Sunday, 1 August 2010

Blists Hill

You know what it's like: you come back from a break full of ideas, with a few stories and some photos, maybe a scribbled note or note - and then you spend the next three days communing with the laundry basket. The most creative thing I've been doing lately is pairing socks.

But this morning I said Enough! I'm going to look at photos instead..


My family are used to me suggesting a museum or four when we're on holiday; but it was actually The Accountant who found this one when, the week before we left, he found his small, science mad daughter engrossed in The Victorian Pharmacy. It's a real place, Dad! You can visit it!


So we did (it's in Shropshire. Hi Heather!). And it's fantastic. Highly recommended. There is a whole Victorian town to explore, perfect in every little detail. This is not just history, this is stylish history - round every corner there is a scene to photograph, a setting to savour. It's a Country Living magazine come to life, a picture taking paradise. Can you tell that I loved it? Now have a look at the kind of photos I was taking: can you tell that The Small One loved it too? I've added a frame and vignette effect to a couple of them, for that extra Victorian look. What do you think? It's a mini-album all on its own.




Today I'm Loving...this giveaway for a pdf cardboard dolls house pattern. It's a very clever idea, Sarah.

18 comments:

Rhona said...

I love your photos in this post and what a fascinating place to visit. I have a feeling my daughter would enjoy a visit there too! :)

humel said...

Oh perfect :-) We must try to get there too some time, looks really interesting xx

furrypig said...

I would love to see all those old medine bottles and the olde shoppe too! I love old medical stuff and have a few ancient medical books that I found in car boot sales, prob cos I'm a nurse! Fab pics xxx

alexa said...

Super photos, Sian! Looks like a photographer's dream ... or nightmare, depending on how many photos you took! Love that soft vignette effect, too. Oooh, mini-book!

Maria Ontiveros said...

LOL about the laundry! I know exactly what you mean!
Rinda

Karen said...

Lovely photos Sian - that museum is about 2 miles from where I was brought up and my mum still lives very close by. I have very fond memories of visiting it both with David and Gracia and with just mum and your photos reminded me of the good times we have had there.

Carmen said...

Stunning photography as always Sian - it looks a gorgeous museum too.

Becky said...

Love your photos - we've been watching the Victorian Pharmacy too. We visited Blists Hill 20 years ago! Hoping to get back again in the Autumn. Hope you get a mini book made with those photos!

Tinkertaylor said...

Pairing socks ... I love that game. Can you tell me how long you wait to see if other half turns up? At the moment I'm waiting on 5 can't think where they are.
Fab holiday photos it looks as though you had fun discovering epsom salts.

Amy said...

TSO looks very pleased with herself and it looks like a very interesting place to visit.

jennifer said...

The place looks very interesting, and your photos look great!

Lol about pairing the socks. I got fed up with finding pairs of my husbands, and started putting them in his drawer in singles for him to sort out. He thought I was using it as a silent protest about something but he couldn't work out what. Couldn't just be that he never does the laundry could it?!! ;-)

Deb said...

What an interesting place to visit! And your photos are lovely - especially done with the frames that way.

Sandra said...

Looks fabulous :) ... those are the perfect places to visit, just so glad we don't have them now ... I'd so miss Boots LOL.

I'm really liking the frames too :)

Deb said...

PS: Hooray for you. You won my little garland kit. ;o)

Cheri said...

LOVE those photos - i can imagine all kinds of wonderful scrapbooking happening with that kind of inspiration! Looks like a cool place to visit.

and so understand the communing with laundry. I got back from South Carolina, spent several days catching up with my life and then packed for the beach. I know I am going to pay for this dearly next week!

JO SOWERBY said...

wow looks amazing sian. is it where they filmed the series the victorian farm i wonder?
Jo xxx

Karen said...

Great photos. The labels on the epsom salts remind me of stamps I just got from Waltzing Mouse called Rescue Remedies.

Heather said...

Hi Sian! Just catching up on your posts before going away for a week & getting all behind again lol! Im so glad you enjoyed Blists Hill because its one of my fave places & Im so lucky to live near it :))In fact its about time we paid another visit. We went at Halloween last year & we had an amazing time :))

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