Spring Flowers

I really love this time of year as the garden is finally awaking from winter ❄️and the flowers 🌺🌸are starting to come out.  We went for a wander round the garden 🐶🌳, just after it had rained and founds lots of delightful colours, the daffodils 🌻 are out in force and the rhododendrons 🌺and magnolias 🌸 are starting to appear 😊.  Also do follow the new High Beeches Garden instagram account for lots of photo updates @highbeechesgardensAlice xxx

Narcissus Bulbocodium

Narcissus Cyclamineus

Rhododendron

Rhododendron Oredoxa

Magnolia Sargentiana

  

Daffodils at Home

Time for a Snooze

A Year of Blogging!

Happy New Year!!  I hope you enjoyed many celebrations and are looking forward to 2017 😃.January 2017 is also a bit of a milestone, as it has been entire year since I started writing my blog on a weekly basis, which is very exciting - one WHOLE year, thank you all for keeping up so far 💕.2016 Best Nine have kindly shown me which of my Instagram posts were the most popular - have a look here -  and I thought it would be fun to have a look back at nine of my blog posts too, so here they are 😘Alice xxx

1. #ThatCoat Went Viral

 Alice Frances That Coat ZaraAn Epidemic #ThatCoatThere's this blue and white printed Zara coat everyone seems to be wearing...It all got very exciting when the Daily Mail picked up mine and Emily's @thatcoat instagram account exclusively dedicated to a certain Zara Coat, and we went from 200 to 5000 followers in one week.  We still haven't heard anything from Zara (I was hoping they might send me my very own #ThatCoat for Christmas) but I am very happy to tell you, it's currently in the sale online, and might well be your last chance to pick up this very special coat 😉.  If this is your first encounter with #ThatCoat, have a little read here.

 

2. An interview with Rosanna Lonsdale

 Banana Leaf Lamp Rosanna LonsdaleRosanna Lonsdale LampsI spoke with Rosanna Lonsdale about starting her business and how she hand makes her beautiful lamps.  She has since launched her website, do have a look here

3. A vintage dress and a Magnolia tree

 Murray Arbeid Dress Magnolia SargentianaMagnolia Sargentiana in a Murray Arbeid DressMy favourite tree and my favourite dress.  I put on a vintage dress by Murray Arbeid and climbed about in the Magnolia Sargentiana var robusta Chenault at High Beeches Garden. It was fun, the photos are even more fun, and there is a tiny bit of plant knowledge in there too. 

4. Photos by Benoit at the Barbican

 Benoit Grogan Avignon BarbicanBenoît Grogan-Avignon, PhotographerI visited Benoit, a portrait, editorial and event photographer, who takes the most beautiful photos.  We chatted about his journey into photography, and he took some photos of me at the Barbican. 

Limehouse Ceramics Elizabeth MacnealLimehouse CeramicsI visited Elizabeth Macneal of Limehouse Ceramics in her studio, we spoke about her making process and starting up her business.  She has the most idyllic studio at the end of her garden, I am really quite jealous. 

6. An Afternoon at the Viaduct

 The Viaduct Lucy Wang DressThe ViaductI put on a dress by Lucy Wang and we had a fun time taking photos in the Viaduct in Sussex.  Photographs by Sarah Bray 

7. A Visit to Sophie's Shop

 Sophie's Shop East GrinsteadSophie's Shop RevisitedI spent an afternoon with Sophie in her shop in East Grinstead trying on all sorts of vintage and new designer clothes, and came away with some very exciting finds. 

8. The Garden

 IMG_8884HydrangeaI took many photos of High Beeches Garden through the year, capturing the changing of the seasons.  For some early flowering plants and camellia inspiration have a look at The Plant Lesson, for a variety of April blooms A Walk in the Garden, wonderful Cherry Blossom, Riotous Rhododendrons, a naturalised Wildflower Meadow and fiery Autumn Colour.  Oh and don't miss the Flower Show for an overdose on camellias 😍.  If you want to learn more, definitely have a look at the High Beeches Garden blog written by Sarah Bray. 

9. An Adventure in the Scilly Isles

 Tresco Scilly Isles in a Kate Spade DressThe Scilly Isles in a Kate Spade DressAnd we visited Tresco in the Scilly Isles (maybe one of my all time favourite places), and took a few photos on the beach, in this delightful dress from Kate Spade.  Photographs taken by Emily Bray and Sarah Bray

Catch Up

This week, since arriving back in sunny Wandsworth from Florence, I haven't been completely idle and I thought I'd give you my week update in photos 😊IMG_3690IMG_3738IMG_3743I am going to make a quick interlude here and say that I was passing Victoria Secret's and thought I would pop in and have a look.  And I am going to make a small judgement on any girl who sends her boyfriend into this shop - seriously, no man should have to enter unless they genuinely want to (like the man I accidentally caught on camera on the far left).  There are THREE WHOLE FLOORS of knickers and bras, and it's extraordinarily overwhelming - I like shopping, and I wasn't coping entirely.  How many different types of pants can there be - someone really needs to get a balance between M&S's boring black and white, and the circus show that is Victoria Secret's - I just need to buy some new pants.IMG_3744IMG_3746IMG_3768IMG_3764IMG_3771IMG_3773IMG_3778IMG_3786IMG_3791I am going to let you into a small secret, one which I may regret 😳.  I am often looking for full length dresses 👗 (all this reeling 💃) and they are tricky to find at a price that means you don't need remortgage your house 🏡💵.  However, Debenhams has a line called Quiz.  And Quiz makes full length dresses UNDER £70.  I know, I know, it seems ludicrous - but really they do exist.  Ok the material is not exactly luxurious, you have to accept there will be some diamante 💎, and trying on is an absolute must.  But for reeling they are fantastic, as, if we are honest, reeling is more of a hardcore sport 🏃 than dainty dancing 💃, and by the end of a night of reels, plus further dancing in some insalubrious nightclub your dress doesn't always come off best.  So at £70 a pop (and they are often in the sale, I've got one before for £30) they are a very good investment.  The other key factor is that they are exactly the right length - none of this taking up business, which is such a bore (I really need to learn to sew ).  I always find most full length dresses are made for incredibly lengthly females and it just isn't working on my 5ft 4ness.  So whoever you are that is making these dresses, you are wonderful and please do continue, they fit me incredibly well - I really like the navy one in the image above.  And please can you all not rush out instantly and buy one, as it would be so boring if we all ended up wearing the same dress to the ball 💃😉IMG_3792