Friday, July 18, 2014

England Memories for the Homemaking Party

Welcome to the Homemaking Party! I've been thinking, recently, that I've never shown you all my photos from my September England trip. I had really good intentions of doing a series of all the different places we went and things we saw, but by the time I got settled back at home, Jamie got news about the Arkansas job and everything has been a whirlwind since!

Anita at Castles, Crowns, and Cottages is hosting the Europe: Simply Irresistible blog hop this week, so I thought it would be the perfect time to start sharing my photos. The ones I'm sharing tonight are from my first hours in London and Bath. It was my first time ever visiting England, so everything was new and exciting!

Here's one of the first photos I took in England---Paddington Station. I ended up spending a couple hours there, waiting for my train, and it was so fun to just be able to sit and watch people. I bought a steak and cheese pasty and a Diet Coke and sat down next to a woman who told me she was waiting for her husband, Clive. Perfect.

 This is one of my first photos of Bath. It was pouring down rain and almost dark when I arrived. I had no idea if I was headed in the right direction, but I arrived, soaking and smiling, just before it got too dark to see!

My first photo of Bath Abbey. I returned a couple days later to attend service there. 

Our tour group took part in the Grand Regency Costumed Promenade. These were my roommates, Jenny and Judah---very dear friends to me now!

Here we are at the Royal Crescent in Bath, preparing for the parade to begin!

The parade ended at the Parade Gardens near the Abbey. Here are two sweet friends dressed in beautiful blue! 

After the promenade, we took tea at the Jane Austen house. It's the house her family lived in when she lived in Bath and there's a beautiful tea room upstairs that served all these lovely treats. My apologies for catching my friend, Frances, off-guard! 

After tea, a few of us walked around Bath, shopping and exploring. Many tourists wanted to take our photo---so we had them take one with our own camera too! 

 The woman who played this living statue was amazing! I definitely did not realize she was real until she moved.

 I was intrigued by the pigeons! Pigeons everywhere!

A pigeon man talked our friend, Rachel, into letting them roost on her. She's such a good sport!

There was much fun to be had on our first day in England. I can't wait to show you all more soon!

Make sure to visit Castles, Crowns, and Cottages on Friday---and throughout the week---for lots more great Europe-themed posts. Maybe you'll want to join the party too!

Thanks for linking up with the Homemaking Party. Have a blessed week!

  Linking with:
Tea Time Tuesday @ Rose Chintz Cottage
Tea Cup Tuesday @ Artful Affirmations  
Friends Sharing Tea @ Bernideen's Tea Time Blog
Tuesday Cuppa Tea @ Antiques & Teacups 
Teacup Tuesday @ Martha's Favorites
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Through Life
A Return to Loveliness @ A Delightsome Life 
Teach Me Tuesday @ Growing Home
Tutorial Tuesdays with Hope Studios
Women Helping Women @ Teaching What Is Good 
(Titus 2)s Days @ Time Warp Wife
The Scoop @Stone Gable
Homemaking Party @ Hope In Every Season
Thursday Favorite Things @ Katherine's Corner
Thriving Thursday @ Serving Joyfully
Homeacre Hop   
Think Tank Thursday @ Saving4Six 
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home 
Create It Thursday
Open House @ Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 


  1. Thanks for hosting! I love the photos! It looks like so much fun!

  2. Seriously, can you just adopt me? lol

  3. Oh! It looks like you had a wonderful time in England. Someday I would love to go. A dream come true!! What was your very favorite part?
    Thanks for hosting! Have a wonderful day!

  4. Holy cow! I've been here for a long time! First I had to examine all the pictures of England you provided - I wish to get there some day. Then I got lost in the blog Castles, Crowns and Cottages. What a beautiful blog. Then, I had to print out the freezer granola and the luscious lemon bar recipes! Whew! Thanks for hosting!

  5. Looks like you had a lovely time! I think it's so funny and appropriate that it's raining in Bath, lol! ;) Thanks for hosting today.

  6. Sarah...loved the pictures! The dresses are awesome. We attended at Regency Ball last spring and had a blast. We even made our own dresses. Thank you for hosting a wonderful community here every week.

  7. Thank you for hosting and I loved your photos with everyone enjoying the festival !!

  8. Thanks for the trip to England this morning!

  9. I loved your pictures from England! How neat! Looks like you had a very memorable trip!!! I love the period dress! Thanks for hosting the link up! I always look forward to linking up here each week!

  10. Looks like something that I would love to do. Love the period clothing. England is such a lovely old country!

  11. I remember your great trip to England. Such memories!

  12. Wow, your trip looked like so much fun! I have heard about the Regency Costume Promenades and it was so great to see them through your eyes in your pictures. Thank you so much for sharing!!

  13. What a great trip! Thanks for sharing your lovely photos! Thanks for hosting!

  14. Sarah,
    Loved seeing the photos of your amazing trip to England!! What an opportunity and trip of a life time!!

    Thanks so much for the party!!


  15. Oh, I loved seeing your photos, and I love the dress-up event. England is on my bucket list. Can't wait to see more Did you go alone? If so, what an adventure....it's always fun to make new friends on a trip.


  16. SARAH! YES YES YES! This is exactly what I envision people doing, sharing photos but not just ordinary ones, but YOU ARE DRESSED UP! Oh my , this is sensational. One note: This party lasts ALL WEEK, not just the weekend. What will make this even more fun is if you leave it up all week, visit the others and let them have a chance to visit you during the ENTIRE WEEK of the party. You gave me an idea for a future post, and to see everyone in costume is making this especially wonderful.

    HAVE FUN and please keep it up all week - the others must see this! Anita

  17. Absolutely loved your photo journey! hopping over to check out the linky now... thanks for the tip!

  18. Hi Sarah,

    Lovely to discover your blog and many thanks for visiting mine.
    Looks like you had a fun time in Bath and love how you all look so beautiful in your period dresses. Yes, an umbrella is a good thing to have there. Thanks for sharing your photos.
    Isn't England a wonderful place to visit - we had a few weeks there attending a friends wedding and enjoyed how exciting it was - we travelled through Bath in the train to Dartmouth where the wedding took place.
    Enjoy the weekend

  19. this is great I must get to Bath at some point always wanted to go,you all looked great in you costumes,xx Rachel and Speedy

  20. Hello Sarah...thank you so much for dropping by on this wonderful European Party trip ;)
    I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit to England...Bath is a beautiful city and it looks like you had a lot of fun...wishing you a happy weekend from London ;)

  21. Sarah! Good morning and a cheery greeting to you - I have been enjoying the creativity with this party, and again, what you did here is extremely pleasant. I am happy to see so many different ways people are sharing their love for Europe, and "dress-up" and Jane Austen is GREAT FUN! Now I want to dress up like one of my favorite characters out of a French novel!!!!

    Enjoy yourself and have a super weekend! Anita

  22. Wow what a real nice story and beautiful pictures of the costumes and you can see you had a great time in Jane Austen style!
    groetjes van Marijke


  23. Wow what a real nice story and beautiful pictures of the costumes and you can see you had a great time in Jane Austen style!
    groetjes van Marijke


  24. Hello there, Sarah! Wow...this looks like a dream trip! What fun! Many thanks to our wonderful Anita for this party...so inspirational...
    You are in Bath, and my post is on the Cotswolds...it would be thrilling to visit someday...
    Thank you so much for sharing!
    Cheerio, and wishes for a happy weekend!
    - Irina
    Enjoy the party!

  25. Sarah, your visit to Bath sounds so lovely! I'm sure that your group, in authentic costumes, had such an amazing time. It's such a nice way to share your passions with other visitors, too! What a wonderful idea! ♡Dawn

  26. Hi Sarah,
    I am so happy to discover your blog.. I hope you are having as much fun as I am..
    It looks as if you really enjoyed yourself in Bath.. I love the period dresses... Everyone looks as if they are having a ball!
    Thank you so much for sharing.

  27. Isn't this fun Sarah? Your photos are delightful. I really enjoyed seeing all of the costumes and taking in the beauty of Bath. We were there as well and treasured so many memories. Thanks for refreshing my memories. Coming over from Anita's linky party.

  28. What a great trip! I think the dressing up was the most fun part of your pictures. England is so special, and your pictures were wonderful. Thank you for sharing!

  29. What fun ! It looks like You went all the way to England with a ladies group.No husbands ? How totally brave and exciting.A wonderful post .When I dream of going to Ireland ,actually England is Included in those dreams.Those books You asked about-there are many, but to start with Rosamund Pilcher's books are some of My favorite.Blessing to You and Your family-Denise

  30. Yes,I would be interested in the Home Making party.I'll have to check it out for the details :)

  31. Yes,I would be interested in the Home Making party.I'll have to check it out for the details :)

  32. Your trip looks like it way amazing. You can tell by all the smiles you had a wonderful time. Blessings, Martha

  33. I always enjoy anything about England! Fun posting!

  34. Beautiful posts of your trip, Sarah. England is a popular destination and it seems to offer a bit of everything. Thanks for a fun trip!

  35. What a great trip you had! That looks like such a great time walking around Bath in costume and taking tea in Jane Austin's old home. Thanks for sharing :)

  36. Sarah!
    How fun is "day one" at your dream destination!
    Living Jane Austin with girlfriends...such a notion...such a delight!
    Thank you for sharing this day of enchantment through your lens!


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