I wandered in the quiet around some of my favourite rooms then went to have a peek in the fashion gallery. Some of the clothes are truly of a bye-gone era, impossible to wear today, such as this enormous hat from 1909 of plaited straw decorated with artificial wisteria flowers made of fine cotton.
I used to have the matching long, fitted waistcoat and trousers, as seen in the catalogue, but they were unlined and the tweed was itchy so they are long gone! But I'm still hanging on to the rather battered hat and coat - if only for sentimental reasons!
For Patti's Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style.