To Paddington Station for a visit with Paddington Bear.
Bus trip to London Bridge past St Pauls Cathedral
Bridget Jones House above the Globe Pub
Boat ride to Royal Observatory, Greenwich to stand on the Prime Meridian.
Visit to All Hollows Church by the Tower of London.
An unexpected surprise at Selfridges Department Store after another fruitless trip to an antique market.
Visit to the Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace changing of the guards, the Household Cavalry,
& The Queen's Gallery.
Westminster Abbey - including a sneaky photo of Darwin's grave (no photos allowed!)
Big Ben, Parliment views
Prestat Chocolate, on the way to visit Fortnum & Mason
Flowers in Kensington Garden
Evening trip out to Liberty of London & the famous Argyle Pub
more photos ...
We're on vacation in London - I turn on the laptop this morning to start searching some more about this great city - so many incredible places to see, too many more things to do - and what is the Google homepage? A tribute to Douglas Adams!
But for sincere coincidence I brought along for reading on the plane at last minute my 1988 paperback version of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency - a very well traveled, dog-eared, stained, and often-read version of the book - who's central premise is about... the interconnectedness of things!
Well, the last of the Hurricane Sandy Damage to our trees is finally cleaned up. The township picked up the small piles at the beginning of the week and Rich Tree Service cut down and took the rest yesterday. The stump will be ground after the soggy ground dries out. The siding and roofing estimates continue... insurance is such a hassle. So very thankful and glad this all it is; we cannot begin to empathize enough for others, my goodness.
There was some rot but decided to take down the whole ash to mitigate overall risk since the bark began to swell, leak, and the tree was listing to one side... towards the house! We'll plant anew in the spring.
Does anyone have thoughts for a not-too-dense shade tree that is also not overly fruit or nut messy, can handle a western sun, but also not terribly exotic so it retains a woodland appearance and is also a road-salt friendly shade tree?
Quite the list but maybe Santa or you have an idea on how to fill that list.
We took off some days in October for day trips, under the jump are some photos. We were so fortunate to spend two of the warmest days of autumn down at the NJ shore not knowing what was to come in a few days with Hurricane Sandy.
Oct 18th - Point Pleasant Beach and antique shops.
Oct 20th - found an awesome patchwork chair on casters for the family room by Ralph Lauren Home.
Oct 21st - Long Wood Gardens and antiquing
Oct 22nd - Island Beach State Park
These are our photos from this past weekend visiting sites of the Weekend Journey through the Past in Somerset County NJ. This was our 3rd year and finally have seen every site, including the 4 new additions this year. We're really looking forward to starting over next year again!
On the last August Sunday afternoon we decided to go visit the last of the roses in bloom at the recently restored Rose Garden in Somerset, NJ and also view bits of the garden for inspiration in advance of fall planting since the surrounding park is that of a specimen garden in the English style of landscape architecture.
First off, a formal thank you and hats off to The Fern & Mossery for taking the time to give incredibly thoughtful and inspiring advice for our terrarium troubles. If you're having terrarium troubles, finding conflicting advice either online or in books on how-to terrarium, do check these tips and how-tos:
New lessons learned - picking up where the terrariums left off from last time..
1. Packed in too many ferns & moss in the larger containers. So while less is a bore, more... is too much sometimes. Slightly less is just right; but really no less or no more. Everyone is happily replanted within their own spaces.
2. Getting the moss & fern soil mix right was a bit tricky on the first time but since the second round it has been just right. Adding in the spaghnum moss mixed with the soil really helps the soil and glass from getting overly wet, which the moss like for a drier habitat, but the terrarium itself needs watered maybe slightly more for the ferns to be truly happy.
3. We like the house to be cold in summer, especially for sleeping, well, moss and ferns do not. So there'll be some thermostat negotiations... by winter everyone should be quite pleased.