"One is tempted to say: once he was certain of eventual failure, everything worked out for him en route as in a dream."
Source: W. Benjamin 'Max Brod's Book on Kafka and Some of My Own Reflections', [letter to Gerhard Scholem: June 12, 1938] in Illuminations (London: Fontana, 1992; tr. H.Zohn), 136-143 [quotation, p.143].
Apart from the whole meltingly hot aspect of an Australian Christmas, I love the idea of this candy wreath from skip to my lou. Tho' why cut the sweets/lollies/candy off? Eating by unwrapping one end would leave a fluffy silver-papery wreath.
Make your own paper Hermes Kelly gift bag with downloadable patterns (from the Hermes site).
It is perverse to add Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte to the 'must see' list just because of the heraldic squirrel connection. Paris Breakfasts has some images. Sadly it is closed in Jan./Feb., but just thinking about their restaurant called 'L'Écureuil' makes me happy. I'd settle for a mug...