Boarding the Ship! What Now?

First, you are greeted with a glass of champagne! Then you ooh and ah at the opulence of crystal, marble and elegance of the Regent Seven Seas Explorer! That is quite the chandelier! The big tubes are elevators…….. Our rooms will be ready in an hour, where shall we go first?  The Poolside Grill? I’ll…

Cruising:In the Beginning There Was a Port

You have to get to the ship. That’s a good place to start on our first cruise ever………at the beginning. Deciding on Regent’s Seven Seas Explorer, the only 6-star ship in the world and classified as the most luxurious, was easy……it had everything we wanted and it’s all inclusive, meaning everything is paid for up…

Jo’s Monday Walk: A Visit to Sissinghurst

A summer in the UK would not be complete for me without a visit to Sissinghurst Garden, one of my favorites! This is the garden that Vita Sackville-West and her husband, Harold, made home. Vita was also a friend of Virginia Wolfe, Vanessa Bell and the Bloomsbury Group, which I have written about in previous…

Thursday Doors: The Garden Doors

Today, since I have been recovering from my yearly dose of poison ivy, I’d like to share garden doors from various gardens in the UK. What a wonderful and surprising place to find doors! The first is a garden entrance at Agatha Christie’s home at Greenway. There are so many different doors to be found…

#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…

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…

A Photo a Week Challenge: Boats and Ships

For this week’s challenge we are to share a photo or two, or more, featuring crafts that move on the water. I have lots to share so here is my entry for this week! I’m starting off with the big boys! Then the medium sized crafts…………. Moving on to boats in St Ives, Cornwall……………….. And then…

#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…

#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…

#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…

Color Your World in Piggy Pink

We’re still in the garden at Great Dixter in the UK! Isn’t this a great selection of plants for Piggy Pink? If you would like to know more about Great Dixter I have written posts about it Here, Here, and Here! Color your World  is a 4 month long daily blogging challenge event. Each day…

Travel Theme: Grow

  Today’s Travel Theme is Grow……. You need the right stuff to grow! Lots of water is needed and the right space to grow in………. You need hoses and watering cans and sometimes a screening or two……….. Sometimes you need a very big pot! And sometimes you need a greenhouse……….. Sometimes you just want the…

Color Your World in Red Violet

  I don’t think I’ll ever run out of beautiful flower photos from Great Dixter Gardens in the UK! Enjoy these beauties! Color your World  is a 4 month long daily blogging challenge event. Each day has a new color theme based on a crayon color in Crayola’s box of 120 crayons. The challenge runs…

Color Your World in Orchid

Various tones of Orchid may range from grayish purple to purplish-pink to strong reddish purple. Orchid is a British charity which funds research into the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of prostate , penile and testicular cancer. It was set up in 1996 by former testicular cancer sufferer, Colin Osborne. The prostate, penile and testicular cancer awareness ribbon is represented by…