Some Home Truths

I’m afraid I’m going to bore you all with a few little home truths for myself because i think i need to hear it, and considering i don’t really like listening to other people i’m gonna write it down here so i can’t avoid it. sooo … if you don’t like reading depressive stuff, i’ll add a bunch of pretty pictures so you don’t have too ūüėÄ .

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I haven’t been on this blog for several months now, i feel i could make up a load of excuses and that would make it ok but i would just be just lying to myself so i don’t see the point. I originally made this blog for my costumes and anything historically related to fashion, as i’ve got older my priorities and interests have all changed, I still LOVE costumes and want to occasionally write about them but after completing my degree in ¬†English Lit i’ve discovered where my real passion is, writing.

However, i’ve always struggled with everything i have ever done and i believe its because as a little girl i was always told (naming no names :D) i wasn’t really smart enough to do anything and i believed them. So in May when i graduated it was the biggest achievement ever, i could final prove to myself and others that i was capable of doing anything that i put an insane amount of effort into. But now that is over i’ve got myself back into a hole, I can hear all those horrid stories i was told when i was little and its affecting everything i do.

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I know i’m not the only person out there with these kind of confidence issues and its really inspiring when you read all theses stories from people who really did start at the bottom and have now achieved something wonderful. But when your stuck in your little village in the corner of nowhere with nobody interesting to talk too, its hard to remember this (thought I should say I do have interesting people in my life, its just a bit boring when your partially deaf and can’t hear anyone :)).

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So, the point of my little ramble is, I want to resurrect Patterns from History, not quite from the grave, but more like a 9 month coma, because my motivation apparently went with it, and by writing it on here I’m compelled to look at it whenever i’m on here and I’ve written it for the anyone to see, which apparently telling other people of your plans is a big helper in motivation.

I’m currently studying for my Masters Degree in English so i’m hoping everything on here will go nicely together. So the resurrection of Patterns from History begins with bright, sunny photo of one of my favourite places in Cornwall, Trelissick.

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Lanhydrock House

Me and the other half had an impromptu visit to Lanhydrock House after spending a fortune out shopping, it was a lovely day, but most of my pictures are from Inside.

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I swear this one above is my favourite, gonna make it one day. 

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I only noticed this bust as I was leaving, I really like the headband she is wearing, something else I must make one of these days.

Birthday Escape

I’ve been super lazy this last week, which i am going to blame on my birthday because birthdays are mean’t to be relaxing which is why i decided to go to¬†Cotehele, a National Trust property on the border of Cornwall and Devon, while the place was amazing the car journey was¬†awful¬†and i got lost several times and needed about a week to get other that (i have NO navigational skills whatsoever). The place was beautiful, kinda like Trerice.. but not lol.

I even managed to get a bit of costume history in there as well.

The National Trust Collection

I have discovered, gratefully from The Costume Society of America, that The National Trust, here in¬†England has put their entire collection online. I use to work at a national trust property called Trerice, i absolutely loved it there and made a little¬†shriek¬†when i heard this news because i had a few¬†favorite¬†items among their collection and when i volunteered there you couldn’t take photo’s in the house. I though i would share some with you all, their collection is here.

I¬†remember¬†this painting being put back, if you look carefully to the left you can see the wood that it was painted on is curved, they made a special box frame so the wood could bend back in its own time. The restorers also didn’t do a very good job (or perhaps it wasn’t them ?!?!) because on the lady’s right, her shoulder has been painted away and it’s shorter than her left, its not very¬†visible¬†here, you need to see it up close.¬†Originally¬†they had believed (or hoped) that this was a portrait of Queen Elizabeth, but it turned out to rich,¬†English¬†country lady.

I was also there when this painting came back, it had been living somewhere else in the country and was dirty, after restoration when it came back it was quite important to¬†Trerice because this boy grew up to be the last Baron (i think) to live at Trerice, he died unmarried and quite young and i¬†believe¬†the house past through cousins. I believe this is the only portrait of one of the Arundell’s that Trerice had that lived at the house (again i may well be wrong, i stopped volunteering about 2010, i think).

This portrait of Charles I always use to give me the creeps.

They have several John Opie portraits there, which is lovely as he is a famous Cornish artist.

One day, when i was in this room (the great chamber) i was sat on the window sill watching the visitors and a child ran and jumped on this¬†beautiful¬†17th century sofa, i think a part of me died inside and my mortification must have been very obvious as the child’s father quickly grabbed him and left.

Beautiful pieces of stumpwork from around the mid 1600’s.