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Blenheim Palace: Dressed for the Holidays

December 12, 2019

It has been almost thirty years since I last visited Blenheim Palace, and it brought back a wonderful whirl of happy memories. Fourteen of us were ostensibly in Woodstock for…

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A Downton Abbey-Inspired Christmas

December 5, 2019

Can you think of anything more glorious than reflecting back on your favorite scenes within this series that won our hearts…and then using those memories to inspire your own Christmas…

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 28, 2019

From our table to yours, the very happiest of Thanksgivings!

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Creating a Thanksgiving Centerpiece

November 21, 2019

It’s the tail end of the growing season; time for cutting back, pulling out, bedding down. And thinking about making an arrangement with those worthy leftovers from the garden.  So,…

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The Swanhurst Theater: A Private Home for Music Aficionados

November 14, 2019

The Swanhurst estate, though certainly not as well known or visible as some of its neighbors, has a delightful story that deserves to be told. Dating back to 1851, it…

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Autumn in Newport: A French Setting

November 7, 2019

It was the perfect pairing for a Saturday in early Autumn — lunch with friends, to include a croque forestiere (loaded with wood mushrooms) and a stop by my favorite…

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A Wine Cellar Supper for Halloween

October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween! I normally don’t give much thought to this particular fall “holiday” (other than a few years ago when I over indulged with a Venetian Masquerade Fête). But a…

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A Passion for Fall Plants

October 24, 2019

While our gardens may already have been put to bed, there is one garden source that never seems to sleep — “The Farmer’s Daughter,” just over the Newport Bridge in…

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