There is an emanation from the heart

which cannot be described,

but is immediately felt and puts

the stranger at his ease.

~Washington Irving

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough...

.........and more.

It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos to order, confusion to clarity.

It can turn a meal into a feast,

a house into a home,

a stranger into a friend.

~Melody Beattie

Don't be satisfied with stories,

how things have gone with others.

Unfold your own myth.

May my life be like a great

hospitable tree, and may

weary wanderers find in

me a rest.

~John Henry Jowett

Saturday, 28 May 2016

A Very Special Picnic

Nothing's better than a picnic.
~Zooey Deschanel

If you live in Britain, or if you'll be in England this autumn, don't miss a wonderful opportunity to meet artist and author Susan Branchat the sublime gardens of Stourhead NT in Wiltshire. It's a bring-your-own-basket picnic & book signing, with brownies from Sugar Moon Brownies. We'll be raising a Pimms cup, helping Susan & Joe celebrate Susan's trilogy, especially the just-published 'Martha's Vineyard--Isle of Dreams', now on the New York Times Bestseller list. Do come--it's going to be brilliant! September 18th, Stourhead Gardens NT, WiltshireFurther details will be on Susan's website.

I have my first real English picnic basket for our summer and
perfect for the Stourhead picnic. It came with salt & pepper
shakers, a corkscrew, cloth napkins & wine glasses, and a
beautiful lined, plaid picnic blanket. I added a few vintage blue
& white plates of my own, so now it's just right for Stuart & I

and our wonderful summer ahead. Is there any more wonderful
feeling than having the whole glorious summer in front of you?

Among the delights of Summer
were picnics to the woods. 
~Georg Brandes 

Stourhead Gardens NT, Wiltshire


  1. Oh how I wish I could go to this but England will have to wait! Love your blog!
    Love and Hugs,
    Lisa Hay

    1. Hi Lisa ~ I wish you could too and all our GFs, but I'll faithfully photograph and Tweet all of it so you'll almost feel like you're right there with us. xxxooo

  2. Gorgeous looking place, and this sounds like a really fun event!