4.28.2016

Robert Browning - Home Thoughts, from Abroad

There are only a couple of days left in England, and I've been thinking of this poem all month, so I thought I'd share it again.

O, to be in England
Now that April 's there,
And whoever wakes in England
Sees, some morning, unaware,
That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf
Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf,
While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough
In England—now!
And after April, when May follows,
And the whitethroat builds, and all the swallows!
Hark, where my blossom'd pear-tree in the hedge
Leans to the field and scatters on the clover
Blossoms and dewdrops—at the bent spray's edge—
That 's the wise thrush; he sings each song twice over,
Lest you should think he never could recapture
The first fine careless rapture!
And though the fields look rough with hoary dew,
All will be gay when noontide wakes anew
The buttercups, the little children's dower
—Far brighter than this gaudy melon-flower!

4.27.2016

Bath and Body Works Hobnail Candles

Have you seen the hobnail candles at Bath and Body Works?  My sister gave me one for my birthday, and I love it.  (She gave me a blue one called Peace.)  They smell lovely and look so pretty.


4.22.2016

Threshold Performance Sheets

I picked up a second set of these Threshold Performance Sheets at Target the other day because I have loved mine so much.  They are outstanding.  They're 100% cotton, made in India, and have great elastic all the way around the fitted sheet.


4.21.2016

Huntsman Trophy Sheffield Lamp

This lovely Ethan Allen lamp was featured in Country Living: the Huntsman Trophy Sheffield Lamp.  It's so classic.


4.20.2016

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

I had heard about this book and picked up a copy: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.  It's been an interesting read.  I could tell you that her organization theory is to throw everything away, but there is a bit more to it...


4.19.2016

Pure Wool Pillow

My husband's been searching for a good pillow for years.  We keep buying them and then throwing them out because they're not firm enough!  He just found an excellent solution from The Wool Company in England: a pure wool pillow.  It's packed with 100% wool filling.  They also sell extra bags of wool so that you can add stuffing as the pillow goes flat.  Genius.


4.18.2016

Joseph Alleman: Wildflowers

I love this large oil painting by Joe.  (It's available through Astoria Fine Art in Jackson.)  It's so beautiful.  I love horses.


4.15.2016

Liberty Party Goods

I recently learned that Oh Happy Day has a shop.  They have cute Liberty of London party goods, like these cupcake flags and paper napkins.  Lovely!


4.14.2016

The Ultimate Classic FM Hall of Fame

When we're in England, we like to listen to Classic FM.  Lucky for us, we can get the station on TuneIn.  Over Easter weekend each year they broadcast a Hall of Fame of the top 300 pieces.  We loved listening to it.  They've been doing it for 20 years and have now compiled an ultimate collection.  Amazon says it will be out in October, but we already got it on Amazon UK!


4.13.2016

Silver Dollar Eucalyptus Wreath

I saw this lovely wreath in a recent issue of Country Living.  It's from Williams-Sonoma, and they have a great selection of natural wreathes here.