Monday, June 6, 2011

Dig For Victory

My sister was recently granted an allotment after over two years on the waiting list. We took ourselves off there with her two little boys to do a spot of digging, give it a bit of a watering and enjoy the sunshine. It's a bit overgrown, but not badly so - there are blackcurrant, redcurrant and gooseberry bushes in full fruit, which is pretty cool.

Incidentally, if you're thinking about digging a Victory garden (or just a regular vegetable patch), I bought her the re-issued 1942 book Dig On for Victory, which she says is absolutely perfect for the beginner gardener. It's a week-by-week manual of what to do when - when to plant the potatoes, when to turn over the soil, how to prepare for growing tomatoes, and so on.

I confess I tried out several different garments in an attempt to find my most "Landgirl" outfit, my wardrobe being notably lacking in breeches, jodhpurs, jeans - in fact trousers of any kind. I ended up in this gingham dress, which I actually made to sell (from the same pattern as another dress I'm working on - the last picture in this post), but I've now decided to keep.

Notice anything different about me? Yes, I finally got a haircut last weekend up in London at Nina's Hair Parlour. I had about six inches off, and it's got so much more bounce now! I tried pincurls for the first time overnight and they turned out pretty well - not exactly how I wanted, but not bad for a first attempt. I'm wondering about investing in some narrow rollers though, since my hair is still quite long for coiling up into pincurls. I wonder if I might take it even slightly shorter again next time I get it cut.

Outfit details: Dress, made by me from a 1940s pattern; Headscarf, car boot sale; 1940s style peeptoe shoes, similar in my shop; Belt, ebay. I kept it minimal with the accessories in keeping with my "Landgirl" theme.

The allotments are great for a quiet little wander. Some are like proper little gardens, with benches and archways. Others have chickens, dwarf fruit trees, neat rows of vegetables. There's one greenhouse with a fig tree in it! It's also a super place for a spot of photography. I got really into photography when I was travelling, but since being back in the UK my vintage obsession sort of took over. It's something I'd like to try and get back into.

Retro photo effects by Lo-Fi App.


  1. The photos are great and your sister is a lucky girl to finally get an allotement, but boy what a long wait.
    Love the hair One day I too will have my hair cut at Nina's Hair Parlour.

  2. Ooh gingham, my fave. I was on holiday in England and saw all the garden lots from trains and I couldn't understand what they were. I think the idea of allotments is so cool.

    Arianne from A + B in the Sea

  3. Cuuuute dress! After reading about the allotment wait list in the UK, I feel very lucky I live where space for a garden is abundant!

  4. I need that book! And I'm so jealous that you sister's allotment has currants and gooseberries--both of those are really difficult to find where I live. Your photos look fabulous.

  5. wonderful blog site :-) I love all your hats images. look forward to returning. Are you on facebook?

  6. I love this post! I'm a big fan of "victory gardens". I'm in the middle of a 5 part series of scans from a WWII victory gadren booklet over on my blog, if you are interested in this sort of thing you should check it out. The multi-page PDFs are free for download too.

  7. Lookins a treat as always. Your hair will curl a lot shorted with thin foams - and if its anything like mine it will drop through the day :)

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    I love your outfit and the last photo Charlotte ~ it's very pretty. : )

    bonita of Depict This!
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  9. gingham some more!!! ahh!! Your haircut looks very cute.


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