#MyGloriousGardens: The Garden of Ellen Terry

This week for my bit for #MyGlorious Gardens we are visiting Smallhythe Place near Tenderden, Kent. Smallhythe Place, the home of Ellen Terry, is located on a rural road, near Tenterden in Kent. Coming from a narrow, graveled, country lane from the Bullein Barn B&B, Smallhythe Place was at the end of it. Everyday we…

Cruising: It’s All in the Bag

I am a firm believer in safety. In this day and age one can’t be too safe. Some things you have control over, other things not so much.  Safety for me starts with my personal belongings and the one thing that would put a heavy damper on my vacation would be having my identity stolen…

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…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus on the Flowers

I love to photograph flowers when I visit gardens. I especially like a very focused shot. These were some of my favorites from the Great Dixter Gardens in East Sussex, UK. And I wanted to try the Snapseed App on this photo! Here is the original photo! And here it is using the Distressed FX…

#MyGloriousGardens: Virginia Woolf’s Monks House Garden

Today, I am featuring my second post on Virginia Woolf’s garden, Monks House. If you missed my first post, it is HERE.  In letters to friends Virginia said, “ The point of Monks House is the garden. I shan’t tell you, for you must come and sit there on the lawn with me, or stroll…

WeekendCoffeeShare: Poison Ivy and Bio Bits

If we were having coffee I would invite you onto the porch and say, “let’s skip the coffee and go right to the Mimosas! Pretend we’re at the beach!” Or maybe how about a taste of fresh strawberries?  Let’s drink something that just screams SUMMER!  I have not been feeling so great. Those red, angry-looking…

Cruising: Where To Start

This week begins my new series on Cruising! If you have read my Introductory Cruising Page you will know how “Cruising” as a destination developed for us. We are now booked on the five star, Regent Seven Seas Explorer for our first cruise EVER! In the months that have gone by I have learned a great…

One Word Photo Challenge: Giraffe

How about these little guys! Here are giraffe facts!  Giraffes are native to Africa. They feed on seeds, fruits and a wide variety of vegetation, however their favorite food is the acacia, a tree with dangerous thorns which they have adapted to eating with their copious amounts of thick saliva.  The spots on the bodies…

#MyGloriousGardens: Virginia Woolf’s Monks House

Today for the #MyGloriousGardens Theme we will be visiting the home and garden of Virginia and Leonard Woolf in Rodmell. I am doing the post in two parts: one this week and one next, because I think if you are like me you would want to see her cottage as well as her garden, am…

WeekendCoffeeShare: What Day Is It?

I have my days all mixed up this week, so I am posting on Sunday rather than Saturday, but hey, it still is the weekend right? Come up on the porch and grab yourself some coffee, what have you been up to? It is a beautiful day this morning and the birds are chirping and…

A Photo a Week Challenge: Moving Waters

My contribution for the “Moving Waters” theme for this weeks Photo a Week Challenge were all taken in France! From the mountains to the hillsides and small little villages, there is moving water! Enjoy! This is just one of the posts for A Photo a Week Challenge! Why don’t you check out the others! So…

Thursday Doors: Last Chance at Mainz!

We are saying goodbye to Mainz, but before we go, let’s see a few more doors! They certainly like pink here! Or a shade of rosy-pink! Even the trees are rosy pink! Many buildings and doors are pink trimmed! And many have the sign of the cross on them! There is the Mainz Cathedral here…

One Word Photo Challenge: Friends

I thought I would show a few friends while we are still visiting Mainz, Germany! Some friends prefer a spot near the tables……….. Some friends meet up in the Marketplatz………. Some friends give it a rest…….. Some friends bike there………… Some friends don’t want to talk to each other or look at each other either…………….

Jo’s Monday Walk: Mainz, Germany

We have been exploring the beautiful city of Mainz, Germany. In addition to the fantastic architecture, cobbled streets, historic churches, wine caves and restaurants, there are the sculptures sprinkled along our walk! If you are taking a river cruise this is one of the best cities to visit! The three and a half mile historic…

#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…