Yorkshire Garden Trip: Newby Hall

One of my favorite gardens we visited on our Yorkshire Garden Trip was Newby Hall. Newby Hall was built for William Weddell, but the first home wasn’t like the stately one now standing. The main part of the current house was designed by Sir Christopher Wren for Sir Edward Blackett. Sir Blackett must have had some pull to…

A trip to High Line Park

A visit to the New York City and the High Line. We just returned from New York City. Visiting the Big Apple during the Christmas season was on our bucket list, and this year we made it happen. Bill and I went to Manhattan in February 2008 with Bill’s youngest sister, Maria, and her husband,…

Garden trip: Bella Italia

Bella Italia means beautiful Italy You know how much I loved Italy when we went on a pilgrimage to Assisi and Rome last March. Well, now it’s your turn to take a garden trip to Italy and see the sights. A garden trip you’ll never forget. A few days ago, I sat down with my friend Julia…

Travelogue: Sissinghurst Castle

For those of you who don’t know, Bill and I took a little trip to LONDON and PARIS!! Can you see me dancing a happy dance? To use another worn metaphor I’m still dancing on air. Sitting here, a cup of tea at hand, and trolling through my photos, I’m still pinching myself at how fortunate I…

Keeyla Meadows garden

Have you ever visited an artist’s garden? During the summer of hell in 2011, the OHS tour featured the gardens of local artists. That tour remains one of my favorites. I find artists’ gardens full of inspiration. I love the use of color and playful shapes to create the artist’s vision. I’ve written about Keeyla…

One hot and humid mamma jamma

We came home last night from Bill’s paving convention at Big Cedar in Branson, MO. On the whole, Missourians were pretty disgusted with their weather and kept apologizing because it was unseasonably hot. I almost laughed, out loud even. Missourians are nice folks and want you to be comfortable in their state. However, half my…