My dearest Jock,
How exciting the world is with all these comings and goings! I shall be proud to godmother little John. What fun! When the war is over I think I shall dedicate the remainder of my life to my godchildren – three girls and two boys at present. I shall either live in a village in England or in a white washed villa in Greece or of course both of you provide me with the income. In the English village I should like to keep the shop: that is the only way to have a finger in everybody’s pie unless you are the squire or parson – and it would be a much more amusing angle from the shop.
Freya Stark to John Murray VI, 1941
There’s only 6 weeks a year in England when this dress would look refreshingly cool and pretty, reminiscent of cold water and cow parsley, rather than bleached by grey light and rain…but how glorious it would look then. We’re at the end of that 6 week period in my view so I’m posting this now to enjoy. It’s an 1870s walking dress and the cow parsley might be in my imagination, or might be a suggestion from my re-reading of Lisa Kleypas’ Ravenels series set a little after this and featuring an estate in Hampshire, often in spring and summer. Sigh.
given how early spring seems to have advanced this year, it surely can’t be too long before the first English strawberries appear.
photo of this incredible table arranged to look like the most fairytale forest by @lailacooks
The Pazzi chapel on Florence is one of the places mentioned in Stephanie Rosenbloom’s Alone Time on the pleasures of solitary travel.
A shop in San Diego that has the same appeal as Labour and Wait and the Manufactum catalogue.
(But don’t book them before me!)
Tixall Gatehouse, Methwold Old Vicarage from the Landmark Trust, Kent hideaways and Loch Lomond bolthomes from Kip.
not shown: TORONTO!