Kelmscott Manor, Coronation Quiche, Aerie x Pamela Munson and More on Weekend Meanderings.
Good Saturday morning friends! Today I am joining Kim and Juliet for weekend meanderings, our weekly series of things that caught our eye and piqued our interest.
It is a dreary, rainy morning and although my flowers can use the water it does put a damper on the day. My mom is visiting this week and we had plans with my niece and nephew to go to Spring Fest and the farmers market. Now I am not sure what we will be doing, this may be a bit of a challenge as they both have very different interests.
I am a little tired this morning, the deer came to visit last night. They feasted on the flowers and sweet potatoes planted in containers on the patio just outside the bedroom and caused a ruckus with the pups. All three dogs were running and barking at 2:30 am, jumping at the door trying to get to the deer. The deer ran off, the pups went back to sleep and I read on my iPad until 4:30.
Ok, let’s get to the good stuff!
Kelmscott Manor, William Morris’s ‘heaven on earth’ in the Cotswolds.
After reading this article in Gardenista this week I fell down the rabbit hole of William Morris and Kelmscott Manor. Located two hours from London in the Cotswolds this charming country house and all of the gardens are open to explore. You will find the plants and flowers that inspired many of his designs.
Kelmscott Manor, is the home of William Morris, poet, designer and founding father of the conservation movement and protection of old buildings.
Described as a ‘Heaven on Earth’ by Morris, he loved the Manor house and adjoining farm buildings as a work of true craftmanship, totally unspoilt and unaltered.This old stone farm house is best known as the Morrises’ country home. It was first co-leased as a retreat from his busy London life, with friend and business partner Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
Rosetti was an English poet, illustrator, painter, translator and founder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. He was also having a longterm affair with William Morrises wife, Jane and after 3 years grew tired of the cold winters at Kelmscott Manor and left.
In 1874 the house became the Morris family’s, Jane, William, and their two daughters, Jenny and May, lived happily at Kelmscott in spite of the romantic entanglement with Rosetti. After Morris’ death Jane and daughter may continued to rent the house, until it was purchased along with additional land in 1913 by Jane. May Morris moved to Kelmscott permanently in 1923.
Honestly, I do not know what is more fascinating, the house, or the the artists. Jane Morris, Elizabeth Siddal, William Morris and Dante Gabriel Rossetti were all amazing artists and led fascinating lives. You can read more about them in the articles below.
Kelmscott reopen last year after a 30 month conservation and refurbishment program and some of the original features and furniture have been reintroduced to the house. Wallpaper of Morris’ design has been reinstated to many of the rooms and the original blocks from Morris & Co archives have been used.
May Morris left the house to Oxford University in 1938 with many stipulations and in 1962 Oxford University gave up the bequest and ownership passed to the Society of Antiquaries of London. It was just in the nick of time because the stone roof was ready to collapse.
Reading about the refurbishment is like reading about an archeological dig. Layers of paint were analyzed and some of the rooms have been repainted in Morris’ preferred colors, researcher have painstakingly studied first hand accounts of the house to replace the furniture, painting, etc in each room so that it reflects the time the Morris family occupied the house.
More About Jane Morris, Elizabeth Siddal, William Morris and Dante Gabriel Rossetti
The coronation of King Charles is May 6th and there will be an entire weekend of celebrations. The Royal Family will mark the occasion with a special lunch featuring a signature dish picked by King Charles and Queen Camilla.
In fact it was announced this week…introducing Coronation Quiche!
Filled with cheese, tarragon, spinach and fava beans, this easily adapted recipe can be made to suit your tastes. You can watch the official video of the recipe to be sure that you make it to the royal standards.
If quiche is not your thing you could make Coronation Chicken which was served at Queen Elizabeths’ Coronation.
For more information about the coronation, King Charles’ coronation 2023: Everything you need to know.
AERIN X PAMELA MUNSON BAGS
Have you seen the new Aerie Lauder collaboration with Pamela Munson? Small bespoke an inspired by Aerin fragrances.
Our collaboration with AERIN celebrates a shared love of florals, classic yet modern design and embroidery. The collection of four handwoven straw minaudiéres interprets AERIN beauty motifs through the lens of embroidery which is iconic to Pamela Munson. Each piece is designed in house, handwoven, and inspired by AERIN’s signature fragrances.
While not inexpensive these beautiful bags can be used for years to come and might make the perfect gift for yourself of for your mom!
This looks like an interesting game.
This blue and white bag is perfect for summer!
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
This week on the blog I shared another great book you will want to add to your summer reading list.
A cute outfit!
Until Next Time
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