Fairest Isle

In 84, Charing Cross Road, Helene Hanff said that people going to England find exactly what they go looking for. It’s true. It’s there. The England we look for is the England of books and poetry and landscapes of an almost mythical loveliness. Bowered...

New on the shelves

I am excited to announce that the new collection of books, garnered during my recent travels in England, are in the Shop! Philip and I had so much fun scouring the countryside for the authors and titles suited to my little niche of a shop—he has become quite the book...

Oh, England.

I’ve been there and back again, which will hopefully account for my relative silence around here the past month or so. But I’m home now, blessedly so, even though I left the Fairest Isle behind me, and I’m overflowing with memories and stories. Once...

Beyond Our Ken

It’s rare that people pay a first visit to our old farmhouse without asking if we have ghosts. I can hardly blame them; I wondered the same thing the first time I came here. It’s certainly haunted with its own past, standing there under its trees, brooding gently over...

Favorite Things ~ September Edition

In the old Victoria magazine, one of my most cherished departments (among a crowd of loved ones) was Favorite Things. I always saved Chimes for last, and I religiously denied myself so much as a peek at the main body of the magazine—with its ravishing spreads of Old...