hello monday {portsmouth, england}

Hello friends! I’ve been basically in bed or on the couch for the last week–with a cold and pink eye and snuggling a sick David, too. I haven’t taken my camera out–but luckily I have some pics from England to share. I’ll tell you about our time in Portsmouth and then tell you some hellos for the new week!

We decided last minute to stay at a hotel called The Legacy Botleigh Grange–about an hour from Portsmouth. The hotel was fabulous. Next time we go I want to stay there a couple nights. Steve and I read some ghost stories about the hotel before bed and then he couldn’t sleep. But thankfully, we had no encounters!

The grounds were so beautiful, the food was delicious, and our bathroom was massive. I loved the bathroom.

When we got into Portsmouth I ran into Fiona and Rebecca–who recognized me from my blog! I run into readers here and there but I can’t tell you how crazy it was to recognized in England. And so fun to meet them. Hi ladies!

Big big ships. And the seaside. So lovely.

Silly cousins. Love.

Spinnaker Tower marks the spot. And against the cloudy, was breathtaking.

I wish I’d bought that ‘Rule Britannia’ print. Isn’t it cute?

And a happy David. Always makes my heart sing {especially since he was fighting a cold while we were in Portsmouth}.

How about some hellos?

Hello feeling WELL! Good-bye pink eye. You will not be missed.

Hello thankful. I can’t believe Thanksgiving is here. I’m reflecting on my many blessings. My heart is full.

Hello clean house. Things got done this weekend. And that feels good.

Hello garage sale. I’m gathering up things and planning one.

Hello rain. It’s been wonderful to have some cooler, wet weather.

Hello sister. I’ll be getting some time with Chrissie this week. Much needed.

Hello blackberry wine cake. Yum!

Hello brand new week!


  1. I love that you ran into readers across the globe!

    I am saying hello to some serious torrential downpours, a sick husband, a little day of playing hookie tomorrow to get my to-do list done, and hello to my favorite holiday. Hello to a house-full….17!

    1. 17! That is a lot of family. Happy Thanksgiving Kelli! Make sure to take some time for yourself this week. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. It was such an unexpected thrill to run into you. We were so well represented with an American, a Canadian and a Brit! It was further meaningful that Fiona and I run into you, as it was a piece of your jewellery, 3 years ago, that crossed the ocean, to help celebrate the (very) long awaited arrival of her beautiful baby boy. Thank you for helping to make our reunion (it had been almost 6 long years!) so incredible! I had a terrific visit and am now happily preparing for the holidays back home in snowy Canada.

    1. It was so good to run into you too Rebecca! You and Fiona are great. I’m so happy that your trip was a good one! I hope you have a great great week. ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  3. I love your beautiful photos. Looks like a wonderful trip! Sorry you have been fighting the bugs. I’ve experimented with blogging and just recently started to pick it up again. I’m a rookie hello link. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve always enjoyed your blog, the sharing of your life and precious family, and the gorgeous jewelry! Just got one necklace from the gold collection and will be doing a little Christmas shopping very soon. Technical detail…what is the “x” at the end of my link (first hello)? Still learning!

    1. Thank you Kristen! I believe the “x” is like the “&” sign. It is the way the blog separates your email from your blog. Have a great Thanksgiving!

  4. Lisa I love how these photos keep coming!
    They are fab! I don’t even know you but it makes my heart so happy to see your children having so many laughs with cousins. I especially love the one of David with his toothless big smile. PRECIOUS!
    Thank you for sharing. Love your pics and this reminds me to get my Christmas deco order in. Your family loves your stuff!

    1. Thank you Sandra! Our trip to England and Scotland was full of amazing life long memories. ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad I could inspire you to take out your Christmas decorations! xx

  5. Your photos of England are so stunning. The massive bathroom sounds terrific!

    How cool is that to run into some of your readers. If I recognized one of the authors of the blogs I read, I would probably second-guess myself or be too shy to ask. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hope you all feel better and have a great Thanksgiving!

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