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 July

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Thank you for…

1) Pretty places to hide from the freezing summer rain in the shadow of a castle. 2) Mixing work and pleasure and lots of peppermint tea. 3) Brilliantly unnecessary window displays and the sudden desire to own a hundred vintage Singers. 4) Gates that lead to the secret garden, I'm ninety percent sure. 5) Impressing myself with gourmet pizza, homemade down to the dough. 6) Paying a visit to Notting Hill for the first time in years. 7) Farm shop finds that even I can't kill. 8) A screening of Grand Budapest Hotel under the stars in Kew Gardens. 9) Parties and people that are too fancy for me, but fun for a night. 10) Post that brings bridesmaids dresses and a wedding countdown that dwindles each day. 11) New French toast recipes and occasions worthy of French toast. 12) Discovering great new neighborhoods with greater new friends. 13) Hand-squeezed limeade and enchiladas made with love  by a Texan. 14) £1 sunflower bouquets in need of a little love. 15) Praise in the Park. 16) Selfies with the Parthenon, nbd.

Love, Alex