It might seem unpatriotic to start off with an Australian blog today.
But America is a melting pot of cultures, so I don't feel the least bit guilty opening with Dust Jacket Attic. The banner says 'It's a little of me and a lot of what I love' - and what its authoress loves is beautiful things. A veritable feast for the eyes!
Nor do I feel at all "unpatriotic" pointing you to Somerset, England and Suzy's Vintage Attic. My earliest known ancestor was born in Somerset, but sailed away to Marblehead, Massachusetts a full 141 years before the thirteen colonies declared independence from the crown. Suzy, btw, was the aunt of Isabelle, whose trip to the Isle of Wight brings back many fond memories of my own visit there several years ago. On a clear day, you can see France from Carisbrooke Castle.
Not all the way to Provence, of course. Brit ex-pats Paolo and Wife (as she's known in their profile) do a fabulous job of showing us around that part of France in A Provence Diary and The Luberon in Provence.
Hop back across the Channel to England and Rose Tea Cottage, where Afternoon Tea is always served at half past four, but all manner of British tidbits are served up throughout the day.
Duchess of Tea has made this blog as enchanting as its banner. I'll definitely be trying the Duchess of Devonshire Egg & Cucumber Sandwich recipe. Scrumptious!
Benjamin Franklin's home in London is another must-see. The Founding Father lived there from 1757 to 1775, and the house that is only a few steps from Trafalgar Square has been painstakingly restored.
Enough with the Channel hopping and over to this side of the Pond for the story of how Robert Patterson stumped his friend Thomas Jefferson.
But it wouldn't be the 4th of July without red, white and blue, so without further ado I give you Frieda Babbley's Eye On Life.
Have a happy and safe 4th!