TRAVEL TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA COAST

By |2019-03-17T16:45:04-04:00March 17, 2019|Travel|

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:

spanish moss in Beaufort SC

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 

Beaufort SC Beach

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 […]

COMFORTABLE WALKING SHOES (and not bad looking!)

By |2021-06-02T13:13:10-04:00February 24, 2019|Travel|

The question today is: how to find, and wear, comfortable walking shoes that don’t make you feel
a)like an old lady
b) as if you’ve just come from the podiatrist
c) so out of style you might as well go on home

Is this you?

 

I am of an age where we wore cute, narrow, good looking, expensive shoes no matter what. Oh, my poor feet. I lived in New York for years and those were the years that sneakers (yikes!) were only for weekends and bike riding. I bought the gorgeous narrow Italian shoes (albeit low heeled..) that eventually would ruin my feet. But oh, they looked gooooood!

Fast forward many, many years both in my life and the fashion cycle.  Now, everyone…I mean
EVERYONE
wears some sort of soft soled, stretchable, slip-on/sneaker/trainer with even the “best” outfit. They are what we do these days. Well, it has taken me quite a while to feel I can wear these and still feel dressed. Do I long for my cute, slim ballet flats? Yes indeed. But can I wear them for any amount of walking or standing? No. So I have opted for slip-ons instead of tie-ups. They just feel a little bit better for me and now, there are so many options.

Here is the […]

FRIDAY FLOWERS: MORE MONTY DON

By |2019-01-17T21:15:29-05:00January 17, 2019|Friday Flowers, Garden, Travel|

Did you know? Monty Don received the
OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire).

Here is Prince Charles awarding the medal at the ceremony last December. 

You know how much I admire Monty Don and for me, no one better deserves this honor than him. This man’s personal voyage and how he has transformed gardening for millions of people is nothing short of amazing and yes, even magical.

If you want to know even more about this man, take a look at his Facebook Page!

And, of course, he has a blog titled simply, Monty Don.

And read this:

How about a trip to Provence to meet Monty where he filmed part of the
French Garden series!

It’s a tour organized by BBC Gardeners World, June 3-8.  Now wouldn’t that be fun?

 

“La Jeg” sculpture garden, one of the highlights of the Monty Don/Gardeners World Tour!

And, of course, the very best way to keep up to date is to watch
“Gardeners World.”

The program, produced by the BBC, has had a rocky time being shown in the U.S. It was available then it was not, due to […]

WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? (ME NOT YOU!)

By |2021-06-04T15:13:49-04:00January 6, 2019|Travel|

So, Libby, where in the world have you been?

It’s been ages. How many weeks? I just checked: eight weeks since I posted here.

What shall I say?

The major reason I have been absent is/was due to surgery. No big deal. Well, the actual surgery site was no big thing…but yes, it has been a long haul. I had hand surgery. Thank goodness it was my left hand but, unfortunately for me, I can feel the same thing just starting in my right…  Without going into details (do you really want to hear?)

See, I knew you didn’t really want to hear all about it! This was on a GOOD day when I was feeling calm…

I shall say that after three different casts I now have a removable plastic and velcro splint. And I spend many, many minutes each day doing therapy. Right now it is for dexterity but in a few weeks I will “graduate” to strength training.

So this is fun!  I think, when all is said and done, I will have missed almost four months of weight training at the gym. Not good.

What is happening in my neighborhood?
The holidays are over and most of my shipping for my Etsy shop is also over! […]

FRIDAY FLOWERS: A DAY AT KEW GARDENS

By |2018-10-24T16:58:59-04:00October 25, 2018|Friday Flowers, Garden, Travel|

My day at Kew Gardens started with this:

The Temperate House: this is the largest Victorian glasshouse in the world!

Finally I met up with my friend Catherine. We had first met on the Cotswold Garden Tour over a year ago and kept missing each other in London (she is from the States also.) So this was going to be a treat. She knows Kew very well and walks there almost every day she is in London as she has family very nearby. She was the perfect host!

Just a few of the many magical moments in my day. Once again, the weather was lovely!

 

Just look at that color of Kew Palace! Somewhere between a coral, an orange, a sandstone…

 

And a short review of another wonderful…truly wonderful…day spent with friends at Petersham Nurseries. Yes, that famous/infamous/IG favorite place. Hmmm: did Terrain here in the States take a few hints from Petersham?

Day at Petersham Nurseries Walking along the Thames from Richmond all the way to Ham House was nothing short of magical. And my friends..well, it was a day of bonding, long talks and walks and oh so […]

FRIDAY FLOWERS: A DAY AT GREAT DIXTER

By |2021-06-03T16:59:47-04:00October 18, 2018|Friday Flowers, Garden, Travel|

I have wanted to visit Great Dixter Gardens for so many years. I almost went on a garden tour there but opted out at the last minute (and did that now famous
Costwold Garden Tour instead!)

Where is this famous garden? In Northium which is in East Sussex which is south of London. And no, I didn’t quite realize just how difficult/tricky it was going to be to get there! Sissinghurst had been quite easy to reach; this was not. I took the train to Hastings then a harrowing, roller-coaster taxi to Dixter. But I got there just fine!

Tools of the trade, for sale:

Great Dixter was the lifetime home of Christopher Lloyd, gardener, plantsman, author and garden designer extraordinaire. His use of color and the lush, over-planted gardens, his experimentation with so many new plants, ways of using color in the beds and his skill as an author made him the center of so many gardeners’ ideas.

The gardens are lush. Period. It was a magnificent day but if it had been at all wet…well, I would have been soaking as you really had to push through many enormous planted areas.

One can never have enough wheel barrows!

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