AN ENGLISH ROSE IN GEORGIA – TIME FOR THE WINTER CALENDAR

09
Nov
Winter is not my favorite season.  This goes back to when I lived in London, where the long dark nights begin as early as 4pm in December.  These long nights were usually compounded by a damp cold wind which you can feel into your bones.  However, now that my life is in beautiful Coastal Georgia, I have grown to enjoy the onset of winter more.  I have narrowed my reasons down to these:
  • November means the end of the hurricane season (which is a relief after Matthew and Irma less than 12 months apart).
  • It can still reach...

AN ENGLISH ROSE IN GEORGIA – THE AMERICAN COUNTRY CLUB

26
Oct
Following my recent column about traditional British ‘members only’ clubs, I was inspired to find out more and discover how this tradition crossed the Atlantic and developed into the American country club.  As is so often the case, the USA develops its institutions from a blend of cultural influences, which when put together become uniquely American. My first exposure to a US country club was in the suburbs of Cincinnati Ohio, which is where my husband was born and raised.  The sheer size, space and sports facilities including golf, tennis and swimming really impressed me.  It seemed to me...

AN ENGLISH ROSE IN GEORGIA – THE TRADITIONS OF BRITISH CLUB MEMBERSHIP

12
Oct
The month of September is known as ‘birthday month’ in my family as we have three significant birthdays which have each developed their own traditions. A “boys” activity for husband and his “birthday boy” son, a pool party of little girls for my eldest granddaughter, and an elegant night as a foursome at The Chatham Club in Savannah to celebrate my good friend and daughter-in-law’s big day – complete with champagne cocktails, of course. Our recent elegant dinner has made my mind turn to the traditions of club membership back in London, the home of the private club, and...