Saturday, 27 November 2010

The holly and the ivy

I've been out for a walk this afternoon, gathering greenery for a wreath I'm going to make tomorrow.
This is a street which leads to the park. Some of my husband's ancestors lived here in the 1920s. Funny as we've bought a house less than 1/2 a mile away now, despite neither of us growing up in Bristol. It's a small world eh?
The snow has stayed all day and the park was very pretty, but deserted. Where were all the kids on sleds? Probably playing on the computer and mugging old ladies. Youth of today, eh?!
This house was the fam house for the whole area, until the Edwardian era when the Bristol suburbs exploded to surround it. This area, Horfield, used to belong to the neighbouring county but it was bough by Bristol in this era to solve some of the slum and overcrowding problems closer in to the city. Apparently the locals weren't too pleased at the idea of a bunch of slum dwellers being moved into council housing near them! The name Horfield means "muddy bit at the corner of the field". Apt, I feel!
I got a chance to wear my skirt out, with my Clarks boots.
I was going to post a bit of a photo guide to making a door wreath. Anyone interested?


  1. Lovely photos. I would be interested in a wreath post, they cost a fortune and knowing my luck someone would nick it lol x

  2. I'd like to see the process, too. Love that plaid skirt!

  3. Yes please, my attempt at making my own last year was a miserable failure, I need all the help I can get!

  4. Ah pretty. Wish it was snowing here in London, everything is just grey and boring here!

  5. Hi Lauren,
    I'd love to have a tutorial, thank you!
    Lovely to see your posts about Bristol - I lived in Horfield when I was a student at the poly. My ancestors are also from Bristol - it's a lovely city.
    Fay x

  6. Hello, just wanted to say hello as I found your blog a few weeks ago through Sew Retro, and I only just noticed you're in Bristol! For some silly reason I tend to assume everyone on Sew Retro lives in the US... So hello from a fellow Bristol vintage dressmaker :D Sarah x