“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…

Postcard from Los Angeles

Dear Claire,   Hello from LA! As I write, it’s the Fourth of July and we’re gearing up to spend the afternoon and evening at Manhattan beach. Looking forward to picnicking; lots of red, white and blue; sunset over the Pacific Ocean and, of course, fireworks! Highlights of our trip so far: •   The…