London, England. So said Samuel Johnson, and we have always felt him to be absolutely correct. We could never tire of this city, but we do have to leave it on occasion. Our month here has now ended. It was all too short, but just long enough to make us feel so at home inContinue reading ““When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life…””
Bruton, Somerset. When I say “gardening,” I am referring to my version of same, which means viewing and admiring the work of others who labor in the lovely gardens of England.
Sherborne, Dorset. What could be more exciting on a spring Bank Holiday than a county fair? We were lucky enough to be visiting our friends Sarah and Peter in the lovely village of Trent for several days. And we were extra lucky that our first day took us directly to the Sherborne Fair.
Burwash, East Sussex, England. Of course, as a young reader, I knew of Rudyard Kipling, though I always thought of him as a boys’ writer and never did pay much attention to his works for children. But that didn’t prevent me from being very interested in his home in East Sussex, Bateman’s. We often heardContinue reading “Not just for children”
Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England. We have not yet seen “The Favourite,” for various reasons, but it’s clear that we should have done so before touring Hatfield House, where at least part of it was filmed.
Highgate and Hampstead, London. Today started, as many good days in London do, with our friend Bernard picking us up at the Kentish Town tube station, heading for a nice long visit with him and his wife, Liz.
East Grinstead, England. We had an absolutely beautiful day for our trip to see Standen House and Garden, a stunning example of a house that shows how beautiful the Arts and Crafts Movement could make a home.
St. Albans, England. Under the name Verulamium, St. Albans was the third-largest city in Roman Britain. Its current name comes from Alban, a Christian Roman soldier who was martyred here in 250 CE.
Richmond, England. What do you get when you combine all three now? Kew Gardens, of course. We spent the day in this lovely setting, a botanical garden that houses the largest and most diverse botanical collection in the world. Founded in 1840, it includes more than 30,000 different kinds of plants. And, currently, the glassworkContinue reading “A palace, a garden and Chihuly”
London, England. While in India, we promised ourselves that we would make it a point to visit at least one British museum to see what Indian goodies ended up here – at least in the public domain. The Victoria and Albert Museum did not disappoint.