A Soul for the Souls

I’ve been thinking about the upcoming Armistice (11 November) and the souls that were and are being lost in times of conflict.

I think I will write more about this next week at a more appropriate time, but offer one of my ladies from my collection for your viewing pleasure.

I think she is proof enough, even though I don’t know who she is, that the dead never leave us.

The Lost Souls

These 2 are photographs mounted on postcards.  As you can see, they are probably from the First World War period.  I often wonder in these cases, whether the person photographed survived or not.

These are the last of my pictures.  Can you give them a home?

The Keeper Family

To follow on from my Motleys post, these are 3 photos I will probably be keeping.

When looking at the back of the images I noticed they have ‘Mother’, ‘Father’ and ‘Lilian’ inscribed on them.  I am particularly fond of the 2 ladies images, but found the man a little scary.

Needless to say, being me, now I’ve discovered they’re a family I can’t split them up.  I’m sentimental that way.

I will be posting about the Motley Postcards shortly…

The Motleys, Or Could You Love Us?

Some of you may have noticed a little while ago I mentioned that I purchased a Victorian photo album.  I’m going to try and photograph it carefully to show you all, but it is in a very sorry state, and has been robbed of all but a few of its original photographic entries.  Sad, and I felt sorry for it, which is why I bought it in the first place!

I’d forgotten, until I was searching for it, that as a bonus I got a random envelope of photos and postcards with it too.  Probably no-one loved these either, some are quite faded, or have seen better days.

My question is, I am going to keep one or two of them, but could you love any of my motley collection?  I don’t want these to be re-sold, I’d like to find them a home.  Please see the first set.  I’m going to do a few more another day, including postcards.

Victorian Month Begins in Style

So it begins! Victorian month at Castle Fraser started in earnest this weekend, my quiz is up and running, and we had a local re-inactment group who I’ve mentioned before (Medieval Realm, being, well, not Medieval) to come in dressed as Victorians to speak to visitors and circulate around different rooms in the castle.

The weather was slightly uncertain, but on Saturday some of the members were showing their swords skills in the Courtyard, plus fighting with walking sticks, pocket watches and handkerchiefs! Believe or not, these can all be lethal if wielded properly. Our ladies spent much time sewing and playing cards in the Library, we had a cook in the kitchen, plus a chimney sweep, handily. You should see how big the chimney is in the Great Hall!

On Sunday, the displays were kept to the Great Hall due to yet more showers. We had lots of visitors over the weekend, so that was great, thanks to all who participated and visited. Roll on the rest of the month! Medieval Realm will be back in September for the Battle of Harlaw on the weekend of 13/14 September.

In the end, I decided not to take photos, as much of the displays were inside the castle, so it is not ideal, hopefully I will capture the battle instead.

The Medieval Weekend Roundup

I know, I’ve been a bit slow posting this, but it was a fun but tiring weekend and I wanted to go through my photos first.

As most of you will have seen, we had a medieval village at the castle for the weekend of 26-27 April. It was a small village this time showing things like cooking, medicine and how people would dress, plus of course, my favourite which happens to be weaponry (hee).

We were quite busy on Saturday in the castle itself, and many people came out to see the village, which was great. So on Saturday afternoon I was asked whether I would like to dress in medieval type clothing and join the village outside on Sunday (whilst checking tickets etc.). I have to confess, I was a bit dubious, as of course I am interested in medieval things, I don’t think I really look very authentic when dressed up! Well, I gave it a go, and it was fun and very busy outside. Plus, I got a ringside seat when things were happening and the best of the Spring sunshine. I also learnt I really don’t walk well in dresses, especially when opening the castle and climbing spiral staircases…no injuries to report you will be relieved to hear.

The visiting children also had a fantastic time beating up the knights!

Here are some of my favourite moments:

All images are copyright Alison Lodge 2008

Hello Vintage

I’ve made up my mind this time. The last time Victorian/Edwardian inspired fashion was about I only bought a couple of things. This time I’m stockpiling. I love this stuff, you can blame it on Radio Days, who got me into vintage stuff when I was 18.

Here’s a couple of finds: the blouse I bought last time around, and I adore it, the boots I just got recently in a sale after seeing these ones, which are equally gorgeous, but too high for me. I’m 5′ 8″ now and refuse to be Amazon woman.

Sorry, pictures don’t do them justice.