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Back To School, British Style

Welcome to September. The children have started school and us parents can breathe again, at least until the afternoon, when activities and homework fill the hours with hurry once more. Amidst the many emails from this year’s teachers and coaches, I still receive notices from the school our children attended in London several years ago. I could un-subscribe, but I secretly cherish this little ongoing window into life there! Today I indulged and opened the St. Barnabas & St. Philip's emails, checked the website, and read the upcoming events from our church in London...

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Dawn Landes: Getting to know the UK on Tour

Dawn Landes is a singer-songwriter based in Nashville, TN who plays “Americana” rock/folk/country and recently released her fifth album, Meet Me at the River, and an EP, My Tiny Twilight, inspired by becoming a mother. While she lives in the Country Music capital of the world, she recently returned from a European tour spanning three countries. I am lucky to call Dawn my sister-in-law, and on her most recent trip to the UK, she even went on a buying mission for Briton Home! Check out these amazing silver teaspoons- chosen with care by Dawn in Exeter during an outing between shows. When she got home, Dawn was generous to let me interview her about her experience in Britain, as she has gotten to know...

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Minding The Gap

“Mind the gap” is a classic British phrase. It is a polite reminder to pay attention, to notice the varying space between the train and the platform, which changes from station to station. Inspired by our travel experiences, we can “mind the gap” in everyday life. Briton Home hopes to encourage more noticing and appreciation of everyday moments by offering reminders of those travel experiences and sharing treasures for your home that encourage you to pause and appreciate the moment.

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A Walkable Life

We’re wrapping up the month of May, moving into June and a different routine. There’s been a heat wave across the Southeast US this month, and it already feels like summer. We have a few weeks left of school, and the calendar is full of end of the year banquets and celebrations, beginning of the season events at the pool, tryouts for next year’s activities. It’s hot out there, and while I’m grateful for air conditioning and a car to get us from place to place comfortably, I take note of the trade-offs. Spring, the season of noticing new life all around and pleasant weather that invites us to come outside to enjoy it seems to have come and gone....

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The Sunday Roast

The Sunday Roast is one of my favorite British traditions that is still alive and well.  This weekly celebration of abundance and community is the inspiration for the items I've chosen to start the Briton Home collection.   We discovered the Sunday Roast by accident.  A few weeks into living in London, we met another American expat at a pub for dinner.  We placed our orders, and when the meal arrived, we had plate envy.  I hadn't paid any attention when he  ordered the roast- but what arrived at the table was a heaping plate piled with roasted vegetables, crispy potatoes, tender meat, a sausage, AND a golden flaky pastry full of yummy looking gravy (the Yorkshire Pudding).  I assumed it...

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