Category London

I’m in Wales!

After a nearly sleepless night in sweltering London, we left early for a weekend road trip to Wales. By early afternoon we were in the green, hilly, blessedly cool Welsh countryside where all the road signs have more Ys, Ws, Ls, and Ds than you ever thought possible. First stop: Powis castle and gardens. It’s […]

Look who came to visit!

Amanda got to London over a week ago now and it’s just been so much fun. Naturally I still have to do “real life” (which meant working until midnight most nights this week), but she gets to play while I’m away, and then in the margins we do what we do best: talk and eat […]

Sunday, sunny Sunday

What do you do when you have a rental car in London on a sunny Sunday? Return the car early and spend the day at home! Haha, I know what you’re all thinking:  “Riiight. Who are you and what have you done to my brother/boyfriend/hot role model.” But I kid you not.  The point of […]

Seaside at Camber Sands

It isn’t crazy to come to the beach at the end of the day.  The heat of the sun is past, and the low golden light is warm and rich.  The crowds are dispersing, and it’s easy to find parking. Camber Sands had been recommended as one of the best sandy beaches in the U.K., […]

Passing through Rye

It was late afternoon by the time I had finished visiting the gardens at Great Dixter.  I could have headed back to London then — none of the hotels or B&Bs had room.  But I was hungry, and I had a hankering to see the shore.  So I headed south. After about 20 minutes I […]

The gardens at Great Dixter

About eight miles down the road from Sissinghurst lies another significant English garden.  Designed in the early 20th Century around a Tudor mansion, this garden, too, has been a repeat player in the gardening books I’ve been reading.  So after prying myself out of the Sissinghurst rose garden, I set out to find Great Dixter. […]

Sissinghurst castle garden

Saturday was the last day of June!  Since June is peak garden month in England, and the weather was forecast was perfect, I rented a car and set out to see a couple of my top bucket-list gardens. First stop?  Sissinghurst castle garden in Kent (about 2 hours southeast of London).  There is no “castle” […]