Thursday, 25 July 2013

We're looking at the Big Sky

So the school holidays are underway, and we have had a few lovely lazy days.

Life is so much easier when I don't have to nag the kids about homework...

There's been plenty of this.

That cloud, that cloud - looks like Ireland!
C'mon and blow it a kiss now.
But quick, cos it's changing in the Big Sky. 

There's been some wandering around our local area.

The kids love this.

Eldest was "being serious".

Who knows why?

Our local swimming pool, opened in July 1909.

The Edwardian signage was rather more elegant than the modern version.

This glorious Art Deco building houses a wholesale carpet business.

Surely it was built for something more impressive?

We called in for a browse at one of our nearby antiques and collectables centres, and to have a drink and a slice of cake on the roof terrace.

Eldest posed in big hats, and we stumbled across a pair of Converse for Littlest for a fiver - result!

(No, I don't know what they were doing in an Antiques centre either.)

1960s shift dress - vintage fair
Cardigan, canvas shoes, sunglasses and bangles - charity shopped
Leggings - jumble sale

Suitably sunny, summery colours.

 Or maybe not.

It's a ghost dress!

See what I mean about problems with lighting at the moment?

Tomorrow, the kids and I are off to enjoy the famously big skies of North Yorkshire, we're visiting my friend Patsy and her family.

Can't wait!




Trees said...

I am rather in love with your frock/ghost dress! I have to admit, I adore that street art its amazing and the art deco building is just lovely. I always do feel a little sad when fabulous old buildings have less than fabulous lives - we have a beautiful old Bank of New Zealand building that is now used as a burger king - gross! Jealous of all those blue skies. Have a lovely trip :)

Emalina said...

Ahhh that Kate Bush song is one of my favourites. Have a brilliant time in Yorkshire, dear Curtise, from these gorgeous photos I can tell you're all relaxing and enjoying the summer hols, long may it last!

Miss Simmonds Says said...

Have an amazing time! Such beautiful skies, I love English clouds, Constable painted them the best. Urgh, looking at the contract between the old and new signage, I wonder at our lack of civic pride and aesthetic taste too! You look gorgeous in that dress, such pretty colours and very sweet delicate leggings too. Do you normally do sweet and delicate?!
I LOVE that graffiti!! xxxxx

Emma Kate at Painted Style said...

Bless your little brood. Converses for a fiver? Fabulous. Have a lovely time in sunny North Yorkshire. xxxx

silvergirl said...

What a super fun dress
THose sky pictures are fabulous, wish it looked like that around here...just rain and gray
Love the daughter in the hat pic too

Patti said...

"Life is so much easier when I don't have to nag the kids about homework... " My sister, mom to two girls, says the *exact* same thing! Love your pics of the outdoor fun, and your darling vintage dress. xoxoxo

thorne garnet said...

I hate when beautiful old building get junked up the ugly modern crap. At least the buildings are still standing.

Thanks for the close up of the mural, it's damn impressive.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I love the pics of the girls in the hats!

Tamera the Menopausal Supermodel said...

I so enjoy your little travelogues!!! Your frock is stunning!!
Don't tell Eldest but she rather favors her gorgeous mom in looks!!
Have fun in north Yorkshire!!

Sheila said...

Wow, that skeleton painting is amazing! I would visit it daily.

Fabulous to see you in a short dress - you have legs, missy! I mean, LEGS!

Sue @ A Colourful Canvas said...

That dress says Sue all over it! Please send it when you send the kids!

xo Sue

Camelia Crinoline said...

That dress is gorgeous. I love the print. I always have trouble with the lighting in my photos. Have a great time in North Yorkshire.

Vix said...

Oh, I love that frock both the earthly and spooky variation!
The carpet shop is gorgeous, the graffiti is incredible and I shudder at that hideous travesty of sign writing on those glorious baths!
That's the most serious I've seen the kids standing nicely in a row like that, bet they won't be quite as orderly in another month!
Yay to Converse for £5.
Have a wonderful time with Patsy and the family!
Love you! xxxxxxxxxx

two squirrels said...

Yay to a perfect summer dress on you Miss look very pretty.
Oh oh I do love when you give us all a wee holiday to, looking round a wonderful English town....just spiffing.
I must agree that pool sign is so wrong..........modern yucky ness.
Have a splendid and fabulous weekend.
Love V

Carina Rosenholm said...

The dress and the woman in it are totally fab ! Love that grafitti !
weird how such majestic buildings can have such boring and plain ocupants..

señora Allnut said...

lovely shift dress, that pretty print and fabulous shape really fits you so nicely!
and so funny pics of your local area, love the dinosaur too!, and that 'eyes burning neon bright'! wouuu!!

CityScape Skybaby said...

I love the holidays too Curtise, it's so relaxing just to let everything go isn't it. The holidays haven't got that long left up here and I just can't get into the thought of normal life starting again, wish we were able to just take off and drop out! That's what I feel like these days. Love the pics of the kids, you even managed to get a few of the seldom seen kid as well. The girls look so pretty in the big hats and lucky you finding Converse for a fiver. I'm intrigued by the sign next to the river, or is it some really famous quote and I'm showing my ignorance here. Beautiful pictures of the sky too, and of Curtise! Have a great time in north Yorkshire, I think that's where we were, Scarborough? and it was fantastic, we met a woman who feeds a local seagull from a bowl on her doorstep every day and it was as placid as anything. Ooh, great Kate Bush song too! xx

Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

Yes, converse for a fiver - well done you! Love the frock and the grafitti is brilliant. Enjoy your hols: North Yorks is a lovely part of the world. xx

Sandra said...

I can't help but repeat it, converse for a fiver! well done - I do like it when a bargain is found - I do like/loathe the hols - lie-ins and lazy mornings are the best x

freckleface said...

Watching clouds, wandering around and eating cake on a roof terrace. Sounds like the perfect start to your summer holidays.

Have you taken Eldest on the payroll as your apprentice? I'm sure I have seen photos of you posing with big hats. She's got it down to a tee.

Love the 60s shift dress, both versions, it is cute and fun and your bob is g-rrrrreat! Swimming pool signage. Progress? Alas! Enjoy N Yorkshire! xxxxxx

Misfits Vintage said...


- Your frock
- Your hair
- Your beautiful kids
- Big blue skies and clouds that look like countries
- Bargain chucks
- You

Remember me?

Love you more than Suck on my chocolate salty balls.

Sarah xxx

Vintage Bird Girl said...

Ahh now that is my kind of frock! 60's shift in gloriarse florals in my favourite colour combos. LOVE it! I hope you have a splendid weekend & enjoy the school holidays. Xx

Tamera Beardsley said...

Such a lovely post dear Curtise. Yes, life is so much easier without the school nagging. Looks as though you and yours are taking full advantage of your summer holiday I so enjoy getting a peek around into your world!

Krista Gassib said...

Big sky was the first Kate Bush song I ever heard, I was in college and I thought she had a great voice and even better big hair:). Did you know that growing up in Ca I rarely saw cloudy skies, here in portland they are common and I will never tire of trying to find faces in them, never!

You and the kids all have a summer glow about you. I too love the Skelton graffiti we have great taste. Have a blast with family at your friends, hold onto summer it's slipping fast.

Lynn Dylan said...

Lovely dress, Curtise! Love the pictures of the littles!! What cutie pies!! To answer your question, no, I didn't cut my hair. LOL. It's just laying over the shoulders. :) XOXO Lynn

Melanie said...

Yum, lovely art deco! And lovely shift dress too. That skeleton graffiti is wonderful!

Forest City Fashionista said...

So much good stuff here: your flowered frock, RED Converse (Squee!), the fabulous skeleton fence art, blue skies....Enjoy the last blast of summer with the offspring!

Marla Robinson said...

love your dress

Fiona said...

Brain is mush today but you look lovely, ditto the LB's, what a great Mum you are. Have a fab time with Patsy.

Penny-Rose said...

Such a cute dress with wonderful colours and so cool with the leggings and the cardigan. OMG I wish the graffiti was here so I could take photos of it, it is so cool. I like Art Deco too, its nice to see the big curved window and the portholes. My 11yo is jealous about the pair of converse. She wants a pair. Hope you are really enjoying all the lovely weather. xx

Jean at said...

So happy to see you and your children enjoying the beautiful weather and sights around town. And yes, the modern signage is depressing. They could have done so much better. Love your shorter dress and leggings. You have lovely legs! :-)

Connie said...

Totally nuts about your 60's shift. You look like a groovy mom. Love the skeleton within a skeleton. So cute the way Eldest is still a kid but starting to get that way too cool grown up look. I remember it well. Love your kids. Love you. Love the Big Sky. I actually grew up In a part of the US known as "Big Sky Country" how about that!

Helga! said...

Yeaaaaaaaaah, I love a bit of Kate, and that's one of my faves!!! I do love a big, blue sky...we have at least been getting some lovely sunny days, although rather chilly!
That shift frock is such a sweetie!!! Love the neckline, and the colours...
I hate when fabularse old buildings have the most mundane businesses in them!!! The portholes on that particular Art Deco building are splendid!!! Boating, anyone?!
The skeleton is awesome!!! I love it too! Jeez, those kids are good looking!

Secret Squirrel said...

Dresses and short leggings are my daily go-to while we are having the lovely weather. Very much like the sunny colours of your outfit.

I think your eldest will rock hats beautifully when she is older (showing great promise as yet). Ah, their holiday feeling must be lovely...

Have fun on your trip! Xxx

Wean said...

Love that little shift dress and the cardi is perfect with it.
I see eldest is following in Mum's footsteps ??

Ulla-Marie Nilsson said...

Elödest looking great when she's wearing a hat AND when she's serious (cute!). And her mum looks great in summery (ghost) colors!

bonsaimum said...

Lovely dress. Looks like you all are having a relaxing time.

Veshoevius said...

One of my favourite Kate Bush tracks. Love that album! You look fantastic in chartruese green! Wonderful little floral minidress too!