Our First Trip To Bath…

It’s been three years since we first visited Bath and we’re looking at being able to do so in 2021, if all goes right. Our first time there was simply amazing and it was quite different than anything we had experienced here in the States. But just as fun as the actual ball was, the morning after at the Pump Room was also amazing and we’re looking forward to having breakfast here and taking the waters once again. 🙂


As a wonderful follow-on to the previous night’s ball at the Assembly Rooms, we were invited to breakfast at the Pump Room Restaurant by the ball’s organizer Izabela Pitcher. 🙂 We were extremely pleased by both the venue itself and the meal. The Pump Room is a restaurant that was originally built in the late 18th Century as part of a number of structures that were erected as part of developing the town of Bath as a resort destination for the rich. Here’s one view of the Pump Room in 1798:

And the front entrance today:

Also, the Pump Room was built as part of a complex that utilized the existing natural springs, to create the King’s and Queen’s Baths which were marketed as health spas; today, only the King’s Bath exists. Here we are arriving at the Pump Room:

Prior Attire Ball Bath Adam

Here I am wearing my wool sack suit- The weather in California is usually just not cold enough for this.

Prior Attire Ball Bath Karin

And here’s an interior shot:

Pump Room Bath

And yes, you can still “take the waters” of Bath…it’s really just warm cloudy water with the hint of various minerals… 🙂

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And here are a few more views:

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And an earlier view:

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Here’s a few more of us:

Prior Attire Ball Bath Adam Pump Room

And here I am pointing out the King’s Bath…

Prior Attire Ball Bath Karin

And finally, here’s one with our gracious hostess Izabela Pitcher: 🙂

Prior Attire Ball Bath

It was a wonderful culmination to our trip to Bath and it will always be a cherished memory for us.

Goodbye 2019!

New clients, more travel, a corgi puppy added to the family….I am grateful for the blessing of another year spent with friends, family, and fabric shopping! This gown was a confection of silks and extant laces, and I enjoyed every minute wearing it. Most of my 2019 work was for clients, so next year’s pictures will be fun.  🙂

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. 🙂 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 in  Bath in Victorian clothes. 🙂 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… 🙂

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! 🙂