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23 September 2012

Sunday Best: Farewell Summer

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Jacket - Topshop, Dress (altered) - Asos,
Sunglasses - Ray Ban c/o Sunglasses Shop, Bag - Mulberry Alexa.


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It is time to bid adieu to British summertime, to pack up all my unworn dresses, bulk buy black tights and embrace the unpredictable weather but not before one last outing. There isn't much that I love more than nosing around a country pile. So, a few Sunday's ago we got in the car and trundled off deep into the Scottish borders to visit Floors Castle - which isn't really a castle at all but a Georgian house square house with an afterthought of turrets.

First of all we spent some time exploring the colourful gardens, which were swarmed with big fat honey bees (can you spot the photo bomber?) and pondering botanists until it began to rain, so we snuck into one of the many Victorian greenhouses to shelter.


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Unfortunately we got completely soaked making our way to the house which put an end of any further outfit pictures but what is inside the castle is far more interesting. The castle staff were quick to tell us of the American heiress Duchess May (nee Goelet) - hailed as the inspiration behind Downton Abbey's Countess of Grantham (I'm not entirely convinced). The tour went through one lavish room after another but my favourite part had to be a small room, by their standards in which taxidermy birds and curious cabinets lined the walls. I had hoped to see the castle's kitchens but the tour was more of tribute to country sports with a glimpse of the gun rooms and other sporting paraphernalia. The ladies side saddle looked positively terrifying.

Farewell Summer, see you next year!

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28 comments:

  1. What an utterly spellbinding room (and photos)! Wouldn't have spotted the photo-bomber for the world, was too busy checking out your lovely face ;) Cannot wait for Downton! x

    http://shelovesmixtapes.blogspot.co.ukm 

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  2. lovely dress! I've been eying on asos!

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  3. Lovely pictures, sounds and looks like an interesting place to visit!

    Sita & Radha xx
    http://buttonsapart.blogspot.co.uk/

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  4. Sigh - clearly I need to move to Scotland. You take such lovely pictures, you write such lovely words and you always look so charming. I'm smitten. And jealous. Too bad my little corner of America is so dang boring. =(

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  5. So picturesque! The gardens are so pretty and I love your Ray Bans too.

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  6. This post just made me sigh and think just how much I love living in Scotland. The Scottish weather though, so bi-polar haha!

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  7. Such a beautiful castle! :)


    Hailey from http://squidsquads.blogspot.com

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  8. Very cool! I love that taxidermy—so interesting.

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  9. I was only just there a couple of weeks ago myself! Luckily it didn't rain the day I went. Glad you had a nice day :) xo

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  10. Love your photos! And love the taxidermy too. Looked awesome and reminded me of the Museum of Hunting & Nature in Paris funnily enough.
    Plum
    www.plumdiddlyumcious.com

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  11. Wonderful Castle and the gardens, rooms and paintings are very colorful. the collection of various birds, baits and all are new and looks great.

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  12. Beautiful pictures. I really love your sense for style.
    Would you like to follow each other ?

    xoxo

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  13. Castle touring sounds like a lovely way to spend an afternoon. Too bad that you got soaked, your outfit is still aces. :) Good luck bundling up and retiring sun dresses.

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  14. Hello from a fellow Scottish blogger!
    I've just started my blog and am pretty excited to find another Scot blogging, especially when your blog is so amazing :)

    le fresne x

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  15. you have an incredibly sense of style, very unique! these buildings are quite lovely as well.

    x thymely

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  16. That must be such a beautiful place to visit, I would love to go there. I felt in love with the Victorian greenhouses, but I believe the inside of the house, all of them, must be amazing too. I also loved your outfit, even though I couldn't see it all.
    By the way I'm Lily from http://aridehome.blogspot.pt/ and just found your blog.

    xxx

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  17. Such a great post, all of your pictures are beautiful and I love your outfit! Sure you had a really great day :) Keep posting!
    Please check out our blog, thanks!

    http://www.goldielondon.blogspot.co.uk/

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  18. Nice post ...thanks for sharing, ...looks like a lovely place.

    Jackie @ Minerva Collection UK Handbags&Jewellery

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  19. you're cute...have a simply beautiful looks..following you dear <3<3

    loves,
    saphira-t


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  20. I have always been amused to be here....simply an awesome post..

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  21. you are very gorgeous and i like your lovely style <3
    Difluprednate

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  22. Gorgeous dress and such lovely pictures! X

    http://Heidi-likes.blogspot.co.uk

    @heidi_likes

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  23. Oh, your photos are making me really miss the UK - Los Angeles is just not the same as home...

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  24. These pictures really sum up what the UK is like for a foreigner - earthly, vintage, refined and cloudy. Or was it a list of personal favourite things..? x

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  25. This blue dress is very lovely on you!

    ~Lou~
    Ps: i'm doing a fashion-related survey for my MSc dissertation, 5 mins, much much help ♥ https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2WNTNCY

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