Category Archives: Quintessentially British

God Save The Queen!

Today, Queen Elizabeth II overtakes Queen Victoria as the UK’s longest reigning  monarch. As you know, I am a great fan of “Quintessentially English” in all matters… Both Victoria and Elizabeth II were young queens… Victoria became queen at 18 and … Continue reading

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Downton Abbey Party Countdown!

Planning does make for an easier life and a successful entertaining event! And we are counting down at Chestnut Cottage this week. I am praying for good weather so that we can eat in the garden…and I would greatly appreciate … Continue reading

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“The Collected Library”

As you may know, one of my holiday treats for myself is reading the latest holiday novel by Scottish author Anne Perry!  And this year is no exception.  Last week I purchased her latest holiday novel, A  CHRISTMAS   HOPE. Anne … Continue reading

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Authentically English! Ruche by Brice Oldfield

As I have so often indicated, Royal Crown Derby is probably my favorite manufacturer of fine china!  With a 260 year history, Royal Crown Derby has amassed a wealth of designs, offering a variety of styles.  Recently the company has … Continue reading

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“Simple Pleasures & Little Luxuries”: Pimm’s Cup…Quintessentially British!

  One of my favorite “simple pleasures” for Spring and Summer is Pimm’s Cup!  It is a thirst quenching drink that I was first introduced to in London.  Pimm’s No. 1 , a gin-based drink was invented around 1840 by … Continue reading

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