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It is British Week on TSLL blog, and that means this week’s This & That is predominantly full of Britsh-finds. From books, to films, to more books, classic British clothing brands, accoutrements for tea, a comedic television series, a new mystery series, décor items and we cannot forget the cookbooks! But there is still more. Phew! I do hope you enjoy. 🙂
—The Bench by Meghan the Duchess of Sussex
The Duchess’ first children book “captures the special relationship between father and son, as seen through a mother’s eyes. Illustrated by Caldecott-winning, bestselling illustrator Christian Robinson, he expands on his signature style to bring joy and softness to the pages, reflecting the beauty of a father’s love through a mother’s eyes.” Look for the title to be released on June 8th.
—The Duke: 100 Chapters in the Life of Prince Phillip by Ian Lloyd
Scheduled to be released on October 1st in the states and July 1st in the UK, the new biography of the late Prince Phillip, The Duke, “sets out to explore the man behind the various myths, drawing on interviews with relations, friends, and courtiers as well as authorized biographies, international newspaper reports, and the Duke’s own words.”
—Hillhouse Living: The Art of Creating A Joyful Life by Paula Sutton
Mark your calendars for the official release of IG sensation and a lovely person to follow when you need both a touch of British comfort and brilliant cheer’s upcoming book. Paula Sutton’s first book is set to be released on October 19th. “Beautifully illustrated with hundreds of photographs and drawings, this book gives you a full glimpse into life at Hill House. Inspired by Paula’s love of all things vintage, and filled with simple, stylish, and thrifty tips and tricks for every area of the house, this book will bring the best of country life into your home, wherever you are.”
—The Mitford Murders: A Mystery (book 1) by Jessica Fellowes
Recommended to me by a TSLL reader and now sitting on my bedside table waiting for me to read, the first book in series, The Mitford Murders is based on an unsolved crime and written by Jessica Fellowes, author of the New York Times bestselling Downton Abbey companion books.
—The Narrowboat Summer by Anne Youngson
Anne Youngson’s debut novel Meet Me At the Museum (shared last week) was a tremendous success, and her sophomore title released this past January looks to be just as intriguing. The plot centers around the idea of “second chances: three women, one dog, and the narrowboat that brings them together.”
Just in case you missed one of the most entered giveaways in British Week history, a tea set for two from Burleigh was shared on Tuesday :). The good news is you can still enter if you are a TOP Tier subscriber, and even if you don’t win, I wanted to share with you the online shop full of Burleigh ceramic treasures: Bee’s Knees British Imports. Located in Massachusetts, find six different Burleigh collections, seen below, the dark blue felicity small teapot, and save 20% off your first order when you sign up for their newsletter. As well, many other beloved British home brands are stocked.
—The British Baking Book: The History of British Baking, Savory and Sweet by Regula Yeswijn
Released last September, The British Baking Book has me intrigued. Both a look back into history and a cookbook, full of more than 100 recipes and color photography to tempt your tastebuds, “The British Baking Book tells the wonderfully evocative story of baking in Britain—and how this internationally cherished tradition has evolved from its rich heritage to today’s immense popularity of The Great British Bake Off.”
Earlier this year, Mary Berry released yet another cookbook, and this one is a keeper (the others are as well, so just add this one to your cookbook library :)). Berry shares “a broad range of new and foolproof recipes for everyday cooking as well as special occasions. Simply follow her tips and tricks in the kitchen to get the perfect results, every time.”
—Otto Antique Gold Rectangular Tilting Mirror, Graham & Green
I stumbled across this mirror as it was found in The English Home magazine’s profile of an interior designer I enjoy following on IG (see below her bathroom with the pairing Otto Antique mirrors). The tilting aspect and the price caught my attention, and yep, they ship to the states. 🙂
Released in 2019, but a film I have not seen yet (I think my weekend plans are made as it is supposed to be rainy and perfect for snuggling in), Agatha and the Curse of the Ishtar appeared on PBS Masterpiece and is now available on Amazon Prime. Have a look at the trailer below.
—Amsterdam 2-Cup Teapot, Powder Blue (more colors)
If you are looking for an inexpensive, yet highly functional and adorable teapot, this one is for you! Similar to my 2-cup yellow teapot I picked up in Britain, for fewer than $10, you will have the perfect size for your everyday tea ritual.
—Barbour Flyweight Cavalry Quilted Jacket (more colors)
The classic British outerware staple, I have had my eye on one of Barbour’s tailored quilted jackets for some time. Ideal for “transitional weather, the Barbour Flyweight Cavalry quilt offers essential warmth without excessive bulk. Made from a box-quilted nylon fabric, the jacket features shaped front seams, a dipped rear hem and waist adjustment tabs to the back for a flattering silhouette without sacrificing practicality.”
Full of playful, mood-lifting prints and fabrics. Shop Boden’s linens and cotton as well as jersey designs in classic cuts – shirtdresses, maxi, midi and more.
Having the opportunity to be given one of Buydeem’s tea makers, I was impressed with its precision, helpful timing system and capacity for using loose leaf tea without the mess. First you boil your water, then you place the loose leaf tea holder into the hot water and press the button for the type of tea you are about to enjoy. It simply let’s the tea steep while you wait, but no longer than what is necessary so you achieve the perfect brew. 🙂 Truly helpful, yet not complicated.
—Mackintosh Chryston Hooded Coat (50% off)
Another classic British outerware staple, and available at a lovely 50% reduction. The hooded style is perfect for those days you don’t want to have to worry about carrying an umbrella, but you know the rain may come and you still want to look great.
—Mackintosh Roslin belted Trench coat (50% off)
One more, and then I will be done sharing British outerware favorites I promise. A, classic find: the classic Mac trench coat (and 50% off).
A new streaming app now offering access to BBC’s many documentaries, explore BBC Select’s archives for films on history, travel, politics, music, art and more. Subscribe through Amazon Prime and enjoy a 7-day trial before paying $4.99/mo.
Martin Freeman (of Sherlock fame) stars alongside Daisy Haggard in FX series Breeders (now in its second season). The comedy series “explores the parental paradox that you’d happily die for your children, but quite often also want to kill them.” Check out the trailer below.
—FRIENDS Reunion, HBO Max
Yep, it is finally happening. The entire FRIENDS cast plus many of the favorite cameo and supporting cast return this next Thursday May 27th in an HBO Max special. Check out the trailer below.
~Whitstable Pearl, AcornTV
Premiering Monday May 24th on AcornTV (streaming via Amazon Prime as well), a new series debuts based on Julie Wassmer’s seven book mystery series of the same name. The series centers around Pearl, “a single mum who pursues her lifelong dream and starts a private detective agency, which she runs from her family restaurant in the coastal town of Whitstable, England. Drawn by her caring nature, locals soon flock to her with all kinds of cases. But when a friend dies suspiciously, Pearl finds herself in conflict with gruff new cop in town DCI Mike McGuire.” Check out the trailer below and enjoy the first two episodes this Monday with new episodes airing weekly thereafter.
Norman and I enjoyed a beautiful, crisp walk along the river one morning this week, and we happened upon the freshly blooming lupins. This picture above just tickled me, and indeed spring in Bend is here.
And British Week on TSLL is here as well! What a week it has been, and we are not done yet. I will share a list below of all of the posts shared thus far, along with the four giveaways (learn about becoming a TOP Tier subscriber to be able to enter), with the Grand Finale Giveaway to be shared later today, so be sure to stop back by.
While I incorporate so many British-inspired rituals and touches into my everyday routine throughout the year, during this week in particular, I revel with abandon. I have been watching British cosy mysteries, reading Lady Clementine (one of the 15 books included in this post), finishing up an audio tape on a historical figure who has always captured my curiosity and sipped tea multiple times a day, every once in a while pairing it with a English shortbread cookie. So yep, I am an Anglophile unabashedly, and I have a feeling many of you are as well. 🙂
Here is a list of the posts shared so far in TSLL’s 3rd Annual British Week:
- Welcome to TSLL’s 3rd Annual British Week
- 10 British Comedies & Dramedies I Have Enjoyed (and Recommend)
- episode #306, 25 British Petit Plaisirs (and a new category for all of TSLL’s Simple Pleasures)
- British Holiday Tree Ornaments (Looking and Planning Ahead as they Always Sell Out Quickly)
- Outfits of the Month: All Labels British
- Tea Tables: Add a special simple British touch to your Sanctuary
- A Birtish-fan Favorite Leading Man in a Series to Watch —Leonardo
- 15 British based Books Worth Reading for a Variety of Reading Interests
- A British Magazine Subscription of Your Choice, the 1st Giveaway!
- 7 British Gardening Brands to Know (and the 2nd Giveaway!)
- 5 Reasons I Love My Hunter Rain Boots — Wellies (and the 3rd Giveaway!)
- A Burleigh Tea Set for Two, the 4th Giveaway
Still, four more posts to be shared, the Grand Finale Giveaway later today, two posts on Saturday and the concluding post on Sunday announcing all of the winners. Below ie a gathering of articles and posts you might enjoy, many are British-focused, but not all, and the last link is some exciting news I was over-the-moon to learn about. I do hope you enjoy and wishing you a wonderful rest of your day. Bonne journée (or should I say Cheerio!).
~Hooray! Britain’s major museums and galleries are beginning to open again. [That’s Not My Age]
~Each one of these spring recipes by Nigel Slater look wonderfully fresh and satiating [The Guardian]
~HIP Paris has a new regular series on their blog – Living French and Pamela Druckerman is their first guest
~Speaking of France and since this is British Week, some good news for travelers! Europe agrees to open its borders to vaccinated travelers from approved countries, yep, the US is one of them [The New York Times]
~15 Self-care ideas that fit into your lunch break [Pick the Brain]
~I am over-the-moon about this news – M.L. Longworth’s Provençal mystery series is coming to BritBox! [iHeartBritishTV] The author, Mary Lou (learn more about her latest mystery here) will be returning to the podcast later this year to talk about how this adaption is coming together. I cannot wait!
~A life-changing realization: you are not a problem to be fixed [Tiny Buddha]
~The perfect number of days to work from home is . . . two! [The Atlantic]
~Did you hear, by 2022, the heart of Paris will be nearly entirely pedestrian (no cars) [Le Parisien]
~An in-depth interview with Chez Panisse founder Alice Waters on those “people who call her elitist just don’t get it” [The New York Times]
~AND, I have been waiting to share this news as it seemed perfect for this week that is British Week on TSLL – Downton Abbey 2 (the film) will be arriving soon in theaters! Mark your calendars for December 21, 2021, and learn more about the returning and new cast here [The Sun]