Tuesday, August 31, 2010


After one year, I am still thrilled with Sonata's new location in the Marketplace at Village Gardens. From the village green to my brick wall to the Scooters a few feet away, I love the space, my neighbors, and the the visionary development of the Marketplace. As another area building quickly takes shape, I am inspired by the commitment to the English Cotswolds style and architecture. From the stone used on the building to the flower baskets hanging from the lampposts, no detail has been missed. Even the street name where Sonata calls home is taken from a place halfway around the world. Hidcote Drive? Try Hidcote Manor in Gloucestershire, England. Take a short trip with me!

Hidcote is one of England's great gardens. It is made up of a series of garden rooms, each one with its own unique character and personality, yet staying true to the Arts and Crafts style. Designed by horticulturalist, Major Lawrence Johnston, this garden is in full swing from spring through autumn. With daily tours, evening events, and an open-air theatre, this garden takes full advantage of its sweeping views of the English Cotswolds. These photos inspire me to try to nurse my August heat-ridden lawn back to green lushness! Better yet, maybe an air-conditioned evening watching "The Secret Garden" is in order!

I have full-out visions of myself strolling through the gardens (of course, looking like Helena Bonham Carter in "Room with a View!" ). Wouldn't a picnic be fabulous! (ok, now I am channeling Gweneth Paltrow in "Emma!") Someone give me a slouchy hat, an English umbrella, and an unscheduled day! (Sigh....) In the meantime, I will stroll down Hidcote Dr. at Village Gardens and hop over to the village green. Picnic anyone?

Photos courtesy of National Trust.


  1. Dear Melissa, those are the most beautiful sights and something to wish and dream about. I love unusal gardens.We are moving to Bella Vista, Arkansas in the first of January. Pat is retiring from the BNSF railroad. My brother and his family are building a home in Bella Vista also. I sure will miss all my friends. I love your store and all the friendliness there. Hope to be in soon. Have a good day and thank you for your help. God Bless,Deb Double

  2. Dear Deb,
    Thank you so much for your note. I am sad that you are leaving the area but will look forward to staying in touch through the blog. Be sure to stop into Sonata before you leave so I can give you my best wishes in person! -Missy