Friday, 26 July 2013

Summer Lounging

My my, ain't it been nice of late? Although the HAWT spell has broken for a bit (phew) it has been tres bon in Blighty over the last few weeks. If it all vanished tomorrow, I could confidently say, to passers by upon the street, "we had a Summer. An actual Summer."

A couple of Sunday's back (pun unintended, but it still made me smile) El Beardo and I wandered off for some shade and a picnic in our usual spot. A bit too much French bread, soft cheese and ham later, we were sated and sleepy. In fact, the The Beard did fall asleep whilst I sat and started a new book: The Unlikey Pilgrimmage of Harold Fry.

This is quite a revelation for me. A book. Because, you see, I have been well and truely out of  "read mode" for quite some time. There has been a shocking lack of book or film reviews on this 'ere blog, something I am trying to remedy. I make you no promises.

And because we were just lounging about -  so much so I took a footstool with me -  I saw no real reason to faff with my hair. It was just too darn hot to be arsed. My poor locks were frazzled in the warmth, so I just let them do their own thing.

The Beard snoozed on, I got on with some fixing and I may or may not have eaten some more french bread. You know, just the squidgy bit in the middle. That I used to scoop out more soft cheese which I then lazily chewed.

Ahhh. Summer.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

What I Did Wear /// Poly-Frockery and Posies

Hello there good people! Enjoying all the sunshine we are having at the moment? Nice, init? I could get used to this "summer" malark.

Back in mid June, just before the weather turned proper warm, I acquired a nice new frock from a charity shop. In all it's polyester glory. I love me some poly-action. I know it is not every ones boat floater - but for me it is comfortable, easy to care for and usually comes in some lovely prints fresh from the 80's. Case in point, this floral thing. At first I was none too sure if I liked the purples in the print. But for such a bargain at £5, I could not very well leave it on the rail.

Dress  - charity shop / pullover - carboot / shoes - ebay /  belt - Primark /  bag -  carboot

It has a high buttoned neck line, but I shall be putting in a couple of stitches to hold the collar back and make a nice V instead. Because the day was sunny but a tad wind-some, I teamed it with another new thrifted find. Initially I grabbed this jumper at a car boot for 50p thinking it would suit El Beardo. But, when he put it on, it was clearly for a lady. Shame that. Because, you know, you can never have too many tank tops. Add on my trusty flat T-bars and I was off. Oh, how I love these eBay shoes. I constantly scour for some just like it, as they are getting a bit battered now. No luck so far. Sigh.

Now, you would have spied that rather spectacular posie I am sporting?

Well now. I would love to say that this is all my home-made handy work - but alas. Tis not to be so. Which, actually, is a good thing - because it means that, should you fancy it, you can buy your very own here. I saw these on 1940's for You blog and I commented on how lovely they were and whether or not they were for sale. A few days later I received an email from the maker, Lucy, telling me that indeed they were for sale and asking me if I would like to review a couple of posie's for the blog? Why yes, yes I would, thank-you-very-muchly-kindly-thanks.

Designed by Lucy and hand crafted from high quality felt, I love this little anemone brooch to death. And considering they are so very resonably priced at £5.00 (+ p&p), I feel I shall be going back for more. It is great on a dress, a jumper, a coat, a jacket and even a hat. I'd wager it would look beauts nestled into some curls and secured with some hair pins.

She also sent me this wondrous bunch which is fully poseable. I usually bend the stems upwards to make a large posie - but I have also worn this as is on a plain black dress to give it a bit of oopmf. Coming in at £8 (+p&p) it's a lovely statement piece that won't brake the bank and is made right here in Blighty.

There are plenty more to chose from in her Etsy shop, and she is open to custom colours and what not. She is also really rather nice. Someone you would want to sit down and have a cuppa with.

My kinda gal.

Ps) this outfit was worn before the heat hit the Island. I would not be wearing polyester now if you paid me. Phewwww-weeeee!

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Tree of Suffrage

Four days after this, another poignant date was upon me with the centenary of her passing.

I feel very fortunate the live where I do and am able to be so close to where history was made. The announcement that a tree would be planted at the hospital where she died sent me into a bit of a frenzy of how to mark it.

We decided to attend in Suffragette colours of white, green and purple with Votes for Women rosettes I found on eBay (by found I mean I contacted a very helpful seller of  dog show rosettes and asked if he could take out the photo of a St Bernard and replace it with some writing. He was very understanding and got them to me literally next day. What a star)

A short drive from LandGirl Heights is the Epsom Cottage Hospital. Built in 1887, it is still a busy part of the community. I was pleased to see a fair amount of people there, from all walks of life. Some had official duties to perform, some had a personal connection to the event and some were just passing by on a sunny Saturday morning and decided to stop and take part.

The tree has already been planted in on account of the clay and rocky ground. We were reliably informed that it had taken a good hour to dig the hole itself. So, all that was left to do was a listen to the speeches and watch the symbolic earth being patted down on the roots. 

And take in the whole thing. Having driven past the hospital on numerous occasions, I had never actually stepped foot on the grounds. I did not realise that there was a plaque in her honor. And on talking to people in the crowd, I discovered that there is to be a permanent memorial to this inspirational woman. When it is unveiled, you can be sure I shall be there.

After the crowds had dispersed, I headed to a Bourne Hall, a local museum, which is currently showing a free exhibition all about Emily, the Suffragettes and that fateful day. 

I saw so many original Suffragette artifacts, but was not allowed to take photographs. Sigh. Some of the items borrowed from other museums and from the personal collections of folk is really quite astounding. It really showed me how much propaganda material was produced to get the message across. From postcards, board games, plates and even cook books. If you are in the area -  or fancy a trip out of town - the exhibition is on until the 27th July 2013.

I wonder who might stand under the tree I saw planted in 100 years time and if we shall be any closer to the true equality the Suffragettes sought.


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