Friday, 29 May 2015

On the Needles

Currently on the needles are about four different cardigans. The first is a red cardigan, which is about two thirds done, then there's a lovely Tyrolean one with charted flowers.
Now there's a new one, another Tyrolean one. A Debbie Bliss pattern made up of twists and bobbles, it's mock cable so it's actually easier to knit than it looks.

Now that I am used to the pattern it is easier and i've learnt lots of new techniques. I am determined to finish this one! I'm knitting it in Women's Institute Double Knitting in a bright green. 

It has a very forties feel to it and obviously being Tyrolean is Austrian style too. Austria has a place in my heart, as I have practically grown up there over the years during our summer holidays, so it's the perfect cardigan for me! 

 I've nearly finished the back now. I always do the back of a cardigan first because it's the biggest part out of the way! Hopefully it won't take me too long and i'll soon be showing you pictures of the final garment.

Hayley Ann

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

A Quarter of Sherbet Lemons Please

Whilst visiting Lacock over the weekend, I stumbled across an old sweet shop which, according to local residents, has been closed for over thirty years. All the contents are still inside and the window display is the same as when the shop closed. 

The fittings were also all complete, I could just about see through the door to take some pictures of this fantastic shop but the quality isn't great. 

 None of it is a remake or set up to show artefacts, it is a real shop, complete with sweets in some of the jars! 

The village is quite a tourist site so I found it even more surprising that this shop was just left untouched, People were just walking past, it was so overlooked. I like that it hasn't been changed but maybe it should be preserved so that it is not lost forever. 

To find something like this was incredible, a time capsule to the past, it has been completely untouched.

Hayley Ann 

Sunday, 10 May 2015

VE day: 70 years on

Just a quick one today. On 8th May it was the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe day. A day to mark the end of the years of fighting in Europe. A day like no other for some. A day for new starts and the beginning of normality. There were celebrations all over the country and most felt very proud to be British. However for some, there was no change. They had lost loved ones. Some didn't know life without war or had got so used to war, they didn't know what to do now it had ended. Despite this, it was and still is a monumental day in history and now seventy years on we still remember all those that gave their lives for the safety and pride of our country. 

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Back in Time to the 1920s

During our visit to Devon over Easter, we also visited my favourite National Trust property; Coleton Fishacre. Built in the early 1920s, this property was owned by the  D'Oyly Carte family and has an Arts and Crafts style which I love. The house is now furnished as it would have been during the era of glamour and Jazz. Upstairs is where the family live and is opulent and very stylish. You can then compare this to the Servants' quarters downstairs. 
 The dressing up room, my heaven! Couldn't resist trying this coat and hat. The coat is real fur, I don't really stand strongly on either side of the debate, I am neutral but I can understand why people find it upsetting.
There are so many beautiful dressing tables around the house, each with a different colour glass set. 
The saloon has such an impressive atmosphere. I could just imagine sitting in here sipping cocktails and listening to the grand piano.

 After all the opulence of upstairs you heard down to the servants' quarters. I imagined this more how ordinary people lived in the twenties and thirties. It appears though that the servants in this household still led a pleasing life and were surrounded by some luxury. The main room had a table set for tea and even a gramophone in the corner.

 The gardens are just as beautiful as the house and lead down to a cove with fantastic views. 

This such an incredible house and really does make you want to experience life in the golden era. Paired with a visit to Greenway (which I wrote about here) this makes a wonderful day out for any fan of times gone by! 

Hayley Ann