Blogging friends like Tracey and Cornish Cream breathe English air every day, taking in the beauty of their own gardens and countryside.
Others of us dream over photo-laden magazines of this lovely corner of the world. And then we sigh.
I've been to England once a long time ago. Loved my all-too-short visit. Ever since, it has been my coveted desire to return with hubby in tow and find a nice place to stay awhile. To take in deep draughts of English air, maybe call on a blogging friend or two, share a nice cuppa and go for tours in English country gardens or drive through sheep-fielded countryside. I've got a long list of must-visits, places like Oxford and Devon and Cornwall and Grasmere and....
In the meantime, thanks to Victoria (Sept 2013 issue) and The English Home (Sept/Oct 2013), we are 'celebrating the essence of English style' right in my own Canadian flavoured corner. And we're enjoying it almost as much as being there...well, almost!
Oh, before I forget, if you love the Victoria magazine (both the classic and the new versions), you may be happy to learn that there is a two-DVD set being offered--which includes all 278 issues, from 1987-2012. How's that for bliss!
I still have my paper copies from Day One, but it still might be great to own a set. And, for any of you who regret being over-zealous one day and have cleared them off your shelves, this is your chance to make it up! Here's the link.
Now, if that isn't already enough, there's more that I'm excited about. It really is 'breathe English air' day. Susan Branch's newest book has just been released. And guess what, it's called A Fine Romance: Falling in love with the English Countryside.
Brenda at Coffeeteabooksandme has written a lovely review which includes glorious glimpses of the inside of the book. Heads up, if you want to order, you could use Brenda's Amazon Associates link (which blesses her). You can tell her I sent you.
Now, I'm sending you my wishes for a joy-filled rest of the day!