Week Forty-eight: Giving Thanks

It’s Thanksgiving Eve, and I’m sure many of you are in the throes of house cleaning and menu planning (or the alternate: packing and traveling) at the moment. Completely understandable. Tomorrow, though, I hope you find a quiet moment to say thanks to those who have helped you over the past year. Even though I may not be sitting down to a turkey dinner tomorrow (at the time of writing, our plans are up in the air) I know my successes over the past four and a half months are due mostly to the help of others. I’ve been lucky enough to meet some amazingly kind people, both in the UK and the US, and I’d like to take this moment to thank them.**

So, here goes:

Bridie: thank you for being one of the first to welcome me to London, for chairs (so important!), for coffee, for Paris. xx (and thanks to Ben, too!) // Sarah: your home decor + all-things-UK advice has been invaluable, but I’m even happier that we’ve become friends. // Christine: for knowing exactly who-what-wear (yes, I meant “wear”) I need to see // Rita: for 11th-hour picture hanging + problem solving extraordinaire // Neal: for a Twitter feed that never fails to turn my day around //  Katy: for always remembering to check in + see how things are going // Jo: for enduring awful London traffic to be my plus-one for a shop party //  Peggy/Amy/Chelsea/Sally/Allison/ Chelsea/Rori/Maybelle/Cindy/Liz/Jennifer/Jenny: thanks for your love, emails, texts and cheers from the US. you have quelled many an unsettled moment + continue to support me as I explore life as an expat.

And finally, a big Heart of the Home thank you to artist Susan Branch. I’m a huge fan of Susan’s charming illustrations and stories, shared at her blog and in her many books. I’m also a huge fan of Susan the personA Fine Romance, her latest book, tells of Susan’s love of England in travel diary form so convincingly (and is illustrated so delightfully) that whenever I need a pick-me-up concerning my own (mis)adventures, all I have to do is pull the book off the shelf and read a page or two (preferably while drinking a “Peah Cidah”) and all is better in my world. If you have even the slightest interest in England, you need this book. (It makes a great gift, too, but don’t wait, because it keeps selling out!)

** I realize this exercise is fraught with the potential for disaster: akin to the Oscar winner who forgets to thank his wife. Please know: even if your name is not on this list, if we’ve connected in the past 12 months I’m thankful for it, and thinking of you over this holiday.

image credits: book cover from amazon.com; excerpts from vineyardstories.com (publisher’s site)


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  1. November 27, 2013 / Permalink

    Looks like the perfect read for a cozy Thanksgiving!!! :)

  2. November 27, 2013 / Permalink

    Happy Thanksgiving dear girl, so far away. Roast a chicken and stuff it with something that has lots of sage in it…it will bring the right smells to your home and make you grateful for being far away in magical country for the Holidays. Just this year. Then you have to come back. xoxo Thank you for kindest comments, I am honored.

  3. Jackie
    November 27, 2013 / Permalink

    Wishing you a happy thanksgiving from the cold Midwest. Thank you for the reminder to be grateful. I appreciate the heart that you bring to all your online endeavors.

  4. Carrie
    November 27, 2013 / Permalink

    Hi Jane,

    Saw you tweet on Susan Branch and wanted to let you now that St. Paul’s Cathedral is having a Thanksgiving Service tomorrow at 11 a.m. Sure to be some Americans there if you want Yankee fellowship.

    Happy Thanksgiving from a die-hard Anglophile who would trade places with you in a minute.


  5. November 27, 2013 / Permalink

    Perfect idea Carrie … wouldn’t it be fun if we could go with her!

  6. allison
    November 27, 2013 / Permalink

    happy thanksgiving with love from california! xo

  7. Sarah
    November 28, 2013 / Permalink

    I’m very thankful that we’ve become friends too.

  8. November 30, 2013 / Permalink

    So much to be thankful for!! Love your blog–thank you Susan Branch for tweeting it!
    I too am a huge fan of Susan’s and I LOVE my beautiful book, A Fine Romance. It makes me smile just thinking about it. xoxo