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GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR INNER BRIT

Here I share my love of the British Isles, with fellow Anglophiles and give you ideas for feeding that love,
even if you never have a chance to visit the countries of the U.K.

Another Take on the English Cottage Garden

Another Take on the English Cottage Garden

The British have a reputation for being keen gardeners. That may be a bit of a stereotype, but it’s understandable. The climate in Great Britain does seem to encourage lush plant growth in the proverbial English cottage garden. Maybe that’s why what we call a yard in the U.S. is referred to as a garden… Continue Reading

The Highland Life: Scottish Festivals

The Highland Life: Scottish Festivals

Spring is finally here, which means the festival season is getting underway in the Midwest. You’ll find festivals celebrating everything from cherries to pickles over the next six months or so. Of course, some of my favorites are the Scottish festivals. In more temperate parts of the U.S. you’ll find Scottish festivals throughout the year. In the Midwest,… Continue Reading

English Dogs: Walking 10,000 Steps a Day the English Way

English Dogs: Walking 10,000 Steps a Day the English Way

The English have a well-deserved reputation for being dog lovers.  When I was living in London in the fall of 2015, there were English dogs everywhere I went.  I saw them in Tube stations, on buses and trains, in stores and pubs, and even in some restaurants.  My favorite dog encounter was at Kenwood House, an eighteenth-century… Continue Reading

A Celebration of the Shakespeare First Folio

A Celebration of the Shakespeare First Folio

In 2016, organizations around the world commemorated the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death.  One of the most unique events focused on the Shakespeare First Folio.  For its exhibit First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare, the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC sent eighteen of its precious First Folios on a tour covering all fifty states,… Continue Reading

10 Favorite British Movies

10 Favorite British Movies

We all have favorite movies that we’ve watched so many times we can recite chunks of dialog by heart.  I’m sure it’s no surprise that many of my favorites are British, so I thought I would share the list of my top ten favorite British movies.  It’s an eclectic mix of comedies and dramas that have all stood… Continue Reading

From the Rugby Fan Zone

From the Rugby Fan Zone

I first became interested in rugby when I was in London last fall.  The Rugby World Cup was going on, and it only happens every four years, so it was a big deal.  The 20 qualifying teams played more than 40 matches across England and Wales over a six-week period.  It was impossible to miss… Continue Reading

Cider Days

Cider Days

When I was growing up, autumn was the time for U-pick apple orchards, homemade taffy apples, and non-alcoholic apple cider.  I didn’t learn about “hard” cider until my first visit to an English pub.  I ordered a lady-like half pint and really enjoyed it, but it was difficult to find once I was back in the states.  Fortunately, that’s no… Continue Reading

My Brit Lit Year

My Brit Lit Year

As we sprint headlong toward 2017, I’ve been taking stock of what I’ve accomplished in 2016.  Looking back, I realized that British literature has been a recurring theme this year. The theme was set on New Year’s Day.  My husband and son joined me for the last ten days of my stay in London, and we’d crammed as much… Continue Reading

My Love-Hate Relationship With London’s Changing Skyline

My Love-Hate Relationship With London’s Changing Skyline

I can’t think of any city whose skyline has undergone such a dramatic shift over the last 25 years as London.  One by one, a series of modern buildings – each more odd-looking than the last – has changed London’s skyline significantly since my first trip to England in 1978.  One Canada Square (1991) and the rest… Continue Reading

The Travelling Book Lover’s Dilemma

The Travelling Book Lover’s Dilemma

I’ll be in New York later this week to conduct some research for my book, Finding England in America, and I’ve been trying to figure out how to squeeze a visit to the Strand Book Store into my tight schedule.  The Strand is a book lover’s paradise filled with more than two million new and… Continue Reading

The Ideal Hotel Room

The Ideal Hotel Room

I never cease to be amazed at the many poorly designed hotel rooms I come across.  You’d think architects and interior designers would have perfected the art of designing hotel rooms by now, but I’ve stayed at more than a dozen different hotels over the last few months (including two brand new hotels built for chains that shall… Continue Reading

Finding Great Britain Via Japan

Finding Great Britain Via Japan

My youngest son loves Japanese manga and anime.  It started when he discovered Inuyasha at the age of 10.  Sixteen years later, William has collected more than 4,000 volumes of manga covering more 1,300 different series.  He’s as comfortable reading a book from back to front as I am listening to the accents on Coronation Street.  He even wrote a paper on Osamu… Continue Reading

The Reluctant English Cottage Gardener

The Reluctant English Cottage Gardener

NOTE: For an update on my gardening efforts, read my post Another Take on the English Cottage Garden. It was gloomy when I woke up this morning.  I hoped we were in for some rain so I wouldn’t have to go out and water the flowers.  I was quite pleased, or chuffed as the British… Continue Reading

10 Memoirs for Anglophiles

10 Memoirs for Anglophiles

I finally got around to reading Bill Bryson’s latest book, The Road to Little Dribbling.  It’s a follow-up to Bryson’s popular book, Notes From a Small Island, which was published in 1995.  In Little Dribbling, Bryson sets out to travel the length of Great Britain.  He starts his journey in the seaside town of Bognor Regis in… Continue Reading

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