Nostalgia Never Hurt

The Fairy Tale Mansion in Twickenham Where You Really Can Play The Princess

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There is a lot I could tell you about the history of this place, most of it probably from Wikipedia because I’d had a couple of glasses of mulled wine by the time I finished the day and soooome (most) of it has kind of receded into the bleariness of lovely memories. But I think the pictures definitely speak for themselves… (more…)

The Story of a Seamstress & Her Family Who Live The Traditional American Homesteading Dream

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About two years ago, not long before this blog was born, I was curled up in bed reading the book to my favourite film, ‘Gone With The Wind’ by Margaret Mitchell. Intrigued by the hooped skirts and corseted dresses, along with the old-style Southern etiquette and chivalry I love so well, I turned to Pinterest for a few more pictures. Little did I know that I would stumble upon this fascinating lady and her family – Atlanta Goodwin, husband Jordan and little ones Marian, Alan and Elsie. (more…)

A Happy Compendium of People Loving Life & Hugging Animals

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So because loads has been written about Woodstock already and because it’s New Year I’m not going to write an article all about Woodstock now. But I do still want to leave you with a totally celebratory article about love and peace and general happiness to ring in the New Year – and hopefully set a precedent for what’s to come! (more…)

That Time Brigitte Bardot Gave Up Everything To Care For Animals

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Film star, sex icon, and free-spirit of international fame. But what most people don’t know about Brigitte Bardot is that at the height of her fame in the 1970s she shunned the media and gave it all up to pursue her passion as an animal lover and animal rights activist, pouring all her money and energy into founding an animal sanctuary and settling in California, where she still lives to this day.

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Time Travel : The Man who Captured Victorian England… With a Paintbrush

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Stapleton Park near Pontefract, painted in 1877

If a picture says a thousand words this one could tell a novel. (more…)