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Friday afternoon I decided to take a last-minute trip up the coast. Every time I've driven it, I've  always had some place to be and up against time.

But not this trip.

Friday I spent time in Santa Barbara and Paso Robles.

Saturday I spent time in Steinbeck country (of Mice and Men is one of my favourite books) and finally drove the G16 across to Carmel before heading up for a quick stop to see of my friends who I would literally drive 8hrs for only to spend 2 hours with.

Today I got up super early and got a super big coffee so I could drive down highway 1, through Big Sur and hopefully beat the crowds.

Henry Miller is the author of some of my other favourite books so as I drove though Big Sur I thought of him and Steinbeck and how they wrote about what they knew, what they loved, and what they questioned. I've had this idea in my head for a new project and community that I know will resonate and mean something but just unsure how to begin.

So I made sure today to stop when I wanted to. Linger when I needed. Drive wherever for however long.

And, after all the times driving through Big Sur, I finally stopped at a beach. I spent two hours here practically alone and just was.

People say it but there is something magic about Big Sur and today was the first time I felt it. I felt the shift, the inspiration, the hunger. And I felt wet sand between my toes. 
I'm ready.

Amen
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Day trip to Petersham Nurseries

November 26, 2016
Petersham Nurseries, London England on Hygge House

Petersham Nurseries is one of those must visit magical places but seems to be a secret. I’ve taken someone who lived in Richmond, UK to it and didn’t know it was there. But if you live in the UK or find yourself in London, I highly recommend a half day trip out to the countryside to visit this charming nursery, shop and cafe.

The best way to get there is to take the train into Richmond, walk along the high street to the river, walk along the river to the bridge, then walk along the foot path until the Nursery. Peterhams web site has the details but it’s a very easy and beautiful 30min walk that will quiet your mind and put you in the right head space for a proper visit.

Petersham Nurseries on Hygge House

The walk path to Petershams Nursery

I made brunch reservations because the food (which is local + organic) is truly worth the trip out for. And after a cold walk through the countryside I was ready for a hearty meal. The chippy paint, natural dirt floors, and all the greenery inside the once used greenhouse creates the most charming setting. I’m a huge fan of bringing the outdoors in but Petershams takes it to a whole different level.

After brunch I visited the cafe which is in a little room outside and serves the usual – tea, coffee, desserts, light lunch food. You get it on a tray and then bring it to another greenhouse which has been converted into a cafe. Coffee on a cold day was a very welcomed thing. As were all the dogs. I took a little video which shows a little of the walk and the cafe.

The nursery carries both garden tools/plants but also home decor and goods, and I didn’t leave empty handed.

Petersham Nurseries on Hygge House

And if you live in America and feel like you’ve seen this before, it’s because one of the co-founders of Anthropologie visited a long time ago and tried to re-create it as Terrain outside of Philadelphia. There are a lot of similarities although sadly, a lot of the rustic is gone in Terrain (IE Dirt floor in the cafe) as is some of the charm. But they’re eerily similar.

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    HannahNo Gravatar
    September 12, 2017 at 11:04 AM

    This looks so charming! I don’t expect to be in London any time soon, but this looks like a great way to escape from the city. I’ll make sure to keep this in mind if I find myself over there again.

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