Do you struggle when packing for a trip? I am on a trip now and have gathered some of my latest tips to make it all a bit smoother and easier!
Finally, it's time to travel! I'll be leaving in a few days: first for London (think Chelsea Flower Show) and then to Manchester to stay with daughter and her husband. Yes, it's very exciting!
London in November: will it be cold? rainy? sunny?
It is anyone’s guess! So best to be prepared for any kind of weather, right?
I am very fortunate to be able to stay with my daughter in her flat: you know how that saves on the emergency sweater (sorry…jumper!) , hair dryer, lotions and potions etc.
Last year I was there in early October and every day was glorious! No rain at all. My day at Great Dixter was so beautiful. But this year, a month later, could be quite different.
I can’t believe how perfect this coat is! Perfect length. Zipper works very well but it also has snaps. The hood zips off but is great as is. Nice pockets. For $99.00 it is a definite WIN!
P.S. I ordered a Medium although I am usually a Small. Reviewers said it ran a bit small; the Medium is perfect.
How about a nice cozy sweater in tunic style? I love tunics of all kinds; I am not tall, measuring barely 5’4″, and I always feel a longer tunic makes me look a bit taller and just works well for my body type. And, most importantly, I feel good in […]
It was time for another travel adventure..so off we went to
Coastal North Carolina
No, not a beach, but Pamlico Sound and the historic towns of Washington, Bath and Belhaven.
Our room was right on the water (it was actually in a marina) so we had these gorgeous views:
Our adventures took place around these towns:
Let’s talk about the cotton fields. We had seen a bit of cotton grown on the way to Savannah and Charleston but NEVER anything on this scale.There were fields and fields, as far as the eye could see, filled with puffy white cotton balls. It was HOT out there. We stopped several times to get a closeup look at the plants, the bolls, and the process. I had never, ever really seen or known just how awful it would be to go out in those fields day after day. Back breaking and soul breaking work. Now, of course, it is all picked by machine. But I cannot imagine picking by hand: the plants and bolls are rough and ragged, the soil is parched and overgrown with weeds and the sun. Well, the heat and sun were almost unbearable to us after ten minutes out there.
This is one of my favorite places in London.
And yes, if you are a long time follower here, I did a post about the Museum in this post.
The Garden Museum is a lovely, quiet oasis on the South Bank across the Lambeth Bridge and just a short way from Westminster. Its Cafe is excellent; I highly recommend it if you go. The Museum is actually the renovated and redesigned Church of St. Mary-at-Lambeth. The building/church was due for demolition in the 70’s and was rescued by Rosemary and John Nicholson. You can read all about it HERE.
Just a month ago I went to see the exhibition of Ivon Hitchens: The Painter in the Woods
And at the same time, an exhibition of George Rowlett: Paintings of Sarah Price’s Garden
But MOST IMPORTANTLY
The Museum needs support and help from all of us. A planning application for high rise…as in 28 stories.. luxury apartment building has […]
Our visit to
was an unexpected and delightful surprise.
I had never heard of it, nor had I been to this part of London. It is near the Little Venice neighborhood and the tube stop is Warwick Aveneue.
It is set back behind and between so many gorgeous and beautiful London houses and, if you didn’t know about it, could almost be missed as it is set back like a private park.
What a hidden gem it is! A bit like Petersham Nurseries I would say, on a smaller scale. And from their website it seems the main business is landscape design. But the variety of plants, furniture, garden tools of all kinds, baskets, topiaries, succulents and gifts is wonderful. The selection of pots, garden tools, water features and furniture is amazing and a bit overwhelming!
I need this furniture!!!
Loved these wire animal topiaries!
I have been looking for ages to buy these metal plant supports but cannot find them anywhere in the States. If you know how to find them, please let […]