And We’re Back!

It was a long week in England and we’re still recovering a bit. Now it’s time to get back into the normal routine and catch up on everything that’s been going on in LA in our absence. Interestingly enough, it seems that the weather from Bath followed us home and it’s been cool and cloudy here in Southern California- go figure. πŸ™‚ Over the next week or so, we’ll be posting pictures from our trip and otherwise commenting on everything we did over there. In the meantime, here’s a few pictures to get you started…

Flying out…

Checking out the latest in late 17th and early 18th Century clothing executed in Tyvek at Hampton Court.

 

And a close-up with captions…

Stay tuned for more!

The Morning After…

Part of the fun going to the the Prior Attire Ball is the morning after where we typically spend Sunday out and about inΒ  Bath in Victorian clothes. πŸ™‚ First, we went to breakfast at the Pump Room:

And you can “take the waters of Bath”…

Afterwards, we had to work off that breakfast so we went rowing on the Avon River:

The Scenery was marvelous although I didn’t get much of a chance to look at it since I was rowing… πŸ™‚

It was a beautiful day to go rowing- the weather was cool and crisp and my choice of outfit was perfect. Although it was a bit choppy at the start, my Boy Scout rowing techniques eventually kicked in (it’s been like 40 years) and things worked out perfectly. I’d definitely do it again! πŸ™‚

 

In Bath…

I actually finished and wore the blush silk gown, probably the last new thing for me for a while because of my wonderful client work…so no more hand sewing in hotel rooms! Taking a sewing break for two days, back to LA (and Angus!) on Monday. We truly want to live here (we’ve looked) and made so many friends. We know we act like overenthusiastic goofy Americans, but our hearts are genuine, so we just laugh. One more day of Victorian fun, then it’s off to Heathrow…another day of sleep would be nice, too.

And Off To The Ball!

After many adventures in and around Bath, we finally reached the high point of our trip to the UK- the Prior Attire Ball! πŸ™‚ Held in the historic Bath Assembly Rooms, the ball lasts for four and a half hours and features various historic set dances as well as waltzes and polkas. In between, a buffet supper is served and there’s a bar. The Assembly Rooms were designed in 1769 and opened in 1771 and were intended as a social center for Bath’s upper crust visitors (to include royalty) who would descend on the town in droves (today, the Fashion Museum Bath is located in the basement of the Assembly Rooms). There are actually a series of rooms of which only one was used for the dancing and the others for the attendees to eat and socialize.

And here’s me…

Because we were staying in a hotel just up the street from the Assembly Rooms, it was a quick easy walk in clear whether (no threat of rain) thus we were not burdened with having to deal with taxis and all that (try stuffing people wearing ballgowns into a Prius- not fun!). Here’s Karin upon arrival:

With all the dancing and such, we didn’t have an opportunity to get many photos but trust us when we say that it was a magical evening and it was well worth the effort getting to Bath. πŸ™‚