Royal Ascot: High Stakes and Style

Royal Ascot: High Stakes and Style

(photo source) Tomorrow begins Royal Ascot - the 5-day British spectacle, known as much for its top racehorses as it is for its sophisticated, and sometimes over-the-top, fashion. A mainstay in the British Royal calendar, Royal Ascot represents one of the most well-known sporting events in the Continue reading

Charles Dickens’ Life and Works in Pictures

Charles Dickens’ Life and Works in Pictures

(Photo source) Bonjour friends, The winter holidays may be over, but it needn't be Christmas time to appreciate Charles Dickens. The Victorian era author may have been famous for his characters of Scrooge and Marley in A Christmas Carol; but Dickens also contributed numerous other fictional Continue reading

What’s in Your Christmas Hamper?

What’s in Your Christmas Hamper?

(photo source) Around this time of year, I get the urge to make something homemade. One year I made beaded bracelets, another I knitted scarves. This year, however, I'm taking the more traditional approach - British traditional that is - of making Christmas hampers for family and friends. Just Continue reading

Introducing…..His Royal Highness, Prince George of Cambridge

Introducing…..His Royal Highness, Prince George of Cambridge

  (photo source) On July 29, 1982, the world was glued to the television watching Lady Diana and Prince Charles marry in London. On July 22 - nearly 32 years later - loyal followers are again captivated by the British Royal Family as Kate and William welcome their first child. Continue reading

Modern Twists to a Royal Birth

Modern Twists to a Royal Birth

Even the British Royal family can't escape social media, especially when the attention is surrounding Will and Kate's new bundle of joy. Although the royals will most certainly keep many traditions related to the announcement of a new heir, more modern, and socially acceptable, traditions may Continue reading

Strawberries and Cream: A Wimbledon Tradition

Strawberries and Cream: A Wimbledon Tradition

(photo source) Held each year in England for more than 130 years, Wimbledon is not only the largest international tennis tournament, but it is also the largest single annual sporting catering operation carried out in Europe. Of the food served at Wimbledon, strawberries and cream is by far the Continue reading

A Royal Father’s Day Tradition

A Royal Father’s Day Tradition

(Photo source) This weekend marks one of our biggest family traditions of the year - Father's Day Weekend at Arlington Park Racecourse. It just so happens that each year around this time is also one of the biggest horse racing events in the world - Royal Ascot. Steeped in pagentry and Continue reading

Queen Celebrates 60 years on British Throne

Queen Celebrates 60 years on British Throne

(photo source) This week, Queen Elizabeth  II celebrates her 60-year reign as Monarch of England. On June 2, 1953, her majesty was officially crowned with the highest ranking royal title, although she had been seen as Queen more than a year earlier at the age of 25, just months after her father Continue reading

Chelsea Flower Show Celebrates Centennial Year

Chelsea Flower Show Celebrates Centennial Year

(photo source) Chelsea Flower Show, May 21-25, 2013 This year marks the 100th anniversary of one of the most prestigious flower shows in the world - the Chelsea Flower Show. First known as the Royal Horticulture Society Great Spring Show from 1862 through 1912, the Chelsea Flower Show has been Continue reading

Adventures in Wales

Adventures in Wales

(photo source) Nearly 15 years ago, I ventured to Europe for the first time. Actually, it wasn't so much Europe where I landed, but rather the United Kingdom. For three weeks, I traveled around England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, having, what I would consider now, a very enriching Continue reading

Happy Anniversary, Mr. Darcy:           Pride and Prejudice Turns 200

Happy Anniversary, Mr. Darcy: Pride and Prejudice Turns 200

  (photo source) “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” ― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice This week marks the 200th anniversary of one of the most beloved novels by British author Jane Austen - Pride and Continue reading

12 Months of Teapots

12 Months of Teapots

(photo source) After nearly four years of sharing my quaint musings, most of you know how much I adore teacups and teapots. Over the years, I have learned that many of my readers and friends also share this interest. So for all of you tea totalers and collectors, here's something to add to your Continue reading