Thursday, 6 December 2012

In The Winter Garden



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I heard a bird sing
 In the dark of December
A Magical Thing
And sweet to remember.
 
"We are nearer to Spring
Than we were in September,"
I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December.
 
Oliver Herford, I Heard A Bird Sing
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The Outfit


Vintage Leopard Print Ponyskin Coat: made by my granny Kiki in the 1930s

Grey Ribbed Dress: from New Look a few years ago

Vintage Beige Wool Skirt: from my granny Penny
 
Vintage faux snakeskin belt with gold clasp: from my granny Penny
 
Teal Wool Cloche Hat: from a local market
 
Black Boots: very old, from Aldo

 
 
The Cat

Our girl Nico


The Soundtrack

Kate Bush: 50 Words For Snow
 


Photographs taken by our fruit cages and herb garden, which though slumbering at present will hopefully come to abundant life again in the Spring.


I'm delighted to be a part of Visible Monday, hosted by the lovely Patti from www.notdeadyetstyle.blogspot.co.uk, click on the website link to see her outfit and those of many others.

 

52 comments:

  1. Wonderful photos! How amazing to have a coat made by your granny in the 30's!
    Gorgeous hat, and there's something about knit dresses such as the lovely one you're wearing that seem to be just the epitome of cosy.

    Must go look up '50 words for snow' Kate Bush is one of my favourite singers but I don't think I've heard that song.

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    1. It's her latest album from last year, the actual song has Stephen Fry talking over the music and is very madin the best possible way! And her song Snowflake on the album is incredibly beautiful and moving.

      Thanks so much, gorgeous Willow, for your kind words about my outfit and photos.

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  2. Amazing photoshoot and garden! I'm so glad to see people wearing clothes with a story, your coat is fabulous and it's a real treasure!
    The whole outfit is great! I discovered my love for Kate Bush few months ago after buying her vinyl Never for ever, so I need to study more, I enjoy to watch all her videos because her performances complete her music and she's an extremely talented dancer and artist!
    xxx

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    1. Ah I'm so glad you like it Edie! I'm discovering I do love telling a story with my photos. The coat is like wearing a work of art and wondefully warm too...

      Kate Bush is the greatest and a massive inspiration to me: a woman who revels in her eccentricity and feminine power. If you haven't already got it I recommend her albums The Sensual World and Ariel, as well as her latest...

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  3. gorgeous photos! That coat is an absolute gem x

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  4. Wow! That coat is something else! And it is so amazing that your grandmother made it. I love the lining - I love hidden secrets in a garment like that - a pretty seam binding or a beautiful lining. How wonderful to have a garden!

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    1. I'm so glad you love the coat, it's a real fave of mine and like you I love the lining as much as the outer ponyskin, always feel very proud of Kiki when I wear this coat.

      That was our great aim when moving out of the city 5 years ago - to have a garden overlooking rolling green hills. Being outside in the countryside makes such a difference to me, I don't miss city life at all!

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  5. emalina, i adore these photo's. every single one of them is just so awesome!! pictures #12 and 14 are my very favorite... :) how special it is to be wearing your grandmother's coat... :)

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    1. Ah how kind of you Janet! Yes the trees looked so beautiful in the sunset.... it may be very cold here but we are getting amazing sunsets!

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  6. I'm always a fan of a cozy looking animal print, especially one with a good history!

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  7. Loving the story behind that beautiful coat. How gorgeous is that picture of Nico, raising her paw? Very! x

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    1. I agree, isn't it the cutest with her paw raised like that? Nico does love to pose for a photoshoot!

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  8. I suffer from a serious case of height envy when looking at you! Love the tree photo in particular. I'm a big fan of Kate Bush but I haven't heard that one before.

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    1. Her latest album of the same name is amazing so do check it out!

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  9. Lovely photos, the leopard print coat is a beauty.
    You're out of hiding and showing your face - that's nice to see! xxx

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    1. Ah I was hoping that would go unnoticed! I try to keep my face a little covered or indistinct for various work reasons. But I can't decide whether it's really necessary, hence the odd full face photo creeping in sometimes...

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  10. Oh, Emalina, these fruit cages and herb beds have me green with envy! I am in the throes of planning a greenhouse, and fortunately my sweet husband is humoring me very much in this! If only he could really know what it means to me! I love the garden and being outside. That coat is fabulous! And to think, your grandmother made it. What a treasure! You look gorgeous!

    xoxo
    Lynn

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    1. How exciting that you're planning a greenhouse Lynn! We built our fruit cages and herb beds on the ground where old greenhouses had been. One was an incredibly beautiful victorian greenhouse but very dangerous as falling to pieces with glass everywhere so we decided to make the fruit cages instead. Best of luck in planning your dream greenhouse, it'll be amazing! Thanks for your lovely words!

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  11. That coat is absolutely AMAZING!!! Sarah xxx

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    1. Oh I'm thrilled you like it so much Sarah, thank you!

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  12. Wonderful layering, my dear friend.
    Love your dreamy photos so much.
    Have a fabulous weekend.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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    1. Thanks so much dear Sacramento, it's certainly the weather for layering here, it's soooo very cold! Have a wonderful weekend won't you.

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  13. The beautiful leopard print coat looks gorgeous over your artful layers. I love the blue hat, which tops off your ensemble, in your garden with poetry and Nico.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words about the post, as you're the Queen of gorgeous winter coats I'm so glad you love the coat as much as I do.

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  14. oh i wish i could hear this bird singing to ;) how beautiful you look in this coat and hat! great outfit!
    kiss,mary

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    1. Ah thanks Mary Lou! Let's listen out for that bird eh!

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  15. The hat is just stunning on you, and perfect with the dear treasure of a coat and your lovely layers. Gorgeous bones of your fruit and herb garden - incredible amount of work! - how long have you lived there? I miss the city sometimes, but not at all as a place to live!

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    1. Thank you Amber! We've lived here 5 years now. My partner does all the hard gardening work and I just water or weed a little when he's away for work. Picking the fruit from the fruit cages and baking them in cakes and tarts is one of my favourite ever past times!

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  16. The coat is absolutely beautiful and what a wonderful piece of history to have. I love the shot of you and Nico. :)

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    1. That's really kind of you, yes I love the cat action shot too :)

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  17. Love your coat, hat, and I really enjoyed your photos!!

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    1. Thanks very much Pam, I love your splendid hat in your latest post!

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  18. Oh, the coat - how exquisite, and that it was made by your grandmother. I always love a glimpse of Nico too. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday.

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    1. Ah thank you Patti, it's a pleasure to join you wonderful women of Visible Monday!

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  19. This outfit makes me think of artist's models of 1920's and 30's. Love that coat. And what lovely little poem.

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    1. Gosh what a compliment! I used to be an artist's model in my 20s (as opposed to THE 20s), and love the twenties style, so I'm really glad it conjures up such a look!

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    1. Ah I'm delighted that you love it, thank you Kathleen!

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  21. We are all so envious of your closet full of '30s Granny garments! That is one exquisite coat, all the way to the lining. That's what I love about things made long ago. So much attention was paid to the unseen things that mattered. Fortunately, that attention didn't disappear entirely and even resurfaced in the most unlikely of places. Steve Jobs carried it through in his designs for Apple products! -- J xx

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    1. What an interesting view. Attention to detail is one of the things that draws me to vintage, certainly. That and an intricacy of design which often seems missing nowadays. I don't have any Apple products but you're not the first person to tell me they're incredibly beautiful, will have to bear that in mind if this old laptop ever dies!

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  22. ARGH, what a lovely coat!
    X

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  23. Nothing makes a winter outfit like the perfect coat. Love this!

    xx
    Christine
    www.couturebay.com

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    1. So glad you do Christine! Yep we certainly need our winter coats now its so blimmin' cold!

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  24. Of course darling you can follow me with pleasure :)

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    Coline.

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