How This Historic Home Became the Unexpected Source of My Quarantine Inspiration

Charleston, a large, remarkable house in East Sussex, England, is reached by a winding farm track, the surrounding fields full of cows. Beyond the parking lot it sits, walls covered in clematis, hollyhocks growing to one side: tall, gangly sprays of pink and white leaning against the gray stone. I have visited it twice now, both times when the garden was blooming. Each visit has felt unexpectedly invigorating, offering not just a temporary step back in time via a series of quietly preserved rooms, but also the pleasure of a place that so strongly reflects the predilections, creations, and inventive verve of its former inhabitants.

When the artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant first rented this space in 1916, it was a cold and rather ramshackle farmhouse with no electricity and an overgrown garden. What had initially been a rather ordinary home, described by Bell in a letter to the

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7 tips for making the most of the holiday while in quarantine

Who says the Easter bunny isn’t an essential service worker?

Though many celebrations have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, Easter, occurring this year on April 12, doesn’t have to be one of them.

According to lifestyle experts, there are plenty of ways to make Easter special while following protocol to slow the spread of COVID-19.

“This is going to be the Easter that (our children) remember for the rest of their lives,” said Audrey McClelland, a mother of five and former cast member of TLC’s parenting show “What She Said.” “We need to make this special, because this is going to be the one that they’re telling their grandchildren about someday.”

Here are tips from McClelland and others for getting into the Easter spirit, while adhering to coronavirus precautions.

Keep grandparents involved while keeping them safe

Grandparents and older family members face a higher risk of complications

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How Kate Middleton and Prince William Are Spending Quarantine

  • Kate Middleton is spending quarantine being super hands-on with her kids, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.
  • Kate has been decorating cakes and planting seeds to keep the kids entertained.

    How have you been spending your social isolation? I mostly hang out with my new Animal Crossing family, passive-aggressively FaceTime my friends at weird hours, and try to find the will to put on pants. But if you’re in need of some, uh, motivation, please look no further than Kate Middleton and Prince William.

    The couple is currently holed up in their country home, where they’re spending a ton of time with their kids; Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. “Kate bakes and decorates cakes with the kids [on] the weekend to keep them entertained,” a source tells Us Weekly. “The kitchen is always a complete mess by the end of it, but it’s all part

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