Happy New Year! This is the time of year that abounds in lists. Best Movies, books, most searched on Google, and those deadly Resolutions! Why are they always the same every year? Here is another list, based on a favorite theme of some of the British magazines I follow. “Twelve things I can’t do without”.
2. “COUNTRY LIFE”. My weekly Brit fix, only slightly cheaper than going there. Published in London since 1879 for the huntin’, shootin’, fishin’ set, I love the in-depth articles about historic buildings, theater and book reviews, gardening, cultural oddities and “Tottering-by-Gently”. “COUNTRY LIFE’s” bright light dimmed last month with the retirement of expat Carla Carlisle’s column, which closed each issue.
3. Flower Shows! 2012 Philadelphia Flower Show, Hawaii: Islands of Aloha. Above all the light waves, thousands of white anthuriums – probably not one left in Hawaii that week. The 2013 theme is “Brilliant”, a spotlight on Great Britain. It runs from Saturday March 2 to Sunday March 10. It is the largest indoor flower show in the world. If you have never been, GO! www.theflowershow.com
4. Armand Gamache and Guido Brunetti. Wherever Dona Leon and Louise Penny lead these engaging detective heros, I’m running right behind. They can’t write them fast enough for me! Who-did-it is the least of it with any mystery. With these talented authors, it is the framework for musings on much larger social issues. Of course, walking around Venice with Guido or Three Pines with Armand doesn’t hurt either.
6. “Fleur creatif”. A beautifully produced European design magazine from Belgium published six times a year. “Fleur creatif” showcases the best of European floral designers with how-to information in several languages. Belgium is the epicenter of exciting sculptural designs. The only drawback is flower envy – seeing the amazing plant material that is not available here. Order the magazine in the U.S. from www.floristreview.com
9. Reading glasses. “Where are my glasses?” Oh for a penny for every time I have said that, or worse, rampaged around the house looking for them. Luckily, most come from the drugstore so I have pairs in odd drawers. Worst are when my ‘fancy’ ones get swept off the podium with the flower trash!
10. Papers. I’ve almost never met a piece of paper that I didn’t like, but especially artist’s papers that can be turned into artist’s books. Papers, ephemera, paste and glue transforms blank pages into celebrations – artist’s books, my version of paper dolls!
13. www.flowerflinging.com. “Beginning with A Wedding” started this online adventure which focuses on flowers, flower shows, friendships, fun and sometimes food. Thanks for coming along, sharing ideas and having FUN!
P. S. I could easily go to 20 things….Netflix, L’Occitaine hand cream, Project Runway………….What things can’t you live without?