Off to market…

This quote from Richard Branson is almost amusing.   As we know,  Sir Branson has been very successful in business, but I agree that the best pay off for an entrepreneur is to have it both ways. Finding that delicate balance is the tricky part.  When I had my boutique, I confess that it was always… Continue reading Off to market…

Re:Plenish…

  By now, I'm hopeful that most people believe in the science of climate change.  All you have to do is turn on the news on any given day, in any corner of the planet and you will witness some horrific crisis.  Due to extreme heat, wind and drought, we've seen the devastation in Australia… Continue reading Re:Plenish…

Trick or treat…

Original Halloween traditions look nothing like the celebrations of today.  Thousands of years ago, the Celtics, who inhabited Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France, held the Festival of Samhain to mark the end of summer and harvest and the beginning of a new year, November 1.   This was considered a time of death...the… Continue reading Trick or treat…

Fall Gardening…part 2

  The leaves have certainly been dancing quite a jig in my garden over this past week!    The magnificent Elm tree in the garden provided the most leaves for this party.   My elm is huge and old and unfortunately has suffered some strong wind damage in the years that we have lived in this… Continue reading Fall Gardening…part 2

Fall Gardening…part 1

  What is the busiest season in the garden...spring or fall?  The verdict is out on that, however, I do know that when the sun is shining in October, there is no time to waste!  Usually, Nature has a much better idea of when the snow will start to fly than the local weatherman.  Lately,… Continue reading Fall Gardening…part 1

Downton Abbey…the movie

  Highclere Castle, in Newbury England (70 miles from London), is the setting for the fictional Masterpiece Theatre series and newly released movie, Downton Abbey. I, like millions of others, watched every episode (six seasons 2011-2016) of the Masterpiece Theatre series of Downton Abbey.  To say, "I loved it", would be the ultimate understatement!  Julian Fellows, the… Continue reading Downton Abbey…the movie

The most wonderful time of the year…

I'm sure you've seen the "Staples" commercial, (The Most Wonderful Time of the Year) that plays on TV during the back to school season.  Parents gleefully wheeling their carts down the aisles, loading up on school supplies, barely concealing their enthusiasm about the kids going back to school! I, too, was always happy to see… Continue reading The most wonderful time of the year…

Espalier…

  The technique of espaliering trees or plants against a flat surface originated in ancient Rome.  In the northern hemisphere, a south-facing wall is best for espalier and vice versa for the southern hemisphere.  South or west-facing walls (northern hemisphere) reflect sunlight and also retain heat which extends the growing season.   Taking advantage of… Continue reading Espalier…

The Wind in the Willows…

  "The Wind in the Willows" is a much-loved children's book by Kenneth Grahame about four animal friends.   This photo of a Weeping Willow almost mirrors the scene of the first meeting of Mole and Rat (characters from the book) at the river.  Rat then takes Mole for a boat ride. Weeping Willow trees… Continue reading The Wind in the Willows…

A Kitchen Garden…

    The interiors of the movies written and directed by Nancy Meyers... "Something's Gotta Give", "The Holiday", "The Intern", and many more... are the envy of most of us, but it's the kitchen garden in "It's Complicated" that I have coveted.  That garden had the formal "bones" consistent with the French style potager. I… Continue reading A Kitchen Garden…