Monday, 8 August 2011

Holiday - Part 2

On Tuesday we headed over to Coleton Fishacre, an art deco house on the coast. The interesting thing about this hosue is that the outside is done in the local style of housing, however the interior is the epitome of '30s art deco styling in every detail.

Unfortunately no photography is allowed within the house, but here are some photos taken from the guide book:

There was also a lovely garden leading all the way down to the sea.

Finally we looked round the gift shop where I picked up a couple of lovely items, the first being a CD of '30s/art deco songs

and secondly a reproduction Clarice Cliff mug, but wich I intend to use as a vase.

Thursday we weren't quite sure what to do, but in the end decided to go to Dartington Crystal and take a tour round the factory; but upon arriving in Dartington we soon discovered that Dartington Crystal isn't actually in Dartington. So a quick change of plans was made and we decided to do something else we had been contemplatingdoing, taking the steam railway from Buckfastleigh to Totnes and back.

This actually ended up being a lovely day, and for lunch we ended up going to a Nordic cafe where the food was amazing, and then having a wonder round the shops at Totnes.

I did manage to find a vinatge shop here, the first and only of the whole holiday, unfortunately everything was far too overpriced for the condition of the garments and the place was so crammed you could barely see what you were looking at.

But whilst I was in this shop my mum happened to venture into an old fashioned hardware store where she picked me up a present:

I just love it, I have been looking for a plain brown teapot for ages and now I finally have one.

Here are just a few pictures from the train journey back and the card and postcard I picked up in the gift shop.

My mum

The final day of our holiday was spent (by my mum and me, my dad want fishing at Saormill Cove where my brother relaxed on the beach) walking round Salcombe and relaxing on the beach at Portlemouth across the estuary because the sun finally decided to come out.

Overall it was a really enjoyable holiday, the only downside being the Great British Weather, but I suppose that's what you have to expect when you holiday at home.



Friday, 29 July 2011

Holiday - Part 1

So I'm back and I've got quite a bit to tell you about.

I went away with my family and we stayed in a converted barn in the village of Marlborough, just a couple of miles from Salcombe in Devon; and it was only a 15 minute walk from the beach at Soarmill Cove.

Unfortunately the weather was pretty rubbish for most of the week we were away, so I only got to enjoy the beach on the last day when the sun finally came out. So the rest of the week was spent visiting national trust properties and other places of interest.

On Sunday we headed into the town of Dartmouth, which is a lovely village set on the river Dart. We then took a passanger ferry down the river to Greenways, the holiday home of Agatha Christie.


Greenways from the river

 Christie bought the house in 1938 for the sum of £6,000, a bargin even in those days.

The house has quite a traditional feeling interior but mixed with some early 20th Century funiture, making the house feel very welcoming and lived in. We also had a look round the walled garden, but unfortunately didn't have time to look round the rest of the garden as we had to catch our ferry back.

But before we left we did have time to pop into the shop. In there they had a large range of Agatha Christie's books, including some special facsimilie editions (reproductions of the first editions). As these boks were not cheap I decided only to but one, and this is it:

First published by Collins in 1934

Monday, we walked over to Overbecks, an Edwardian house with a lovely garden with a tropical influence. The house itself isn't anything special, unless you count the large taxidermy collection, it's really the garden that most people go to look at.

My mum in the garden at Overbecks

My favourite part og the garden

The view from Overbecks

Aften lunch we then headed into Salcombe, where me and my mum ended up parting with quite a lot of our money. I myself bought a cream cardigan and a pair of boat/deck shoes in the sales.

Bought from Seasalt

Bought from Joules

Until next time,


Monday, 25 July 2011

My holiday haul

Next to come will be posts Holiday - Part1 and Holiday - Part 2.


Thursday, 14 July 2011

Off on my hols

Just a quick post to let you know that I'm off on my hols tomorrow to Salcombe, so look farward to hearing all about what I got up to in a weeks time.


Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Review: The Night Watch

So tonight I watched the one off BBC 2 drama 'The Night Watch' which is set in London in 1947 with flashs back to 1944 and 1941. It tells the story of the entangled lives and love lives of the four main characters; these being Kay (played by Anna Maxwell Martin), Helen (played by Claire Foy), Viv (played by Jodie Whittaker) and Duncan (played by Harry Treadaway).

Duncan and Robert



 I thought the acting was very good and what you would expect from an all star cast that have all acted in WWII/historric dramas before. Some of the other cast members include: JJ Field, Claudie Blakely and Liam Garrigan.

The costumes as always in BBC historic dramas were amazing and left me with lots of inspiration for future outfit purchases (not neccessarily a good thing mind :p)

Overall I would highly recommend this programme as the end definitely left me wanting more, it has all the ingredients of a great drama, love, lose and suspense. The only other thing I will say is that if you are looking for a light hearted, fun filled drama this is probably not for you.

So hope you all enjoy watching it to and it is now available on BBC iPlayer.


Monday, 11 July 2011

Bits and Bobs

Oops, I have been so busy enjoying the summer holidays that I haven't got round to writing about any of the things I've been doing. So here is a round up of a few of the things I have been up to lately.

Firstly I have been volunteering as a room stuard (I even have my own name badge and everything) twice a week at one of my local stately homes called Doddington Hall, so if you are ever in the Lincoln area I highly recommend that you pay it a visit.

 I have also finally got round to finally starting the restoration work on the 1940s kitchen cabinet I bought back in easter. So far I have cleaned it, sanded it all down and started painting the undercoat. I am aiming to have it finished by the end of summer and it will be painted in pretty much identical colours to when it was new.

Then last wekend me and my parents took a day trip to Harewood house in Yorkshire. It was a lovely day out with glorious weather, lovely food and there was even a bird garden with some seriously cute and some odd looking birds.


And finally, a few days ago me and two of my best friends took a photography trip to a local ruin.

I hope to post more regularly for the rest of the summer, starting with a review of The Night Watch, which airs tomorrow at 9pm on BBC2.


(*All photos property of Annabelle Arnold unless otherwise stated)