Decade Favorites

I cannot believe all that has been accomplished over the course of a decade, the amazing work done by our team leaves me speechless—–the magical fun of impromptu traveling —–testing recipes with ingredients from the garden—-or having a wonderful time lunching with the girls. 2019 is a year I will always remember, as we welcomed our newest member of the family……10 month old Elijah who is too adorable for words. Here are a few favorites from over the years.

Photographs of beaches that I refer to when the work week gets rough; Greece on the left and Baja on right.

Gardens from our travels in England that are used to inspire beds at Heath.
In the Borghese Gardens after arriving in Rome last year without luggage.

The newest member of our family; Elijah who is now 10 months old and doing his best to walk and talk.

The “Christian Dior” exhibit at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
I love these window boxes that are found in Charleston, SC, the flowers are always beautiful.


Enjoy the Roaring 20’s,

Kyoto Culture


In the Fushimi Ward of Kyoto City, one will find the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, which has a long history and is the best place to see torii gates. Torii gates are traditionally found at the entrance of or within a Shinto shrine, and symbolically marks the transition from the mundane to the sacred. The beautiful red color exemplifies vitality and protection against evil.

The history of this shrine can be traced to the year 711, and grew to importance in the Edo period during the 17th and 18th centuries, as a prospering economic nation. The Inari shrines became a place for Japanese merchants to communicate their prayers for successful businesses’ so; the Inari people donated funds for the construction of torii gates along the paths from the main shrine’s buildings to the top of Mount Inari.

Another symbol of the shrine are the numerous statues of foxes, which are regarded as the messengers of Inari, these statues often hold a key in their mouths. And, after hiking through forest to the top of the mountain, you are extremely aware of leaving the daily grind behind, allowing you to enjoy your natural surroundings.

Breathe deeply and enjoy,