Ah, spring has finally sprung! Yesterday, it was warm enough to sit outside.. Now to you who take the sun for granted, this probably doesn't even seem like news. However, I am so happy that I can stop playing the 'how-many-layers-can-I-fit-under-my-cardigan' game!
So, out comes the sunshine and out comes the shorts! I bought these beautiful cream shorts in a charity shop last week (they're Marks and Spencers I think.) I was attracted to the classic shape and fabric. I then put them with a thrifted silk top - it has a faint spider's web pattern, if you look closely. It was one pound (!) and, like the shorts, is incredibly comfy to wear.
It's still not summer yet though, so I added blue tights and my favourite cardigan from a charity shop. It's kind of a cross between a cardigan and a blazer. (A blardigan? Hmm.. That doesn't sound very appealing).
I was wearing these faux pearls in my last post, and the belt is thrifted Radley. I have my usual blue rings on, one of which was my grandma's, and the other my great-grandma's.
And the loafers... My new favourite shoe style! These brown loafers are from a charity shop too, a present from Mum after a drama exam.
In this outfit, I was quite inspired by a seventies aesthetic - somewhat influenced by a shoot I did a while back, full of loafers and a colour scheme of blues, browns and creams.
These photos were taken by my dad on another family walk. I have to say that this seems to be one of the most spectacular views in the UK. In the evening sunlight, the patchwork of fields were quite literally luminous. We also found the remnants of a crumbling stone cottage - perfect for photos!
I'm currently reading 'Mill on the Floss' by George Elliot. There was a paragraph in it that really struck me:
"We would not have loved the earth so well if we had no childhood in it - if it were not the earth where the same flowers came up every spring that we used to gather with our tiny fingers as we sat lisping to ourselves on the grass... What novelty is worth that sweet monotony where everything is known, and loved because it is known?"
I felt that this observation holds a lot of truth for me. I grew up making dens in the forest, catching frogspawn, sledging down hills in winter and climbing trees. I hold very find memories of these 'adventures', and certainly feel that my loveof the countryside has been influenced by the wayI used to play in it.
Now I appreciate it in so many other ways - landscape + fashion photography ( the countryside being one of my favourite locations for shoots!), family walks, playing with my brother and going for 'rainy picnics' - a friend and I went out in the pouring rain with big umbrellas, walked through a field and sat under a tree with thermos flasks of tea.
I thought this was a good post to illustrate my thoughts, as the backdrop is so amazing, and really sums up the countryside to me!
So what do you think? Did your environment as a child affect your appreciation of things today? Would you rather live in a city or the countryside? I'd love to hear some of your viewpoints.
I am so grateful for some a large number of really wonderful comments recently, and I really will try and keep up to date with those! It has just been quite a hectic holiday so far.
Also, thank you to Olivia, Izzy, Pearl, Rae and Erin for another host of blog awards! They are much appreciated.. If there is anyone else that I failed to mention, then please let me know!
I am going away for a few days now to see a friend, but I'll look forward to catching up when I get back!