Yes, the 1370's!
We visited the beautiful Brockhampton Estate last Friday, over in Herefordshire, and it has to be one of the prettiest places I've been to.
So chocolate box it's untrue
Built in the late 14th century and still standing, it is a stunning medieval moated manor house now owned by the National Trust.
I did feel quite sick inside actually, no walls or floors are straight, you feel slightly drunk as you wander through the rooms!
Amazing door on the gatehouse above, but the whole building is leaning
Look at that fabulous flagstone floor in the main hall
Surprisingly solid staircase
I love the kitchen, it is furnished in the style of the turn of the 20th century and looks so usable
The brewery, there were a couple of mead and cider recipes hanging up but they were so vague I didn't bother to photograph them as they were useless to anyone not in the know!
I really want my own little gatehouse, it had an upstairs too! Those metal chickens on the lawn were so cute.
Stunning views of the beautiful Herefordshire countryside. Brockhampton was a beautiful place to visit, so peaceful and even the drive there and back was free from towns and traffic. We really felt as if we had gone back in time there.
So, swiftly on to this week's bargains.
I had spotted this dress in a charity shop a few weeks ago, it was on for a modest price, around £2.50 I think, but had plenty of issues.
The tag had been attached straight through the dress, making a small hole (note to charity shops, do NOT do this, it is very naughty and ruins otherwise perfect clothing!!) and there were brownish marks all over it, almost like tea stains or possibly fake tan. Anyway, when I saw it reduced to a pound and still hanging forlornly on the rail, I bought it. I have no idea how old it is but here's the label
St Michael, embroidered label and made in the UK? Late 70's perhaps?
I also picked this up from the same shop, also a pound
Gorgeous tunic from the Indigo range at Marks and Spencer. I really don't like tunic length things but a friend (actually an old friend I have recently been in touch with through Facebook, and who was always very arty and stylish) suggested I belt it, and guess what?
She was right!
I now have my 70's style summer outfit sorted.
Wearing: Indigo tunic £1, Per Una platform leather sandals, Ebay £3 including p+p, Levi's jeans, £2, and brown leather plaited belt, 50p
Nothing new happening on the cottage at present, and strong winds and rain have stopped play as far as gardening is concerned, so I'll leave you with a few shots from our Sunday morning stroll around the village
There are so many proper English bluebells around us it is really nice to see. there's also plenty of wild garlic, and I'm yet to use any in cooking.
Hopefully, the weather will pick up in the next few days and we can get the roof on the woodstore, we have three trees worth of wood to put away!
Linking up with the beautiful Patti, at Visible Monday, who is looking fab with her new straight hairpiece!