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…