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My English Cottage Garden Redux

April 28, 2015 • By

My English Cottage Garden Redux

Have you ever had a vision of creating something fantastic and the final outcome only registered a “blah”?  That’s precisely what happened when I bought my house in 2001.  I had just sold my townhouse because I had a dream of living in at least my version of an English Cottage Garden oasis and 300 square feet of outdoor space wasn’t going to cut it.

I needed something larger, something that would allow me to realize my vision of what a garden that was situated in the Cotswolds would look like.  Except, the location would end up being in a sleepy little town in North West Georgia.  I can’t say exactly what drew me to a little blue and white cottage but I knew that I wanted to buy it even before the realtor pulled up to the driveway.

English Cottage Garden

I knew the land that it sat on, as imperfect as it was, would be the perfect setting for achieving my dream.

It met all of my requirements: It had a basement, a deck and a front porch.  The deal breaker would always be the porch.  As a lifelong southerner, it was imperative that I had somewhere to sit and people watch.  The best part is that it sat on one acre of land.  The yard was mostly remnants of what could be termed as grass but you could tell that the former owner had tried to add her own touch to it at some point.READ MORE


Travel Advice

America and Back……..The Restful Way

June 9, 2011 • By

This is a sponsored guest post from London’s Charlotte Kay with Holiday Extras

As someone who makes the trip over the pond a fair bit I am not unfamiliar with jet lag. In fact, to tell the truth it is the bane of traveling life. I love the trips, visiting people and all that, I don’t even mind the flights – comfy chair and loads of films…..what’s not to like? But every single time I go I am struck by jet lag and it leaves me grumpy and exhausted.

When I get back people always think I’ve had a rubbish time just because the lag has taken hold and I’m too tired to be bothered to share the fun I had. Luckily, a friend with whom I travel with quite a lot has caught onto a genius idea. It’s really very simple but that’s the beauty of it. It works on the premise of taking jet-lag’s nemesis, regular sleep, and deploying it liberally on everyone who flies.

What we’ve started doing is booking into one of the hotels at Heathrow for the night before and after we fly. We have a night before we fly to begin adjusting to the time difference and when we get back we can sleep off our residual drowsiness before resuming normal life.READ MORE