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Cherry Blossom Festival

cherry trees

Most people have heard about the National Cherry Blossom Festival that is held in Washington D.C. every spring in celebration of the friendship between Japan and the United States.  You can even keep track of the cherry blossoms (sakura in Japanese) that burst into colour on Bloom Watch.  This year […]

Rattan for Inside and Out

Swivel San Brown

Our rental house in North Carolina last week was a typical Southern beach house.  The house was blessed with double porches and large windows which gave fantastic views over Currituck Sound. This house had one of the most comfortable chairs that I have ever sat in.  It was fairly unattractive […]

Coastal Style Inspiration

seaglass

We are visiting friends in the Outer Banks of North Carolina for Easter.  The beautiful beach environs inspires me to think of coastal style. I think these rules are apt because there really shouldn’t be any more expectations of life at the beach than these rules.  I’m considering buying this […]

Hunting for Chocolate

eggs hanging from tree

In the U.S., easter egg hunts are everywhere in the run-up to Easter.  The tradition starts at the top with the annual Easter Egg Roll on the White House lawn.  This year’s Easter Egg Roll is the 136th year of the event and will take place on April 21st.  Involving […]

Lavender’s Blue

Munstead Lavender

I’ve been wondering what to do with the front garden for a while now.  The ornamental grasses have gotten a little too wayward.  So, I was intrigued when Tim Milward from Plant Me Now suggested a lavender hedge on the sides of the buxus plants that I have.  They would […]

New Life for Old Stables

horse statue

The Camden Stables Market is a rabbit warren of old historic buildings which houses hundreds of shops among its stables, warehouses, arches and other structures.  Housed in the old Victorian Stables, the buildings’ history is fascinating and a glimpse into the rapid expansion of Georgian London. Although Camden started out […]

Home Renovation Update

front porch added

Our summer home has been having a facelift over the winter.  The wish list I set out last year for our architect was definitely ambitious.  Due to budget and timing constraints we have had to cut back completely on adding the garage.  I won’t get to visit our house until […]

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