A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Jun 26

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

I wrote in my last post about my first Hermès scarf, and how I had been drooling over the full-size carrés, which were out of my price range. The scarf gods were clearly listening because the very next day – the longest day of the year, in fact –  I stumbled on a shop with a carré in the window that turned out to be vintage H. Let me rewind a bit. I had...

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Travel Notebook: Vienna

Jun 20

Travel Notebook: Vienna

Although I often went to Austria with my parents as a child, my memories of the country are of “Alpine” Austria, particularly the Salzkammergut region. I have been to Salzburg quite a few times, but never to Vienna – this has long been on the “travel-to” list, but somehow I had never got there – until last week. I wanted to visit...

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Bonny Charley

Jun 14

Bonny Charley

I bought this vintage silk scarf from eBay the other day – it illustrates an C18th Scottish ballad. It’s kind of old-fashioned but I love it because I am an historian of the early Georgian period. When folded and worn it looks a little bit like a toile de jouy. The illustrations in each corner represent the four seasons. I am still not sure if there is a...

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