Oh miss lizzie bennett you do talk such sense :) and i think that i can confirm this statement first handedly as i myself have only recently got back from a lovely little trip to the lake district. I know england can be a bag of shit sometimes (i don't quite have the poetic flair that jane austen has in her novels haha), but these past couple of days really have taught me an much overdue lesson or reminder of how ignorant i actually am on this subject! haha. A highlight was walking across a desolate moor whilst it absolutely poured down and all i could see around me were stray sheep and goats and the cloud covering the very tops of the mountain peaks :) I think i actually compared the moment to a scene from wuthering heights! haha very apt i thought... my mum, however wasn't as impressed with the gloomy atmosphere of the place mixed with the torrential rain haha. The scene would have been perfect had i been wearing a beautiful flowing gown and victorian style overcoat inside of denim shorts and a rain mac haha. All in all the whole place was stunning :) i managed to see 60 ft waterfalls in the midst of beautiful mountains, walk by rivers and babbling brooks and see deer and bats in the woods that we stayed in. The jewel in the crown though was stumbling upon this beautiful little "odd shop" in the middle of kendle where i found an actual victorian magazine called "temple bar" from 1881 for a pound and a book of "The country diary of an edwardian lady" (the lady being a woman called Edith Holden) which had the most beautiful illustrations of wild birds, insects and flowers along with some accompanying poems by Wordsworth, Burns, Shakespeare, Shelley etc.... and an in depth account of her daily encounters with nature :) I will post photos tomorrow hopefully when i get a chance, because it really is beautiful! haha. Why do i write about my well spent times in cumbria i hear you ask? well the answer is threefold; 1) it is beautiful, 2) it's going to have some nice effects and inspire some future outfits and 3) probably my art and outlook on nature in general!
Above: Ingleton Waterfalls Trail, opened to the public in 1885 (i think haha), was just one of the sites which helped to inspire Turners artworks. Sketches and illustrations of this particular waterfall have been found in his studio.
Above Left: A couple of chapters of this wondefull book called "kith and kin" by Jessie Fothergill were featured in the victorian "temple bar" magazine that i bought from Kendal, and i actually became engrossed in the story! haa so my new mission is to find this book! hello ebay :) From the 2-3 chapters i got to sample of this story.. i would deffinately recommend it to anyone who is a fan of austen etc!
Above Right: The cover of "the country diary of an edwardian lady" showing just one of many beautiful watercolour illustrations! :) This book has single-handedly managed to reignite my passion for wordsworth and shelley! At the moment i'm up to june.. which ties in pretty well with the seasons i reckon haha.
Above: Images of Edith Holden's edwardian diary :) I got these lovely photos from http://www.feathersandcupcakes.com/?p=3076 as my stupid camera is broken for the time being!
I might post a few photos of the lovely little finds that i found in a forthcoming post hopefully. I managed to get a beautiful 1940's style satin prom dress as well which i might take some photos in :) i got it from a charity shop in windermere for a tenner! haha. I don't know how i do it.. i really dont. Beautiful scenery, Beautiful walks and Beautiful find... i think that sums up my holiday to be honest! haha
Lots of Love,