Dear February

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Thank you for…

(1)Another check off my Afternoon Tea Bucket List, this time with my favorite person in my favorite neighborhood. (2) Blooms that look like spring, even when the weather hasn't gotten the memo. (3)Too-cool-to-be-real coffee shops and free hot chocolate for no reason. (4) My first murder mystery dinner party and friends that look good in any decade. (5) Spotting a blue-doored hidden treasure while lost in South Kensingtson. (6) Hands that can do that to marble. (7)White-brick-walled heaven and the banana bread French toast I have thought about every day since eating it. (8) The most profound bit of wisdom I've heard in a while. (9) Hammocks and huts and havens in Thailand.

Love, Alex

Dear January

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Dear_January

Thank you for…

(1) A camera roll full of glowy (stereotypical but nonetheless stunning) sunsets that come a little later every day, Hallelujah! (2) Teeny yellow flowers that open up during the day and close tight when it's dark. And manage to thrive in England's most neglected garden...mine. (3) Day trips to Oxford, Land of the Bicycle. (4) Beautiful winter light shining through chilly window panes and chances to thoroughly confuse the office receptionist by taking photos of said light. (5) Long layovers and dear friends and excuses to hang out on the South Bank and views that never fail to give me butterflies. (6) The feeling of being a bona fide female after completing my very first Pinterest craft.  (7) A missedchance to cross the street because bubbly clouds are worth staring at for another light cycle.  (8) Multitasking during Monday morning meetings and dreams of summertime swims. (9) Living in a place that provides ample opportunity to stumble upon thousand-year-old churches during Sunday afternoon walks.

Now tell me, what gifts did you receive this month?

Love, Alex

Dear June

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Thank you for…

(1) Showing off for our out-of-town guests during a perfectly timed cable car ride over the Thames. (2) Introducing British friends to the wonders of the skillet cookie and the intricacies of the Southern drawl. (3) Hiding Union Jacks in the most charming places. (4) Yielding a rainbow-colored bounty of produce for the farm shop shelves. (5) Afternoon tea straight from a perfect pink dream and the cutest pal to share it with. (6) Accidental hikes and stumbled-upon views that make an old park new again. (7) Bringing the best company and the best scone together in Surrey once more. (8) Evensong beneath the breathtaking dome of St. Paul's. (9) First meals in new dishes sent from my very favorite brother who has always believed I could set my own table. (10) #BritsInEnos... again. (11) A good sunset that became a great sunset when a sea breeze, a sister friend, and a full moon were added in. (12) The best surprise of 2015. (13) Grecian rainstorms. (14) Sunbathing and people watching at Primrose Hill. (15) Homemade pizza crust and quality time. (16) The dreamiest evening with Taylor... and 65,000 of our closest friends.

Let's do it again next year!

Love, Alex