Monday, 14 July 2014

Mottisfont

"A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in-what more could he ask for? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars. ~ Victor Hugo

Mottisfont Rose garden... too beautiful for words! 

Photos by Craig
I am wearing: 1920's Kimono} Rivers & Roses 1910's Hat} Lorrel Mae Green Dress} Peacocks

Head on over to the shop for a floral/ botanical themed update and sending lots of Monday love your way.

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Monday, 23 June 2014

The Lady In The Tutti Frutti Hat



Some wanderlusting summer time inspriation to go along side my latest shop update. Their not quite the glittering Hollywood gems in these pictures but we can pretend can't we. 

Click on the image below to visit the shop and start shaking your maracas. 

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Monday, 16 June 2014

For what it's worth...


'For what it's worth: it's never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you're proud of, and if you find you're not, I hope you have the strength to start over again." 

F.Scott Fitzgerald. 


Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Furzey Gardens

We visited Furzey gardens and their fairy folk. 


Photos by Craig and myself

We went to see the famous colours of their Azalea season and got completely distracted searching for their Fairy doors, the ' Fairy ferry Company' (above) was my favourite (for obvious reasons), and we were super excited to find the fairy chapel, hidden inside an ('out of bounds') Azalea canopy... Sometimes it pays to be nosey. 



Furzey gardens are a registered charity who do amazing work helping people with Learning Disabilities to learn about the gardens and gain work experience. 
It really is such a special and enchanting place and needs lot's of support from visitors, so if you are planning on coming to the the New Forest make sure you add them into your visit. It's perfect for the little ones and the not so little ones (like us). 
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I am wearing: 
Edwardian Night Dress} Vintage fair ~1940's Hat} Beyond Retro
Vintage Boots } Lipped Love ~ Basket Bag} Car Boot


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Sunday, 1 June 2014

Perspective

 Sometimes all it takes is a journey... hand in hand with your special people, with tears in your eyes, sand on your feet and lots and lots of love in your hearts. 
 

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Bliss! My words can't come close to summing up just how special and magical your day was, i'll leave that to the memory of your beaming, happy faces. 

So much love! 


Thursday, 1 May 2014

Dimbola


' For i'm to be the Queen of the May Mother, i'm to be Queen of the May'

Happy May Day and Beltane blessing to you all! 

This little lady is one of my favourite of all the May Queens taken by Julia Margaret Cameron, a lady who has given me so much inspiration and one of the most famous photographers and inspring female pioneers of her time. 

This also very nicely ties in with the second istallment of my new blog feature...let me introduce you to 'The Isle Of Wight's best kept secret' and Julias beautiful home, the majestic 'Dimbola'. 

We spend our days looking out over at the Isle Of Wight from the other side of the water. Those beautiful chalky White cliffs of hers and the mysterious Three 'Needle' points with their handsome lighthouse leading seafarers to safety.

So when Red Funnel very kindly offered to take us over the seas for the day we couldn't wait to get exploring her roads and towns (all Nine of them). 

We went out of season so the obvious places to visit like Osborne House & the many beautiful National Trust sites on the Island were closed and off the agenda. Lucky for us, as if they had been we would never have stumbled upon the magical hisory of Freshwater and would never have found Dimbola. 
I'm sure I don't need to fill you in on just what a wonderful woman Julia was, but I didn't quite realise what an affect her creative vision had on so many lives (that'sEllen Terry above). The museum guide that showed us around told us many wild stories about her ability to play cupid, her persuasive talents, getting all her bohemian friends down from London and the crazy parties she hosted. I would highly reccomend talking to the voluenteers if you visit, there is just so much that Wikipedia can not tell you! 
Saved in the 1970's from demolition Dimbola became a project and useful exhibition space for celebrities such as David Bailey, Charlton & Lydia Heston, Patrick Lichfield and Lord Snowdon. All generously donating to keep Dimbola open and to celebrate Julias life and work, thus creating the Julia Margaret Cameron Trust. 

Linda McCartney was another key advocate in saving Dimbola's future. It is said that she donated to the trust under the strict instructions that the Café must always stay vegetarian. Much to my delight! I think they have sneakly slipped some fish onto the menu (shame on you) but that's as far as it goes.

Not only vegetarian but also aptly named and themed ' The Mad Hatters Tea Room' because of Dimbola's wonderful connections with Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddle.

I never want these posts to be a replacement for you all actually going to visit the places I feature, so I hope I have included enough pictures to give you a reason to go, but not enough to ruin it for you... and for those far far away, maybe enough to dream of visiting one day? 

Nothing could ever replace the excitement for me of actually being in Freshwater, seeing the beautiful architecture and being physically in a place so well loved by the Fresh Water Circle and all their visitors (Charles Darwin, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Sir John Everett Millais and William Holman Hunt to name a few). So what I am really trying to say is go, go, go! 

The Isle Of Wight is only a short train and ferry journey from London and a stunning holiday destination for anyone further afield. We are already planning a overnight get away as there is just so much to see in such a small place. 


I would like to say such a big thank you to Red Funnel for sending us over to the Island, we absolutely loved it and our journey with you was a delight!  

If you would like to learn more about Dimbola please go and visit their website here

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