Wednesday’s child is full of woe, Thursday’s child has far to go . . .

I’LL ANNOUNCE THE WINNER OF THE DRAWING ON THURSDAY!!! If you haven’t already, sign up by noon EST today so Vanna can find you!!! 


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279 Responses to THURSDAY’S CHILD . . .

  1. mary spring says:

    Dear Susan… this all reminds me of waiting for Christmas morning to finally arrive…somehow the anticipation was just as great !!…thanks for all you do…can”t ever thank you enough !!

  2. judi says:

    Ah, I’m a Tuesday’s child so that should be lucky:)

  3. Lisa says:

    Just can hardly wait to see who “Vanna” will choose!!! Excitement bubbling away;) You are just so-o-o-o much fun girlfriend!!

  4. Kim Tilton says:

    Hello Susan,
    Like most of your admirers, I feel like an old friend. Having started to purchase your cookbooks and calendars so many years ago and having connections to the Vineyard (my husband is 13th generation Vineyarder) I feel compelled to write a comment in hopes of securing ‘Peter Rabbit’. My Grandmother was born in Yorkshire and I had always hoped to return with her to tour her country but somehow life got in the way. She returned several times herself and now, thanks to your big suitcase, I feel I saw all that she would have wanted me to see. Thank you for a most enjoyable trip. I’m leaving for my summer vacation along the Maine coast and will surely have a Jane Austin book with me and maybe ‘Peter Rabbit’. Thank you for putting the ‘Brit’ back into my life.

    • sbranch says:

      Tilton, famous name in these parts! Say hello to him from the island! Yorkshire, and especially the dales, was beyond beautiful! Thank you Kim!

  5. susan says:

    My granddaughter was born yesterday Tuesday, July 17th….. One more girlfriend may be added to your list. 🙂 Now to dust off my books of Beatrix Potter ….she’ll love them , Have a great day

    • sbranch says:

      Oh, how wonderful, thank you for telling us!! Congratulations!! We have a new girlfriend!

  6. Jackie P says:

    WoW. What a great way to begin my day . . . listening to Carly Simon! Great voice, great lady (both of you). Thanks!

  7. Tracy Jones (Charlton, MA) says:

    Dear Susan,
    I have Carly Simon’s ‘Anticipation’ stuck in my head now. 🙂 Enjoy your day!

    xo Tracy

  8. Lorie Hartsig says:

    My 2013 calendar arrived yesterday. It is my annual Christmas gift to my sweet daughter-in-law.
    Now, on to the wait for the drawing….what “anticipation”!
    Happy Day to all the Girlfriends……

  9. Paulie says:

    Good Morning Susan!

    Well we survived some terrific and powerful storms here last night. Hopefully the rainbow will follow now, right? Time to pick up my book about Beatrix Potter’s life now. Have a super day Susan.

  10. Suzanne says:

    Very exciting Susan!, winning this book would be the most awesome thing ever but I have to say we win every day just having you there for us with all your wonderful trips, pictures, books, stories, recipes (I think we need a new recipe), its just a blessing to have you in our lives. Just to let you know I found the Emma mug (scattered rose) and it’s a lovely shade of pink and burgandy, its my new favorite! Happy day to you and Joe…..and GO VANNA!!!!!! -East Longmeadow, Ma

    • sbranch says:

      New recipe coming soon, I sort of want to do everything at once, but it’s just impossible, I have to take it one day at a time!

  11. lani says:

    With all this Peter excitement I had to watch Miss Potter again last night.
    She was one amazing woman.

  12. Pom Pom says:

    Choose me, Vanna. Choose me, Vanna. Choose me, Vanna.
    Isn’t it so heart-warming that so many people love Beatrix? That does my heart great good. Thank you, Susan!

  13. Sara Finally in Georgia!!! says:

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh I can’t wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will be up extra early tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  14. nna Ray says:

    We finally had rain, glorious rain, last night! Feel so lucky that maybe it will spill over and Vanna will pick me! Goosebumps (both in anticipation….now it’s stuck in my head, too)…..and because it’s almost cold here….78 degrees!! Good luck to girlfriends everywhere. As always, DonnaRay

  15. Georgie says:

    Sooooo EXCITED!!! Can you tell!!! The sun will come out TOMORROW!!!
    So ya gotta hang on Tïll tomorrow Come what may! Anticipation is bubbling up 😉 I am a Wednesday’s Child (not really full of woe…) But I so like the fact that Thursday’s child has FAR… FAR… FAR to go!!!

    We will all be tuning in EARLY to see just how far this cherished little book will travel 🙂

    And then… of course there is ANTICIPATION building for that special one-of-a-kind-hand-painted Travel Journal! I am definitely having thoughts of Christmas in July! These are the Good Old Days!!!

    in NJ

  16. Gert~Iowa says:

    Good Morning Susan… Oh..I am sitting ( in the air conditioning today) on the edge of my seat…awaiting Vanna’s spin tomorrow. What a great turn out…I think the number of comments was a record number wasn’t it? Doesn’t that just make you feel wonderful? To know you’ve reached out to soooo many people!! Amazing!

    I hope you’re in for a wonderful ‘cool’ day! Ours is to be a scorcher once again…Tom will be down watering early this morning!

    Bye for now and sweet blessings,

  17. mary lou says:

    ..a..hem…. tomorrow is my birthday , said in a verrry small voice 🙂

  18. Martha Ellen says:

    Susan I must tell you about my son and anticipation. He’s all grown up now,but loved Christmas so much, that when he was a child he would be so wound up over the excitement and contemplation of Santa and all that magical time of year entails, one year JUMPED over the coffee table in the living room! It’s so much fun being around someone who loves something so much they have to jump over the coffee table! I feel I need to do that now! Can’t wait until tomorrow! xoxo ♥

  19. Mary Cunningham says:

    OOOOOOO, I’m about to burst with excitement….I hope my name is picked!!!!!!!!! I simply must have that darling book in my possession.a once in a lifetime gift! Have a sweet day Susan!

  20. Gloria says:

    I thought I had left a comment on your blog, but I have not been able to find it. So, I will send you another one and thank you again for my lovely arm chair trip to England. I hope your summer will be full of joy. I thank you for the joy you give me while reading your blog.

  21. Mary Bowes-Andrews says:

    Good Summer’s morning to you Susan,
    You must be trying to beat the heat this morning. More pictures please of English gardens and twisted roads. Thanks.

  22. Trish K says:

    I’m Wednesday’s child! I’ve had morning coffee, I don’t feel particularly woeful!

  23. Debbie Andeson says:

    Can’t wait till tomorrow…and when your next book comes out!
    Have a wonderful day.

  24. Betty Marie (Pennsylvania) says:

    Good Morning Susan,
    Only you could come up with Carly Simon’s, “Anticipation”…
    Do you know you jump start our batteries every morning with your slections for the day? *Thank You* This is not another entery.

  25. Great way to start my morning. Love, love Carly Simon. I will be singing it all day 🙂

  26. Gin in New Hampshire says:

    Now, you’ve got me craving ketchup!

  27. Marie (Long Beach, CA) says:

    Good Morning Susan!

    Nothing like those little butterflies in the tummy to know you’re feeling anticipation! It makes life a bit sweeter when you have something exciting to look forward to. 🙂 Can’t wait for Thursday!

    ♥♥♥ Marie

  28. Anne says:

    Susan, My four year old just got interested in the Beatrix Potter stories, although they are a bit over her head. She would love to have that little book on her shelf (maybe when she’s 8!) And, when she’s even older she will love that it was presented by you!
    I enjoyed your trip so much and I know you are working hard on the book while the memories are fresh. What a great joy it will be when your own book is out!
    (Bradford, PA)

    • sbranch says:

      Yes I am, but I also wrote everyday, while I was there, everything, so it would be just as I was seeing it! Good luck for your daughter! xo

  29. Carol Latimer says:


    Your blog is heavenly! I could spend hours reading it and taking in all the charm and joy you find in everything you do! My dream now is a trip to England to visit all the places you’ve been. Maybe someday! In the meantime, I’ve traveled right along with you (and Joe) and loved every minute of it!!! Thank you for sharing your many gifts with your arm-chair girlfriends!

  30. Karen D says:

    Soooo many girlfriends… only one book. I feel like one of the cats in Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag. ;0P

  31. Glenda says:

    You are so adorable! And fun!!!!!!!:)

  32. Mary says:

    I LOVE anticipation – yours & Carly’s! I have been a huge Potter fan my entire life! I’m lucky enough to own some vintage Tales of Peter Rabbit books! Actually, I just really love bunnies (& animals) in general! Some of my favorite decorations are my Dedham Pottery bunnyware! in fact, on our wedding rehearsal cake my husband surprised me with Royal Doulton bride & groom bunnies!

    Thank you for the contest and have a wonderful day!

    • sbranch says:

      Isn’t he a wonderful husband, you knew then, if not before, you were in the perfect place!!!

  33. Barb from Ohio says:

    Good morning Susan,
    Hot and dry here in Ohio this morning, need rain so bad, but so does much of the country. I had to find a nice break from the heat by checking out this post and putting in my two cents worth for the book drawing! Lots of excitement here with so many responding and wanting a chance to win. Like Donkey from Shrek, we all say “pick me” “pick me”! May the best and most deserving person win! Good luck to all and keep cool.

    • sbranch says:

      Ahhhh, there’s the rub. There are so very many “Best and Most Deserving” — so so many!!

  34. Linda... Gardnerville, Nevada says:

    Thursday -Thursday – Thursday!!! -Hurry up Thursday! =}

  35. Linda says:

    A breath of New England (my home) fresh air – the best kind!

  36. Linda says:

    You are a breath of New England (my home) frest air – – the best kind!

  37. Teresa G., Lafayette, CA. says:

    Hahaha…oh man, that’s my favorite movie line. Thanks, Susan. I loved your response to Trish K….”Nobody puts baby in a corner.” Made me laugh out loud. 🙂

  38. viv says:

    With all those entries, we can still hope. Thanks again for taking us along and for this great opportunity. Looking forward to your new book.

  39. Isabel says:

    Wow!! 648 comments in your previous blog. It is great to see all the “girlfriends” that feel the way that I do. I loved my armchair trip to England. It only makes me want to find a way to get there some day. Without wanting to rush time, I can’t wait to turn every month on your calendar to the next one so I can fully enjoy every day. Your talent to connect is amazing. Did you always know you would be so good at what you do? Thanks for all your art and beautiful thoughts.

  40. Joan Lesmeister says:

    Fun, fun, fun!!! The day starting with you, and Carly singing on your (& her’s, doesn’t she live there?) Island, “Anticipation”, so perfect! Thank you! xoxo

  41. Janine Bullerdick says:

    Thank you Susan for sharing your wonderful trip to England with us; the joy of a beautiful country! You inspire us; spoil those kittens- they are so cute & cuddly! I enjoy the stories about their daily antics.

  42. Angie(Tink!) says:

    I Am Twirling Into….A N T I C I P A T I O N, YUMEEEEE.♥ …. 🙂 Very Exciting Stuff Sweet Sue….I am a Saturday~Child! 🙂 Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Wishing All of Us Lots of “Good~Luck”…..(I Bet Vanna is All Rested & Tan….) 😉 Okie Dokie Then…The waiting is The Hardest Part! 🙂 Have a Dazzling Day & Tomorrow Will Be Here Before We Know It! Yay! Love & Lots of Pixie~Dust! xoxo Poof! 🙂 ♥

    • sbranch says:

      Me too, I’m Saturday too! I forget what that is! Vanna, I have to tell you, is ALWAYS tan! 🙂

      • Angie(Tink!) says:

        ¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`* We are Both “Saturday’s Child” 🙂 … I’ll have to Look That Up! 🙂 Yay! & “Vanna is Always Tan” So very True! Hugzzz Sweet Saturday’s Child! xoxo Poof! ,-) ¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*

        • Angie(Tink!) says:

          😉 xoxo ¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*.✫*¨*.¸¸.✶*¨`*

        • sbranch says:

          I found out Saturday’s child works hard for his living! We knew that didn’t we Angie!?

        • Christy says:

          Days of the Week Poem
          Monday’s child is fair of face
          Tuesday’s child is full of grace
          Wednesday’s child is full of woe (I was born on a Wednesday but full of woe doesn’t really fit, haha!)
          Thursday’s child has far to go
          Friday’s child is loving and giving (my first and second babies were each born on a Friday)
          Saturday’s child works hard for a living
          And the child that is born on the Sabbath day
          is bonny and blithe, and good and gay! (my youngest baby was born on a Sunday morning!)

      • Saturday’s child works hard for his/her living!

      • Janet says:

        Me three! I’m a Saturday too and I can certainly vouch that “works hard for her living” is true! But I’m so lucky – I love what I get to do!

  43. Maxine says:

    Thanks for sharing your trip to England….

  44. Judi D. says:

    Susan I too have collected the little Beatrix Potter books for quite some time. My daughter just came back from her honeymoon in Paris and brought me a little Peter Rabbit book written entirely in French! It is so cute. Have loved every minute of your blog. Looking forward to the winner of this grand book! 🙂

  45. Terri from Swansboro, NC says:

    Perfect song for a perfect moment… These are the good old days aren’t they? Loved the video, Carly looked SO young there (we all did back in 1987 didn’t we?) LOL!! Did you get a chance to see her then? How cool that would have been! How relaxing with the birds and docks and salt life in the background… I live in a coastal area and enjoy those very same views… been all around the world and I came back home by the water… not on it, but near it! LOL!!

  46. You are the BEST!!! I agree with Mary – your blog is just like Christmas in July!!!!!

  47. Cindy Bailey says:

    Please add me to the contest! I have collected Beatrix Potter all my life and for my daughter (now 19) and she is now collecting too!

  48. Sue says:

    Once more for luck! I wanted to tell you I made the White Bean Salad and the Corn Salsa this weekend – both were amazing and, for the most park, eaten directly, as a group, out of the bowl!!!

  49. Ann says:

    Oh no! I have two sons born on a Wednesday. Does anyone know the entire days of the week? I think Friday’s child is loving and giving and Saturday’s child has to work for a living.

    • sbranch says:

      Here it is, but remember it’s only a little nursery rhyme and Wednesday’s child can’t be true . . . try these on for size:
      looks good in snow, knows how to row, loves her beau, has no foe, loves to sew . . . 🙂

      Mondays child is fair of face,
      Tuesdays child is full of grace,
      Wednesdays child is full of woe,
      Thursdays child has far to go,
      Fridays child is loving and giving,
      Saturdays child works hard for his living,
      And the child that is born on the Sabbath day
      Is bonny and blithe and good and gay.

  50. Maria R. Wexler says:

    I am a big fan of rabbits and I remember when I was young my mother would read me this story. It is a wonderful tale and a good teaching for children of all ages. Have a wonderful day.

  51. Carol Bartlow says:

    So enjoyed traveling to England with you…and so uniquely, by ship. Fun! Maybe someday……… Thanks so much for sharing, I love the way you do it. Carol

  52. Sandy says:

    I love reading your blogs and look forward to your two new books.

  53. Susan L. says:

    Susan, Thanks to your book recommendations I have read 4 Jane Austin books in the past few months and LOVED them! I had tried them years ago and was not ready ,I guess , and now I am hooked. I enjoy your book and movie ideas and always have something to read or watch. Thank you for the inspriations!! 🙂

  54. Claire says:

    This drawing is the cherry on top!
    Thanks for taking us all along, it was an awesome trip.
    Can’t wait til your next book is out!

  55. Deb from Dixie says:

    Part of the fun is just thinking about the girlfriends in so many different countries, all over the planet… excited, full of anticipation! Wow….that is alot of happy energy you created Susan. All those hearts reflecting the goodness and inspiration in the heart of their homes. How cool is that?
    Fun, Fun, Fun ♥ ♥ ♥

  56. pat addison says:

    okay, the cats and i will be extra early tomorrow to see who won.

  57. Rebekah Lynch says:

    Would love this sweet book. Love your fun and happpy extra special giveaway! My granddaughters 3rd birthday is the 20th…. maybe that will be the ticket! Thanks Susan….

    • Lynn McMahon says:

      Happy Birthday to your granddaughter! It is mine too~ and my brother~ in~ law and I just found out from my sister today that my niece is being induced Friday! Happy Birthday to all the crabs !!

  58. Libby says:

    Hope I’m still in…SOOOOO excited! A little moment from “our” trip to England!

  59. Bev C. says:

    This is so exciting! I love the anticipation. You are truly so generous Susan!!! I love all the tweets! Makes my day happy!
    Love Bev:)

  60. Teresa in the OC says:

    Love, love, love your blog, and reading everyone’s comments. I’ve been a lurker for far too long! I think I may have missed the noon EDT deadline, but wanted you to know how much I enjoyed the trip with you (and everyone else). Lovely…..

  61. Marye Downs says:

    I would love to win… but I feel like I’m a winner already just being able to follow you on your trip. Every day I enjoyed seeing the “Mother Country”. Since your blog, I definitely want to put England on my bucket list. So many wonderful places and you helped me escape from my eldercare responsibilities (alzheimer’s for my mother in law) for a moment each day. That was a gift!
    Thanks! I think I’ll go have a cup of tea!

  62. Toni from North Carolina says:

    Hope Im not too late to enter the contest. Just got back on here after being sick for a while. It would be neat to have a piece of England seeings how I will never be able to get there…..Oh Well. Maybe in My next Life…LOL Thanks Susan for sharing 🙂

  63. Rae Ann from northern Michigan... says:

    Waiting for Vanna and waiting for rain :-)…at least it is a bit cooler here in northern Michigan…if you just sit and read a book!!!…trying to do much more and the humidity gets you…hope you are comfy in your little corner of the world…

  64. Carilyn Wolski says:

    Hello Susan! So glad to hear the winner will be chosen Thursday. Better health today and can enjoy your blog …… favorite “happy place” to be!!! Just might cozy-up near the window to enjoy the summer rain showers as I embroider my daughter’s initials on hot pink towels for her dorm room. She is moving to college in less than 30 days 🙁 My little baby muffin is all grown up!!!

  65. Debbie in So,Ca. says:

    Anticipation, excitement, it really is just like Christmas in July. Just yesterday I was feeling like I needed a little Christmas, so I got out your Christmas book and drank in all of the stories and watercolored pictures. I especially love the one of the Mother’s Grandmother, and kids cutting carrots, cutting potatoes… I actually closed my eyes and prayed that one day I would live this moment! Following you Susan, I have found that… dreams really can come true! Much Love going out to all of you Sister’s.

  66. Leah Brooks says:

    I swear I posted the other day but now I’m not seeing it. I just have to post again to make sure I’m in the running for the Potter book! 🙂

  67. Karen Saunders says:

    I know this is off the ‘beaten path’ but I was just wondering, was Jack all grown up when you got back?? Or does he still look like a kitty? (I’m sure he still acts like one!) He’s so funny he makes me just laugh when I see a picture of him with his little mustache and all….

    • sbranch says:

      He still looks like a kitty, I was SO HAPPY, I was afraid I would miss something, but I don’t really think I did. I’ve been painting him into the Diary all morning!

  68. Debby Gibbs says:

    I just looked up what day I was born on—Tuesday and full of grace. Well, maybe a little????
    Have a wonderful day, and can’t wait until tomorrow—Potterday!

  69. Vickie from California says:

    I posted earlier but don’t see my post, so I will try again because I so hope to win! If I would be so fortunate to be picked, I would put the book with my other Beatrix Potter books and figurines that I put out every Easter. Yes, the anticipation is great!

  70. marty Kunkis says:

    Oh Dear! I thought that I could make the singular statement that not only am I “Thursday’s Child”, but tomorrow is my Birthday! Reading thorugh most of the posts, I seem to share my fate with at least Mary Lou, so cannot try to unduly influence Vanna for a Birthday gift. 🙁

    I cannot believe the excitement and good feelings your “surprise ” has given us all.
    I am an attorney in NYC and 12 hour days are the norm in our firm. Your blog and all the lives that you bring together is one of the highlights of starting my day. You always inspire me to try in the time that I have to bring civility and comfort in to my life and the lives of those around me. This lovely little book is tangible, but you are the “gift ” to everyone who enjoys your art and writing.
    Tomorrow will be a win-win for everyone.

    • sbranch says:

      You’re a doll Marty, I hope you’re staying cool in the city!

    • Lynn McMahon says:

      Happy Birthday!

      • marty Kunkis says:

        Thank you, Lynn. That was such a nice thing to do. I hope that your day is filled with all good things -and maybe the grand prize of that sweet little book! Marty

    • judi says:

      Happy Birthday Marty. May your day be FULL of fun surprises! Today is my son-in-law’s birthday too…..his name is JOE – another nice guy.

  71. Cindy Tuning says:

    That really ups the ante that this is THE last book available! My wish is that the person who wins it is a long time, hard core Beatrix fan who is in desperate need of a pick me up because this would truely be a serious pick me up for someone. It’s a good thing your picker is random because lots of people would fit that bill. What a treasure!! As are YOU!!

  72. Maura Berry says:

    Peter Rabbit was one of the first books I read to my older son as a toddler. He’s 8 now and can read them on his own. I am so happy that my love of books seems to have been passed on to him and I would love to share this special edition with him. Thanks so much!

  73. I was born on a Thursday so I hope that fact brings me luck, Susan…tee hee!

    You are the best!

  74. sherry says:

    Susan, I don’t have anything really clever to write to get your attention to draw my name…and that random helper of yours can’t read anyway! But, it would make my heart sing if my name is announced as the winner of the Peter Rabbit book. My mom lived with a Peter Rabbit mural painted on one wall in her house for 20 years. We all received pillowcases with Peter and his friends painted on them. And, she still has hand towels with Peter Rabbit on them…please don’t use them!!!! I think it would just be fitting to tuck Peter into her bookshelf and watch her face light up when she discovers it.
    Thanks for putting such pretties in my e-mail box ~ I love taking adventures with you.

    Sherry B.

  75. linda says:

    I have never posted on a blog before so here goes… I ♥ Susan Branch!

  76. Judy says:

    I have enjoyed your blog so much. Have children and grandchildren visiting from Japan and Germany. The heat is wicked in Maine right now and would enjoy a treat. Imagine, it’s so cold and chilly in Berlin, Germany, they are looking forward to this heat!!!

  77. Cynthia Christensen says:

    I am Monday’s Child…July 29, l946. Many moons ago. Have loved your joy during your trip to England. Thank you for sharing. Can’t wait for myyyyyy littttle boook..♥♥♥ Please send right away! Thx……LOL

  78. Laura Benthien says:

    Please oh please oh please oh please PLEASE let me be e winner! I never win anything and what a prize this little book would be! Laura Benthien 🙂

  79. Maureen Trostel says:

    Hi Susan, I know your email said to sign up by noon today but since I did not get your email since 2:02 this afternoon I am hoping I would be included in the drawing.

  80. Betty Burton says:

    Thank you so much for taking us on your trip to England. I sent a link to several friends that have traveled in that area. One of my friends actually took that same “little boat” over. We all loved it!

  81. Susan Havey says:

    Dear Susan:

    Okay, I’m a Friday’s child – loving and giving. So I must say I am so loving your blog, the awesome travelogue from England, and your sunny disposition which fills our days with happiness and warm fuzzies. And since I am supposed to be giving – I give many wishes of good luck to all your “Potter Day” hopefuls so that one lucky person will rejoice in the gift of love from another loving person.

    Susan in Spokane WA

  82. Betty Burton says:

    PS I saw Jack’s little nose behind the screen door the other day.

  83. Kay says:

    Still haven’t got out of the baggage claims. It’s still good to re-read the posts from across the pond. It was
    such a lovely trip for all of us.

  84. Tamara C says:

    Such a bunny lover am I ……….!
    Delightful blog is this……….!
    Hopeful am I………..perhaps to be THE lucky one.

    Thank You for wonderful summer fun !
    And a special thank you for the blog – it brings JOY.

  85. Bell says:

    I love your blog! My husband and daughter and I went to England for her high school
    Graduation! We just loved it. I am in the Jane Austin society in my home town. so we went to
    Her Home and Got to see anything you talk a about in your blog. I think I was just like you
    And bought everything I could get in my suit case. One of the things I loved about the
    Trip was how it make the fairytales seem so real. I am a preschool teacher of twenty five
    Years and seeing a real castle was so wonderful. I have read the Peter rabbit story hundreds of times and to see where mrs potter wrote the story would be so wonderful. we did not
    Get to her home we choose to go to Charles Dickens home instead.
    Thanks so much for sharing!

  86. GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE!!!! Susan, I have been wanting to tell you my opinion on “snitching” 2 roses from Beatrix’s Garden….all Nature belongs to GOD including each and every one of our homes…..this Land is HIS Land…we are the stewards while on HIS Earth….that being said HE would not mind one little bit that on that particular day in that garden you wanted to take a little piece of HIS NATURE as a souvenir. Now, stop feeling like you did something wrong your heart was in the right place and it meant so much to you and will also for one lucky girlfriend. If my logic doesn’t help maybe this will, you also bought 2 Lavender Books and I’m sure other goodies so you more than paid for those two roses. I should of been a lawyer don’t you think?? Blessings

  87. Joyce in Portland, OR, USA says:

    Just want to THANK YOU!!! for taking us all on your trip to England. I had the best time and so did Petey!

  88. Kathy Phenix says:

    Boy the “girlfriends” are all so clever! How will Vanna ever choose?? Can’t wait for tomorrow!

  89. Erica Harner says:

    Hi Susan,

    My oldest daughter is moving out and spreading her wings. In her living room she has displayed the itty bitty collection of Beatrix Potter books her Daddy gave to her when she was born…21 years ago!!! And in true decorating fashion, she found some figurine bunnies from her Oma and set them around the books….so cute, seeing her decorate her first apartment…she gets it from me:):):)…..:) I thought you might find it sweet that she has kept her books all these years and still thinks they are the grandest:) Have a wonderful afternoon:) Erica:)

  90. Kathy says:

    Pick me! Pick me! I’m feeling lucky! More pictures of Jack and Kitty Girl please

  91. CarolK (NJ) says:

    I like the version I found somewhere in time. Wednesday’s child if FREE of woe. I prefer that version because I’m a Wednesday’s child born on what used to be called Armistice Day (now Veteran’s Day) November 11. Call me Scorpio. Now tell me because I don’t get it ~ What’s with Carly Simon and ketsup???? I’m dying to know……

  92. Chris S. says:

    Getting excited here…such anticipation!
    Thanks for the fun…

  93. jeanne hedin says:

    Such fun! The wonderful thing is that everyone will be delighted for the winner! 🙂

  94. barbzie says:

    There’s so much affection constantly bubbling up in this blog. It’s like a massive big ol’ group hug to girlfriendhood. I love being part of it, and love your sweet, creative, sassy spirit, Susan. Whoever gets this amazing gift: Congratulations!
    Love it all! Barbzie

  95. Helen says:

    Vanna ……. oh, Vanna ……. I’m right here ……..

  96. Jena says:

    Hey there! Cute…Like It….
    Hiding from the fire smoke and heat and dreaming of winter and cold while listening to The Snow Child….

  97. Kathleen Reynolds says:

    I must tell you that my Husband enjoyed reading about your trip ..almost (ALMOST) more than I…..Not sure we could ever do more than dream but we are starting to plan our trip for next Spring! ..I am a lucky girl!…he wants to see everything and go everywhere you went …Thank you for lighting the fire of desire!! ~Kathleen~

  98. Nancy says:

    Sunday’s child…..which are you Susan?

  99. Erin Spining says:

    Excuse me for being new to this blogging, posting comments, etc.
    My daughter, Molly, a journalism major, has introduced me and instructed me how to “post a comment” on a blog entry that I really like!
    Well, I must say, Woah! to your blog, twitter, web site, etc. I have always been a fan of your art- on calendars and books. I am drawn to the homey-ness and the cheerfulness. So to learn that I could “follow” you on your journey across the ocean, was an unbelievable pleasant surprise! Thank you for sharing your trip with me! I felt like I was there!

    • sbranch says:

      Great Erin! I wonder if that is the sweet Molly Maureen I followed on Twitter today? Either way, very happy to meet you!

  100. Sue Miller says:

    crossing my fingers!

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