YOUR CONTESSA in HER HAPPY MODE!
More to share of her recent travels over the POND!
I hope you’re NOT getting TIRED OF THIS?
HERE WE ARE AT KILVER COURT
WE are at an OLD MILL that has been converted into an OUTLET clothing facility which has a GARDEN where some of the Harry Potter SHOTS were FILMED!
How’s that for an INTRO!!!!!!?
See THAT DARK RICH PURPLE BUSH in the distance straight ahead?
That is called a SMOKE BUSH and comes in a CHARTREUSE GREEN!
I BOUGHT ONE.
Once I landed HOME on TERRA USA!
THIS LITTLE GUY was ADORABLE………..can you spy his necklace?
A DOOR TO A ONE ROOM BUILDING with a Fireplace!
WE ALL NEED ONE OF THESE!
They used the Brick AQUEDUCT ARCH in the movie Harry Potter.
The morning LIGHT and the COLORS in this GARDEN were OUTSTANDING!
WHO CAN NAME ALL THESE PLANTS?
I SHOULD HAVE WORN PINK!
I ADORE THE PITCHFORK IDEA AS THE SIGN HOLDER!
Mine would say
BEWARE OF PIG!
THE BEAUTY OF KILVER COURT has come to an end shall we enter A FLEA MARKET?
This little GUY is ALL TUCKERED OUT from SET UP!
HE MATCHES THE CHAIR!
THIS IS FAST FOOD IN ENGLAND!
NOTE THE TABLE AND CHAIRS!
HIP HIP HOORAY!!!!!
WHAT IS A CRUMPET can anyone tell me?
THIS IS MY KIND OF STUFF!
NOT ONE ITEM CAME HOME WITH ME!
A MAN AND HIS DOG!
I kept bumping into them and was happy to find them at their stall.
The DOG is from SCOTLAND, of course I cannot recall the breed.
There is a VERY SPECIAL STORY about a DOG like this who’s MASTER passed and the DOG sat on the GRAVE for YEARS.The town fed HIM.
SEE BELOW for THE TALE!
” HAVE YOUR SAY THE INCREDIBLE tale of Greyfriars Bobby, the faithful Skye Terrier who slept on the burial site of his beloved master for 14 years, has touched the hearts of Scots and visitors from around the world for generations. In Scotland, in 1850s, John Gray worked as a night watchman for Edinburgh City Police. Statue of Greyfriars Bobby being replaced on pedestal after it was knocked off its pedesta. Around 1856, Gray, or Auld Jock as he was sometimes known, took on a dog named Bobby to accompany him on his long rounds through the cobbled streets and closes of Edinburgh. Other accounts claim, he was actually a shepherd hailing from the Pentland Hills, but regardless of Gray’s true occupation, Bobby was devoted to his master and seldom left his side. After John Gray passed away from tuberculosis on 15 February 1858 the devotion of his most faithful canine companion continued. Gray was buried in an unmarked grave in Greyfriars Kirkyard in Edinburgh. Tourists flock each year to see Greyfriars Bobby. The morning after the burial, so the story goes, Greyfriars’ curator, James Brown, discovered Gray’s most faithful companion lying on his master’s newly-filled plot. As dogs were not permitted into the grounds of the kirkyard Bobby was quickly ushered away, only to return, defiantly attracted to the burial site of his dear owner. Come rain or shine, the vigil persisted. Brown eventually took pity on the dog and Bobby soon became a popular local figure. Each day, large crowds would gather in anticipation of the sound of the One o’ Clock Gun, which became Bobby’s signal to scurry towards the nearby inn for a lunchtime meal. Pupils from South Morningside primary school at the statue of Greyfriars’ Bobby in George IV Bridge, Edinburgh in June 1972. READ MORE – Ceremony to honour Greyfriars Bobby Stray dogs were not uncommon in 19th century Edinburgh, and strict licensing laws were in place to tackle the problem. Any dogs found without owners willing to cough up the necessary ‘dog tax’ Would be disposed of. Pavement parking should be culturally unacceptable – campaigners The ownerless Greyfriars Bobby was in great danger but in 1867 his fame saved him as Edinburgh’s then Lord Provost, William Chambers, stepped forward to pay the license fee. Chambers even supplied Bobby with a brand new collar, the inscription reading: “Greyfriars Bobby, from the Lord Provost, 1867 licensed”. The collar, along with Bobby’s feeding dish, is now on display at the Museum of Edinburgh. Statue of Greyfriars Bobby. Picture: Ian Georgeson. The life of Greyfriars Bobby, Auld Jock’s ever-loyal companion, eventually came to an end in 1872 at the ripe old age of 16. Bobby’s remains were interred outside the entrance of the kirk in one of the flower beds, a stone’s throw from his master. Memorial statue and fountain A year after Bobby’s death, a memorial statue, incorporating a drinking fountain intended for use by both canines and people, was erected at the junction of George IV Bridge and Candlemaker Row. Both the statue and the alluring tale which spawned it continue to enthral tourists from all around the world. In recent years, however, a tradition has surfaced which claims that good luck will come your way if you rub Bobby’s nose – bad luck for the statue as it turns out as its dark patina faces the prospect of being continually worn away, exposing the gleaming bronze underneath. Hoax? The story of Greyfriars Bobby entered the annals of local legend long ago. 11 Skye Terriers and the owners gathered at Greyfriar Bobby’s statue in 2014 to remember the pooch. Picture: Neil Hanna Numerous books and films, including the 1961 Walt Disney hit Greyfriars Bobby: The True Story of a Dog, have covered the tale in great detail over the years and Edinburgh has benefitted greatly from the tourism which it generates. However, there have been various claims that it was all an elaborate hoax, designed purely for the financial benefit of one or two men. In 2011, Dr Jan Bondeson, a historian and lecturer at Cardiff University, delved deep into the 140-year-old tale and concluded that it was nothing more than a shaggy dog story, created to draw in business for Greyfriars’ curator James Brown and restaurant owner John Traill. While Bondeson accepts that a dog fitting Bobby’s description did indeed roam the cemetery, he would have been nothing more than an ownerless stray that sniffed around, waiting on scraps. A lack of any firm evidence to suggest that a John Gray had ever been interred at Greyfriars other than from the accounts by both Brown and Traill, coupled by the fact that such a small dog would have made an unlikely policeman’s companion, also suggested to Bondeson (and many others before him) that something wasn’t quite right. Then there was the mystery surrounding Bobby’s age. Skye Terriers don’t often live beyond 10 or 12 years, but the rough-sleeping Bobby, who endured all manner of harsh weather conditions, supposedly survived until he was at least 16. According to Dr Bondeson.”
ON TO……..THE SANDWICH ESTATE which is called
in County DORSET.
“THE NATIONS’s FINEST MANOR HOUSE” says Country Life Magazine.
How would YOU LOVE to have some STONE steps with Santa Barbara DAISY EXPLODING?!!
I believe these steps were to get on a HORSE?
ANYONE want to CHIME IN HERE?
WE HAVE ARRIVED AT MY PERFECT HOME!
THE ESTATE OF LORD SANDWICH and his wife THE COUNTESS from CHICAGO!
MY perfect HOME consists of GREEN PASTURES with COWS and SHEEP!
TERRA-COTTA URNS from ITALY or GREECE!
AND of course DOGS and CATS and BANKSY BOY!
A YARD SALE TO BOOT!
THIS IS ME THROUGH AND THROUGH………….
THE EARL SANDWICH in the BACK TALL MAN BEHIND ME!
(((I’m the one dressed in COLOR!)))
HE GAVE THE TOUR of THE HOUSE!
I NEARLY FELL OVER WITH EXCITEMENT!
THIS HOUSE IS NAMED IN THE DOMESDAY BOOK of 1086.
The film Far From The Madding Crowd was filmed here in 2015.
A VILLAGE FULL OF CHARM and HIS ROYAL HIGHNESSES GIFT SHOP!
AS you can see I did a LITTLE DAMAGE!
AS it started to DRIZZLE I spied this SHOPPE!
STOPPED ME IN MY TRACKS!
WAIT UNTIL YOU SEE THE SHOPKEEPER!!!
A GORGEOUS WOMAN who is an ARTIST!
MY DAY WAS COMPLETE……..
For all YOU STYLE MAVENS she was wearing this wool coat as a TOP!
SHE had a long skirt or pants on underneath I cannot recall at The moment But she was A FEAST for MY EYES!
THAN there was HER SHOPPE!!!!!
EVERYTHING SPOKE TO ME!!!
I MEAN EVERYTHING!!!!
THIS IS THE REAL STUFF PEOPLE!
THIS IS WHAT YOUR CONTESSA DREAMED ABOUT LIVING IN ITALY ALL THOSE YEARS AGO!
HE would NOT FIT in my BAG!
I did fit a small table into my hand basket before heading back home!
I’ll write about that in the NEXT POST OF ENGLAND as that table became VERY handy in the airport!
AGAIN in MY ELEMENT!
I LOVE ALL THIS OLD GARDEN STUFF!
ALL YOU GARDEN AFICIONADOS This was in PRINCE CHARLES’s GIFT SHOPPE.
WE CAN DO THIS LADIES & GENTS!
Think how GREAT this would be on a BARN or a TOOL SHED or in a GARAGE!
I of course would put mine over the FIREPLACE or in the KITCHEN!
START HUNTING FOR THE DISCARDED GARDEN TOOLS at YARD SALES!
The View from My Bedroom at THE CLOSE………..MARY DUFFY was that YOUR ROOM DOWN YONDER???!!
I had my own private STAIRCASE and TWO DOORS to GET to MY NEST!
With CLOSET SPACE for A REAL TRUE CONTESSA!
LAST DAY of GARDEN TOUR was the ESTATE of PRINCE CHARLES……HIGHGROVE.
NO CAMERAs were ALLOWED, but just know I got a couple of SOUVENIRS!
TWO ROCKS from the GARDEN and ONE from the HOUSE!
PLUS ONE LEAF!
THEY now reside in my Living Room in a GLASS JAR with a TAG to inform MY SONS!
AS one DAY HE WILL BE KING!
THE GURAD TOWER TO HIGHGROVE.
I would imagine there is a GOOD reason for the MILK CRATES!
Morning TEA for the GUARDS?
Don’t YOU LOVE the WINDOWS!
For a BRIEF couple of MINUTES I thought WE were NOT going to be ALLOWED IN!!
HE SEEMED TO HAVE A PROBLEM with HIS LIST!
WE MADE IT!
Only to have a ROYAL PHOTOGRAPHER on HAND to PROVE THE FACT
HIGHGROVE met LA CONTESSA!
The GARDENS and HOME is NOT PERFECT!
HE HAS DONE A MAGNIFICENT JOB and one can see it is a LABOR OF LOVE.
A tree was pointed out to us and I do not recall the TYPE that PRINCE CHARLES and LITTLE Prince George planted together!
This is where WILLIAM and HARRY grew up when they were not in LONDON at KENSINGTON PALACE.
When I came upon the WALLED Vegetable Fruit garden I had tears in my eyes.
ABSOLUTELY STUNNING in its setting.
WE were told that ALL EXCESS FRUITS go to FORTNUM and MASON to be SOLD!
ORGANIC FRUIT at the TOP of its GAME!
((( I have One MORE POST to SHARE with YOU about LONDON and the PEOPLE I SAW!)))
Let’s just say I was in BLOG HEAVEN and THRILLED with the INSTAGRAM MEET UP!
~BEYOND MY WILDEST DREAMS~