Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Hoppy Easter!

I say hoppy because I feel like I spent the majority of my weekend hop, skip and jumping from one place to another over the Easter break. You didn't think it was a reference to bunnies or something did you? Chocolate ones? A lot of chocolate ones that shall be on my hips until at least autumn? There would have been pictures of them too -  had that lasted long enough.

Good Friday was spent in glorious sunshine visiting The Beard's family. I was unsure about wearing such a summery frock - but it was so warm, I thought I might as well. Had I applied more moisturising tan lotion stuff, my arms and legs might not have been so pasty -  but you live and learn. In the mean time, you put a cardigan on.

Dress via Etsy for a whopping £17 including p&p -  nice!

On Saturday we headed up to see my family - which meant spending a couple of hours in a smoking hot car. Which lead to heated words between me and The Beard about the air con in said car. Whilst the back of my knees began to sweat and my curls began to wilt I desperately wanted to push that little button that would bring some relief. Alas The Beard declared "it eats petrol" and so it remained off. Which put me in a massive grump.

 Which I took out on some meringue nests that I crushed up to make a massive bowl of Eton Mess. There was meant to be a lot more in this bowl - some of it may have gone the way of the aforementioned chocolate bunnies.My grump was quickly eased by cream, fruit and pulverised meringue.

I wish I could claim this marvelous Coffee & Walnut cake as my own -  but it was made by my Aunt.
And heartily nommed.

I had a lovely time with my family where there was some guitar playing via The Beard and my Uncle and some putting the world to rights with my Grandad. Oh and there was also a quick snap of my frock. Which as it was St Georges Day I decided to make into a slightly patriotic theme. I know it should have been just red & white  -  but that dress was in the wash. So good old red, white and blue had to do.

Dress & sandals via eBay for under £20 -  win! Wilted curls - lose!

Sunday was spent travelling a little further from my folks to attend a 1940's weekend at Crich Tramway Village Museum. The weather had cooled down a little, for which I was thankful. It was a perfect Spring day spent in the company of some of the best dressed folk I have ever seen. This was my humble offering and I have to confess that I was pretty self conscious all day -  namely on account of my new snood, which you can only just see. It is lovely and I had some rather nice compliments on it and the whole ensemble -  but I just felt a bit out of place. I'll wager it was me and not them. I was just having one of those days.

Another eBay frock for £6 -  yipeeeee!

That aside -  I had a wonderful day. The museum is pretty darn good, as was the ride on a 1929 tram.  For an old penny. You can ride up and down all day if you want too - but it was pretty busy, so we only did it the once.

Lovely old pennies to be swapped for a reusable ticket

I also got to meet the delectable Shona from Heyday Clothing. I think I babbled on a bit -  as usual when I meet people for the first time and I was decidedly distracted by her necklace. I must get me something similar -  pronto! She was incredibly lovely and chatty  -  just like her blog.

The actual museum (which we nearly missed) is in fact, fab. It has trams going all the way back to the 1880's and a wonderful 1930's one.

Which you can tramp up and down on -  and pose for pictures. Which I of course partook in.

And on account of the 1940's weekend there were also plenty of classic cars on display, which I applied the usual "hands on hips" pose to. I really must get a new stance.

Oooh it's green -  and it has a flag!

We left at about 4.30pm which means that we missed out on a sing-a-long and much more frivolity -  but it was a long drive back home. The next 1940's weekend is scheduled for 13th & 14th August if you are interested -  but there are lots of other weekend events coming up - including a 1950's and an Edwardian.


Before we headed off home, we visited a local WW1 and WW2 memorial tower dedicated to the Sherwood Foresters Regiment. The view from the top was amazing.

So -  all in all  -  it was a blummin' busy weekend! I hope all of yours were more relaxed with less driving and air con conflabs. And now I get to enjoy the rest of my "3 days for 11" off work. Well done those Windsors! 

Over and out!


  1. Loving the dresses, certainly a busy weekend for you! The 40s weekend looks like a lot of fun x

  2. love the yellow frock and that eton mess looks amazing! i think i would throw the mother of all strops if my other half wouldn't turn the air con on in this hot weather.... one must not become shiny.... haha

  3. Arent you hoppy little busy bunny?
    gorgeous dresses,want to steal them all.
    40's dress up,looks like loads of fun.

  4. You have some lovely dresses. Nice post.

  5. Looks like a great weekend & your dresses are lovely :) I'm making a snood but not happy with it, where did you get yours?

  6. You luverley....beautiful frocks.
    That's a proper way to spend a weekend. I love it there... haven't been on donkeys years.
    There's not my a bowl of Eton Mess can't put right!
    Enjoy the rest of your week off.xx

  7. Looks like you had a fab weekend - love the dresses :)

    Am fortunate that MrVV hates being hot so the air-con goes on :)

  8. my car doesn't even have air con... so no arguements there apart from window open , window shut! you look fab and it doesn't show that you got heated up! Museum looks fab, didn't you have a good weekend! Have a great week. x

  9. Hoppy indeed! I love your dresses, they suit you beautifully.xx.

  10. Sounds a lovely Easter. All your outfits look ace, too!

    I know what you mean about feeling paranoid when wearing a new item- usually it's just because it's 'new to me' I feel like that... you definitely look as lovely as usual and not a hair (or snood) out of place.

  11. Looks like a great weekend. I love, love, love that yellow dress, it really suits you too!

  12. Those dresses are fantastic (*has shopping envy*) and your hair looks amazing in the museum pics. It looks great even in the one where you say it's wilted.

  13. You look lovely in all your Summer dresses - great pic of you on the bus. And Eton Mess - I must make some immediately! Good call.

    Does your man also insist that you merely 'put on another jumper' when there's frost on the inside of your windows?

  14. BTW, I just gave tagged you in one of those blog award thingies. Not sure if it's your thing, so don't feel you have to do anything about it if you'd rather not x

  15. Wow!!
    Look at you!
    Your dresses are so divine!!

  16. I go to quite a few forties weekends- sometimes as a on looker and sometimes taking part displaying my collection, and I can honestly say I usually feel that people give me the funny look (never sure if it’s a nice funny look or not!). Anyhoo you have nothing to worry about as you look wonderful- to think we might have met if I wasn’t busy buying junk at a flea! Tups x

  17. Sounds like you had a great time, whilst looking amazing!!! X

  18. Wowee that yellow floral is fab! The Beard is right though, ac does eat petrol. In fact, you can see it going down as soon as you switch on. Looks like you had a fab time, lucky us having time off with sucholvely weather! x

  19. that looked like a great weekend, loving your floral dress!...a real bargain! Lizzie

  20. Oooooooh, I've missed it again! Darn it! I've been meaning to go to the Crich 40's weekend for ages, but I just never get around to it....usually it just manages to bypass my brain and I only find out afterwards, and with my man not so interested in going, its easy to pass without a visit yet again! Oh if only my man was more interested in such things that it didn't become a mission attempting to drag him!
    Love, love, love your amazing yellow dress! Good purchasing! It very much suits you missy. I love wearing yellow when the sun's out :)
    And you looked very glam in those photos of the 40's weekend, love the cute little snood! I must admit, I feel a little self conscious when I wear my snoods out too, especially to work in TOPMAN....I do wonder what people think- maybe that I'm a madwoman that's worn my hair net out?
    Righto, I simply must find someone to attend the august event with! xx

  21. Wow, love that first dress on you, really suits you. The other two are fab as well, great bargain finds x

  22. Love all your dresses- you look cracking in them!


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