Gardens to Gables

There’s more where that came from…

Just in case anyone DOES look at this blog besides my dearest and nearest, and you don’t already arrive here from Smitten by Britain – you can find more stories of England, written by yours truly, here! My talents as a writer do not extend Read More

Country Houses (of the Bluegrass and Beyond)

I grew up in a country house. To be more accurate, I grew up in a house in the country, as my family doesn’t have an urban townhouse to which we decamp for most of the year. Instead, I spent the first 18 years of Read More

Cemeteries, stories and memory

Growing up, I spent a good deal of time visiting cemeteries and graveyards, both those established sites with their neat rows of markers and stones, and the wild, neglected and mostly forgotten spots scattered across my family farm. I never found them spooky or macabre Read More

A Garden Farewell

I went back to my first garden a few weeks ago, and over the span of a few hot, sweaty hours, finally said my goodbyes. The exertion of taming a landscape I had shaped and formed and had been absent from for three years kept Read More

The misbehaving teapot at Fortnum’s

I was not a tea drinker until my junior year of college. Through genetics, I’ve been lucky (or cursed?) to be fairly energetic most of the time, so a need for caffeine wasn’t established – and even then, when I first embarked on my tea Read More

A wild adventure doomed to early failure

Regent’s Park, established around 1811, covers 410 acres in the north central London. It is, by far, my very favorite park in London.  Before Henry VIII’s seizure and subsequent dissolution of the monasteries, the land belonged to Barking Abbey (a wonderful name). Alas, the monk’s Read More

Hiking Hadrian’s Wall

Looking back toward Housesteads along Hadrian’s Wall Years ago, I read an article in Smithsonian Magazine about hiking Hadrian’s Wall, and while I am not typically a mad hiker, the images and the idea lingered.*   Since England can’t seem to shake its heat wave Read More

Henry VIII, Jane Austen and Glam Rock Artists

My travels about the English countryside have provided an unparalleled opportunity to see entrancing landscapes, incredible architecture, meet wonderful people, and inevitably, to be stranded after missing yet another bus. So it was with some optimistic cheer I planned an easy, relaxing jaunt on a Read More

A Village Tour (or, how I know nothing about medieval architecture)

  Much more learned individuals than me have voiced the idiom that one is always learning, and the condition of that journey is the continual discovery of how very little you actually know. And I know next to nothing about medieval houses, which is fairly Read More

Sieges, marble and bats: the upper crust of Dorset

The curtailment of my wanderings owes greatly to my lack of a car (also, the lack of funds to rent a car, or the most preferred option, a driver and a car. The latter scenario also involves bonbons, champagne and the eventual purchase of my Read More