Longwood Gardens

I recently visited Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania as part of a five day trip to the Brandywine Valley area and wrote about it here. But as I am fond of taking lots of pictures and the post was already getting kind of lengthy and the Longwood visit was on Day 5 of the 5 day trip, I had to keep … More Longwood Gardens

Cake and Memories

I have a tradition I’ve stuck to for almost all the birthdays, holidays and special occasions that have been celebrated in my home: I make the cake. There’s nothing better than old-fashioned homemade cake from scratch, provided of course that you’re good at making cake. I like to think I inherited my great-aunt Alice’s talent for cake-making. … More Cake and Memories

Peace and Prayer

May 13th 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of a major historic event for Roman Catholics: the first apparition of Mary, the mother of God, to three humble shepherd children in the small village of Fatima, Portugal.   In all there would be six apparitions, culminating on October 13, 1917 with the great Sun Miracle witnessed by an … More Peace and Prayer

Supporting Fair Trade

Fair Trade refers to trade in which fair prices are paid to producers, artisans and farmers in developing countries. I firmly believe in the goodness of helping someone to help themselves, and Fair Trade is one way to do that. Endeavoring to support the efforts of people in struggling nations to thrive and support themselves … More Supporting Fair Trade

Favorite Things

Well the title certainly brings the song to mind…I can hear Julie Andrews as Maria in The Sound of Music… Raindrops on roses And whiskers on kittens Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens Brown paper packages tied up with strings These are a few of my favorite things I can appreciate her list of favorite … More Favorite Things