My new book “Midlife Solo” will be published by Mosaic Press later this year. Stay tuned!

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Kew and Richmond

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 There’ll always be an England.

BK among the sublime Kew Gardens magnolias …

… which were everywhere. And as you can see, you can walk on the grass. I was surprised, thinking the famous Kew Gardens would be formal English gardens – but it’s a magnificent park full of wild green places. Very full, yesterday, of very happy children.

A meticulous drawing of a Kew oak tree by Masumi Yamanaka, who draws trees. There was a roomful of her work in the art gallery inside Kew Gardens. Some of the trees at Kew were planted in the 1700’s.

 They asked for nature memories: “My first nature memory is …” and people have written about planting bulbs with their grandmother or climbing trees. Beautiful.

 A cedar.

 My friend Penny in front of a cedar. We both got lots of our Vitamin G for green yesterday. A wonderful day. From Kew we walked back to Richmond.

 Beautiful downtown Richmond nearby, where we went to meet our hostess, Lizzie, for dinner and a play. This is the common – people playing soccer, having picnics, just sitting. We walked down to the river where there’s another small palace, the one where Elizabeth 1 died. She was happy in Richmond. I can see why.

Another hideous pub.



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About Beth

I began keeping a journal at the age of nine. Nearly fifty years later, I started this online journal, sharing reflections, reviews, updates, and the occasional secret.

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