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Cataract Creek on Mt Tamalpais
California FAMILY ACTIVITIES NATURE + GARDENS

3 Waterfalls North Of San Francisco

The last few months brought a welcome gift to this thirsty land – RAIN! And with rain comes waterfalls and rainbows. I am twirling in the redwoods with joy! Constant clear blue skies can be as annoying as constant rain. Sounds strange, I know, but variety is the spice of life.…

January 21, 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
Yosemite In A Day
California NATURE + GARDENS

Yosemite In A Day

One thing we learned from living in Europe was traveling shouldn’t be reserved exclusively for school holidays Sometimes you just have to take the time you’ve been given, and for us, we had one weekend in May put aside to visit Yosemite National Park Yosemite was…

May 20, 2015
Visit Beatrix Potter's Lake District
England: General LITERATURE + FILM NATURE + GARDENS

The Lake District

For the long holiday weekend we took a quick zip to the Lake District, the largest and most visited National Park in England located near the Scottish border – – You can see how this area has inspired so many authors including William Wordsworth…

June 7, 2014
Rural English daffodils in spring
NATURE + GARDENS

The Year Of The Daffodil

This year the daffodils have never looked more spectacular – – They must love wet feet for this has been the wettest winter on record and they’ve never looked better – While England’s national flower is the rose, the daffodil belongs to Wales –…

March 25, 2014
Smoky Sun in Spring in Surrey
NATURE + GARDENS

A Smoky Sun

It’s not until you stop seeing the sun for a prolonged amount of time that you start to realize the indicators of a longed-for sunny day – Shadows Sunglasses Squinting Sun visor on your car Sunrise Sunset – – After such a bleak winter,…

March 24, 2014
Down Came The Rain...
LIVING IN ENGLAND NATURE + GARDENS

Down Came The Rain…

 We have had rain by the bucket-loads for the past month – – For the second time this season, the river jumped the banks and flooded the street – This has never happened in my four years of living here You know it’s a…

January 20, 2014