Monday Musings

Howdy Y’all,

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Our weekend was relaxed although we are starting to get anxious as our moving date approaches. There is still much to do at our new place! It is in that state where everything looks started and nothing finished, I am not sure if that makes sense but it makes me feel a little uneasy. I finally got to see the color I have chosen for much of my living areas and I was relieved that it looked good. I will be honest and say that Little L’s pink bedroom might be a tad to pink for my liking and am inclined to get it toned down and then I think Champagne Problems – get a grip! She is only little for such a short time and she adores pink! I am really looking forward to writing or filming (do you have a preference?) all about our new place. I think it will look smashing when it is complete.

If you are a hardened TLL reader/subscriber you may notice a few changes around here. I was a little sick of my previous layout and although I am not sure that I love this either, you know what they say a change is better than a rest and since a rest seems unlikely in the next weeks I settled on the former. I do think it has a more contemporary feel, but as always would appreciate your feedback.

Gertie is settling in well and seems to have doubled in size! I will be honest a puppy and a three year old is a little challenging. Little L and Gertie adore each other, I am staggered at how well Gertie behaves with Little L (she can be a little rough at times) although Gertie seems to get her own back. Toddlers do not seem to have the knowledge to let sleeping dogs lie and likes to aggravate. We are facing a few potty training challenges, after surviving toddler training you would think this would be a walk in the park but little Gertie has taken a penchant to silk rugs for her number twos. Enough said. Mr L and I joked that our lives seems to radiate around piss and poop. Generally though she is a dream and the bond between our little family is strong she is a much loved and welcomed addition. I will be doing a video soon on all Gertie has taught me about being a doggie mama.

I often speak of homesickness, the longer you are away from home the easier it becomes or it is easier to manage I am not sure which.  Britain will always be home it is in my blood and soul, I pride myself on being very British even when I look like a burnt lobster living in Texas. I love living in America and please hear me I love this country to, I am so fortunate to be making this place home. This weekend I felt homesick when I saw pictures of The Middleton Wedding, there is something so special about an English country wedding, it really resonated, bringing back memories of our special day 7 years ago. Didn’t they all look breathtaking. Whether you are pro or anti monarchy it was a beautiful affair. Pippa looked as a bride should, simply beautiful. The dress, veil, makeup was understated elegance and no contouring in sight (praise the Lord.) I will add that HRH The Duchess of Cambridge and her beautiful children looked classy and regal. Mr L and I had a very similar day (slightly downscaled!) but we married in the village church followed by a marquee reception in my family garden. I loved how beautiful the event was in a time where the news is well dark and sad. My brother is getting married next year and this has made me quite excited. I wish the new Mr & Mrs James Matthews every happiness for their future lives together.

This week I’m not sure how much posting I will get done, I am flying around preparing for the move, but I wish you all a happy week.

Ta ta for now,

Kate

Flower Power

Howdy Y’all,

It will be NO surprise to the majority that I LOVE flowers, (who doesn’t?) After all I named my daughter after one. What is not to love about a Rose? Today though I want to talk about another flower I love almost as much and definitely couldn’t name any future child after, Hydrangea.

Simple and classic. Enough said.
Simple and classic. Enough said.

I am not sure what it is about these beautiful flowers which makes me go school girl giddy but they do. They, like roses, are very poignant to me. They have shared many of my happy and treasured moments and are often what I turn to when I need to cheer my home or self up. I love them as gifts, especially in plant form because they often last so much longer than stemmed flowers. Unlike roses where I have definite color preferences with hydrangea’s I love them all.

I am really enjoying their presence in my local grocery stores and although not as cheap to buy as in the UK (yes something in the UK is cheaper) their price is not much more than a bunch of roses. I know plants and flowers are a treat but for me they are the treat that keeps giving, brightening up the most mundane of spaces provided you remember to 💦.

I mentioned earlier that I am an advocate of the plant form. They certainly last longer, although I have not had as much success drying them out from plants as cut stems. Anyone got green fingers and can drop me some tips? When is the right time to dry? If you have not seen dried hydrangea heads they are beautiful and look stunning in an arrangement on your coffee or dining table. Mummy L is an expert.

I thought I would share with you some pics of hydrangea’s, one or two are from my wedding and others are current plants I have inside my home.  I had no chance keeping my hydrangea’s alive outside in this heat. I chose hydrangea’s to go on the end of each pew in the church when I got married (church 1 from 4 weddings if you have seen the movie, and no Hugh Grant.) I love the simplicity but they make a statement. See what you think. I’m enjoying having them in my home, they bring color and a little of the English country garden to my life. Hope you enjoy the pictures and they make you smile as they do me.

Ta Ta for now

TLL x

The beautiful, movie famous village church where I grew up, I wanted the architecture to be paramount and I think the beautiful hydrangea enhances that.
The beautiful, movie famous village church where I grew up, I wanted the architecture to be paramount and I think the beautiful hydrangea enhances that.
The top table at my wedding had a large arrangement in the large high martini glass. Then small versions of individual flowers around it in smaller glasses.
The top table at my wedding had a large arrangement in the large high martini glass. Then small versions of individual flowers around it in smaller glasses.
Beauty
Beauty
Love this vivid Pink, it brightens up my entranceway and makes me smile.
Love this vivid Pink, it brightens up my entranceway and makes me smile.
Love the soft summer blue, makes me think of water.
Love the soft summer blue, makes me think of water.