A few weeks ago my historical costuming friends and I rented a cottage in the country for our fifth(!) annual Historical Sew & Eat Retreat.
On Sunday we took a drive along the back roads in 18th century dress and admired some cows and explored the delightful Hattenburn Gardens.
The cows were interested in our grass, but not brave enough to eat it out of our hands…
(fun fact: this fabric is made by the same manufacturer as the in/famous Our Flag Means Death breakup robe!)
Other than me, it was an Angelica fest. Mme Kez wore the sample Angelica she modelled, and Averil sported another just-finished Angelica, in country appropriate linen, altered to be front fastening with hooks.
And somehow we all, excepting Nina, forgot our bust bows. I don’t know how. Mine was sitting on my dressing table, complete with pin, when we got back.
The Hattenburn Gardens were lovely, with amusing and informative signs about the artwork, the plants, and permaculture. There were picturesque koi streams:
And lovely old benches (which Nina and Averil engaged in a ladies fisticuff battle over):
And shady spots to escape the blazing sun:
But the best thing about the gardens? Cats! I will never not be excited to see a cat!
He just loves me for my feathered hat. See how he ignores Nina? He had just espied the hat!
Cats and costumes. They just go together!
After touring the gardens and getting slightly blinded in the glare, we headed off for some very 18th century appropriate…
It may not be ices at the Pot and Pine Apple, but real fruit ice cream is a delightful New Zealand experience, and we certainly delighted and amused the customers and staff at the roadside fruit shop.
Real fruit ice cream is frozen fruit of your flavour choice (I got strawberry and boysenberry, but cherry is also a firm favourite) blended up with vanilla ice cream right in front of you and swirled out into a ridiculous tower of fruity deliciousness.
They asked if we had come from filming something. We were very good and just said it was a hobby, instead of being cheeky and saying we were off the set of Time Bandits, which was filming in the neighbourhood!
A most delightful time! I highly recommend low pressure frolics over high pressure events!
Three little girls from school are Wheeeeeee!