This & That: January 4, 2019

Jan 04, 2019

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British Treat

~A Country Life: At Home in the English Countryside by Roy Strong

Approximately one year ago, a TSLL reader introduced me to Devon blogger Margaret Powling and her blog Devon Dreaming. I have been enjoying it ever since, and it was just a few days ago that she shared this book. It was published quite a few years ago, but based on the description, I look forward to being swept away to the English countryside whenever I open its pages.


~Conscious Creativity: Look, Connect, Create by Philippa Stanton 

Released this past November, if you are looking for a way to reawaken your creative self (we all have one, of that I am certain), this just may be the book for you. Inspiring readers to open their eyes to what is around them each day as well as showing you how to capture it, what a lovely way to jump start a new year.


~Going Solo in the Kitchen: A Practical and Persuasive Cookbook for Anyone Living Alone-with More Than 350 Easy, Delicious Recipes and Strategies for Food Shopping, Storing, and Recycling by Jane Doerfer

While originally published in 1995, Jane Doerfer’s cookbook is full of ideas to help you reenergize your inspiration when you step in the kitchen whether you are cooking for one or not. Offering quick, one-dish meals, Sunday splurges and tips for new as well as seasoned cooks, discover flavorful meals for the new year.

Francophile Find

~Escape to the Chateau

Readers have excitedly recommended the BBC show Escape to the Chateau which spotlights a couple, and now family, living in France in, you guessed it, a chateau!  Already in season 5 (I know! I am behind again! :)) Dick Strawbridge and his partner Angel Adoree are chronicled as they bring a French chateau back to life.

~Pillivuyt Plisse Teapot

I recently discovered this French ceramics company, and I couldn’t wait to share. While I am spotlighting the teapot, be sure to check out all of their items as they are simple and sophisticated.


~Origins: episode: Sex and the City

It has been now 20 years since Sex and the City debuted on HBO in June of 1998. And believe it or not, there was a third film in the making – script was written and everything. In a 3-hour + podcast 3-part series on the podcast show Origins, host James Andrew Miller goes back to how the show came to be, interviews all of the primary players (SJP, Darren Star, Michael Patrick King, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis, Chris Noth, Candace Bushnell, plus many more (they reached out to Kim Cattrall, but she chose not to be on the episode), and shares with listeners and fans of the show many new details and tidbits, personally, I was not previously aware of.

Choosing to listen to it during my drive across the state of Oregon during the holidays, I appreciated the cultural conversation regarding why the show was so ground-breaking and was perfect for its time, but certainly not for today, not without quite a few changes and additions, directly acknowledged by the cast themselves. And I also came to the conclusion that much of the final part of the 3-part series was to try to communicate with Cattrall via the podcast series and convey to her there is still a desire to work together and a feeling of miscommunication. Have a listen for yourself. If you’re a fan, especially a fan who watched when the show was originally airing, I think you will find it fascinating.


~Blue Italian Jumbo Cup & Saucer

A large cup of tea in this beautiful teacup and saucer is bound to make you smile and epitomizes cosy, non?

~Sloane Stationery La Vie En Rose 2019 Desk Diary

When I came across this planner for the new year, I had a feeling it would be a perfect addition to the first This & That of the new year. Statement making, and perfect for a Francophile.

~Soho House Harrison Slippers, Cream

We still have a few months of getting cozy, and these slippers would be a perfect fit I have a feeling (grey is also available).

~Squirrel Buster Bird Feeder

For all of my fellow bird lovers, and especially bird-lovers like myself who while loving squirrels have become quite aware of how much bird food is enjoyed by the squirrels, this bird feeder comes highly recommended by a garden blogger I follow.


~Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable (on Netflix)

It has been since 2003 that Ellen DeGeneres has taken the comedic stage, and in this special, which is now available on Netflix, she talks about her career and personal journey, and may not be as “nice”, but rather more real, than viewers of her talk-show have become accustomed. Read a profile piece of her special here which appeared in The New York Times and have a look at the trailer below.
~an updated recipe of one of my favorite desserts – Tarte au Citron (with meringue!)~

The new year has begun, and its Friday is upon us. Some of us may be eagerly dancing into the new year, and others may be tip-toeing and leisurely contemplating what they hope for 2019. Either way, happy, happy first of all first Fridays. 🙂 The past couple of weeks has been busy here on TSLL with more than a handful of TOP posts of 2018, a celebration of the blog’s anniversary, an extra post here and there, and well, now, the weekly This & That has returned.

This past week I have been enjoying catching a few new movies at the theater (subscribers of TSLL’s weekly newsletter learned of which ones) and am looking forward to watching the Golden Globes this Sunday. The holiday has primarily been one of home pleasures and pursuits, and I could not be more thankful for this opportunity. I hope you are gradually feeling excited for the new year, of which I have no doubt is full of potential for each of us. Below I have compiled quite a few articles you may enjoy reading this weekend, and until Monday, bonne journée!

~A fun mixed-doubles match took this past week in Australia which involved Serena Williams and Roger Federer. Have a look. [The Washington Post]

~16 Stunning Places to Visit in France [The Local FR]

~And if you are going to visit, read this first “14 Rules You Should Follow in France So the Locals Don’t Hate You” [Thrillists]

~Fantastic flea markets in France and where to find them [Complete France]

~Meet an American artist who is living in and loving Brittany, France [Complete France]

~Fans of Mrs. Maisel – Corsets and Comedy: Inside Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel [Vanity Fair]

~This profile piece on Ina Garten caught my attention for a variety of reasons. I’ll be curious to hear what you think after you read it. [Eater]

~Is one of your resolutions to let the Ego shrink a bit? Read “Ego Dropping: The Magic of Breaking Free from Self-Concern” [Zen Habits]

~And since we’re on the topic of resolutions, How Exercise May Make You Healthier [The New York Times]

~I have a feeling that many of you, like me are looking forward to watching the new film On the Basis of Sex when it is released next Friday, but this article offers encouragement to bring someone you might not have thought to bring along with you [The Washington Post]

~4 Ways to Be Happier in 2019 [The New York Times]

12 thoughts on “This & That: January 4, 2019

  1. My goodness, fame at last (only joking!) … having been mentioned on your lovely blog! Thank you so much for that, and two readers of yours have already contacted me. I have been re-reading yet again Sir Roy Strong’s lovely book, just the spring section even though we are still in winter here in the UK. I shall now read your latest post (once I’ve made myself a cup of tea!) All good wishes, Margaret P

    1. Margaret, hello and thank you for stopping by! I have delighted in visiting your blog since I took a holiday in north Devon back in November 2017. You live in such a beautiful part of the UK, and I appreciate your daily musings on day-to-day life. Thank you for doing what you do. All my best, and I cannot wait to read Sir Roy Strong’s book (books too – as his gardening books look wonderful!). 🙂

  2. Hello – I would love to watch Escape to the Chateau but it doesn’t seem that we can watch it via Channel 4 online in the US. How are you watching? Is there a subscription? All the links I have google’d go back to Channel 4.



    1. It is, as you shared, very difficult if not impossible to view the show in the US. I found a few episodes on Vimeo, but have not had luck either. I am hoping it arrives on Netflix or another popular streaming service soon.

  3. Shannon I love your blog. I look forward to your This and That post every week. I love your ideas and regularly find inspiration for books, movies and fashion. Thanks for all you do.

  4. Thank you for the recommendation about the Devon Dreaming blog! As an anglophile, I saw something about trifle dessert and boxing day and now I can’t wait to dive into all the content! Have a happy week!

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