TRAVEL TIME IS ALMOST HERE!

It’s getting to be that time…time to travel!

In a few short weeks I’m heading off to London. And from there I’ll be going up to
The Cotswolds
for a six-day garden tour.

@Kiftsgate

I’ve never been to the The Cotswolds and often dream of seeing more English gardens. So… this will be a special trip. Husband had NO interest in doing this (gee, I wonder why??) and I am very happy to go alone. Our group is small: maximum of 15 people. We stay in whatever hotel/inn/B&B we want so I chose two really lovely hotels. I’ll be visiting Hidcote, Highgrove, Kiftsgate and more, including several small, private gardens.
I will definitely be showing you our itinerary and links to hotels etc. in future posts, so stay tuned.

@Hidcote

After my six days I will head back to London for four more days. Both before and after the tour I will be seeing old and new friends from the U.K.. This will really be a treat! I’ve been taking courses, and am a member of,
Makelight
where I have met SO many wonderful new friends. The “problem” is that most of them live in England; so this is a perfect opportunity to meet them.

And, as an added bonus, daughter will also be in London for my last four days. It’s been almost three years since we were there together and had such a wonderful time: read about it here
Spending Some Time in London

It’s been and continues to be very very busy around here: thus my absence. I will try to post as often as possible but it may well not be on a regular schedule.

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FRIDAY FLOWERS: FLORET FARMS

The subject of this week’s “Friday Flowers” is SO much more than just flowers. It is about a woman, a small business that grew and grew, a continuing story that is unfolding every day, and how a dream can really come true.

Let me tell you about the book,
“Cut Flower Garden” by Erin Benzakein.

 

Floret Farm is in the Skagit Valley in the Pacific Northwest and it is only two acres. Yes, on those two acres Erin and her team grow thousands and thousands of flowers each year. It is an amazing enterprise. But you must go to the website,
Floret Flowers,
to read the entire story.

And then, you just might spend hours reading and looking and dreaming and planning. Her sense of color, of perfect timing, of texture and her love for her land, farm and flowers is almost overwhelming.

Here is a lovely video showing Erin at work:

The New York Times recently had an article,
“What Happened to Traditional Floral Bouquets?”

In case you hadn’t noticed…floral bouquets have become locally grown and sourced and produced on small farms such as Floret Farm. Many are owned and operated by women. The Times article mentions the power of Instagram,
” the Gutenberg of visual imagery,” and goes on to name Erin one of the superstars of this movement. If you are on Instagram, she is definitely
#onetofollow .

On a personal level, I ordered six dahlias from Floret (they sold out, completely, within hours of posting!) and am growing my Zinnia and Hyacinth Bean seeds as well. So far, so good…

And finally for all of you locals:

I will be selling my greeting cards, gift tags and note pads from my Etsy shop

OneNumberEight

at the Carrboro Bazaar on Sunday, Mother’s Day! I haven’t done a show in a few months so this should be fun. I’m in the midst of applying for many in the fall and pre-Christmas and will certainly let you know what happens. But hope to maybe see you this Sunday!

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GLAMPING: HAVE YOU TRIED IT?

It’s a strange word, isn’t it?

It first appeared in the UK in 2005 and is a combination of “glamour” and “camping.”  Let your imagination run wild here! Anything you can dream up is probably part of this new phenomenon…

According to Wikpedia:
“Glamping is a portmanteau of glamour and camping and describes a style of camping with amenities and, in some cases, resort-style services not usually associated with “traditional” camping.” 

There are oh so many companies now that run these camping “hotels” all over the world. Scroll down to the bottom to see locations in Morocco and the Sahara.. For some domestic glamping, take a look at theses:

Again, there is a huge range as to price, amenities and luxury level!

This one, called “River’s Edge” is from Tentrr, and is in upstate New York and is right on the Delaware River. Complete seclusion. At $120/night it seems reasonable.

At the other end of the price/luxury spectrum is this,
Firelight Camps
located near Ithaca, NY and starting at $259/night. But the list of amenities is long..

Or, on the West Coast there is Mendocino Grove:

Here the rates vary from $110/night up to $140/night. But, beware in any of these sites, that there are numerous add on charges for such things as fire wood, linens, s’mores (!) etc etc.

You can find gorgeous glamping sites all over the world: Italy, Sweden, Australia, Africa and the list goes on. One very comprehensive site is
www.glamping.com

Yes….here you can see glamping sites that include domes, huts, Airstreams, cabins. You name it, it’s there. Under a category, say tents, you can search continents, size of tent, amenities, transportation, views and more.  Just by logging on you get a world wide view.

I’ve barely scratched the surface here! So for some more fun, colorful ways to travel the world take a look at:
Glamping Hub
The Resort at Paws Up
Outpost Co.
Camp Adounia

Would I go glamping?  Doubtful. I am most definitely NOT a camper; no, give me a comfy bed, hot water, hair dryer, good lighting for makeup, no bugs and I will be happy! On the other hand, this IS luxury camping, bed and all. Of course it would be just my luck to have it rain and be sticky and buggy so I guess you won’t find me here. Have you done this? Let us know of your experiences, or your thoughts!

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