Tuesday, 26 May 2015

My Weekend: Gigs, Car Boot Sales & Vintage Extravaganza!

I hope that those of you in the UK have all had a good Bank Holiday weekend, that those of you in the US have had a good Memorial weekend, and that elsewhere you've had a good 'normal' weekend!  It was quite a busy one for me.  On Friday evening we headed to Cardiff for a gig, as the husband-to-be was playing.  Biased I might be, but it was a really fantastic line-up of three extremely talented musicians, all with a country influence.  There was banjo, twangy guitar and pedal steeel - I should have worn my cowboy boots.  If you like country with a bit of a twist then check out Daniel Romano, Darren Eedens, and of course, Christopher Rees.

Bank holiday weekend
Clockwise from top left: Darren Eedens, Christopher Rees, Christopher Rees with Aaron Goldstein, Daniel Romano and band.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

The Edge Of Love: Seamstress of Bloomsbury Violet Dress

I know, another Seamstress of Bloomsbury dress.  But they're so good!  It was quite bracing by the sea in Amroth, Pembrokeshire.  The somewhat wild Welsh coast made me think of the Dylan Thomas film, The Edge of Love.  Sienna Miller and Keira Knightley spend the film in tea dresses paired with wellies and knee-high socks, and big chunky knits over the top.  In retrospect, a big chunky knit wouldn't have gone amiss - it was freezing in that wind!  I'm always an optimistic packer for holidays.  When will I learn?!

SOB By The Sea

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Vintage Adventures in Pembrokeshire

Wherever you are in the UK there are lots of historical attractions and hotspots of charity shops and antiques, and Pembrokeshire is no exception.  West Wales is a wonderful area to visit, and on our Bluestone holiday a few weeks ago we did venture off site to explore.  Here's a round up of what we got up to, with some signposting to vintage-related attractions in the area. 

Tenby is a fabulous seaside town and harbour, and has been a popular tourist destination since the early 19th century.  The National Trust has opened a late 15th century Tudor Merchant's House to visitors, complete with tudor furnishings and staff dressed in clothes of the era - it's a great option on a rainy day.  If the weather's better, then just wandering around the streets you'll see a lot of architecturally interesting buildings, such as the former Assembly Rooms from 1811 and a range of colourfully painted Georgian town houses.


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