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They are ready (Om nom nom)

The fellow who takes care of our garden announced that the pears are ready! And boy are they. They are so crisp and sweet. I’ve eaten six in the last two days! Unfortunately, I think that I may be a little allergic to them :-( This seems to be a new development. I’ve had sort […]

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Netherlands: Keukenhof (Bulb Garden)

Finally! Finally, I got to see some much anticipated spring blooms in the Keukenhof garden here in the Netherlands. We had planned to visit this garden with Mr. DJ’s parents and some friends from London, but only my father-in-law was lucky enough to make it here before the airports were shut down because of the […]

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NL Photos from the Weekend

Friday evening, we rode to Clingendael Park. There is a Japanese garden there that I wanted to see, and that seemed a good enough excuse to get on our bikes. BTW, the light green in the photo is an algae-covered canal. Mr. DJ said he used to call that stuff “frog spit” when he was a […]

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Wordless Wednesday ~ 6: Almost Farewell

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We have baby birds in our English Garden!

    Here’s a short video I took of the nest when the babies were about two days old. Other weekend excitement: Roxi went on her 8th grade “Adventure Trip” to Charterhouse in Mendip Hills on Friday and Saturday. She went rock climbing, abseiling (oh my gosh!), caving (very intense), hiking, and did a bit of […]

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The Punch Bowl in the Valley Gardens, England

In the two plus years we’ve lived in England, we’ve taken a number of walks through Windsor Great Park. Every time we go, I think “this time is lovelier than all the previous times”. The walk we went on a couple of weeks ago was just in time for the big bloom in the “Punch […]

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Kew Gardens, England (Part II)

Continuing our tour of Kew… Part I can be found here. This beautiful home was built in 1631 for Samuel Fortrey, a rich merchant. The royal family leased the house in 1728, and used it as a family retreat during the time of King George III.  Today, you can tour this home. I’d like to go […]

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Kew Garden, England (Part I)

On Tuesday, my good friend S and I visited the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This year, the garden is celebrating its 250th birthday!  The garden is huge: 121 hectares or 300 acres. We were there for three hours and probably saw less than half of it. And we were being […]

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We’re s-h-o-pp-i-n-g, we’re shopping*

A restaurant near London’s Fortune Theatre where we saw “The Woman in Black”. There were some really nice-looking shops in the Covent Garden area. Too bad we didn’t have time to do a bit of browsing on Tuesday. Yesterday, Roxi and I ventured into the town next to ours in hopes of a little beginner’s […]

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“Girl Day” London Version

Ever since Roxi was a little girl, she and I indulged in what I called “Girl Days”. Basically, they are mother-daughter dates that usually include a girly lunch, a bit of shopping, and maybe a visit to a museum or a movie. Here’s our London version yesterday afternoon: First a little lunch. We ate Café de Hong […]

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