What better perfect day than to have my Mum arrive from London! For her visit we have cleaned, gardened and shopped to make our home a retreat for her American get-away. I’ve arranged flowers in beautiful, rich colors – fall-inspired orange and color-of-the-moment burgundy. And not just any flowers, but ‘mums’ – perfect for our British guest. I’ve also purchased her favorite tea (to be served hot with milk of course) and have fine china cups and saucers at the ready. It’s the little niceties that really make a guest feel welcome – especially one who appreciates a traditional approach.