Category Nature

Mottisfont Abbey

Bloedel!

When I told Lady and Dad that Justin and I would be celebrating the 4th of July in Seattle, they decided to join us! They flew in on the afternoon of the 2nd just in time for the weather to turn cold and wet, which meant that instead of grilling steaks on the roof, we […]

Nisqually!

My current theory is that this stint in London is providentially designed to give Seattle time to catch up to where I’d like it to be if I’m going to live there. The best development so far is Amy’s move from DC to Olympia. This means I get to see even more of my favorite […]

Petworth

Greys Court

One last house and garden in Oxfordshire before going back to London. This time an ancient house called Greys Court. It did not have the expansive landscaping of Blenheim, or the highly manicured look of Waddesdon Manor. Instead, it had a charming, somewhat rambling series of walled gardens that I absolutely loved.

Chelsea Flower Show

The thing I love the absolute most about the UK is the country’s deep cultural fondness for gardening.  I see it everywhere I go — in the vines twining up the front stoops of Georgian row houses in the city, the charming villages in the country, the Facebook feeds of my English friends, and the […]

Road trip! Falkirk, Scone, St Andrews, Edinburgh

With the Victoria Square guest house as glorious as it was, I was sorely tempted to linger for a leisurely Easter morning reading in the arm chair in front of those windows . . . but no!  Travel calls!! Twenty minutes up the road, in the otherwise nondescript town of Falkirk, the Kelpies awaited me. […]