Monday, 26 March 2012

Big Houses and Little Finds


On Saturday I did a bit of charity shopping in a neighbouring town - Beaconsfield, which is rather posh. Unfortunately all the charity shops are wise to what they get so there aren't many bargains and not many fat people giving away their stuff either. 
However I did manage to pick up these two lovely Victorian figures, both Staffordshire ware I think for £1 and £2 respectively.
They both have very typical Victorian features, I'd love to know more about them
They look great in their new home alongside Queen Vic

 I finally got round to putting some pictures up including the ones that Vix sent me recently
My wall is made of granite or something, we had to abandon the smaller pictures as the nails just kept bending! The bottom pics are attached with blu-tac!

 Now to the main event!

Lisa and I went to Basildon Manor in Berkshire, a National Trust place we thought we'd visit, now we're members. It was a gorgeous day, so warm and sunny, I didn't even wear tights!

 This lovely place was featured in the latest film version of Pride and Prejudice, which we all know wasn't as good as the 1995 Colin Firth/Jennifer Ehle TV series. 




We were peckish so headed to the tearoom first, it had this amazing Indian jungle temple mural


Sunglasses - H&M
Necklace - charity shop
Dress -  ebay
Bag - National Trust Shop
Shoes- Charity shop

It's a glorious building and looked amazing in the sunshine




More posing



No photos of the inside as we're not allowed, though I did sneak one or two of the shell room to show Mike...



Outside frolicking in the garden....






We met some lovely ladies

And found a 1950s parlour






tutty bye! xxxx

14 comments:

Miss Tallulah Porkchop said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

The 1950s parlour is gorgeous.

The chickens are gorgeous.

I adore your wall.

karensomethingorother said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

fun pictures as always! Love your black dress by the way: you look fantastic in it!

Melanie said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

How uncanny - that manor looks just like my home! I mean, who doesn't have a giant tortoise on the table in their shell room? I love you in your black dress. Great photo editorial!

Vix said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What a fab home! I love the collection of shells, those sweet owls and the retro tea parlour and of course, you gorgeous ladies soaking up the sunshine.
The pictures are looking fantastic and so is your little collection of Victoriana. xxx

Melanie said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

1. Boooo! to the P&P remake.
2. That building is rather scrumptious.
3. You both look utterly gorgeous.
4. Scary shells ..
5. Gorgeous chickies
6. Fabulous 1950's room.

xxx

Vintage Sweetheart said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You look lovely in black and that 1950's room is gorgeous. xx

pastcaring said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

That black frock looks wonderful on you, Clare, it's a great shape and fit. Far too hot'n'sexy for the well-heeled residents Beaconsfield and Royal Berkshire, bet you turned some heads at the manor!
Beautiful house, isn't the colour of the stone just lovely? Especailly in the gorgeous sunshine. You ladies look adorable posing and taking tea. Can't be doing with the tortoise, but love the chickens and the parlour! xxxx

A Treasured Past said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Love the victorian figurines, especially the crazy cupid/winged angel. Thanks for sharing the photos of Basildon Manor, it look amazing.

Krista said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hi Doll! Found you by way of Vix!!! She digs you so you must be way cool! Loving these pictures! The building is gorgeous and so are both you ladies taking in that glorious sun.

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You have a marvellous way with the coy but naughty look! Gorgeous house x

his_girl_friday said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I hate it when second-hand stores know what they have! I want it dirt cheap! Also: LOVE your dress.

La Dama said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

adore the Victorian figurines,especially all those cool frames.
you bellas are working the camera. Manor house looks wonderful.
besos

littleowlski said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

They have a room made of shells?!? Emma x

Kezzie said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

No way, those shells are amazing!