Just wanted to share my recent trip to Kew Gardens. Can’t believe I have never been before as its everything I love in one place. Very inspiring,very green,amazing structures,both natural and man made,and rusty metal and a spiral staircase!….always wanted one of those. Anyway I will let the photos speak for themselves……
It all began with my friend Jo asking me to look after her hairy boys while the family went on holiday. I have done this in previous summers and always enjoyed my time with the dogs, Humphrey,on the left and Bernie on the right. I called this time with them my Jane Austen week as I would take lovely walks in the countryside,do lots of reading and some sewing and generally be a lady of leisure for the week.
The countryside seemed at its best and I felt rested and inspired all at the same time. It made me realise that we don’t need to travel very far to feel renewed and all this is 5 miles from where I live! We just need to take time to just BE!
Gosh,the gorgeous weather has been a distraction,hasn’t it?lovely but not conducive to sitting at my sewing machine indoors. However I have managed to make a dress which I thought I would share with you. I fell in love with the print around the border of a tablecloth I found a few weeks ago in a local charity shop.the pattern I chose to use is from the 80s and I knew by careful placement of the pattern pieces I could use the print to good effect.
This is why I love London….
This is at the side of the Hayward Gallery/Festival Hall and brings a real splash of colour to the grey concrete( not my favourite buildings from the outside)
And then the National Theatre has put up a showcase of costumes you can hire with a fantastic wall print surrounding it. Love it.
I live in Essex…..there I said it out loud! Ever since the Essex girl jokes and that hideous tv programme,this county has gotten bad press. I wanted to share my little haven with you. It hasn’t changed since I was a child and its where I go to soothe my soul.
And as you get back for the train home this delightful garden greets you. It used to be the home of the man who operated the crossing gates and has been preserved and lovingly tended by volunteers. Just joyful!