Small steps in March

Hello,   Since we started planning today's post, the situation with the Covid-19 pandemic has been developing apace and many of us are facing unprecedented changes to our day to day lives.  There are so many inspiring stories of the ways people are connecting in spite of restrictions on our movement and it seems appropriate…

Lavender Lemonade

Dear Claire,   I hope you’ve had a very happy summer. It’s flown by here, and I’m not quite sure I’m ready for it to be September! So in the hopes of stretching out those balmy days just a little longer, I thought I’d share this recipe for lavender lemonade. One of my favorite experiences…

“Summer afternoon…

Summer afternoon - to me these have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language."   Today's Friday Food for Thought is from Henry James (1843 - 1916), author, critic and playwright.  James reputedly made this remark to the novelist Edith Wharton as they sat in the grounds of Bodiam Castle in East…

Staircase 9 17’s August Bookshelf

Our bookshelf choice for August is Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, by Winifred Watson, published by Persephone Books   Written in 1938, the story begins when Miss Pettigrew is sent to the wrong address by an employment agency.  She meets Miss LaFosse, a nightclub singer, and her wonderful day - and the rest of her life…