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Monday, November 14, 2011

An Encyclopedia of Nostalgia...

I am currently reading a beautiful, fabulously whimsical book called Let's Bring Back: An Encyclopedia of Forgotten-Yet-Delightful, Chic, Useful, Curious and Otherwise Commendable Things From Times Gone By. (I know! If they'd made the title any longer they would have needed another book!) It's full of, well... I won't repeat the title here, but it's full of the kind of lovely things we used to know, have and love and now miss. Such as calling cards. Parasols. Bookplates. Butlers. (And butler's pantries.) Typewriters. Top hats. Kitchen larders. Hand-written letters. Head scarves. (Very Jackie Kennedy-in-Capri.) And afternoon siestas. There are dozens more, of course, but I'd like to add a few more of my own here. These are the things I wish the world would bring back.

Old-fashioned beach holidays. With old-fashioned deck chairs and old-fashioned umbrellas. (Shot on Shelter Island, near New York, 2010)

Old-fashioned Wellingtons (gumboots to Aussies), in whimsical, old-fashioned colours. (Rosemary Verey's Barnsley House, Cotswolds, 2010.)

Old-fashioned beach houses, with old-fashioned furniture. (The Adams beach house on Tybee Island, which was part of the film The Last Song. Shot on Tybee Island, 2010, as part of the book Coast: Lifestyle Architecture.)

Old-fashioned crockery cabinets, with old-fashioned dinnerware.
(Shot in Maine, 2010)

Old-fashioned heirloom vegetables, for use in old-fashioned meals. (Purple Podded Dutch peas, shot at Glenmore House, Sydney, 2010.)

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