The Roman Baths

Even though I have lived in the West Country for over ten years, I am ashamed to admit that until just a few weeks ago I had never set foot inside the famous Roman Baths at Bath. This oversight becomes even more peculiar when you consider that I live in Bristol, which is probably less than fifteen minutes away from Bath Spa by train. However, I can put all of this arrant foolishness firmly in the past now and report that thanks to the kindness of the press team at the Roman Baths, I have now fully sampled the delights […]

The Great War in Costume at Bath Fashion Museum

“The war is usually seen through military eyes. However, it could not have been won without the efforts of millions of women. They proved what they could do – what took a great deal longer was to convince everyone that they should do it.” ‘Fighting on the Home Front: The Legacy of Women in World War One’ by Kate Adie, (Hodder & Stoughton) There are some amazing displays, exhibitions and events all over the country at the moment to mark this year’s centenary of the outbreak of World War One in August 1914. As one might expect, the exhibition at […]

Georgians: Dress for Polite Society

I had a real fashion history treat yesterday morning when I went off to Bath for the morning to take a look at the new Georgian exhibition at the Bath Fashion Museum, which is inspired by the town’s eighteenth century heyday when all the great and good gathered there en masse to take the ‘cure’, relax and have plenty of fun. The exhibition GEORGIANS: Dress for Polite Society, definitely manages to evoke just how gorgeously glittering such high society gatherings in Bath must have been, drawing as it does on the vast and rather wonderful collections of the Bath Fashion […]

Looking forward to 2014

Christ Church, Spitalfields. Photo: Melanie Clegg. Following on from yesterday’s highlights of 2013, I thought it’d be fun or interesting or whatever to have a look at the ten things that I am most STOKED about for 2014. Ready? Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex, after Hans Holbein the Younger, early 17th century. Photo: National Portrait Gallery, London. 1. Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies at the RSC. It seems like eons ago that I bought my tickets for this and I can’t believe that it is now just mere weeks until I trek up to Stratford upon Avon for […]

An Evening with the Gin Lane Gazette

I’ve been quite annoyed to miss out on all the delightful events linked to Adrian Teal’s brilliant The Gin Lane Gazette so I’m really pleased that there is one coming up at No 1 Royal Crescent in Bath, which is just up the road to me. Hurrah. An Evening with the Gin Lane Gazette is being held on the 29th of November and promises to be ‘an enchanted evening of Georgian entertainment as we welcome caricaturist and author of The Gin Lane Gazette, Adrian Teal, and historian Hallie Rubenhold to take you back to an age of elegance and excess. […]

My Week

I lived on lentil curry all week and lost 3lbs which is a total 10lb loss in the last four weeks – yay. My excellent and very me new necklace from Janine Basil. I decided it was time to re-pink my hair as the last dye had mostly faded away. My super cute kitten Tyrion. Gosh, I’ve been busy and kind of neglectful of this blog too – sorry! It’s too hot here, you see. It makes me not want to do ANYTHING but lie in the garden and cry while reading through the stack of chick lit novels I […]