Daylesford Organic Farm, England

I'm in my beloved England and went to this magical place today, Daylesford Organic Farm, in the Cotswolds. They've been farming organically for 30 years and also have an adorable shop and eatery in Notting Hill.

I don't think I've ever been in a gourmet shop quite like this one. You walk in and feel like all is right in the world. Even sporting biking gear & a "just huffed and puffed in the Cotswolds hills" red-faced look, I still felt that.

(I did wish I had a cashmere scarf, tan leather boots, blown out hair & a giant tote bag on instead - to fit in better with the "just down from London to check on my second home" crowd)

It's a giant farmshop with beautiful produce, a lovely restuarant, the most beautiful cookery school I've ever seen, an airy shop with clothes and beauty products, as well as a home section with kitchenware and pretty white plates. There's a spa, cottages to stay in overnight (expensive!) and a sister inn, the Wild Rabbit (less expensive!).

The most beautiful cookery school I've seenI only stopped briefly for lunch but I fell madly, deeply in love. I'm going to get my fix again when I'm in London!

A nice post-cycling lunch Dream produce Dream treatsThis had me asking how many extra my jars my suitcase could fit. Answer: none. Window shopping my dream home

Perfect Pubs: The Feathered Nest in The Cotswolds

The Feathered NestI've been to The Cotswolds a few times and there are so many ways to map out a charming route no matter how much time you have. You really do need a car to zip around properly - don't be afraid! That terrified pit in your stomach will lessen up....at least it did for me. It's really not that bad - but you should know how to drive stick as the cars are so much cheaper! Watch out for the roundabouts. And you'll feel so smug and skilled after driving in England - it gave me confidence to drive in Tel Aviv, Belgium and other countries.

I'm often in search of the quintessential English pubs around the U.K. and I found it at The Feathered Nest in Nether Westcote (I feel so charming just saying these names!) - the photos speak for themselves. If you're in search of a Nancy Meyers movie set in England, you'll find it here. Mismatched pillows, roaring fires, cozy puddings, and cold beer - along with panoramic Cotswolds views - well, The Feathered Nest is just about the perfect place. You can also stay for the night, which I haven't done yet - but I will!


If you're lucky, you might come across the butts of a man and his horse...which reminds me, in my next life, I want to be on the English riding circuit.

2012 to 2013: Oh, The Places You'll Go!

Oh, The Places You'll Go! There's no better book for a graduation gift than this Dr. Seuss classic. I've cherished my three copies for years and love reading it at the end of each year. And oh, what a year this was! Here's to more adventure in 2013 - Happy New Year!

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...”

“You're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So... get on your way!”

San FranciscoPenzance, Cornwall, EnglandIsles of Scilly, EnglandLondonCoworth Park, EnglandChewton Glen, Hampshire, EnglandBath, EnglandStratford, EnglandThe Cotswolds, EnglandHighclere Castle aka Downton AbbeyColonial WilliamsburgFlorence, ItalyVenice, Italy Ravello, Amalfi Coast, ItalyScottsdale, Arizona (hometown!)Kiawah, South CarolinaMiddleton Place - Charleston, South CarolinaNevis, Caribbean

Gold Coast, AustraliaO'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, AustraliaHamptonsLake George, Adirondacks, New YorkThimble Islands, ConnecticutNewport, Rhode IslandMission Hill, British Columbia, CanadaLas VegasLos Angeles (twice!)Cusco, PeruMachu PicchuSacred Valley, PeruBarcelonaZurichHudson Valley, New YorkBudapest, HungaryVienna, AustriaPrague, Czech Republic

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