Saturday, 25 August 2012

Charming Chartwell

Today is not as hot as last Saturday but we have still had pretty good weather all week. It is due to rain a little over the bank holiday weekend but there are sunny bits in between so I can't complain. During the summer I have visited a few National Trust properties on my "Thursdays off work" with my parents. Last week we went to Chartwell in Kent, home of  Sir Winston Churchill. I am a member the NT so I have visited this lovely house on many occasions and I never tire of all it offers. Even the grounds are spectacular.
There are acres to explore and it's fun to see the outside swimming pool (more a pond in my books) and also the lakes above, one is where the resident Black Swan resides.


I'm not sure I would fancy swimming here, would you but it is a fantastic setting. As you can see the rain we had all summer has paid dividends, the gardens were the most lush in the summer that I have ever seen them.











The Black Swan is very protective of his lady and kept fluffing up his feathers at us. He is very amusing to watch but I would not get too near!





















There is a wonderful walled garden, Churchill built all the walls himself. He took brickwork lessons to do so. The National Trust grows flower and vegetables which it sells and uses in the restaurant.





























There are timed tickets for the actual house so we spent an enjoyable few hours eating our picnic and exploring the gorgeous grounds.

It even has it's own croquet lawn...a really fabulous place. Now I don't have room in my tiny garden for a croquet lawn the thought of croquet and a Bank Holiday weekend it will be Pimms O'Clock at some point, just like last weekend at my house.


Now interestingly it turns out that Pimm's seems to be a very English drink. I had some questions and emails from my blogging friends over the pond about it so I decided to do a little bit of research. It turns out that Pimms was first made in 1823 by none other than a James Pimm who owned an Oyster bar in London. It was created as a tonic and had a secret recipe to which he added gin. The first variety (Number 1 cup)  was a gin based fruit cup. Over the years he made 2 other variations of fruit cups with brandy and scotch added. These were called Pimm's Number 2 cup  and Number 3 cup.

His drink was a sensation in London. By the 1960s this fame had spread country wide and there were new varieties including vodka.  There were eventually 6 different vairieties.

In the 1970 and 80 Pimms became less fashionable and only No 1, 3 and 6 continued to be made.
Number 3 is used as a Winter Warmer but I have not been able to get this recently. The supermarkets usually only stock No 1. In recent years Pimm's  has gained huge popularity with a clever series of adverts called "Pimm's O' clock". Check them out on U Tube they are great fun. I have loved drinking Pimm's in the summer since I was a teenager and it's obligatory for me to have a glass at Wimbledon whenever I have been lucky enough to get tickets. My husband and I enjoy making up a jug on a hot sunny afternoon at the weekends.  It is best served as 1 part Pimm's, 3 parts R White's lemonade (the only lemonade in my books ;0), any fresh fruit (strawberries, lemon, orange, lime, apple etc etc, I even love cucumber in it), ice and fresh mint. I have plenty in my garden and it just makes it! Mmmmmm

So there we are I hope that explains my favourite summer tipple!

Onto my card challenge for today. I have used one of my Saturated Canary stamps by Krista Smith. I love this one called "Dorothy". I find these images have a wonderful retro feel to them, it's the eyes that do it for me. It takes me back to my teenage years of Betsy Clark etc...wonderful






I coloured her with my Promarkers and shaded with my Prismcolor pencils. I added lots of details including lace and buttons and a Tim Holtz tag and a lovely textile corner that my dear card blogging friend Brenda sent me (thank you again Brenda you are so generous). The sentiment is Lili of the Valley.

I did put her into my Etsy shop but she sold in 12 hours! I have added a different Saturated Canary card here


I would like to enter my card into the following challenges.





Saturated Canary photo inspiration challenge #24
Sassy Cheryl Happy Birthday #129
Bearly Mine Anything Goes #49
Whimsy Stamps Lots of layers #50
Totally Papercrafts Zesty summer colours #131
Divas by Design Anything Goes #49
Paper Crafting Journey anything goes

I hope everyone in the UK enjoys the last bank holiday before Christmas (yes there are 122 days left) and I know that I will have to peel Vivienne off the ceiling after saying that ;0) We are off to Southampton to see the newly weds on Monday and hear all about their wonderful honeymoon to the West coast of the USA. Milly even found me 2 Martha Stewart punches near LA, they are more or less dollars for pounds in cost so much cheaper than here. She found a shop called Michael's and she said if I had been there I would probably still be there now; it was crafting heaven.

Cheers everyone whether you have a holiday or not and thanks as always for your lovely visits and comments. It's always lovely to see you. Do remember that my giveaway is still running here. It will finish at  4pm (GMT) on 31st August. Please remember to mention the giveaway in your comment if you would like your name to go in the hat.

Bye for now,

Jane x

39 comments:

  1. I'm off on a little jolly tomorrow Jane so not even the mention of the 'C' word is going to upset me today! ;)
    Chartwell looks so lovely, I think by the look of those photos I would like it there!! I had a croquet set as a child, I loved it!
    The black swans are so beautiful.
    Great card no wonder it was snapped up quickly. :)
    Enjoy bank Holiday Monday with Milly and Tom!
    'Speak' soon,
    Vivienne x

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  2. You would love Chartwell Vivienne, sadly no photography is allowed inside but it is a glorious as the outside. Have a wonderful bank holiday too,
    Jane x

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  3. This is so gorgeous, adorable image and love all the pretty details...Thanks for joining us at Totally Papercrafts this week.
    Wendy xx

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  4. What a lovely Thursday outing! I love Kent and now I have one more reason to return.I will "share" your photos with my family.
    Such a classic card, very retro!!
    Oh Jane, Michael's is such a fantastic store. You would love it. There's a store about 1 hour away from our home.
    Enjoy your bank holiday hearing about all their adventures in America!!

    best wishes,
    Anne
    PlumCreek

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  5. Ooh Chartwell is on my list of places to visit. It looks stunning. I do love a glass of pimms during the summer months too.
    Victoria xx

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  6. Hi Anne, Kent is a very beautiful county as is Surrey. My parents live in Kent and Chartwell is not too far away. Michael's sounds fab, I wish there was a branch over here!
    Jane x

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  7. Hi Victoria, a fellow Pimm's lover I see.
    Enjoy a glass (or 2) over the holiday weekend ;0)
    Jane x

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  8. Your card is just wonderful, Jane. I love the red and pink combination and your coloring is quite nice as well. Thank you for playing along with us at Saturated Canary.

    Anne xx

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  9. Thanks for visiting Anne,
    Jane x

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  10. Lovely adventures again, Jane, and so beautiful pictures too! And those swans are fabulous, I've never seen a black one in real life!!

    Your card is very "me" again, I love your colors and that girl is just so cute!

    Happy long weekend and many Pimm's (thank you for sharing some info about it) in sunshine!

    Yours,
    Mia

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  11. I have only even seen black swans at Chartwell Mia, they are quite famous and the male is known for being quite fierce. I thought you might like my card colours today ;-) Have a lovely weekend too,
    Jane x

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  12. Hello Jane, once again I am awed by the lovely photos you post and the story you weave with mix of the day's happenings and the historic information. I love reading your posts.

    Your card is fabulous, it doesn't surprise me that it sold quickly.

    Cheers,
    Kasey ~ in Oz

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  13. Oh my Jane, what a wonderful place! I was wondering if the wood lattice on that building was for training ivy up it and if so, where was the ivy? I had to grin when your daughter found Michael's - you would indeed love it, so I guess you need to visit the states too!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  14. You're very kind with your comments Kasey, thank you :-)
    Jane x

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  15. It is just part of the decoration Teresa, the original building dates from the 1600s and Churchill spent thousands on changing it in the 1920s. I like the sound of Michael's. We last visited the states on a New York trip 9 years ago..I would love another visit.
    Jane x

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  16. Hi Jane! That place looks fantastic! Beautiful gardens and buildings! Thanks for telling about Pimm's - I'm sure I would love that drink!
    Have a lovely time! x Teje

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  17. Good morning Teje, you would love Chartwell and Nero,Foxy and Hanna could even explore the grounds there. It's a lovely sunny day here, it may be Pimm's O Clock later ;0)
    Jane x

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  18. Gorgeous card I love that image and your beautiful colour choice. Thanks for joining us at Bearlymine, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxxxxx
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  19. Gorgeous photos and a beautiful card, love the image and colour combo.
    Hugs
    caz x

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  20. Hello Jane! I have so enjoyed this post on Chartwell, which I do not know - and Pimm's. I really like the image of Churchill building his own brick wall; what a man!

    Your cards are truly wonderful. There is so much attention to detail which appeals to me a lot.

    Have a lovely Sunday.

    Stephanie

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  21. I think I might trade bank holidays and Pimm's for Michaels :) Lovely photos, as always Jane. Who'd a thought Churchill would be a brick layer? Thanks for taking us on your travels!

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  22. Thanks for visiting Caz,
    Jane x

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  23. Hi Stephanie, when Churchill built his walls he apparently had a mini railway set up to transport the bricks, mortar etc down to the grounds from the house! Here's to Pimm's O'Clock...it's gorgeous here today. Thanks for visiting me again,
    Jane x

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  24. Hmmmm Linda that is a tricky old trade...LOL! I am tempted though. Churchill also was an accomplished artist, you can visit his studio in the grounds too.
    Jane x

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  25. Hiya me lovely, do you know something, your photos should win competitions!! they are always so beautiful and the angles and everything are perfect, you should be a progfessional photographer so there lol, your card is beautiful too hun, ive never tried pims in my life,must have a try sometime thanks for the write up on it sooo interesting, big huggies June xxxxxxxxxxx

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  26. I think it's the camera rather than me June but you are so very kind about my photos ;0) Do try Pimm's but it needs to be a hot sunny day!
    Jane x

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  27. Your card is sweet as can be! what lovely colors and darling image! anyone would be happy to recieve this little treasure!
    thanks for joining us for the Sassy Cheryl Happy Birthday challenge this week!
    Judy

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  28. You're very kind Judy, thank you,
    Jane x

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  29. Lovely pictures of Chartwell, Jane, you have captured it so well. We visited it a few years ago and it is such an interesting place isn't it? I loved seeing Churchill's china and some of the paintings he did too. You got some great shots of the house and garden :) Love the sweet little card too :)
    Have a great week!
    Helen x

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  30. Hello Jane, So enjoying this post and the lovely history of both Chartwell and Pimm's! This was so well timed because my husband and I had a lovely lunch out on Sat. and they had a cocktail Pimm's cup #1, of course I had to get it!! It was sooo refreshing..... I wanted a whole pitcher of it. This one had orange, lemon, mint leaves, slice of cucumber, and a speck of lavender on top! Not only was it delicious it was eye appealing. What have I been missing all these years!
    Love your card. Have a great visit with the newly weds
    xoRobin❤

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  31. The inside is gorgeous isn't it Helen, I love the green and white drawing room, such a charming place. Hope you enjoyed the weekend,
    Jane. X

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  32. Robin that's fab...you have enjoyed your first of many, I'm sure, Pimm's! Cheers ;0)
    Jane x

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  33. Fantastic card.Thanks for joining us this time at Diva's.
    Hugs
    JAyne

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  34. Gorgeous card hun.

    Thank you for joining us girlies over at Saturated Canary, hope you will join us again.

    Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

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  35. Thanks Vivky it's the first time I have entered a Saturated Canary challenge ;0)
    Jane x

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  36. We would like to thank you for Entering Whimsy Stamps inspirations Challenge.
    Hugs from Tammy Ortiz - DT Digi Team for Whimsy Stamps

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Thanks so much for leaving a comment; I really enjoy reading every single one of them.
Jane x