Growing Ochids. Favorites are phalaenopsis (moth orchids), oncidiums and melatonins (pansy orchids). Kaleidoscope phals produce three generations of flowers in a continuous cycle. Shary Baby oncidiums have multiple graceful stems with tiny dark lavender flowers that perfume the air with the aroma of chocolate.
Walking a l7 Minute Mile each morning through the neighboring lanes, with an eye on favorite gardens, specimen trees and plantings during the four seasons. Spring is the most spectacular time with flowering purple plum trees, American and Kousa dogwoods, Bradford pears, weeping cherries and crab apples in bloom. Next come the opening of azaleas of every hue: lavender, fuschia, pink and drifts of pristine white across the wide lawns.
Re-reading Favorite Novels: The Elegance of The Hedgehog by Muriel Barberry. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh. The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Burrows. Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen. The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy.
Watching Television tapes: Series: Brideshead Revisited. Forsyte Saga. House of Cards (Original British version). Darling Buds of May. All Passion Spent. Ballykissangel. Individual films: The Age of Innocence. Out of Africa. The Great Gatsby (Redford and Farrow). The English Patient. The French Lieutenant’s Woman. Mrs. Henderson Presents. The History Boys. Musicals: My Fair Lady. The Sound of Music. The King and I. Cabaret. Chicago. Gigi. Lili. Oklahoma. Guys and Dolls.
Travel: Italy, France, England, Scotland, Ireland. Israel, Greece, Turkey. Madeira. Canada and Mexico. Hawaiian Islands, Bermuda. Bangkok and Hong Kong. All trips were individually planned; rental cars and staying at hotels or renting villas three times in Italy — twice in Tuscany and once in the Veneto. Favorite city: Venice. Favorite hotel: Le Sirenuse in Positano– looking down at the Mediterranean Sea and the rocks that represent the sirens who lured Ulysses on his journey. Magical setting….