Time To Travel

2021-09-15T20:56:09-04:00By |Travel|

It's almost time to travel! How exciting is that? Almost two years since many of us have REALLY traveled. The car trip: yes. Overseas travel: no. It's about to change! I go tomorrow for my pre-flight Covid test and, if all goes well, will board a plane from here to Atlanta and then to Heathrow. Can you stand the excitement? Where am I going you may ask? To London and then to Manchester. While in London I will (of course) spend time at several art exhibits;  go to the V&A;  ride the Thames River boat down to Putney to see friends; and finally, on the last day, go to The Chelsea Flower Show I've wanted to do this for several years...had a ticket for last year (and we all know what happened to that) and finally when the show was postponed from May to September this year, 2021, it all became possible. So stay tuned and yes, I will be posting while I'm there. But even better, follow me on Instagram for daily travel photos. If you do not have the app, you can just go over to the right here and click on a photo in that IG grid. It will take you right to the IG app. And... last but most importantly... I will finally get to see and stay in my [...]


2021-06-02T13:12:04-04:00By |Travel|

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. The coat. Nordstrom Rack  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 them. They also look so great with any kind of leggings...my pant of choice! This one is [...]


2019-10-06T21:36:22-04:00By |Travel|

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. Just by these towns, if you look on the map above, is Terra Ceia Farms I have ordered from [...]


2019-07-11T21:09:14-04:00By |Garden, Travel|

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   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 been submitted for a very important (to the museum) property. If built, these towers would block almost all direct sunlight falling on the museum. This, of course, would affect all plant growth in all seasons, and not to mention how dark the entire place would be all the time. Here is part of the email I received, as a [...]


2019-06-27T16:50:52-04:00By |Garden, Travel|

Our visit to Clifton Nurseries 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 me know!   The gift shop had unique and unusual items: And then, there is The Quince Tree Cafe We had just had lunch so really couldn't imagine any more food....but someday soon I am [...]


2019-06-23T14:37:10-04:00By |Travel|

We have wanted to visit Cornwall for a very long time. When our daughter was small we had started to plan a trip but thank goodness we never went. We a) didn’t really have enough information to make good decisions as to where to stay b) traveling with a child is very difficult; it would have been awful! c) we did not realize the energy involved in not being able to drive i.e. all those trains and buses and stairs and tickets. Now, with daughter in London and the many new friends I have made through the Makelight course based on London, we felt ultra prepared to go to this beautiful part of the world! I looked at many, many hotels. We are picky…but in a very certain way. I don’t spend a lot of money. Period. Yes, travel is quite expensive almost no matter how you do it. But to spend say $400 a night for a hotel is out of the question for us. Even $300. So that narrows the field. I know, these are “first world problems.” I am very aware of that. On the other hand, we are older folk. While we are very fit, we just do not want to climb flights of stairs or feel cramped and have no personal space. Not for a week and, really, not [...]

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