"The Peace of Wild Things"
Glossary ~ for my friends back in the United States and across the globe.
**Constable Clouds ~ John Constable was an English Romantic painter during the late 18th century & early 19th century. He was from Suffolk and painted landscapes mostly of that area, feeling "I should paint my own places best." He was one of Britain's best cloud painters, using the sky as the landscape as much as the land, believing that the sky was "the keynote......the chief organ of sentiment."
**Summerhouse ~ In Britain a summerhouse is any little shelter or small building for relaxing in warm weather or on rainy summer days. It's usually prefabricated and simple, no electricity or plumbing--just a place to relax on a summer evening--or in my case reading in, Spring through the Autumn.
*Marks and Spencer (or M&S or Marks & Sparks) ~ One of Britain's oldest retailers and up until 2002 made a policy of selling only British goods. At the moment they're fighting to remain relevant on the **High Street. Their clothing lines were always dependable and good quality but recently have become a bit **naff (see below). Their food however has become their strong point. Much of it is pre-prepared meals that are fresh and excellent quality or desserts that are to die for.
**The High Street ~ Comparable to Main Street in the United States. In Britain it's the generic name for the business or shopping street--Boots, M&S, Smith's, and Next are all typical High Street shops.