This & That: March 10, 2023
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Anglophiles, there are oodles of finds for you this week. From a new musical, the return of an award winning comedy, a series from the past for gardeners, and a comedy series starring a favorite British actor I thoroughly enjoyed upon watching. And still there is much more – books galore on history, money, mastering new skills, food, being brave and the awesomeness of being a HSP. As well, finds for the home, clothing staples, a new-to-me-website I think TSLL readers will thoroughly enjoy if you haven’t found it already and of course, a few links inspired by the upcoming Academy Awards. But still, there is so much more. Enjoy!


The Enigma of Room 622: A Novel by Jöel Dicker

An Editor’s Pick and Book of the Month on Amazon when it was released in September ’22, originally written in French and translated now into English Jöel Dicker’s novel The Enigma of Room 622 has been described as perfect for fans of Agatha Christie and Anthony Horowitz. Set in a luxury resort in the Swiss Alps, the mystery begins with the realization that there is no Room 622 where prominent novelist, the protagonist of the novel, Jöel is finding refuge while grieving the death of his longtime publisher coupled with a recent breakup. Described as an addictive thriller, it is when “Joël and fellow guest Scarlett uncover a long-unsolved murder that transpired in the hotel’s room 622” when the mystery deepens. “The attendant circumstances: the succession of Switzerland’s largest private bank, a mysterious counterintelligence operation called P-30, and a most disreputable sabotage of hotel hospitality.” Hmmm . . . sounds interesting.

Ignorance: A Global History by Peter Burke

For history lovers as well as anyone wanting to broaden their understanding of blind spots in our current culture, Peter Burke’s new book released this past February Ignorance: A Global History has been described as a “highly original account that examines the long history of humanity’s ignorance across religion and science, war and politics, business and catastrophes. Burke reveals remarkable stories of the many forms of ignorance—genuine or feigned, conscious and unconscious—from the willful politicians who redrew Europe’s borders in 1919 to the politics of whistleblowing and climate change denial. The result is a lively exploration of human knowledge across the ages, and the importance of recognizing its limits.” I am most looking forward to reading this book.

Money: A Love Story, Untangle Your Financial Woes and Create the Life You Really Want by Kate Northrup

Earlier this week on Instagram I shared and recommended highly Kate Northrup‘s first book (2013) for anyone looking for a slightly new approach to finding the way to financial freedom. Combining both practicality and the approaches of mindfulness often written about here on TSLL, as I was reading it, I smiled because what she was sharing about shifting the story of how we look at unwanted financial road-bumps in our lives, each that are opportunities to both learn and be grateful for, is a practice for navigating any unwanted moment and how we attain and experience contentment. Yep, you read that right – to be grateful for, and having overcome her own unwanted financial hiccups, she speaks from experience that beginning with shifting our mindset is where the foundation for achieving the change we desire is possible. I whizzed through this book in 24 hours, and I know it will be inspiring a podcast episode in the near future. But in the meantime, if you too are looking for a financial guidebook unlike most that are out there but still acknowledges the logic we cannot dismiss, I recommend picking up Money: A Love Story.

The Real Work: The Mystery of Mastery by Adam Gopnik

Have you ever wondered how masters in any given craft attained their skill? Well, author Adam Gopnik did and he has compiled a detailed observation of masters in a wide swath of areas of expertise and discovered many unexpected truths, sharing them in his new book The Real Work: The Mystery of Mastery. One of which is “far from rare, mastery is commonplace, if we only know where to look”. I look forward to reading this one.

Romaine Wasn’t Built in a Day: The Delightful History of Food Language by Judith Tschann

Released this past February, food historian Judith Tschann celebrates this intersection of linguistic and culinary affinities with Romaine Wasn’t Build in a Day. On the hunt for the hidden stories behind hundreds of dishes and ingredients we take for granted, Tschann takes us on an expedition through the centuries and around the world, illuminating the ways in which language is always changing, ever-amusing, and entirely inseparable from culture, history, identity, and such as: the surprising linguistic connection between alcohol and eyeliner and the fascinating travels of the word coffee across centuries and continents, attesting to the enduring allure of a cuppa joe.

Read a review from The New York Times (gift link) reminding us that we may want to wait to talk about the history of soufflé.

Sensitive: The Hidden Power of the Highly Sensitive Person in a Loud, Fast, Too-Much World by Jenn Granneman and Andre Sólo

In 2017, co-author of the newly released book for HSPs Sensitive, Jenn Granneman was a guest on The Simple Sophisticate podcast (episode #117) talking about her first book The Secret Lives of Introverts. I genuinely appreciated and enjoyed her first book and am looking forward to reading her new released written with her husband who also self-identifies as HSP. Sharing the hidden power of the Highly Sensitive Person in a loud, fast, too-much world, the more awareness brought to the larger public about the diversity of temperaments the better as we deepen our understanding that each of us finds contentment in different ways based on what makes us feel most at peace and re-energized. Oh yes, this is a book to be reminded that embracing the temperament of HSP is something to celebrate and not apologize for. Discover a taste of their content on their blog Sensitive Refuge.

While ‘being sensitive’ is sometimes too often blithely tossed about as a descriptor of oneself, if you are truly HSP (listen to this podcast episode – #44, the most downloaded episode of The Simple Sophisticate podcast, to understand the characteristics of being HSP), being so is something profoundly different than being aware of your emotions (which is an awesome thing, don’t get me wrong). As the authors explain, “Everyone has a sensitive side, but nearly 1 in 3 people have the genes to be more sensitive than others—both physically and emotionally. These are the people who pause before speaking and think before acting; they tune into subtle details and make connections that others miss. They tend to be intelligent, big-hearted, and wonderfully creative; they are wired to go deep, yet society tells them to hide the very sensitivity that makes them this way. These are the world’s ‘highly sensitive people,’ and Sensitive is the book that champions them.”

What Looks Like Bravery: An Epic Journey through Loss to Love by Laurel Braitman

An American science historian, writer, and a TED Fellow who is also the Writer-in-Residence at the Stanford School of Medicine, author Laurel Braitman’s new book being released next Tuesday is a true story of how loss can transform us into the person we wish to become. What Looks Like Bravery begins with Braitman’s childhood and concludes after a winding story of ups and downs ultimately leading to the discovery that “being open to love after loss is not only possible, it can set us free”.

British Finds

Florence St. George’s Fleur de la Mer (two colors)

An investment décor item, but one that those who love the coast or ocean or seaside aesthetic will find worth saving up for. A timeless piece that can stand alone or hold items that fit whichever room you choose to place it.

Hold the Sunset, BritBox

If you enjoy British series, but want a break from the cozy murder mysteries, I have a comedy series you will quite enjoy I have a feeling. Hold the Sunset stars legendary comedian John Cleese alongside Alison Steadman and Jason Watkins as well as a handful of other recognizable faces from favorite British series, and it is riotously fun, delightful and beautiful at the same time as it is set in a English suburb where chats in front of row houses, walks along the river and oodles of moments of sipping a cuppa are captured. The series premiered in 2018, and having watched both seasons, I recommend it confidently. Have a look at the trailer below and find it on BritBox now.


The Edible Garden, BBC

I have to thank TSLL reader Jen for bringing this series to my attention. The Edible Garden, hosted by Alys Fowler was released in 2010, and while there is only one season, the lessons she shares still ring true teaching us how to grow a garden that tickles our tastes buds. Fowler “attempts to avoid shop-bought fruit and vegetables and live off her own home-grown produce” and in the process shows us her journey. Find it on BritBox now and have a look at the trailer below:


Courant’s Phone and AirPods wireless charger

Simplifying and eliminating cords, I am all about that, and while I already have one of the linen wireless charger from Courant, their new combo charging set for both the phone and AirPods is worth checking out to streamline and improve the functionality of our tech devices (I love the stand feature for the phone as I find this helpful when the charging station is on the desk).

Denim Button-Up Shirt, Madewell, on sale

A staple in my own closet is a denim button-up similar to Madewell’s, and this one is currently on sale. Dress up or down, it will be with you and wearably stylish for years.

Shirtini Ebony Shirt Dress with White Stripe

A new item at Shirtini is a dress to explore adding to your spring capsule wardrobe. Black and white stripes, just over-the-knee length and lovely large cuffs.


The Great British Bake-Off Musical

Yes, it is true! How fun would this musical be? Oh my! Premiering this season in London in the West End Theatre district is a musical based on the much loved amateur baking television series. Paul dancing and singing? Well, not the actual Paul Hollywood, but yep, I might want to see this one, no matter how silly it sounds. I have a feeling it will be fun to watch with fellow GBBO fans in the audience.


The 95th Academy Awards, CBS

Jimmy Kimmel hosts this year’s Oscars in Hollywood, and beginning with the red carpet until the award for Best Picture is announced, this annual event has always been one I enjoy. Click here to take a look at all of the nominees in each category.

Ted Lasso, season 3, AppleTV+

Well, I am more than ready to enjoy season 3 of Ted Lasso. A couple of years ago I wrote in detail why this series more than deserves to have won the Emmy for best comedy and best writing along with all of the actors who have won for their roles – leading and supporting. Appearing on the surface to be simplistic, that is the beauty, it is geniusly complex and rich with intentional story-telling. Layer upon layer, this comedy is smart, breaking boundaries and asking us all to extend more kindness as we see the humanity in each other, all the while giving us wonderful moments of laughter and hilarity. Thank you Ted Lasso. Have a look at the second trailer released by AppleTV+ and watch the first of 10 episodes on Wednesday March 15th, a new episode is released each week until the middle of May.


Grateful Living, Word of the Day

I was recently introduced to by a TSLL reader who shared with me that on the website’s Word of the Day (a free daily subscription), on a date in February, a quote I shared was included and attributed. I was delighted! Yesterday’s quote was from Mary Oliver, so to even be mentioned in the same company, over the moon and very grateful. 😌 I have a feeling this site is one you might enjoy. I know I am. Thank you Lisa for reaching out and sharing with me. 🙂

Based on the teachings of Brother David Steindl-Rast — 96 year-old author, scholar, and Benedictine monk who “is beloved the world over for his enduring message about gratefulness as the true source of lasting happiness. Known to many as the ‘grandfather of gratitude,’ Br. David has been a source of inspiration and spiritual friendship to countless leaders and luminaries around the world including Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, Thomas Merton, and more.” View the main page of the website Grateful Living here.

Listen to his TED Talk in 2013, Want to Be Happy? Be Grateful below:

For the first time since I have lived in Bend, March has been full of oodles of snowy days. Little by little, never too much, but just enough to remind us spring has not yet arrived, snow falls. I pointed out to someone that I would much rather have the abundance of snow we have had this year which began on November 1st, spaced out over five months than have it all arrive in one week as happened in both 2017 and 2019 and hamper the everyday life and routine. So while some may wish for spring to arrive and others may be giddy that more snow keeps coming – and much is expected this weekend – it is important to remember that March snow melts as quickly as it arrives, and all I know is that my spring and summer flowers will and are being nourished. Thank you Mother Nature.

Earlier this week I had dinner at a new restaurant in Bend located in the Old Mill – Lady Bird: Cultural Society. With the title, menu and decor inspired by the speakeasies of the 1920s, it was a refreshing treat to be surrounded by a very thoughtfully designed interior space as well as French and a PNW fare approach to food. If you live in the Bend area or will be visiting, I recommend making reservations (you will need them) and enjoying a meal here. Be sure to look at the flooring which is from Italy, the brass parrots which are from Amsterdam and the beautiful large mural of birds that cover the wall in the Private Lounge which is from the Netherlands. And now you can find this restaurant included in TSLL’s Travel Guides for Bend – all of the locations I recommend for Bend can be found on this page with the corresponding Google map to easily make an itinerary when you visit our beloved town of ski and sunshine. View all of TSLL’s Travel Guides here (free!).

A pic from inside Lady Bird capturing the adjacent seat to where we dined. With velvet upholstered backs on the banquettes, large works of art hanging on the rosé colored walls, and yep, statement silverware, the setting will awe you as much as the menu.

Thank you for stopping by the blog today, and below you will find articles and a couple of videos I think you will enjoy for your weekend perusal. Whether you have sun, rain, snow or anything in between in the weather forecast this weekend, I do hope you have a fabulous go of it (and don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead Saturday night). Until Monday, bonne journée.

~My favorite read of the week: 9 Life-Changing Skills HSPs Can Learn from Meditation [Sensitive Refuge]

~Gardening jobs in March from Gardeners’ World

~Sharon Santoni and her team just launched a Travel page for French destinations – full of itineraries and recommended places to go.

~How to make big decisions [Shondaland]

~How to advance your career the ‘Introvert Way’ [Introvert, Dear]

~If you enjoy watching Le Tour de France, you will want to watch the annual event Paris-Nice. Thank you Kameela for bringing this to my attention. The race began last weekend and wraps up this weekend.

~Seven ideas for checking your phone less and for living more [Positive Prescription]

~I had no idea about this regular weather forecasting for navigating on the seas, but I can understand how it would be very soothing. Discover a British Treasure that may just be a secret for Falling Asleep. [The New York Times]

~Are you a Ted Lasso fan? If so, beginning on March 21st, you can stay the night at the London pub whose exterior appears in the show (accommodations are above the ground floor) reserve through AirBnB. [Architectural Digest]

~The Top 10 British Spring Gardens to visit according to Britain Magazine.

~One go-to in my eating repertoire is my homemade vinaigrette, and there are SOOOOO many ways to make one. Here is a post sharing a handful of basic Vinaigrette recipes and how to store them. [Healthy Delicious]

~And with the Academy Awards on Sunday, sometimes its British counterpart, the BAFTAs give a hint of who might be in contention (here is a full list of the winners). Cate Blanchett won for Best Actress and her acceptance speech a couple weeks ago is worth listening to . . .

~The first film directed by Ray Romano, starring Academy Award winner Laurie Metcalf and Romano himself as the parents of an up and coming basketball star looks to be heartwarming and a fun watch. Look for Somewhere in Queens on April 21st. Here’s the trailer . . .

~Explore last week’s This & That: March 3, 2023

A new month and new releases across the board in film, books, television and clothing collections. A new British series set in Devon, a new cooking season with Ina Garten, books set in Cornwall, a book written by the Duchess of York, a book from British garden expert Sarah Raven, and three more novels on diverse topics of interest. Also, a few finds from France’s version of Charish – brocante finds and treasures and quality French cashmere on sale for both women and men. Plus, so much more.

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20 thoughts on “This & That: March 10, 2023

  1. I’m enamored by that restaurant photo, Shannon. The handle on the chair is genius and the way the color of it and the walls pick up the peacock art. Perfection. Looks like they put a lot of effort and thought in. Wonderful when atmosphere and food are both lovely. Gotta ask, whaddya have??

    1. Thank you for stopping by today MelissaS I have shared glimpses of each course in a new Reel on IG. French inspired fare – so scrumptious. ☺️ And You have a great eye! Isn’t the brass handle on the back a good idea! Saves the fabric. Yep, they definitely put a tremendous amount of thought and applied much expertise to the interior design. So much fun for the eye. ☺️ Have a lovely weekend.

      1. Oh, I see the Reel! I thought for sure I’d be back on here asking you how to access it since I’m so unfamiliar with all the online platforms. I don’t have an IG account but was happy to be able to see your Reel with no problem. Oh my goodness, yes the food looked amazing, but the BATHROOM!! I’m totally in love.

  2. What a fantastic list. I’m so curious about Kate Northrup’s book, and quite a few of the films and series. And…we are headed to a spot 20 miles from Bend for a week in June, having most unexpectedly placed the winning bid at a choir auction 🙂 I haven’t been to Central Oregon in decades, and from everything I’ve heard, imagine Bend to be a little slice of heaven. We’ll look forward to exploring, and I’m grateful to you for the timely mention of your Bend travel guide, thank you!

    1. Liz,

      What a wonderful time to visit Bend, and yes, be sure to check out the Travel Guide as I do keep it updated. You will definitely want to visit our local farmers market- downtown l, right next to Mirror Pond and quite lively and full of wonderful produce. If you have any other questions about your visit, feel free to reach out.

      Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

  3. So much good stuff to explore this weekend and ye gods, so. many. good. books!
    “Romaine” looks like a fun read, “Sensitive” and “Ignorance” will need to be explored , and “The Enigma of Room 622” sounds yummy.
    “Hold the Sunset”—well, it’s John Cleese, I must watch, that man is brilliant. (Did you know he was studying to be a lawyer when he discovered, as he says, “he could be creative”?)
    GBBO-The Musical?!?! YES, please! Hopefully it’ll make it to BritBox or Netflix.🤞🏼
    That restaurant is stunning, love the rose interior with the gold/bronze details, and beautiful moss green banquettes. The menu looks scrumptious! Lucky girl to have this gorgeous spot in your beautiful little city.🦚
    Thank you as always Shannon for brightening up the weekend and spoiling us for choices. Nose-boops and ear-rubs to the pups. Enjoy your weekend!😊

    1. Yes, Rona, Cleese makes it a must watch. I can’t picture him or even see his name without a chuckle about The Ministry of Silly Walks and Fawlty Towers, etc. I know, very old school!

          1. Just a suggestion, but you might want to watch “Mo ty Python and The Holy Grail”. Your life will be enriched.

  4. I’ve put the Kate Northrup book on my TBR and Lady Bird on my list for when we visit Bend. The menu looks incredible but I, too, must know: what did you order?

    1. Cathy,

      You will enjoy yourself! Have a wonderful time in Bend! I shared quite a few pics a on today’s IG Reel if you want to take a peek. ☺️ Thank You for stopping by. Have a great weekend!

  5. Shannon another lovely list to peruse. Thank you I.
    think the restaurant took a few styling tips ftom you with the brass accessories and the plush green upholstery. I love the picture. We had a similar one when I was a child but it was only one peacock and I spent many hours gazing at it. I thought it was mythical and was . mesmerised when I first saw one in real life You’re lucky to have French themed restaurant in your locality. I have to investigate how I can access ‘Hold the Sunset as Rona says it’s John Cleese so it’s a must watch and also there’s Alison Steadman.
    I love the stories behind food and ingredients and what a great pun for the title. A lot.of foods that the Romans preserved ended up with great stories
    It’s just been added to my list. I love denim and that shirt could do double duty but alas it’s only available in small and xsmall. Oh ,and Florence St George’s ‘Fleur de la Mer’ is so pretty. You have a great eye
    Bon weekend.

  6. Wow a rich list this week with so much to peruse and enjoy.
    I love that phone charger and stand and it would provide a solution as to where to store my phone and AirPods when not in use.
    Ted Lasso is still on my to watch list (along with a million others) but I have heard great things.
    I am so looking forward to seeing who wins at the Academy Awards tonight. It’s a little late here for me to watch but I look forward to waking early tomorrow and enjoying a morning “cuppa” whilst I read about it, and of course enjoy the gowns and style statements. I always look forward to seeing what Cate will wear, as well as another style favourite of mine who is nominated – Michelle Williams.
    I enjoyed Cate’s speech at the BAFTAs, always so gracious and elegant!
    Have a wonderful rest of the weekend
    (And ladybird looks delightful to visit!)

    1. Thank you for stopping by Sarah. 😌 Ah, yes, both women always seem to make the best dressed list. Stunning each one in their individual way. Wishing you a wonderful week! ☺️

  7. Hello, Shannon! My guess is the British treasure you mention is the shipping forecast (I don’t have an NYT subscription). I don’t know where I first heard of it, but I was delighted the discover that the British comedy “As Time Goes By” references it on more than one occasion (that you, Mrs. Bale!). And I read a wonderful synopsis in a fun book _Watching the English_, which I heartily recommend.
    I received my copy of _Sensitive_ last week, and I am enjoying it! So many wonderful things this week!

    1. Ellen, Yes, you guessed it! The maritime weather forecast! So glad to hear are enjoying Sensitive. My copy arrives this week and I cannot wait to dive in. And thank you for the recommendations as well! I will definitely explore the book and I must check out that comedy. ☺️ Grateful you stopped by. Wishing you a wonderful week. 😌💛

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