This is how we left our garden right before we went on holiday 2 1/2 weeks ago.
We're back home after spending two glorious, wet, but glorious weeks in England.


  • Stayed with Diva's God-parents who thoroughly spoiled us for 2 weeks
  • Ate too much with our English Supper Club  
  • Had brunch with some of my English brunch ladies 
  • Went to Sampford Peverell (the village where we had lived) while the "Navvies' Fayre" was going on in celebration of the Grand Western Canal's 200th anniversary of completion
  • Watched the "dazzling light display" of the visiting lighted canal boats as they floated down the canal in the dark
  • Participated in Town Band and Civic Choir practices
  • Toured a country manor house
  • Chatted with old friends
  • Enjoyed our old church's services
  • Walked through Windsor Castle
  • Watched my former singing partner in a play
  • Spent a day touring London (the fast track way)
  • Was privileged to have many meals in our friends' homes and a barbecue in our honor 
  • And most importantly, had lots and lots...and lots of tea & cake

Now that we are home...
Home...that sounds weird.
We have moved into our Louisiana house but I don't feel like it is quite home yet.
Perhaps it has something to do with the pile of boxes still in our great room.

Or, it could be because our houses have always had names and this one doesn't yet.

In England, our house was named by its previous owner.  It was called Brookfield (the house was located by the canal next to a meadow) which actually was part of our address.  In fact, to address a letter to us, all someone needed was to write "Brookfield" and our post code (zip code) on the envelope.

This is how it looked when we got back.
We have just left our Little Pink House.  We named it that because it was in fact, both little and pink.

But what shall we call our new place?

I would love to call it something like "Rose Cottage" as an homage to both the English and Texas residents of the house...although, there are no roses here yet and the house isn't very cottage-y.
Or Magnolia Manor as a wink towards the state flower of Louisiana.
I'm sure Engineer and Diva would like to call it something way cooler like "The Den of Unimaginable Curiosities" or "The Lair of Awesome Inhabitants" or simply "The Habitat."

There are no distinguishable features to the actual house so a color or architectural nod isn't really appropriate.  The location isn't all that exciting either unless you consider that where we are now used to be all cotton fields...

Maybe that's it..."High Cotton."  We live on a hill surrounded by what was cotton fields.  (There are still cotton fields nearby.)  I just tried it out on Diva and she is unsure about it.  She said, "I still think 'The Habitat' is better."

I foresee this will be tonight's dinner discussion.

Speaking of dinner, here's what will be served from the new kitchen's maiden voyage:

Sunday - Baked Orzo with Spinach, Ham & Feta and Salad
Monday - Salad Sampler:  Egg Salad, Cilantro Slaw, Potato Salad, & Black Bean Salad
Tuesday - Muffalettas, Salad, Chips, and Jell-O Salad
Wednesday - Purple Hull Peas, Greens, & Cornbread
Thursday - Roasted Vegetable Frittata & Salad
Friday - Date Night
Saturday - Leftovers

This is part of MPM.


  1. Sounds like you had a wonderful time in England!

    1. We did have a brilliant time and were reminded of why we enjoyed living there.

  2. What a wonderful trip and beautiful garden!

    1. It was super and the garden went crazy while we were gone! Looking forward to picking veggies any day now.


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