Autumn in the Cotswolds With Kids

This was the second October half-term holiday in a row we took a trip to the Cotswolds. Since I never got around to writing about it last year, I’m now doing a 2-for-1 special on blogging about it.

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Both years, we stayed at the Lygon Arms, a former coaching inn-turned-luxury-hotel that dates back to the 1300s (!), which boasts quite the list of famous names who have stayed under its roof. King Charles I, Oliver Cromwell, King Edward VII and VIII, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor…

And now these notorious characters:

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Our Great British Camping Trip

Well, technically, we took the ‘glamping’ option, which was my preference, because everyone knows

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Anyway, one of the families in E’s class organised this big camping trip in June at a campground in Sussex, not too far from London. All the families from the class (there are 30) were invited to come along, and about half did. Continue reading

4 London Summertime Traditions, 1 (Long) Weekend

July was a particularly busy month this year. Between loads of end-of-school-year activities for both kids and people trying to get their summertime soirees in before everyone headed out of the city for the month of August, our family calendar was booked.

And there was one week in mid-July that must have broken some record in how many things I managed to squeeze into four days. Apparently I was trying to do as many British summertime activities as I could before spending a month doing American summertime things. Here’s a recap of the weekend we did All the Things: Continue reading

Anecdotes, Part 3

{My Anecdotes are posts in which I comment on my observations of unexpected cultural differences, or just amusing incidents that don’t really warrant their own individual blog post.}

1. You know how as soon as duchesses Kate or Meghan are photographed, whatever they’re wearing immediately sells out, especially if it’s a lower-priced item from a high street shop instead of designer? Well, I finally had my royal-fashion-matching experience, though it wasn’t a princess from this country, per se. But I spotted this magazine at a news agent, and recognised something from my closet:

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So, as a tabloid would ask, Who Wore It Best?

She didn’t even add a complementary tiara. She should sack her stylist.

Actually, I’ll give the win to my friend Ruth, who had the shirt first, and I copied her. Continue reading

Late Summer/Early Autumn ’19 Trend Report

This is, very obviously, in no way a fashion blog, and I am in no way an “influencer” (I’m more of a trend-follower than -setter; even then, a friend recently told me, “I think we could push you more sartorially,” which was maybe the funniest thing anyone’s ever said to me), but I’ve been thinking a lot about trends lately. The last time I wrote a post about what was trending in my part of London was nearly three years ago, so don’t expect this to turn into THAT sort of blog.

After spending half the summer in London and half in the States, I found myself mentally comparing/contrasting what was trending here vs. there. Continue reading