A Bounty of Roses

Drawing inspiration from.....

Rosa Glauca
Species 1830
Felicite Perpetue 
William and Catherine
 English Musk Hybrid

Images ~me
Chelsea Flower Show
London, 2011

Malus Royalty

I came across this plaque in a garden recently and thought it was very clever. To mark the occasion of a birth, a tree, Malus Royalty, was planted in honor of what I imagine are two very special young girls. I started to think of the possibilities for a gift like this. They are endless...

If you are looking for a gift to last a lifetime,
this just might be the ticket.

Writing whilst traveling in Christchurch,
New Zealand via BlogPress from my iPad.
I am still learning..please excuse. :)

Shopping at a Midsummer Fair in England

Last weekend I went along to the Wealden Times 
Midsummer Fair in Kent. 
I wrote about it here. It was bigger and grander than 
I imagined with lots of great vendors. 
I am sharing the love today. Let's go shopping!

I have had a few people ask me about this red cape.
I took a quick snap in the breeze.

What I could not pass up is another market basket.
I love the long handles on this one. 

I wish Pamela from From The House of Edward was
with me on this one. She would have loved
this shop. For all things mysterious, beautiful 
and wonderful, shop at Devotion.

Loved these Hammamas. A sarong with a difference.
You have to shop here if you are looking for beach chic this summer!
Shop at Hammamas.

There was a whole lot of love happening around these Ballet Pumps.
There are lots more to have a look at. Shop at Mandarina Shoes.

They were just as beautiful close up. Irish Throws woven
in traditional woolen mills.  Shop at Roothies.

Everything about this store is beautiful and it is located in
Hawkhurst, Kent. An English beauty.

Looking for a space to call your own?
How about a shepherd's hut?
A idyllic garden retreat!
Shop at Court and Hunt.

I always like to save the best for last. My reason for being at the fair,
the fabulously talented Sharon at My French Country Home 
and her lovely daughter, Ella. A treat! Shop at My French Country Brocante.

Images from the shop as noted.
The second and last were taken by me :)

A Woman's View of the World

Some of you may already be familiar with my other blogs. 
They cover a range of topics including more of my travels around England.
Someday, I hope to merge them all into one. 
Until then, you can find me at the blogs below.
Thank you for reading Finding My Way in England!

one woman's view....
Recent Post: A Country Ride and Midsummer Fair in Kent, here.

elegance and grace..
Recent Post: Purple Paisley Palazzo Pants, here

joys and passions...
Recent Post: Midlife Passions, here

viewing the world....
Recent Post: Regarding Henry Moore, here.

images 1, 3, 4 ~me
Vanessa Redgrave~ Chris Beetle Gallery

The Story of a House...

A couple of months ago, 
I was sitting on a park bench, waiting for my car to be serviced. 
I could not help but notice this house in the distance.  
It stood out from across the way with it's light blue trim 
and I quickly fell under it's spell.

 Naturally, I had to get up closer and being the good blogger that I am, 
I had a camera with me. This house cried out for TLC. I took a few photos 
and have since passed it many times. I noticed that someone had the good sense to buy it 
and I hope they will keep the integrity of the house. I often wondered what the house looks 
like inside and what the new owners will do with this historical home.

Today, my curiosity got the best of me and I was delighted 
to find a link to the house.

Since history is everything in England, I enjoyed reading...

The house was built circa 1700 in the Reign of Queen Anne.
 Past owners include the eminent General Sir John who served 
in the Napoleonic Wars, a 19th Century Publisher, Leonard Seeley 
and more recently a distinguished water chemist, Dr Ewart Akeroyd, 
who pioneered survival kits for WWII seaman and air crew. 

There you have it.

Many of the period features of the house are still intact. 
The pebbled pathway to the front door pre-dates the house and is apparently 
of Tudor origin. High ceilings, cornicing, decorative panelling, superb fireplaces, 
charming reception, impressive inner hall with domed ceiling, 
magnificent drawing room, impressive staircase
small garden room....and on and on. 

In this house? 

Surprise, surprise....

 and the house around 1958...

Don't you just love it when life is filled with little surprises!
I look forward to seeing what comes next. 
There certainly are a number of possibilities!
What would you do?

Photos and information about the house, here.

The Covent Garden Academy of Flowers

The Covent Garden Academy of Flowers, showing it's magic
at the 2011 Chelsea Flower Show. Rose bud perfection.

The Covent Garden Academy of Flowers at Chelsea Flower Show, here.
For information on courses, here.

Enchantment in a box....

I stopped in at a local Antique Fair on the weekend and picked up a few vintage postcards and photos that were tucked away in a box. It wasn't till later that I realised that there was correspondence on the back. I am not sure which is more enchanting....

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