Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Downton Abbey Costume Exhibition & Afternoon Tea at Llanelly House

After our wonderful trip to Highclere Castle in the summer, where Downton Abbey was filmed, I was keen for another Downton Abbey related adventure.  As luck would have it, historic Llanelly House here in Wales held a costume display from the first two series.  The timing was perfect for one of my sisters' birthdays, and my mum and husband's mum came along too for a proper family outing!

Llanelly House
Costumes from the garden party scene - Edith's, Mary's and Sybil's.  Two are original vintage Edwardian dresses, can you tell which ones?

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Miss Fisher's Pyjama Party

I am a huge fan of the Australian series 'Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries', set in 1920s Melbourne.  Played by Essie Davies, the fabulous Phryne Fisher investigates all kinds of murders, whilst being magnificently dressed and badly behaved.  She can fly a plane, speak a few languages, scale a building, shoot straight and drink you under the table, but I'm most envious of her rather glamorous nightwear.  As I've already confessed to my secret obsession with vintage nightwear, I thought I would do a shoot inspired by the marvellous Miss Fisher.  Oriental inspired pyjamas and a martini to accessorize seemed about right.  At the end of the party, the martinis have been drunk, but is Miss Fisher alone?

Miss Fisher

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Cardigan Quayside Granary Lofts and Pizza Tipi

We make several trips each year to West Wales, and were last there for 'Octoberfest'.  One of the highlights is always when we get to visit the Pizza Tipi in Cardigan, which is a riverside mini festival of bars, food and music.  It's run by the Fforest enterprise, which also offers a range of accommodation from pods, bell tents and cabins to swanky riverside apartments.  We've stayed on a few occasions now in the apartments, which have been marvellously converted in an old 18th century granary loft.  With Scandi-Welsh interiors, the apartments are fully kitted out for a self-catering stay in comfort.
Cardigan Quayside
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