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{the english countryside}

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A little slow with the updates, this week, I know–(sometimes there are not enough hours in a day). When I’m feeling a little overwhelmed, I think about donning my wellies à la Kate Moss at Glastonbury, or Marina Hanbury (although I probably wouldn’t wear them with a see-through evening gown) and head to the English countryside, the perfect place for repose . . . green rolling hills, moors, dales, old stone cottages, skittish rabbits, rambling rose bushes, fiesty roosters, random sheep wandering about the narrow, winding roads and rustic footpaths.
If you ever feel the need to (really) escape the city, find your way to the English countryside, and you’ll return with a new perspective. The little village where we stayed has remained unchanged for years, farmers still building and maintaining stone pasture walls by hand, years of history in each perfectly placed rounded rock, on top of moss-covered remants and beneath newly built wooden step ladders. Here, time nearly stands still and the pace of life is relaxed, the pride of the town lying in their recent win in a countrywide botanical competition. Here you’ll get to know the utterly charming locals and taste local cuisne, such as Lemon Baked Sole au Gratin, and here you’ll lose yourself in the greenest hills and country air . . .

{Marina Hanbury collecting eggs}

{one of my favourite photographs, farmer and cow ambling down a cottage road}

{late summer lamb}

{old stone cottage with enormous pink hydrangeas}

{English roses}

31 Notes
  • What a beautiful post! I love the English Countryside! You sure find wonderful photos and put together the most inspiring posts! That dress! Wow, can you imagine?! I might consider wearing it, if I looked as good as she does!
    xoxox

    Melissa

  • ooohh glamorous!! these pictures take me THERE!!

    hey! like the new header!! :-)

  • What beautiful photos! I would love to head over to the English countryside…but I might wait til its a bit warmer…

  • Hello Melissa and thanks! And that dress–I know–and collecting eggs no less–it’s fabulous. Have a really great weekend. I’m hoping to find some time to relax, even if it’s not in the English countryside (at least I’ll be spending time with a cute Brit :)

  • Thanks, Felicity, and really great to hear from you again–I’ve been a little MIA this week, but next week should be back to normal (i.e. regular posting) again. Have a great weekend!

    p.s. Looking forward to the photos of the Ball

  • Thanks, Suzy! And you should definitely make the trip–it really is a relaxing, beautiful time. (Although I suspect you still have Melbourne on your mind?)

  • Ohh ohhh take me there now!!! What a wonderful dreamy post! You have no idea how I miss England!! :-)

    (p.s.thank you for your comment on ferretandhound.blogspot.com – it’s still on the works, the blog. Oh please do blog about your exposed beams! there are so many images, it’s hard to pick, but I’d love to read your post!)

  • Thanks, Claudia. And about the exposed beams, you have so many great examples, I’d be hard-pressed :)

  • Anonymous said...

    New to your blog and thanks for making my day .
    I read your blog every morning before starting out my runs. I have never commented, but had to with this english countryside post.
    Keep those coming….you are inspiring in boring North Carolina…

  • absolutely love this post…also, the header picture is great…all the pictures make me want to visit england or make a lovley garden this spring….please stop by my blog & leave a comment when time permits……. Thanks……fay

  • Thank you for taking us on a visual escape today. Lovely. Your photographs are just spectacular.

  • Marina Hanbury’s egg-collecting photograph is but a pale imitation of (a) the Duchess of Devonshire feeding her chickens whilst wearing a ballgown and (b) Lady Diana Cooper looking seriously soignée whilst milking her cow during World War II. But it was rather witty to have Ms Hanbury wearing a feathered dress while on egg duty!

  • the photos are GORGEOUS…i love them so much. that dress is a little insane though–pretty but crazy!

  • anonymous in North Carolina–thanks so much for taking a moment to say hello–it’s always great to see who stops here to visit. Your wonderful comment reminded me why I started blogging–thanks for making me a regular part of your mornings!

  • Thanks, Fay! Glad you liked the header as well, although it’s only up for the English countryside post and then changing . . .
    You really must visit England sometime, and definitely plant a garden this Spring! I will stop by your blog now . . .

  • Thanks so much, Liberty and Joanna! When the landscape is that beautiful, it’s pretty difficult to have a bad shot.

  • Hello Aesthete–Marina Hanbury’s egg-collecting photograph is definitely a modern reference to both the Duchess of Devonshire and Lady Diana Cooper–I included it to inject a bit of humour into the story and as a segue for the photographs of the countryside, although I fear Ms. Hanbury’s feathered dress may have upstaged the countryside?

  • Now that has to be the dress of all dresses to collect eggs in. What a contrast.

  • loved this post!

    Jen Ramos
    ‘100% Recycled DESIGNER Cards’
    http://www.madebygirl.com

  • This gave me a wonderful mini-escape :) I love all the country houses that made it into Vogue Living.

  • Patricia, thanks for stopping by, and yes, it’s not often you even see someone outdoors in a sheer, be-feathered dress, let alone fetching eggs :)

    And Jen, thanks!

  • Thanks, Courtney! I’ve been in a bit of a countryside phase lately, and agree with you about the country houses in Vogue Living–there’s just something so tranquil about such places.

  • angel-electric said...

    i adore these pictures. so idyllic! i especially love this one: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2392/2200184795_a134716b03_o.jpg. beautiful! happy.

  • Anonymous said...

    Wow, I just discovered you and will return often.

    Thanks you,
    rcristal

  • Thanks, rcristal–would love it if you return as often as you like.

  • I love the photos!
    Great post today.
    So true about slowing down.
    My sister came to visit this weekend, and the first thing she did before she left is make the sweetest list of eight things I can do to take back the joy in my life. And she did it in such a loving way. The idea of a getaway like the one you posted used to be stressful to me. But now, I think I should try it. And maybe alone, too!

  • Thanks, Mary. Your sister sounds lovely. Hope you’re well on the way to ‘taking back the joy in your life’ :)

  • Just LOVED these pictures. They did take me away!

  • You have the most beautiful blog!
    I just discovered it recently, and have modeled by own blog after yours….I hope you don’t mind.
    I just love how your posts are like inspiration boards. They’re gorgeous!
    The English Countryside is just breathtaking. I have been to England many times, it my favorite place in the world.
    In fact, my daughter’s name is London.
    Thanks for the lovely eye candy!!!

  • Anonymous said...

    This morning I woke up in ‘English countryside’ state of mind, put me laptop on and entered the very words in my Bing search engine and your blog was the very first hit.

    I so enjoyed your post, the lovely picture you painted with your words in the first paragraph is no exaggeration.The English county side is indeed as idyllic, pure and pleasing as you wrote and photographed. I had the great luck of exploring a piece of Peak District last June and the memories alone of that vista and scenery can cheer me up anytime I am feeling low. Thank you for your beautiful blog post.

    Hina in Houston, Texas.

  • Anonymous said...

    This morning I woke up in ‘English countryside’ state of mind, put me laptop on and entered the very words in my Bing search engine and your blog was the very first hit.

    I so enjoyed your post, the lovely picture you painted with your words in the first paragraph is no exaggeration.The English county side is indeed as idyllic, pure and pleasing as you wrote and photographed. I had the great luck of exploring a piece of Peak District last June and the memories alone of that vista and scenery can cheer me up anytime I am feeling low. Thank you for your beautiful blog post.

    Hina in Houston, Texas.

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