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Flower Power: Chelsea in Bloom

This past weekend brought the closing days of the 2014 Chelsea Flower Show.

Ladies love an opportunity to throw on a flowery frock, get gussied up, and spend an afternoon gasping at astonishing feats of gardening.

So why not pop by to experience all the hullabaloo!

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It was so much fun wandering around through the stalls and vendor exhibits taking in all the cutesy fashions and accessories that people who garden would love!

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After a walk around the grounds getting smooshed and bumped in the massive throng of crowds, it was time for a relaxed afternoon tea in the pavilion.

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We had the best seats in the house – out on the sunny balcony of the pavilion, where we could nibble cakes and scones, watching the eager crowds below.

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After tea, we had a chance to chat with some of the Chelsea Pensioners who were on hand for the bell-ringing ceremony to close the show.

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These retired servicemen and women live in barracks on the grounds of the Royal Hospital and are recognizable by their distinctive scarlet coats. They are a jolly bunch, and always add a distinguished air to ceremonial events.

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A truly lovely time was had by all.

Hats off to the Chelsea Flower Show for putting on another incredible event!

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Henley Royal Regatta

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A heat wave hit England this weekend so it was perfect weather to enjoy the boat races at the Henley Royal Regatta. Every year since 1839, society descends upon the picturesque town of Henley-On-Thames to picnic along the river and watch the historic event. It’s also somewhat of an Anglo-American contest with many American universities competing – I proudly cheered on crews from Harvard, Columbia and University of Virginia.

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The Regatta Enclosure is a formal tented area along the riverfront where spectators can enjoy lunch or tea, traditionally accompanied by champagne or a glass of England’s favorite summertime drink Pimm’s. The atmosphere is very social and we settled back along the water chatting with new friends at our table.

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Outside of the enclosure, racegoers gather along the Thames to share in the spirit of the competition. Corporate hospitality tents, private rowing clubs, and pop-up outposts of London nightclubs Juju and Mahiki line the riverbank. I browsed in a few of the shops and stalls to escape the blazing sun – and managed to resist a few impulse buys, including this fun feathered topper.

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After a cloudless day by the water, I returned to London sun-kissed and happy. With Henley and Wimbledon finals taking place on the same weekend, there’s no beating England for summer sport at the moment.

London Wonderground

London is my playground. And there’s no better place to amuse my inner hyperactive wildchild than along the festive strip of Southbank. On the south bank of the Thames, you’ll find the London Eye, the National Theatre, and the über-trendy Southbank Centre – plus their pop-up sideshow fair London Wonderground. All summer, you can frolic inside the fairground supping a bracingly cool cup of Pimm’s with friends – and take in one of many ticketed side shows.

parI headed over this week – across Westminster Bridge and past the stately houses of Parliament – to sample the amusements. Limbo is part-circus, part-jam-session and part-cover-your-eyes-in-apprehension as an edgy series of spectacles play out onstage and above the audience. There were Cirque du Soleil acrobatics, pulse-thumping dance numbers, and one seriously bendy contortionist who was basically a human rubberband. Swept up in the excitement, I fell head over heels for a beatboxing French pole-dancer wearing heavy makeup  – never have I been a sucker for a carny in guyliner until tonight. Just one of many ways Limbo enthralled me!

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Southbank

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Pimm's - a British summer tradition

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Inside the big-top

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Ringside seats for all the action

Ringside seats for all the action

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The London Eye

The London Eye