Sunday, 10 April 2016

My life in sugar town

I'm currently home until May, and have been enjoying playing tourist in all of the places I used to frequent quite regularly. Absense really does make the heart grow fonder! Last week I went to Lincoln with my mum and it ended up being a really wonderful day.

My family home isn't terribly far from Lincoln, to us it's the place you pop into when you need the kinds of things you can't find in the villages (I particularly like it as it has a large art shop, so I can go and fondle the pens and fantasise about paint) This time was a little different as we actually climbed Steep Hill which we usually overlook. It's a beautiful area full of architecture from the 11th century onwards, passing by the cathedral and the Norman castle that contains the Magna Carta.

Most things are incredibly old in my little corner of the world, it's not unusual to see things dating back as far as the Roman period, so I tend to get quite blasé about it all and take it for granted. I truly do appreciate how beautiful it is though! I always get a little frustrated when all of the tourists want to visit London for the history. London burnt to the ground in the 1600s, there's much better history elsewhere in the country!

It's difficult to capture just how steep the hill is in photographs. It's the level of steepness where you feel sure that if you tripped, you'd roll right back down and can't help but walk a bit silly to make sure you don't.

Lincoln Castle, built by William the Conqueror. I hadn't been this far up the hill since going to Lincoln with my friends as a teenager, easily over ten years ago.

I picked clementine and cranberry flavour, so delicious! I couldn't decide between this or tutti frutti but definately made the right decision.

And the goodies I found! The acrylic necklace was too adorable to pass up, and I love collecting octopus things as it reminds me of my favourite song by my favourite Beatle. Watermelon bon bons were picked up from the old style sweet shop, I do wish watermelon flavour would become more mainstream as it's my favourite!

I also had a little luck in the record shop, finding Essence to Essence by Donovan, an album which I've been listening to an awful lot this year so was all the more glad to find on LP and in such nice shape too. I also finally found Their Majesties Satanic Request so my Rolling Stones collection is padding out quite nicely! The two bundles of fabric in the corners of the photo below are lengths of crimplene I picked up in a vintage shop for £1 each. They're hemmed and look to be the skirts of two maxi dresses that someone has shortened, but I'm sure I can knock up something wonderful out of them! I can never pass up cheap vintage fabric even if I don't have any immediate plans for it, especially when they're so beautifully patterned. They'll make lovely cushions if nothing else!

Life is a Merry-Go-Round - Donovan
My favourite song from Essence to Essence


  1. What cool things! Donovan was huge when I was young. And vinyl is still the best way to listen to music.

  2. Those photos are amazing! I love how older towns look, though it stinks to walk around if you shoes have any sort of heel. And your nails are super cute!

  3. DONOVAN! I've got Catch the Wind on vinyl, he's just the cutest. Watermelon flavour things are sooo nice. Was wondering if you like the actual fruit though, cos I don't. it's like bananas and banana flavoured things
    your outfit is spectacular, you look like a dream! Thanks for sharing these photos!

  4. Thanks for sharing some of your hometown, it looks amazing! I'm from NZ so anything from the 1800's blows my mind (we weren't even a country till 1840!) I would be obsessed with pretty much everything. I love the fabric you bought - not having a project in mind has never deterred me from buying fabric I love :)


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