Bowlees

Well today was a funny day, weather-wise I mean! Thick mist and quite chilly.

So this afternoon we headed West, where things were supposed to be better.

That was an understatement! It was a different world!

Hot, sunny and perfect!

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Bowlees

We had to go to nearby Middleton-in-Teesdale to collect a new dog coat for Jet, as he misplaced his in the park one morning Tut Tut!

We buy the poodles  wormer’s and flea treatment’s as well, from a place called Hyperdrug.co.uk  so afterwards we headed up to the beautiful Bowlees Picnic area.

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waterfall at the bottom of Bowlees

 

The poodles adore it up there, and ran straight into the river, which luckily wasn’t to deep after last nights massive thunderstorms!

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Coco Dita and Bettie

Yes my dress got a little wet from them, but I didn’t mind, my vintage dresses are meant to be worn and enjoyed!

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Wet Dita splashing me!

I wore a dress I put together last year, after seeing this amazing print on a skirt for sale at Twinwood festival. It was on my friend Suzie’s stall (It’s deco darling), and was a skirt! A very short skirt at that! I decided that if I added a plain green edge, I could make it longer, and if I utilised some of the width for a bodice I could manage to turn it into a lovely dress!

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such a lovely place

I’m pretty happy with the result, and this is just the second time I have worn it! It’s so cheerful! The Mariachis are serenading the moon, how dreamy!

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Dreamy afternoon!

I made the dress up from a 1950’s fiesta dress pattern, I love the little puffed sleeves and inserted what was left out of the skirt waistband down them, so i didn’t waste any of the skirt fabric.

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Oh yes! It WAS tricky getting up there! the step at the side has dislodged with the wet, you can just see the crack above Charlie’s head!

My gorgeous green shoes are from Rocket Originals who make the most accurate reproduction 1940’s and 1950’s shoes, in-fact they buy the original pairs and have them made exactly the same, apart from sneaking a little extra comfort into the ladies styles!

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Coco with wet ears and grass seeds stuck in her coat!
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Dita was having such a great time in the water, after a while we noticed her collar was missing, and Frankie had to paddle in, and fish it out!
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I could have sat there for hours!
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To the right of the waterfall is an old quarry, where limestone was removed between 1920-1946. It has now been left to nature, where it’s a haven for bugs and bees and wildflowers.

My amazing sombrero necklace is from Loretta Lou Jewels from Germany, who makes fabulous vintage inspired jewellery. My bakelite bangles have been collected from various sources.

My prescription sunglasses were from Dead Mens Spex and are original sparkly confetti frames.

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We headed down the lane and found some delicious blackberries!
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The poodles love blackberries and Frankie shared some with them!

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Next stop was across the road, over a couple of fields to Low Force.

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Pretty Toadstool at low force.
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Sulty afternoon.
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Waterfalls behind me.

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Low force is the little version of the famous “High force” further up the road, here scenes for the Robin Hood film were done, where Little John fights on the river with Friar tuck in the 1991 version with Kevin Costner.
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Sublime heather and woodland next to Low Force

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We crossed the little suspension  bridge that has stood on this spot since 1830. The original bridge that was built in 1741  was the first suspension bridge in Europe! We found these lovely sheep sculptures on the other side!

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We then headed through the gap in the wall to stop the sheep escaping!

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More amazing fungus on a tree stumpimg_0415img_0421img_0426Back across the sheep fields and towards the road, where there’s some nice old buildings.img_0423img_0427

On our journey home, as we climbed up out of the Tees valley, we noticed the car headlights were all on,on the traffic that passed us, and we passed back through the twilight zone into the fog we had encountered on our way over! The sun was now somehow a very distant memory!

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. retro rover says:

    Every image is so gorgeous and your outifit is perfect. I love the traditional cuts on the poodles, I hate those modern cuts that disguise their awesome poodleyness and I love that you are showing yes tthey can have fun and play in more traditional clips!

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  2. retropoodles says:

    Thank you so much! Yes our poodles get wet and dirty like any other dog, and I still manage to keep them in traditional clips! Coco lost her bow chasing bunnies, but other than that, they dried out pretty quick!x

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