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For those who don’t yet know…I’ve been poorly for the past three weeks.  I did mention it here…just a little, but I have a need to revisit it. Ever since we got back from our trip to Los Angeles.  In fact the very next day, first one virus hit me right between the eyes…oh no…that was the second one, the first one gave me a cough and a cold and a temperature.  Suffice it to say I’ve not been my usual chirpy self.  But the good news is I’m no longer contagious and can actually go out and visit the world again and believe me I have…as fast as my wobbly little legs would carry me. The world has many things to share Oh yes, you’ve been on a plane…they’re full of germs and bugs and its easy to get sick when you travel. Ummm no…that’s not it. It’s…

The British love animals, especially dogs and horses, and they love their gardens.  Well more aptly they love flower gardens.  In fact, its not really considered a garden without flowers.  So I find myself  a little out of sorts with the sorry state of my new garden. The Queen has a lovely garden at her Sandringham Estate. Okay, I know I’m not exactly the Queen, although my Darling One says I speak just like her…I really don’t! The Brits have wild flower gardens. And ornamental gardens. They have beautiful herbaceous borders. They have flower shows…this photo from The Chelsea Flower Show. Even tiny houses with tiny gardens are abundant in blooms. And now for the coup de grace…my sorry excuse for a garden.  It doesn’t really measure up now does it? Methinks it needs a little help.  Any ideas? Encourage one another. Love Elle xo

Happy holiday Monday.  I was moved to share my love of all things Jane Austen today, prompted no doubt by the fact that I was recently watching the 2009 version of Emma for the…oh I don’t know…maybe two hundredth time.  Have a heart, I needed a break from packing and unpacking and moving yet again.  Even though I know it’s all my own doing. Anyway, this is Donwell Abbey,  the home of Mr. Knightley, who of course eventually wins the heart of the fair Emma.  The actual house used was built in 1562 in Surrey, England. And this is Hartfield where Emma lives with her father.  It’s actually a lovely 17th century manor house which has been owned by the same family since 1731.  Isn’t it pretty? The town of Chilham in Kent, England was used for the village scenes. And for those interested in participating in…

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