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Alice in Wonderland Event in Stratford upon Avon

Alice in Wonderland Event in Stratford upon Avon

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On Tuesday I took Betsy to the Bancroft as LSD Promotions had put on a special market and Alice in Wonderland event! The market was lovely, with fantastic eateries (the bubble waffle was incredible!).

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The Wonderland area was small, but it kept Betsy happy for a good 1.5hrs. We met up with a couple of her friends and she couldn’t get enough of the characters. Kudos to the people dressed up in the heat, they did a wonderful job.

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There was a giant chair, pocket watch and rose wall for photo opportunities and a long tea party table with hat decorating (these were covered in red glitter which was a bit of a nightmare as we got covered too, but hey, you can’t complain when it comes to free crafts for kids!). You could even play giant chess or flamingo croquet with the characters.

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Betsy looked adorable in the felted Cheshire Cat top hat I had made and I was surprised with how long she kept it on for! So many people commented on it and she took great pleasure in chatting to them. I wore a teacup headpiece I made many years for my hen tea party! Shame I didn’t get any decent pictures of my outfit, but always the way when you are the photographer.

Well done LSD Promotions! Great job!

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Cinderella Photoshoot with Lee Parker


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In Spring this year I had the pleasure of shooting with Lee Parker again! This time, we included Betsy Boo and created a Cinderella inspired theme. A fantastic excuse to wear an epic ballgown, we both dressed as Cinderella and the Fairy Godmother. I created some wire and cellophane wings for each of us and Karen D Bebbington skillfully did my hair once more. The Tiaras were kindly lent to us by Boho Bride in Stratford upon Avon as were my Fairy Godmother shoes!

Lee has sent me some photos to post up AND a little video he created. Enjoy!

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Daily Mail Article


Click here to read the article.

Ah yes, another corker of an article released today about our lifestyle; full of misquotes and fabrications to make us look weird. Always take this type of thing with a pinch of salt and a smirk! 

Apparently we eat like they did in the Blitz (you know…powdered egg, rationed bacon, spam, pizza, tiramisu, korma…)

Betsy’s Bing and Peppa Pig toys are from an ‘erstwhile age.’

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Oh and of course Betsy loves the wartime classics (?!), like this fairies book from 1950 for instance (blatantly on the front cover)…

The grammar is impeccable…if you aren’t fussed about punctuation and sentences making sense…

This wonderful image below was used in the article and not credited. It was taken by the talented Candee Photography!

As you can see from part of this email, I previously contacted the company about misquotes and other info. Some of it was taken onboard… I mean, they corrected my name.

Finally, thank you to Koray Erol the photographer. He did a great job on the day!

New Year’s Blitz Ball 2014


Well all the hard work paid off and the New Year’s Eve Blitz Ball was a huge success! Richard and our friend Mark Williams were complete troopers at getting the decor up as I pointed and waved my arms a lot. Paper decorations and bunting were strung, a cargo parachute hung over the dance floor and everything came together.  Our Guests all received an E-ticket in the form of a WW2 telegram with a special code in it. These codes were all put into a grand draw, whilst there were also prizes for Best Dressed Man and Best Dressed Lady.

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The main part of these prizes were a bottle of ginger wine AND a whole week’s rations for 2 people. wrapped up in brown paper and string! There was also a vintage tie for Best Dressed Man, stockings for the lady and the prize draw included a ‘Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ DVD… and a banana! In these times of war, such fruit were a complete exotic rarity. Just don’t ask where we got it from…

Everyone came beautifully dressed and DJ Woody played some fantastic music to sing and dance along to. The beginners dance lessons was a big hit and 40 people hit the dance floor to learn a few moves, whilst another 25 came for the dance itself.

So here are some photos of the big night. A major thank you to everyone who came along, we had a wonderful time entertaining you all and I hope you had a memorable evening!

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The National Trust Back to Backs, Birmingham


In early September we decided to treat ourselves to a visit to the National Trust Back to Backs. I remember when the conservation team was working on this project years ago, but have never wondered about its Birmingham location. Funnily enough, this wonderful treasure is something I had stood by a few times whilst gawping into the window of a traditional sweet shop. How funny that I had never known it was there.

Tickets have to be pre-booked and you are taken on a fascinating tour! Once inside the little National Trust Shop, you are taken around the corner and through a locked gate  into a courtyard that did not seem to exist until that very moment.

Inside are a row the back to back houses, a wash room and out house and each of the 3 homes your enter is set in a different period. As well as the period set up, they have also researched some of the interesting people who used to live there. From a Jewish clock maker to a man who made glass eyes for taxidermists and people! You can even find an air raid shelter in the first property and also take a glimpse into how the original state of the place before they set to work.

I learnt a huge amount I never knew, such as how arsenic was once used as a green dye for wallpaper, candles and even icing flowers.

Photography is not allowed at the Back to Backs, other than the courtyard area, and there are steep and winding staircases that have to be climbed and descended in each of the properties. Unfortunately my camera ran out of juice before I got to the tailor’s establishment, which was really wonderful. A tailor that set up business in the 1970’s retired in 2001. When he went, he literally left everything, from patterns to bolts of fabric and finished items…it is all still there!

Here are some of the photos I took of this mesmerising place. I will post more when I can. Thank you once again to all the staff who made this visit such a pleasure!

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Back to Backs Courtyard

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Glass Eyes!

Stencilled Walls at the Back to Backs

Stencilled Walls

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Original flooring in one of the bedrooms!

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Taxidermy Mouse ‘Le Eeek’

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Original state

Air Raid Shelter Back to Backs

The Air Raid Shelter Basement

Lee Parker Photos – War and Peace Revival


I thought I would make these into a separate post as they deserve their own space. Lee Parker is a wonderful events photographer and helps out at the show each year. He took some photos of my Isis wing dance that I would love to share with you all. He has captured the movement and emotion perfectly. I have also included one singing on the 50’s/ 60’s evening!  The Isis wing act can be seen here.

 

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Performing Kieran’s Band of Brother’s Requiem act in his memory

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All dolled up in the Vintage Marquee on the 60’s evening

WI Masquerade Ball


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My lovely cat mask!

I thought I would share a few photos taken at the WI Masquerade Ball last weekend in Stratford upon Avon.

I sang a set of 40’s and 50’s songs in my big ballgown and then later did my Mewy Antoinette burlesque fan dance.

The funny thing was that I couldn’t put my left foot down for the entire 20 minute singing set as I could feel something weird under my heel that I had obviously dragged across the floor in the train of the dress. This ended up as being a plastic clothes peg…oh the glamour!

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Mr Mew and I

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My crazy ball gown that will make it’s next appearance on the Halloween Steam Train Trip this October!

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