“Roses do not bloom hurriedly; for beauty, like any masterpiece, takes time to blossom.” ― Matshona Dhliwayo A cottage is not a proper English cottage without a rose or two or many (but that might just reveal I have watched and read far too many British cosy films and stories ;)) , so when I decided to cultivate Read More
Thursday May 28, 2020


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Gentle, warm temperatures, a barely perceptible breeze, and a dappled lawn were my companions along with my two boys Sunday afternoon. Norman inspires many of my leisurely as well as curiosity pursuits, and yesterday's hour of leisure was prompted by seeing him find a spot in what I am calling my sunshine garden and just close... Read More
Monday May 25, 2020
"There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life." —Lin Yutang Today is the final day and this the final post of TSLL's 2nd Annual British Week. I have sincerely enjoyed the online shares of and glimpses into TSLL readers' Favorite Cuppa moments (see them all... Read More
Sunday May 24, 2020

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Clotted cream and scones and yes indeed, jam, are a sweet and decadent and necessary English treat to enjoy at least once in a proper setting on the terra-firma of England, but rest assured you can make this deliciously, simple luxury at home. Let me show you how. Now there are a long-list of recipes for... Read More
Saturday May 23, 2020

Weekly Finds

Bring forth what you know, and savor your unique gifts as well as share them with others. London-based antiques-textiles dealer Susan Deliss followed just such a maxim when she and her husband re-redecorated their eighteenth-century Burgundy country home purchased 14-years ago. The talent exuded of knowing how to match prints and combine seemingly bright colors... Read More
Thursday April 30, 2020
Whether in written or video format, a cosy/cozy mystery has specific "rules" it abides by so the reader/viewer is not shocked or pained. What are those rules? Have a look below: Those who are murdered are not characters that are beloved or well-developed (sometimes not even introduced before we learn of their death.Animals are always... Read More
Saturday May 23, 2020
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When one thinks of London's famed luxury grocery market Fortnum & Mason, one's mind often drifts to wicker baskets. Correction, the wicker hampers. Ah, yes, and to receive a hamper from F & M is a grand gift for an Anglophile which is why I wanted it to be the Grand Giveaway of TSLL's British Read More
Friday May 22, 2020
Ooodles and oodles and OODLES of British-inspired books, decor, viewing material, travel focused articles, a tour of a beloved British fashion designer's home, Judi Dench, Jane Austen, and just all sorts of cosy living decor and clothing that is on sale for Memorial Day. Books —Confessions of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell Shaun Bythell's first memoir was Read More
Friday May 22, 2020
As soon as I purchased my home last fall, I knew I would be wallpapering as I have become smitten with English decor, and with the arrival of each new issue of The English Home, I was becoming ever more convinced my home would not be a true sanctuary without many of the wallpapers being Read More
Thursday May 21, 2020
Quintessential English country decor is found throughout this home located on the island of Guernsey located in the English Channel. To be able to call Guernsey home would be quaint and lovely simply to be so close to both Britain and France - but to be near the sea as well, idyllic. Catherine Olasky and Maximilian Read More
Thursday May 21, 2020
"There is nothing quite like gardening. We work with nature to create something unique. In the process of planting seeds, caring for plants, adapting to seasons and weather, and the physical work, we find something greater within us. Gardening calms. Encourages. Uplifts. Invigorates." —Monty Don, during a talk in Sweden in 2017 (watch the entire Read More
Wednesday May 20, 2020
~People Tree Black Wrap Dress in Organic Cotton~ ~People Tree Katrina White Broderie Top~ ~People Tree Organic Cotton Tapered Trousers in Navy Blue~ ~L.K. Bennett Athens Cream Resin Drop Earrings~ ~Born Mai sandals (brand is not UK, but a sandal that would work with this outfit :))~ ~Stella McCartney Beige Falabella Mini Tote, non-leather, cruelty free ethos~ ~The Jane Austen Club: Read More
Wednesday May 20, 2020
"She set out upon an unknown course which held at least the possibility of personal fulfillment — a choice inextricably driven by her inherent passion for place —a passion which would ultimately define her life." —Linda Lear, biographer of Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature Perhaps you were read and then read yourself as a child Read More
Tuesday May 19, 2020