Cherry trees in full blossom in April. Little did I realize the gift I had in my new garden with two dwarf cherry trees. Situated just outside my reading nook window, their beauty from spring through the summer and early fall gifts me with not only beauty but gorgeously delicious brilliant red cherries for making . Read More
Saturday October 24, 2020

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Tuesday October 20, 2020
The heart of October. Over the past handful of weekends, I savored the definitiveness that has been regained somewhat now that school is back in session. Perhaps that sounds odd, but something liberates itself on Friday afternoon - the week put to bed, the steps made away from the school computer, emails and grading, and the... Read More
Saturday October 17, 2020

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Yesterday was Friday, and guess what I had when I came home from work? Yep, A comfort pasta dish. In fact, the comfort pasta dish that while not enjoyed often, when chosen to be enjoyed is deeply savored - Spaghettia alla Carbonara. I have been eating and then cooking this dish for decades. My mother began... Read More
Saturday October 03, 2020

Weekly Finds

Ça va? I hope this year's TSLL's French Week offered a breath of calm and celebration and joy. I heard from many readers this week who shared their thanks for keeping this annual traditional alive especially during the time of the pandemic. I must say, it was a lovely respite and escape of focus for me... Read More
Sunday August 16, 2020
Perhaps you have seen them too, ever so subtly the background character that is in many British films and shows set in the country. The plot finds its way to a garden, and the person is holding a wooden basket perhaps full of flowers freshly cut or vegetables they have just picked. This is the... Read More
Wednesday June 17, 2020
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Books about local food, gardening, James Beard, voting and British decor just to share a glimpse. A classic tote, Tan France's new collaboration, Inslee's new collaboration, a cooking course to eat well and savor every bite throughout the seasons and much, much more. Books —The Curious Gardener by Anna Pavord Written ten years ago, I began reading Read More
Friday October 16, 2020
Seafood. Simple. Scrumptious, Seasonal and Fresh. In fewer than 20 minutes, this meal, like many shell-fish dishes is done and on the plate with a complementary sauce. Finding a high quality sherry wine elevates the entire flavor experience, so the next time you find yourself in the seafood section of the market and the fresh sea scallops Read More
Saturday October 10, 2020
A new and hilariously wonderful podcast, more than a handful of books on oodles of different topics - flaneuring, comfort food, Soviet spies in the Cotswolds, entertaining, hand-painted wallpaper, calming your mind, a kind curmudgeon, as well as the new season premieres of a British as well as French favorite television show. Oh, and there Read More
Friday October 09, 2020
"Happiness is a small house, with a big kitchen." When I walked into the home I now call my own just over one year ago, considering whether or not to buy it, it wasn't the kitchen that caught my attention, but everything that surrounded it - ample southern light, high ceilings, hardwoods and a garden. In fact, Read More
Wednesday October 07, 2020
The first weekend of October, and oh, what a gorgeous weekend is has been and still is. Norman and I headed out to walk this morning and were greeted by these friendly aspens gently being tickled by the breeze with a cloudless blue sky. (see above) The days this weekend have been full and lovely at Read More
Sunday October 04, 2020
All sorts of books - novels, stoicism, and the new Pépin cookbook - a new drama series I am absolutely enjoying, clothing for fall, two new podcasts, an exhibit in Paris to visit as well as a new series set in Paris and much more. Books —How to Stay Sane in an Age of Division by Read More
Friday October 02, 2020
Welcome to the first A Cuppa Moments with me - Shannon Ables. :) For the first time, readers and viewers have a private space here on TSLL to join in conversation with fellow readers who are drawn to living simply luxuriously in their own unique and wonderful way. TOP Tier subscribers are the only ones who Read More
Thursday October 01, 2020