Six On Saturday: The Croc Edition

Weather Report: 43 degrees, overcast and more rain on the way! Good Morning SOS friends! This is the same weather we have had for just about a week now! One day of sunshine was snuck in. It was enough time to get tons of mulch put down, so now I am really ready for Spring,…

Six On Saturday: Books and Gardens or Gardens and Books?

When I left on vacation one year I looked over my list and just glanced at a title I had placed in my wish list book pile. So I downloaded The Butterfly Garden by Dot Richardson, not bothering to read an excerpt, believing I had done so before I put it on my wish list and just…

WeekendCoffeeShare: Do You See Anything?

Good Morning everyone! We would be having coffee this morning, but I am busy looking for something! There is supposed to be seven tons of Tennessee Old Orchard field stone sitting at the end of my driveway……..  Do You see anything? Maybe we should get up closer in case we are missing something………. Nope, nothing…

Six On Saturday: My Garden Porch and a Few Good Reads

Sometimes it’s just nice to sit in my indoor garden porch and watch the world go by……..surrounded by all things gardening……….. Then cozy up with a good gardening book or magazine………like Cottage Living (I have every issue from the first) Or read a book or two………notice my sprout page markers? My favorite garden author (this…

WeekendCoffeeShare: Hearts, Tarts, Queens and Guillotines

Come in, come in. This morning I am serving coffee with a heart motif and strawberry tarts. It is strange how my mind works…..let me tell you how I got to the hearts and tarts…….. This week I wrote a post about Mardi Gras (let the good times roll)…….how the celebration was started in Europe and…

WeekendCoffeeShare: Curl Up With a Good Book

  Good morning, good morning! Come in out of the cold! What in the world has happened to our nice warm, winter weather?  We are used to maybe the 40’s with it warming up at least to the low 60’s, sometime during the week! At least the sun is shining and it looks like it…

The Dirt on the Domestics: Life with the Bloomsburys

In 1904, the Stephen’s children, Vanessa, Virginia, Thoby and Adrian, left their comfortable surroundings  in Kensington, after their parent’s death, to move to the bohemian neighborhood of Bloomsbury. Since they could no longer afford the grand house and the ten servants for four people, they chose to escape many of the rituals of the Victorian…

#MyGloriousGardens: The Charleston Farmhouse

Today we are visiting one of my favorite gardens! Won’t you join me? This challenge is brought to us by Old House In the Shires! Charleston Farmhouse, the home of Vanessa Stephen Bell, (Virginia Woolf’s sister) is about six miles from Monk’s House, (Virginia Woolf’s home) as the the crow flies. The farmhouse sits in…

WeekendCoffeeShare: More Cleaning and Gardening

If we were having coffee I would invite you to the back screened porch to sit with our cuppa this morning! It is absolutely gorgeous outside and is supposed to be in the eighties again today! What have I been up too? I have been so busy. Remember the last time we met I was…

WeekendCoffeeShare: Hello Again Maeve!

If we were having coffee I’d invite you to the café on the corner and ask you to bring your favorite book.  What is it?  I always jump right in with all my thoughts, so I’d like to hear about your book first. To my coffee share blog friends, what book have you brought? Every…

Jo’s Monday Walk: Me, You, and Agatha Christie

I’ve been wanting to do Jo’s Monday Walk FOREVER! One week I deliberately went out over the weekend to photo the “Hood.” When I returned home and downloaded all my photos they weren’t there! What was that about? Then the weather took a turn for the worse and I don’t do “Turned Worse Weather” at…

WeekendCoffeeShare, Spring Has Sprung!

If we were having coffee this morning, I’d tell you the cottage painting is completed and everything looks pretty spiffy!  Don’t you think so too? All done before spring! Well official Spring that is. Now I am really ready for spring, although I think we may skip spring, like we skipped winter, and just go…

WeekendCoffeeShare: There Is Work To Be Done

Come in, come in. Don’t trip over the plastic on the steps and you can choose to walk under the ladder, or not! Can you believe this weather? It has been so warm! We had decided to have the cottage, all the trim, and the porches painted and  a swarm of bees, about 12 painters,…

Christmas Traditions: The Christmas Tree

The first Christmas tree was a fir tree and is thought to have been planted by St Boniface (675-754) in the center of the German town of Geismar after he had cut down the sacred tree, Thor.  Eight hundred years later, the tradition of putting up and decorating a fir tree in the winter months…

Agatha Christie’s Greatest Mystery

In December 1926, Agatha Christie was a thirty-six year old, established crime writer, when she mysteriously disappeared. Early on the morning of December 3rd, Colonel Archibald Christie, an aviator in the Royal Flying Corps, had asked Agatha for a divorce because he was in love with another woman, Nancy Neele. He then packed up and…