Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Old Places And Pictures

Today I'm joining the hodgepodge

1. How would you define 'old'? At what age is someone old? 

If a building is placed on the National Trust or English Heritage registry, then I consider it old.

Growing up I thought turning 40, or 50 was old. Now maybe 70, or 80. I remember my Granny Veronika saying: "I didn't feel old turning 50, but I feel old now my son is turning 50."

2. A place you've been that's old? Tell us something about your visit there. 

One of my favorite old places, Stoneleigh Abbey, is nestled in the heart-of-England, in the idyllic village I grew up in. The oldest part of the building (to the left) was built in 1154. The palatial part of the building (to the right) was built between 1714-1726, for Lord Leigh, the Lord Mayor of London. Some it's most famous guests include Queen Victoria in 1858, and my favorite author, Jane Austen. 

The River Sowe 

The orangery (tea room) has a lot of memories. Growing up we used to come have tea here, oftentimes during springtime and summertime when the gardens were in bloom, in our floral dresses and sunhats. 

An English country garden with an abundance of lupins. 

3. Something you miss about the 'good old days'? When were they anyway? 

I was blessed to grow up in the 1980's and 1990's. My family was always travelling and sightseeing, so I grew up with an interest in family history, architecture, design, preservation, etc. Most of my family has since passed away, and I miss them so much. 

My sister and me, circa 1998. 

If I could go back, I would've taken a lot more pictures of myself at 16/17. I was so fresh and pure.

I'm sure I'll look back at this moment, being a mama, as the 'good old days', someday too. 

4. In what way are you a 'chip off the old block'? Or if you'd rather, in what way is your child a 'chip off the old block'? 

I'm thankful to have my Mum's traits of enjoying the simple life; fresh flowers on the table, day-trips, and a good tearoom. She also shared the importance of manners; making the time to send holiday cards, handwritten thank you notes, and birthday cards. 

5. Old fashioned, Old Testament, old timer, same old same old, old glory, good old boy, old wives tale...choose an 'old' phrase that relates to something in your life or the wider world currently and explain. 

Old fashioned. Even though I'm 35, I've always gotten along well with those older than me. My Granny Veronika, Nana Mabel, Mum Julie. I even follow a lot of older bloggers and vloggers; who are settled in life, and appreciate the importance of preserving moments and memories. 

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

During my sons naptime, I decorated our kitchen and breakfast room for fall. 

I filmed a video showing how I made the floral arrangements, and a tour of our kitchen and breakfast room. Whenever I decorate for fall, I always get in the mood to bring out the recipe books and bake. How about you?

Have a blessed day, 

Kiki Nakita 

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Joyce said...

I love that fall display on your island and might copy some of it : ) I have a similar granite and layout on that side of my kitchen. I've always enjoyed being around those older than me too, even as a teenager. I think people miss a lot when they engage only with their peers. Your little guy is so cute! Have a great day!

songbird's crazy world said...

I love the fall display!

Cathy Kennedy said...


It was a joy to read your responses, especially from someone as young as you. I wasn't expecting you to be two years older than my oldest daughter. It's very reassuring to find kids in your age range who clings to old fashion, traditional ways of doing things. For a long time, mine wanted to not accept that is a part of their DNA but bit by bit it creeps out and I know there's hope that they'll turn around one day to fully embrace these traits. You did a beautiful job decorating your kitchen for fall. Autumn does bring out the urge to do more baking, especially baking goodies, as if I need such treats. lol Take care of that little guy of yours. He's cute as a button and thank you for joining me on my little niche yesterday! Have a blessed day, my dear.

Kirstin said...

Love your answers and your fall display. So pretty! THose photos are so stunning of the gardens.

Carla from The River said...

I love what you shared regarding your mother. My mom taught me the same. I just finished writing out some thank you notes and two anniversary cards. One friend is celebrating 40 years of marriage.
xx oo

Enjoy your weekend!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

When I turned 60 it was the first time age bothered me. Love the photos you shared. England is a good place to find old places. Love your answer for #3. Your decorations are pretty and your kitchen is lovely. Thanks for stopping over.

ellen b. said...

I so enjoyed your answers and photos. Oh how I miss being able to travel to Jolly Old England. Glad you have good memories with your family. I love fall displays and that kitchen. Thanks for your visit to my blog and leaving a comment. Cheers!

Rajani Rehana said...

Beautiful blog. Happy new year ��

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