Since moving to London last November we've still barely explored our area, but with the beautiful spring weather we've been having lately it seemed high time we got out there a bit more. Our local National Trust property Osterley Park is just about a ten minute drive away, so we paid it a visit for the first time.
We had a quick tour of the house first, then stopped at the stable block cafe (the old stalls are still intact!) for a traditional cream tea in the tea garden, before continuing to explore the landscape gardens.
The Tudor walled garden. Presumably as a result of reading (and re-reading) The Secret Garden as a child, walled gardens always have a slightly magical feel to me. Glancing over the map of the gardens of stately homes such as this will often elicit a little gasp, "a walled garden - let's go there first!" Even though they often (as in this case) turn out to be a standard, working vegetable patch, the wall gives them an air of mystery and romanticism. I know I'm not the only one!
Shall we also take a quick moment to reflect on the dress? Check out that print! Novelty and atomic, and the colours are fabulous. I love all my dresses, but this in particular is one of my absolute favourites and I wear it a lot through the warmer months, though you don't often see it here on the blog (mostly because there's a limited number of ways to wear such a statement print and there seems little point in posting photoset after photoset of me in the same look). It was also quite a bargain as I recall, from US ebay.
1950s dress, ebay; 1950s feather hat, can't remember (ebay?); Crochet gloves, can't remember (ebay? charity shop? car boot?); Sandals, purchased in Thailand; Handbag, etsy; Belt, charity shop; Clip-on earrings, car boot sale. Oh, and yes, I did manage to recreate the back-roll hair do!