I love traveling, landscape gardening, choral singing, dancing, delectable foods of any cuisine, sparkling wine, and mysteries. I can't live without: natural fragrance - roses, lilies, true jasmines ...; Darjeeling tea; laughter; the smiling eyes of my Cavalier spaniels, Mia (on the pillow behind me), who has traveled with me in France and Greece) and her son, Freckles. In a year or two, I will move to the Dordogne, south western France. I plan to travel throughout the Middle East and Africa. Some of my favorite films are "Constant Gardener," "Out of Arica," and "To Kill a Mockingbird." I've read every Iris Murdoch novel and most of Anne Tyler's and always had fun introducing high school seniors to Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. Classical music is a staple; the blues are for kickin' back; 1960s/1970s rock is for dancing! As a host, I'm accessible yet unobtrusive, spending much of the day working in my gardens - which I enjoy sharing with guests!