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Foggy walk in the English countryside

30 January 2012

Burton Dassett Hills is a former ironstone quarry. The beacon tower is the landmark that lets us know we are close to home. The windswept hills still bear the scars of years of having the ironstone chipped from the earth. A fog hugged the hills and a crisp wind blew over the barren landscape. The damp weather did not detour the walkers or the sheep.

Not matter the weather, there is always beauty to be found. You just have to be brave enough (and dressed for the weather) to get out and explore.

Burn's Supper, England

27 January 2012

Back in early December, my friend Amanda told me that I would need a tartan ball gown. A ball gown that was tartan. Two of my fave things combined in one beautiful dress. So I found said gown and bought it. Andrew thought I was crazy. I have a few ball gowns hanging in the closet already and why did I need another. For the Burn's Supper. Andrew was still skeptical but the next day he came home to tell me about the Burn's Supper we would be attending and that yes a tartan ball gown was required.

Andrew wore his tux and Wilson tartan bow tie. I wore a beautiful tartan gown. The haggis was piped in. There was whiskey. Burn's poems were recited. A live band played and guided us through traditional Scottish dances. It was an incredible experience.

Bath, England

21 January 2012

The day had finally arrived. We arose before the sun for the long drive to Bath. Our morning was spent making a paper weight at Bath Aqua Glass. I may want a glass blowing studio of my own someday. It was an incredible experience.

After making our paper weight it was time for the Bath Fashion Museum. The clothes and shoes were incredible.

The Fashion Museum Is in the basement of the Bath Assembly Rooms. My friend Christine, who had lived in England whilst during her Masters, recommended that we visit the Assembly Rooms. This is where society went to see and be seen.  The rooms were beautiful. And the chandeliers were the most stunning lights I have ever seen. My life's mission maybe to have a chandelier like this in my home.

Stowe, England

02 January 2012

Once again we started off the New Year with an activity that is important to us and that we want to be a big part of the coming year. The three of us pile into the car, the boot filled with jackets, wellies and gloves and head off for a country walk. The air is crisp and filled with promise. A mist hung over the English countryside clinging to the distant hills. It is the type of day that must have inspired Thomas Hardy, Jane Austen and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Our destination was Stowe, a National Trust landscape park. We arrived to a car park full of cars. Like our walk last year on New Year’s Day, we were not alone. There is something so refreshing about a country where lots of people are out walking the countryside on New Year’s day instead of in bed or lazing the day away. Decked out in Barbour, wellies and gloves we headed off to explore. Brittany was in heaven and loved being off leash and free to explore to her heart’s content. Stowe is a beautiful landscape park filled with beautiful statutes. Back in the late 18th-century Stowe was the most beautiful landscape garden in Britain and rivalled those of even European royalty. Stowe has been welcoming visitors since the 1730s when the Temple family who created Stowe opened the gardens to the public. In 1845 Queen Victoria toured Stowe. Unfortunately in 1848, the 2nd Duke of Buckingham faced bankruptcy and the contents of the house and gardens were sold. Stowe is a wonderful example of Georgian magnificence and the work of Capability Brown.

We welcomed 2012 surrounded by history and beauty, fresh air and exercise. We welcomed all that 2012 has to offer with a smile on our face and the wind in our hair (or the wind in her ears for Brittany).