The Last Tea

May 14, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Very English weather today, but armed with hats, wellies and a map, we set out on a five mile walk around this beautiful estate, Gravetye. There was rain. There was mud. We may have taken a wrong turn or two, but we made it back quite pleased with ourselves.

Given the rather challenging terrain — many hills, rocks, and stiles (more on these later) — I came to believe that we were entitled to two treats for our efforts. First, we hit the pub…

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I didn’t care that it was all fried. It was just what I required, including my Half Pint. However, that Half Pint along with the walk made me a touch sleepy and an Epic Nap ensued. But my body is now fully on English Time, and I woke up just a few minutes before 4, just in time for Treat Number Two, tea…

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Served by a nice fire…

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The perfect ending to a rather perfect — and filling — day. Now it is upstairs to pack, and down to our last dinner of this wonderful trip.

More to come.

xx

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Beautiful Birds

May 13, 2013 § 2 Comments

Just another taste of posts to come…this bird of prey was one of several we enjoyed meeting today.

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xx

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My Reward

May 11, 2013 § Leave a comment

So, today the weather had taken a turn for the English, and rain and wind were on the agenda. Alas, Blenheim Palace (the birthplace of Winston Churchill) was also on the docket. So, off we went in the wind and rain. Regardless, it was lovely…

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This was the most sun we had while there, so you can imagine my deep need for tea when we got back. I’ve become quite addicted to tea here, as I have always been a scone head and the little sandwiches are delicious. So I am taking today’s tea as a reward for getting my English on and walking through the weather rather than giving up the goat. (Or is it “ghost”…whatever.)

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I DID NOT eat it all, or even half, but it was delicious and now I am ready for my bath (showers appear to be a No Go here) and a nice evening out, including treacherous driving and some dinner.

xx

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Lovely in England

May 8, 2013 § Leave a comment

Greetings from the English Countryside, where Mr. H and I have been powering our way through various manor houses, gardens and other grounds. A small driving incident in Bath aside, we have been having the most wonderful time. And while I plan to elaborate, I thought a little taste would be cheering.

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Above, some of the gardens at our hotel in Bath. Sitting out here for tea is heaven.

Below, a bit of a pink Japanese Maple on the grounds of Kingston Lacy. A most beautiful property. And trust me when I tell you it is impossible to capture the actual shade of pink…for me, anyway…

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A view on the grounds of Whatley Manor, where I had one of the best meals of my life (from a list that includes The Bristol, Chez Panisse, Per Se and Franny’s). And yes, it is in England.

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The view from one of our windows in Cliveden, where I am still pinching myself that I am actually here…

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And some of the grounds of Grays Manor, where even the cows were beautiful.

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Tomorrow we have a longish drive to Highgrove, where Prince Charles has created one of the most interesting Gardens I Must See. Naturally this requires proper footwear, which Mr. H and I were able to conjure up without having to take up too much room in our suitcases with full blown wellies…

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More to come!

xx

(Photos: Some Cozy Night)

Last Morning

February 22, 2013 § Leave a comment

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How can it be our last day? I’m bummed to be leaving the warm weather, but glad to be getting back to the city to see friends, try a few new places for din din and getting my brows done. (Maintenance is a pain sometimes.)

I also make it a point to make a list of trip details that I want to focus on more next time. Next year, I plan to use this space to meditate more:

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The times I did were divine…and then somehow I didn’t do it enough. Sometimes the whole “tomorrow is another day” keeps you from enjoying today. Which, come to think of it, is a good thing to keep in mind generally. Especially important during a Re-entry situation, but also worthwhile for any day, lest one’s list of “should haves” be too long for comfort.

xx

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I Can’t Believe I Am Saying This…

February 20, 2013 § Leave a comment

Reading books on the iPhone is great.

There, I said it. And this is coming from a serious printed book nerd. While I wouldn’t use it for books on design or anything highly illustrated, the darn thing is perfect for frothy novels poolside. Even better than the iPad, I think. And if you can avoid checking email, the news and the rest of the outside world while reading on your phone, even better.*

And that is all I have for now.

xx

* Yes, another Development Area for me. But I am trying.

Loving Right Now…

February 15, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Greetings from the Sea of Cortez. While it may be a little chillier than usual, I am making excellent use of my time away by sleeping, reading, reapplying sunblock and eating some more. I have also been thinking about the latest things I’ve been into and thought I would share…

New York Collections for Fall
Yes, Fall, but you know the drill by now. From my iPad, I didn’t see much that knocked my socks off, but Narcisco Rodriguez, Proenza Schouler, The Row, Marc Jacobs and Oscar de la Renta presented some of my favorite things. Check them out at nymag.com for a little inspiration and please note those shoes at Proenza: low heeled and to die for.

K. Jacques Sandals
This little obsession started last summer and it is only growing with my new “hippie” pair that I’ve been wearing with my more bohemian coverups…

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I have even been wearing some gold jewelry with the look. A little outside my comfort zone, but only for like five seconds. Yay.

Monarchy
The band. I discovered them on Nowness, and find that while they aren’t as interesting as Goldfrapp, they are great to run to.

The Eye Has To Travel
Goodness, just watch it and get sucked into the fairy tale that Dianna Vreeland created and lived in. Sad to say that she could never be today, at least not in magazines. But maybe in some other way…here is hoping.

And that is all I have for today. Happy weekend!

xx

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