose cherries / images: 01, 02, 03, 05, 06, 07, 10, 11, 13, 14 / 04, 07: Vogue Living Australia, by James Merrell /08, 09, 12 French Home, by Claire Richardson


  1. As always, beautiful images!
    Sarah, I too feel so much sympathy for the people of Japan. I can't imagine losing my children and not knowing if they alive or not, not having my home, or no food or drink. Horrible. I can only pray and pray. It has certainly reminded me of what is important.
    I hope that you have a lovely week, Sarah.

  2. Dearest Sarah,

    Thanks for putting all this info on your blog first! Yes, the country with the most cherry trees for its beautiful blossom is devastated right now. In July of 2007 I've been to the area, that is the hardest hit now. Sendai, Tohoku and our stay with guest families in Osaki. I don't know yet if anyone that we know is involved in a tragedy... Our prayers are with them.
    Loved your excellent photo selection again, especially the cherry red Chanel bag! I have several of those but not in cherry red. The clafoutis recipe is noteworthy too. Very yummy and indeed it's a healthy fruit!
    Have a good start of the week.


  3. That cherry red Chanel bag is gorgeous!

    Yes, watching the disastrious clips shown on the news is heartbreaking indeed. Hopefully the nuclear problems won't become worse as well.

  4. What beautiful images - filled with pure goodness indeed. Have a great start to your week!
    Much love,

  5. Lovely cherries - which I love and are so healthy to boot. Japan is in our thoughts as we look around to appreciate all that we have - so easy to forget!

  6. What a gorgeous post Sarah...such beautiful pops of cherry...
    it is really a privilege and very good fortune to be able to enjoy and savour simple beauty of life when life itself could be so is just so painful to watch the Japanese tragedy unfold on t.v. screens...I hope and pray the suffering will end soon and the survivors will have all the help needed and more importantly the courage to rebuild their lives...xx meenal

  7. So fresh and pretty!


  8. Mmm I'm with benefits indeed:) I love the collage you have put together. So beautiful, and what gorgeous shoes .. Alix's I believe and her birthday cake is to die for.

    I too cannot fully take in the enormous extent of this latest natural's beyond comprehension.

    hugs xxxx DJ

  9. I need these red shoes to be mine!

  10. These are such gorgeous images to start the week with! And what's going on in Japan is too sad for words.. :(

  11. What a gorgeous post Sarah, wonderful words of of gratefulness and so beautiful images with this full of life color. I like the way that you have placed the images of Chanel inspiration and his precious details.

    I wish you a happy and inspired new week.



  12. What's happening in Japan is awful, these are such trying times for the people of Japan. In moments like these you truly appreciate what you have and realise how quickly everything can change. Beautiful post, Sarah! Wishing you a lovely week! Ada

  13. Beautiful photos! Who knew cherries were so healthy? If only I liked them! I think they remind me of the cherry flavored cough syrup I hated as a kid! xo

  14. Hi, Sarah!
    What a wonderful selection of images you have here, cherries make me think of gorgeous Japan and how much the japaneses are suffering now.
    Thank you for your lovely comments on our blog.

  15. What great inspiration for Spring Sarah! A lovely post as always.

    I was watching the news this morning, only to find out two of their nuclear radiators had exploded already??? It's just crazy to see what's happening. So sad. I hope all kinds of help can reach them soon.

  16. gorgeous pop of the deep rich tones of Cherry...and the town I currently live in is the Cherry Capital of the World..Traverse City...
    thanks for a great post...

  17. Oh Sarah this is such a lovely post! I adore cherries and Paris! Think I'll have to stop by the market today to pick some up. As for Paris, I'll just have to settle for my dreams :)

  18. Sarah, you always have the most beautiful collection of photos.
    My heart is breaking too over Japan. I feel so helpless, but know that prayer is powerful!

    Also, didn't know that about cherries! How cool!!!
    Wishing you a wonderful week~

  19. Yummy-yum-yum... Loooooooooooooooooooove cherries. My grandma used to say that I'd eat them off the tree before she gets a chance to pick them up. :) Oh, yes... Good old times.
    I have a recipe for cherry slices, which I absolutely adore. Must make it some time soon.

    And of course, the images are stunning - such a gorgeous collection!

    P.S. Apart from everything you wrote about cherries as far as nutrition goes, they are one of the best things for people with gout. It is actually recommended that people with gout have a handful of cherries daily - such a delicious medicine, isn't it?!

    P.P.S. If you ever do any nutrition related posts in the future, don't hesitate to get in touch for tested info. It's my job to know this stuff anyway and I don't mind sharing. :)


  20. Thank you all for such wonderful comments, and Little Rus, my dear friend, I will be sure to email you in the future about food/nutrition related posts... it was honey, milk then cinnamon, and now, cherries... I am thinking of the next one already, so I will definitely email you :)

  21. Thank you for so beautifully addressing the disaster. We should all remember how very lucky we are. Blessed, really.
    These photos are so pretty. And, oddly for me, I adore that little floral romper.

  22. Beautiful post Sarah. The terrible tragedy in Japan really helps to put things in perspective doesn't it? I've been counting my blessings too. It is lovely though to be reminded of the beauty in the world and your post has definitely lifted my spirits xx

  23. Miz. November: nice!

    Rachel: I am glad to hear that, xx

  24. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! The burst of red is so chic and energetic...I love it! I recently purchased a red purse (although I am pining for this Chanel bag) and am thrilled at the pop of color it gives to everything.

    As far as the cherries, I am the only one in my family who eats them...and I can't resist them! So when they are in season, I never fail to indulge.

    Be well and thank you for the lovely photos!
    ~ Beth

  25. So very pretty, Sarah! Love these images. I hope you are well friend! It's my turn to be ill but it will not stop me from visiting! xo

  26. love the pics, thanks for putting me in a pink mood today!

  27. +
    Sarah, you have to know the Rivière Peonies (, they are the exclusive furnisher for all peonies-cosmetics for L'Occitane, and they are just at five minutes to my home!


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