First Trip

July 30, 2010

The results of the first roll of film through my new(old) Olympus Trip 35 are much, much better than I expected. I was convinced, or rather convinced by someone else, that it didn’t work etc etc. Luckily the whole film turned out great.

Cameras*

July 24, 2010

A recently acquired Olympus Trip 35, my grandmother’s old Houghton Butcher May Fair box camera and two metal storage boxes used by my parents to store photos for as long as I can remember, now used by me for spare lenses and film.

*Inspired by Nadiah’s camera picture.

to be adored

July 22, 2010

When I first saw the nude version of this t.b.a. dress on Rhiannon’s blog a few months ago I immediately coveted it. When I found out it was also available in my favourite colour navy I had to have it. A little out of my usual price range, I finally threw caution to the wind a couple of weeks ago and clicked it into my basket. It’s perfect. There’s not much else I can say, except hurray for t.b.a and watch out for the A/W collection, it’s dreamy!

Pemberley

July 6, 2010

On the last day of June we went to Chatsworth House in deepest, darkest Derbyshire, to enjoy the unusually hot weather and visit the exhibition celebrating the 90th year of former Duchess of Devonshire, Deborah Mitford. It was a beautiful day. We toured the house and exhibitions, ate delicious cupcakes and ice cream, made friends with animals in the farm yard, played dress-up and walked the grounds imaging Mr Darcy sweeping past on his horse, tilting his hat in our appreciative direction.

Saturday As Usual

June 19, 2010

A cold, breezy June Saturday when the sun rarely cracks the cement clouds and the rain cries down the window pane in mourning for the loss of another warmly anticipated English summer. Between four walls with The Cure and David Bowie is where I hide, sleeping peacefully and occasionally wiping the hair from my eyes while revisiting another cold cup of tea.

Summer

June 18, 2010

One of my favourite things to do as summer blooms is disappear into the fields with my faithful friend to see what wonderful flora and fauna we can find. On a warm and breezy June evening there’s nothing more beautiful. Whether it be feathers or fur, leaves or petals, we touch, photograph, taste and smell, taking home these natural souvenirs to marvel and collate.

Night Terrors

May 29, 2010

At a sleep doctors birthday I’d be the girl jumping out of the cake.

Little Dorrit

May 2, 2010

My great uncle George was the maddest of old hatters. Bright white hair, waist coat and pocket watch, bible in hand. When he died I inherited his complete set of Charles Dickens novels, published at the beginning of the last century. I’d admired them since childhood, when they lived proudly on a book shelf by the fireplace in the fancy-special-occasion dining room at my great aunt and uncle’s large country house. Little Dorrit is my favourite, but it’s the old musty book smell I like the most. The chair is one of two inherited from George’s wife, Bertha.

Wednesday

May 1, 2010

I’m in love with stripes this year and so this dress from Topshop was a must-buy. It has horizontal stripes up top and vertical on the skirt (sadly not pictured). I’m also loving my newly smooth, soft and beautifully fragrant hair, all thanks to Lush Rehab shampoo and Retread conditioner. Both are a little expensive but I can’t recommend them enough.

Here’s Luck

May 1, 2010

This is my favourite entry from a notebook that belonged to my great aunt Cissy in 1931/32. Most of the entries are rhymes, quotes and good luck wishes for her forthcoming wedding written by friends and family. This notebook is probably my most precious posession.

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