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Egret in Sausalito
California HISTORY

A Day In The Life: A Sausalito Houseboat

Just to mix it up, we rented a houseboat for a weekend in Sausalito, just north of San Francisco and across the Golden Gate Bridge. I’ve been intrigued by the 400+ floating homes in Richardson Bay since I moved here. Not unique to California,…

May 10, 2016
Notes From A California Summer Road Trip
California HISTORY NATURE + GARDENS

Notes From A California Summer Road Trip

What a wonderful, carefree summer we had! I started the new school year with ambitious creative projects underway and plans for a return trip to the UK this month (yay!) My kids recently returned to school and curiously they have California-edition textbooks for science and Spanish California doesn’t…

September 5, 2015
California-flag-001-1024x850
California HISTORY

The Story Behind California’s Bear Flag

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I’m a bit of a vexillophile (lover of flags) with all the pretty colors and interesting stories behind the symbolism So let’s explore the meaning behind one of the most recognizable US state flags: California’s ‘Bear Flag’…

June 29, 2015
Mudlarking In London
England: London FAMILY ACTIVITIES HISTORY

Mudlarking In London

Beachcombing the River Thames in London is known as ‘mudlarking’ – – In the 18th and 19th centuries, impoverished boys and girls aged 8 to 15 scavenged the river’s mud at low tide in search of treasures to sell – It was a dirty…

November 29, 2013
C.S. Lewis's Home
England: Berkshire + Oxfordshire HISTORY LITERATURE + FILM

C.S. Lewis

  – Last week I traveled to Oxford to visit the home of C.S. Lewis, who is famously known for writing The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – Today, his home ‘The Kilns’ is not a museum but a residence that houses visiting scholars So many fun things…

November 6, 2013
Fascinating World Of Ian Fleming
HISTORY LITERATURE + FILM

Fascinating World Of Ian Fleming

 For our book club we read Ian Fleming’s Dr No (1958) – I think we were all surprised by how good it was A bit dated, yet entertaining – Although Dr No was Fleming’s seventh book, it was his first novel to be turned…

October 3, 2013
Bond Girl: Vanessa Perroncel
HISTORY LITERATURE + FILM

Interview Of A Bond Girl

 This month, our book club is reading Ian Fleming’s Dr No featuring James Bond In fact, Cheltenham Literature Festival selected it for ‘The Big Read’ last year What better way to start the book study than lunch with a friend who happened to be a Bond…

September 25, 2013