The Season of Love

VALENTINE'S DAY IS just around the corner, which has me thinking warmly about things—and people—I love. But first, a brief history. Apparently, there was more than one Saint Valentine: Valentinus, from the Latin word for worthy, strong or powerful was a common name between the 2nd and 8th centuries A.D. The St. Valentine who [...]

2022-02-09T10:26:12-08:00February 9, 2022|Books, My Garden, Small Pleasures, Uncategorized|

Festive Books for Christmas

HERE WE ARE IN the middle of December already! Every year I try, with varying success, to find books with a Christmas theme to companion me through this busy and sometimes difficult season of decorating, shopping, and preparation. And before we get too far, I’d just like to say that if you [...]

2021-12-16T09:24:32-08:00December 16, 2021|Books, Small Pleasures, Uncategorized|

Damsons and Yellow Roses

It began with a bowl of beautiful reddish-gold plums and a question: are those damsons? The young woman behind the bar at one of my favorite places in the world, The Old Parsonage Hotel in Oxford, England, shrugged her shoulders and said she didn’t know. Why did I want to know about [...]

2021-11-16T15:05:04-08:00November 16, 2021|English Gardens, Small Pleasures|
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