We're back from our two week trip to England! So much to say and show (of course) and so little time. I've thought about how to best show all that we did and saw while across the pond. Gardens and gardening are, of course, central to my travel plans so I am starting with this post. We moved around several times which we now realize was a mistake. It is tiring. Packing and unpacking, catching trains and buses, dragging suitcase up long hills and then trying to relax. We are not tour people partly for this reason; we prefer to stay in one place and really settle in. With that said... I will begin with our stay in Cornwall. Our longest stay was in Mousehole. Cute name, no? Well, it is NOT pronounced as it is spelled (much to my husband's disappointment) The correct pronunciation is mow-zel . Got it? This entire area, for those who are not familiar, is the southwest corner of England. To the west is the Atlantic ocean and to the south the beginning of the English Channel. So much to see! But without a car (we just cannot imagine driving on the other side of the road..) we were somewhat limited; trains and buses are fine but can get long and tedious day after day. So we [...]
It's happening: The RHS Chelsea Flower Show!!! Someday, maybe, I will get there. In the meantime I read all about it on all social media, and now can watch it streaming live. If you have Britbox you can access it there. Or, just go to YouTube. Here is Episode 1 which was broadcast on Monday afternoon. Each of these episodes is about an hour. They will give you great commentary (including Monty Don) and a really thorough tour of the gardens. Then there is Alexandra's blog, The Middle Sized Garden, and her latest post: Small Garden Design Inspiration from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Alexandra does a really nice job here of highlighting the many new themes and ideas at the show this year. Definitely worth watching and listening: So much of London is decked out this week with beautiful flowers! By the time I get there next week I think most of the squares will be emptied of these fabulous floral stage sets... but I can hope! I will be here from time to time in the next few weeks as we travel to various parts of the UK. The weather looks fine and let's hope it holds!
Have you tried to find just the right small, cross-body bag? It's difficult! I've used a cloth one for a few years. When do I use it? Well, when traveling I like to go out early in the morning to take pictures and to walk. But of course I want my iPhone with me, and probably keys, a license and some cash and a credit card. The necessaries. But I do not want to be burdened with a large purse; and pockets are hard to come by. Here is THE solution: Find it on Amazon It is, without doubt, the most perfect small cross-body bag out there! I had ordered from Anthro, from e-bags; I had looked at small stores at the mall; and had scoured Etsy. Who knew? Just go to Amazon and start a search! The reviews were fabulous. Many people commented on the lovely, high-end packaging and I totally agree. From the handsome box to the fabric storage bag, this is quality. And the price?$31.99. Yes, you read that correctly. And it's available in nearly ten colors. And this, y'all, is what I have been using for three years! Hmmm. Definitely needing updating but it was hard to find the right thing. Again, we are not talking about a real bag, as in to use all day [...]
Each week I await the arrival of the on-line garden magazine, DIG DELVE For all you gardeners out there, and all the garden geeks: If you don't know it, let me introduce you! Such totally fabulous, gorgeous photography. Each week is just one subject and each week reveals beautiful images. It is an on-line magazine written by award winning landscape and garden designer, Dan Pearson and additional writing and photography from his partner, Huw Morgan. Last week was all about tulips. So many, many new ideas for my tulips! He lists ten different types of tulips planted this year, with delicious, gorgeous pictures. I've already made note of those I will be ordering. Today, by coincidence , I was reading my Gardens Illustrated which had just arrived and saw an article about The Delos Garden at Sissinghurst and Dan Pearson's task to give the garden a new lease on life. Here is the article from Dig Delve: scroll to the end to see mention of the redevelopment of the Delos garden. Having been to Sissinghurst before these developments, I am now dying to go again! Hope you will take a look at Dig Delve and subscribe via email.
I talked about my search for comfortable walking shoes back in February in this post. I was, or so I thought, headed to London to spend a week with daughter and then see friends. Not to be. My foot problems were SO excruciating that I couldn't possibly get on a plane, stand in any immigration line, take the Tube and stairs involved, or ENJOY MYSELF. I did, however, get those wonderful Kurus: These have got to be the most comfortable shoes ever, and are made for those with Plantar Fasciitis (which is what I have had for almost seven months now.... ) They are fabulous and I cannot recommend them enough. When worn with these inserts: Available HERE My next update is the OOFOS flip flops: Oh my are these heavenly. I wear them every day, anywhere. I use them as slippers. I never, ever go barefoot but reach for these instead. The support is really quite amazing ... I have ordered and tried so many different shoes..and have come back to Vionics. These are really comfortable, the leather is soft, the velcro at back is adjustable and maybe, just maybe, they will (sort of) take the place of ballet flats! Vionic Keomi And (I'm sure you're dying to hear...) my Plantar Fasciitis is better! This is [...]
Coastal South Carolina, or the Low Country, is a lovely part of the Southeastern United States. For years, when we lived up North, we longed to explore this entire area. And now we live just a few hours away! The Spanish Moss is alive and well: One of our very favorite places is Beaufort, South Carolina. Just to get you in the mood of this place....here is a short video I took early one morning. Be sure to turn up the volume to hear the birds! We stay at City Loft Hotel which is right in town and perfect for exploring (they have bikes) and close to so many good restaurants and shopping! So many flowers at this time of year: There is nothing quite like life at the beach, right? We spent a day at each of these: Hunting Island State Park and Edisto Island The wooden boardwalk through the marshes was fabulous: so peaceful and quiet and we certainly hit just the right time of year. It was warm but not too hot; very low humidity (although my hair was still going for the frizz look!) and a slight breeze. We went to explore Old Sheldon Church Ruins It is an eerie, strange sort of place: way out in the woods and yet [...]