South Bank Box MARCH 2019
This beautiful Jennifer Lopez fragrance that I got for Christmas 2019 is PROMISE and is the nicest perfume I have actually had in a while. It is very elegant and the type of perfume I would wear either during the day or night. But it is more perfect for that evening dinner with a classic black dress for a night out on the town!
I am NOT going to apologise for gravitating towards the second paragraph on the FIRST page of this book – There are three things to consider before we can live the life of our dreams and move forward…………
I absolutely LOVE the title of this chapter as we need to take a step back and examine our lives very now and then.
It is TOO true that Google and Siri are there in font of our noses every day when we need something to ask or rely on 24/7. It has become the worlds MOST reliable source that we need to examine ourselves fully. I love how Luisa included exercises to make you participate in a book and not just rad it from cover to back page and then forget what you read and then move on not thinking about what you read. This is the type of book where for me, I had to sit down in a quiet place away from everyone and everything o that I could fully immerse myself into and really ate my teeth into.
I love how Luisa is a “goal getter”, “dream setter” and looking to help others achieve a desire to reach a higher level by reading her/this book.
The first chapter asks 3 great questions.
- What do you want?
- Why do you want it?
- What’s stopping you?
So when I asked myself what do you want? I thought about ALOOOTTTT of things here as I am a very passionate and creative minded person, my mind literally thinks a zillion and one things a day, and I think a lot of girls are like that in this world. We have to identify, as Luisa says why we want something SOOOOOO baddddd. When we start out in a business or as an entrepreneur you then have to put things into perspective as to hat Simon Sinek says (a quote in the book) “Why is all about your purpose, cause or belief. Why do you or your company exist? Why do you get out of bed in the morning? AND WHY should anyone care?
I wrote a little timetable here on the three questions asked.
What do you want? Why do you want it? Whats stopping you?
Live in London, Melbourne or New York My top 3 favourite cities. Money
Library Assistant job/role. It is the qualification I am working towards (Only have two subjects to complete it)
FREEEEDOM!!!!! So I can live where I want when I want and do what I want. Currently having to live in Perth, Western Australia
I particularly LOVE how Luisa says your “why” s your unique and personal motivation to go on when times get tough. It is a ‘reminder’ of what is closest to your heart ❤ what commands you to RISE! Push through ANY limitation! obstacle or challenge you might face.
I love her outgoing passion on how she helped a lady get going with her dream of starting a jewellery business – when you share something with someone, she really gets excited and I LOVE that about her!
I love that she is determined to “live life on her own terms”, wants the ability to go on overseas trips with family whenever she wants! be able to buy and build properties to create a portfolio for family, living life beyond limitations that other people put on her, have the freedom and experience the freedom to do things that she LOVES!!!! Time freedom and finance are the three main things people talk about a lot in this world’s whomever your community is, find your tribe and love them hard.
Who you are is more important than WHAT you do
In this section Luisa talks about seasons, my favourite season has ALWAYS been Spring! Cherry blossoms, and blueberries and all the English garden roses you can think of!
Although as Luisa says she loves summer as I moved to Western Australia in 2013 and hate it at first, but getting used to it more over time, it has GROWN on me, I thought I wasn’t a “WA” girl at first but I was born in Subiaco, and grew up in Morley from the age 3-10 and we moved about in WA as a baby I just didn’t know it! haha!
Western Australia does have some beauty! ❤
“Just like the weather, there are different seasons in life. Some re abundant in goodness, overflowing with positive results and just seem to be more fun, Others can be tough”
She is VERY right that the summer season is FUN! and full of Extroverts! too true! A lot happing & fast paced, it gets more busier during that season especially in western Australia! Autumn can be slow – and I LOVE how Luisa says this is a perfect time to correct and shape our perspective to reflect our truest hearts intention. Perspective governs all our choices and actions which derive from our convictions.
“It is necessary to be steadfast in commitment to our long term goals, rather than changing course to defeat boredom or impatience that creeps in”
I particularly LOVED the saying ‘a stormy season will pass, and the sun will come out again…..” ❤
But if the sun is shining, allow yourself to enjoy it and receive the blessings that are coming your way.
There are a few GOLDEN nuggets in this next section…..
CHARACTER, INTEGRITY & AUTHENTICITY ARE ABOUT LEADING YOURSELF FIRST
This bit here…… simply defined, our character is made up of the habits and qualities, we implement, and integrity tells us who we really are.
Our character is made up of our mental and moral qualities, unique to us and modelled through our integrity, personality, nature and actions.
None of us are perfect, and we all have areas we can develop. Our personalities are not meant to confine us, but to grow and develop. Our personalities are not meant to confine us, but to grow and develop. If we deliberately use our strengths for others benefit and grow in our limitations, we will inspire others to do the same.
“Shaping our character will take deliberate effort and action against our gaps, flaws and weaknesses, to progressively become the best and most complete version of ourselves.
C. S. Lewis – Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching…….
“PROGRESS OVER PERFECTION”
I found this absolutely beautiful.
“Where you are right now doesn’t determine your future because you are full of potential, wired for creativity, and destined for greatness. you can achieve more and ascend to greater heights all the time The journeys circumstance, positive or negative, force us to progress, unwrap gifts and talents weren’t aware of, and develop into the best version of ourselves.
I LOVED this!!!!!
“A superficial success is not the aim; rather, living a life from the inside out, full of value and building a legacy to be proud of should be and believe is our intention.”
AIM TO LIVE FROM THE INSIDE OUT
Clarity and conviction of our personal desires, belief systems and values will lead us to live our life by design, rather than by default.
I particularly love how Luisa talks about self-transendence over self-actualisation and that is about fulfilling your own potential, while self-transendence is about putting our own needs aside to serve something greater than ourselves.
Reaching your greatest potential by understanding Gods purpose for your life and helping others do the same isn’t just about living at your greatest point of development – it’s your destiny.
I LOVED this even more – Our destiny is not just about what we do, it is about who we become.
What was ABSOLUTELY brilliant was the illustration on Abraham Lincoln in referring to the topic of failure, He failed at business twice, he lost when he ran for Congress, senate and vice presidential candidate, before being elected as president. I love how Luisa states that his most VALUEABLE assets weren’t his education or advantages but his resilience and response to failure.
Failure comes before success……..
There are more quotes in the book that I absolutely love…..
Achieving true greatness is not about being better than anyone else, it is about being better than you were before, and there is no better test than the test of failure.
Each of us has our own personal WOW factor to shine on the world and serve our community with, but if those gifts are not embodied by a strength and unwavering persistence, they may go unseen.
We are on a journey of growth because the possibilities and our potential are limitless.
Who we are becoming is always more important than what we do.
But only becoming the best version of yourself will give you access to achieving the dreams and desire of your heart, and failure is a part of that journey. DON’T despise failure BUT learn how to make your failures serve your purposes.
my FAVOURITE quote is this:
I really think a champion is defined not by their wins, but by how they can remove when they fall – Serena Williams
What’s blocking your growth and how to overcome it
When you go to a job interview I always find that they constantly ask about your strengths and weaknesses, I am strong in Data/Administration work and I have seen the fruits of my labour from working full-time in Melbourne, Australia. Luisa mentions that we all have strengths and weaknesses, the action we take to develop our strengths and reduce our weaknesses will determine our outcomes and success and its soooooooo true!!!!!! She says people who deliberately PUSH the boundaries and continually reach out of their comfort zone SEE the fruits of their labour in where they go and what they achieve…..
Luisa is beautiful in saying YOU ARE AMAZING! and CAPABLE
“You are strongest when you are at your most authentic, and the best version of yourself is a true blessing.”
“We can take control of both forms of distraction to become more productive and life live with more peace and clarity.”
At the moment this one quote is speaking to me, because like I said I think a ZILLION things a day….
“Our brain is SO AMAZINGLY complex and SHARP that we could be thinking about one thing, doing another, saying something else entirely and still have a completely different conversation going on in our subconscious…….. but it can leave us tired, stressed and somewhat in effective.”
I love how she talks about VISION….. you have to write it down, hang it up somewhere noticeable, so you can read it and remind yourself everyday…..
I am just going to go STRAIGHT to Point 3 – Lack of planning
PLANNING is the key against distraction…..
You have to be a goal – setter in 90 day blocks, and have MONTHLY, WEEKLY and DAILY planners that work BEST….
Energy FLOWS where your focus goes……
In the morning we are refreshed, full of energy and usually thats the time where you are most focused.
- Once our mind decides something is true, its main priority is to find other evidence to back it up, even if it must delete, distort, generalise, or fabricate the information.
She talks a lot about relationships in this chapter and it is very healthy to get a fresh perspective on whats important. I love how she talks about personal growth, opportunity and freedom. Heres a few quotes I absolutely LOVE from the book!
“It’s a benefit to take time, stop and be more self-aware, to identify what we are focusing on. As we learn to address these thoughts and shape our perspective, we will experience freedom and be EMPOWERED to encounter the things we really want.
“Words become thoughts, thoughts become feelings, and feelings often lead to the actions we take. “
“Words spoken to use or that we hear in our heads create our thoughts and thoughts help to create belief systems. Thoughts also create sensations in our body. This is “cognitive fusion.”
Luisa is quite right about the mind never stopping. it is like unlimited Netflix, and podcasts running all day, every day, even while you sleep – this is sooooooo true!!!! haha! that is meeeee!!! Your mind is comparing, judging, assessing, criticising, fantasising, and systematically sorting thoughts constantly.
A study shows that that average person can have up to 60,000 thoughts per day, I thought it was 3 million haha but studies are constantly updating! 80% are negative, and 95% are the same repetitive thoughts as the day before – Quality of life rests on that of our internal and external communication.
We are what we repeatedly do – Aristotle
Remind yourself of 3 things you do well, giving yourself that grace needed for growth. You will be surprised and see something FLOURISH!
“Life is gift to be enjoyed, not endured, unwrap it and enjoy your day!”
She reminded me of an old quote that I completely forgot about!
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.”
It is nice to have the mantra I will make the world around me a better place…. this is hard for some to do but I LOVE that Luisa said Bring your warmth and joy and set it to tropical!!!!
and especially whats even more important is saying “I will use my experiences positive or negative to being HOPE!!!!!!
My actions and attitudes will reflect my deepest convictions
Emotions will not be the deciding factor in my choices
I have so much to be grateful for
I choose to move forward with STRENGTH today
I am a person of good character and integrity
I can develop any skills needed to complete my work with excellence
I will be kind to people today especially those who are unkind to me
I can overcome any challenge with confidence nd perseverance
I am becoming healthier and stronger EVERY DAY
I have complete control of my mind
I will live more openly with every encounter today
I am loved by God unconditionally just the way I am
I will aspire to live as my greatest self and measure myself with grace
I will uplift and encourage and believe in those around me
I will live my life purposely to reflect the divine in me
I will remind myself of the progress I have made
This last one really spoke to me as I felt I still haven’t progressed even after doing AMAZING things with my life the past year, like my travels throughout England/London and working in various industries in 6 different suburbs of Melbourne, Australia and then moving around Australia quite a bit!!!!!!!
We can finish it off with You are INCREDIBLE and DESTINED for greatness – Yes you!!!! Thanks Luisa!!!
Chapters 4 to 6 are my three favourite chapters as
I love action plans
the belief in Self Care
Create and sustain your dream life…. its all about VISION……
Just like she says When we embrace change, we enable GROWTH!!!!!!!
growth is just about ANYTHING!
from career to family to success to emotional maturity just like she says We go through sooooo may different life experiences….. becoming an agent of change for yourself and the world is what SUCCESS is!!!!!!
We need a strong mindset and conviction too!!!!!!!
She talks about 1. Fear of failure, 2. lack of trust, and how to define your future and not ANALYSE the past!
and elaborates on taking the TIME to DREAM!!!!!!!
by learning what matters to you the most and then what brings you JOY every day!!!!
My favourite one is heart is all about gaining clarity
especially when heart is all about what you love
and what you dont and what gives you joy?
and makes you most happy!!!!!!!
What makes your heart SING!!!!!!!???????
SUCCESSFUL people ALWAYS LOVE what they do
and know what they value most and its VERY true…….
Your heart also helps you recognise your talents……. and Luisa is SPOT ON!
We all have a gift from God we just need to recognise them, focus on them and then strengthen them…….
I believe if you buy this book it will help you with achieving your personal goals and also your business goals. I don’t have a business per say but starting this blog really opened up a creative outlet my mind especially when I went from Cosmpolitan city to country town, a blog ca be treated as a business as it is something you can be passionate about even if you are not earning money from it, whats education? whats money!? whats achievements? You will NEVER get it if you are not passionate about DRIVEN like someone who is like Luisa who wrote this book, and I am inspired by peope like this when I see it because it make me MORE DRIVEN myself EVERY DAY!!!!!!!
Luisa gives clarity through asking personal questions and she asks what are you passionate about? I was thinking about passion BEFORE I read that question and it is something EVERY person needs to ask themselves on this planet EVERY day…….
Your heart will reveal your purpose and I love how she talks about living the life you truly WANT to LIVE!!!!!!! hearts desires is a big one, and it was on my heart to go to England and it FINALLY happened! When you dream BIG it CAN happen, darling!!!!!!! EXCITEMENT IS PASSION
I truly love how she asks questions they just pop out oat me especially what do you spend your time thinking about that you haven’t yet pursued? At the moment it is New York!!!!!!!
The REWIRE YOUR THINKING section is BRILLIANT!!!!!!!
my favourite bit is with every experience moment to Moment, we are learning evaluating and categorizing and it is soooooo true!!!!! If you want to learn more about creating an action plan to thrive this is the chapter for you and then you can do a Character Inventory She asks 6 questions. I won’t write them all out but one example is what are your thoughts towards your physical and mental health?
Venturing out is also a great section to read, it talks about procrastinating learning and growing! Believing in yourself and potential of your life and growth. And most of all “confidence”
Confidence is a skill.……
Confidence is a skill that develops naturally over time as you practice and gain experience.
The more you develop a skill and become proficient in it aka cooking sewing craft exercise and fitness (daily skills) the less work your brain needs to do…….
A skill can become automatic & you don’t need to think about what you’re doing as when your brain strengthens over time it is really learning that skill that you previously did…. I am like this with typing as it is my absolute strength and I have done singing and piano and drama and when I go to do it again it all comes back to me even with strength training it is like “muscle memory”…….
Luisa is truly inspirational in the way that she writes…..
She knows how to teach us practical habits and especially knowing what you’re morning routine will be will set the tone for the rest of the day! And she is right it is the most valueable disciplines.
I truly felt empowered by “when you have a healthy self-confidence about what you are capable of and the power of discipline you will want to become even more disciplined.”
I also am all for exercise that is good for mental health. I was so into fitness and health in my early twenties and I was at the gym regularly doing strength training and even cardio to let go of any stress that got in the way of life. Like she says
“Exercise improves concentration and cognitive function and also relieves anxiety and depression.”
I absolutely love chapter 5 her words leap of the pages with such truth behind it.
Last but not least one of my FAVOURITE topics on EARTH!
Like Luisa says “Self care is a MUST”….. to make sure we live our best life.
When it came to healthy self talk there were 7 points. It’s not just about physical and spiritual health but my two favourite points out of the seven were hobbies and personal development. For personal development there were three questions and one that stuck out for me was Are you evaluating yourself and actively seeking out new ways to grow?
What is so true is that without hobbies or interests we can become emotionally stagnant and lose our individuality. This is SO TRUE!!! And we all hold something valuable whether it’s in our hearts 💕 or something you want to give and offer to the world whether it’s a gift or talent you want to use or just a simple encouragement to get someone through their day.
The last paragraph of the book REALLY spoke to me and I wanted to HIGHLIGHT it!
I will leave you with the last paragraph of the book
“People ask me all the time, Luisa how do you stay so enthusiastic?”
Volunteering is one of my secrets. It’s a fact that serving others has physical and mental health benefits including gaining new skills and knows. It even boosts job and career prospects brings a sense of achievement develops personal character and increases self esteem. When you contribute where there is nothing to gain you will enjoy the benefits and the chance to connect with and better understand your community.
For me this stands out and speaks to me with absolute TRUTH as I have volunteered at two libraries in Western Australia and volunteer led at Save the Children in Scarborough- it does open job prospects when you volunteer and just gives GROWTH in so many areas. Take to heart this last paragraph as I believe it will help you and if you get the book at AMAZON on Kindle for $7.34 on http://www.amazon.com.au/SOUL-PURPOSE-Design-Confidence-Purpose-ebook
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With the introduction of baby Archie in May, people were closely watching how Meghan Markle would make his introduction to the world unique to them.
She’s been a bit unconventional in a few ways by royal standards — she’s biracial, a divorcee, and American — and has already broken a few of the pregnancy traditions. Baby showers are not common practice in the U.K., yet Meghan had one in February in NYC. Additionally, Meghan and Harry opted to wait a few days to reveal Archie, unlike Prince William and Kate who have shared glimpses of their newborns the day leaving the hospital.
While there has been some leniency with a few of the birthing traditions of the years, there are a few that will remain customary. The team at Hola put together this great guide on some of the pregnancy, birthing, and post-birth traditions of the royal family. Check out below the traditions over the years.
I have probably raved one about my trip to England just a TAD too many times!!!! As soon as I arrived in London it TOTES felt surreal!!!!! I was there but felt like a million things were going through my mind. I had FINALLLLY reaches my DREAM DESTINATION!!!!!! 😍😍😍😍😍😍
I loved everything about that country and the things we did. As soon as we arrived to Hyde Park Gate Hotel it was ABSOLUTELY relaxing and the mornings were FRESH!!!!
A good friend of mine has been wanting to write a novel for some time now but is unsure on how exactly to go about writing one. Through text messages, she asked me how I go about writing a novel. Instead of going into it via text because it could become a very long conversation, I decided I would do a blog series. Today’s post will be on how to begin.
The very first step in writing a novel is to figure out what genre you want your novel to be. There are many different ones to choose from. Do you want it to be science fiction? Or perhaps a contemporary novel? Or maybe even a contemporary romance or just plain romance? Or what about YA? Or historical fiction?
It is best to know ahead of time what genre category you want your novel to fall into because some will…
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Ok, they are not 10, not very awesome, and even not really tips. But after having read some popular blogs and various advice lists, I just had to come up with the list of my own, honest and hopefully effective. No more intro, here they are.
- Make it your special to start every post by addressing your readers in the same way, preferably like if you were talking to puppies. Example: hello cuties/lovelies/babes.
- If you want to use somebody’s idea, say that you were “inspired” and thus you can also leave out the person’s name.
- Write lists. People love lists. Even if they don’t know it, they love lists.
- Instead of using words like “sponsorship” or “advertisement”, use words like “a present”, “friendly borrowing” and “collaboration”. This is a way more positive message.
- Don’t underestimate the power of avocado toast. If there is nothing to share, share your avocado toast.
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The Retail Therapist by Colette Kebell
Release Date: 23rd June 2015
Publisher: Skittish Endeavours
“Window shopping! Don’t you just hate the term?
It is like going into a sweet shop and not being able to buy anything, or not knowing what to buy first. That is exactly my line of business, helping people make the right choice.
I’m one of those fashion consultants that are so popular nowadays amongst the upper crust, although I started ages ago. Choosing the right clothes for the right occasion is not an easy task: the dress has to match your personality and, if it can, enhance it.
This story is about how I abandoned the rat race, spending days in a legal office, and followed my dream of becoming a fashion consultant. I believe I’m something more though, I’m a Retail Therapist and I’m sure you are itching to know the…
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One of The first things I bought this year was a stunning hardback cover of Althorp: The story of an English House by Charles Spencer.
What a great addition to my bookcase and I have actually put it on my desk. This is an absolute treasure for my book collection.
It is just OH SO GORGEOUS 😍😍😍
Charles Spencer 9th Earl inherited the estate as his grandfather’s eightieth birthday was in 1972 and the local paper in Northamptonshire took a photograph of him, Charles and his father.
Charles Spencer was based in Sandringham and Althorp was known as very Edwardian. It was a 2 hour drive from from Park House and Charles articulates that it is the most English of settings.
“His memory of those days included his grandmothers sitting room with beautiful, deep blue, hand painted frescoes and formal furniture that reflected her cool and natural aristocracy; a slice of sophistication in an otherwise stolidly traditional English stately home.”
His grandfather dominated the rest of Althorp.
And pores over the family records in the Muniment Room. Medieval household accounts, letters from leading Jacobean political figures and reminiscences of Victorian house parties all stored together.
The Muniment room is now gone in which it’s contents with the British Library much of it waiting to be catalogued.
One interesting fact is his father had to sell the great Holbein of Henry VIII to finance his education. He sold it for 10K pounds.
During his childhood his sisters and him rarely stayed the night at Althorp when his grandfather was there. If they did it was in the night nursery.
This is the Wooten Hall, painted by the early eighteenth century artist John Wooten.
Wooton painted all these works in 1733, in his studio in Marylebone, London, before they were transported to their permanent home at Althorp.
He was known as the best painter of horses in England.
This is the picture gallery. Chairs by the fireplace, bookcases against the wall, side tables positioned near the wall to give it a finish.
“In 1508 Althorp was bought by John Spencer for only 800 pounds and the house that you see today had its heart constructed as the family’s Northhamptonshire base.”
It had actually been catalogued in the Doomsday Book as “Olletorpe” which meant Ollas Thorpe. Ola was a Saxon Lord. And interestingly “Thorp” is a Scandinavian name. His grandfather called it “Awl Trupp”.
When Charles inherited the estate in 1992, the BBC Pronunciation Department sent him a letter saying that they would like to see it rever to the correct pronunciation. And gave him strict guidelines on how it should be pronounced.
It was called Antwerp by an American presenter and he believed Diana would have enjoyed that…..
CHARLES II BY MARY BEALE
The portrait of another monarch was also in the Picture Gallery – Lady Jane Grey the nine days queen painted by Lucas de Heere.
It is still at Althorpe.but in a different room. And shows
Lady Jane Grey at the age of 16 a year before she was executed sitting in a room at Broadgate, her family’s home In Leicestershire. Reading a religious text pretty in a red velvet dress. She showed her devotion to Protestantism whilst the Catholics were the ones involved in her execution.
This is a Tudor lady where they would like to “use the length of the gallery for exercise.”
They re call the Picture Gallery as being ‘a fine room for walking about in” – they always had breakfast there.
In 1695 the neighbouring nobility and gentry gathered to dine there in which they had come to pay their respects to William III, as he in turn had come to secure the support of Robert Spencer, Second Earl of Sunderland and master of Althorp.
In the History of England they quote:
“It seems strange that William should, in the course of what was really a canvassing tour honoured with such a mark of favour a man so generally distrusted and hated as Sunderland. but the people were determined to be pleased All Northamptonshire crowded to kiss that royal hand in that fine taller which had been embellished by the pencil of Vandyck and made classic by the muse f Waller, and the Earl tried to conciliate his neighbours by feasting them at eight tables all blazing with plate.”
299 years later, Charles Spencer give a dinner party in that same room for his 30th birthday.
In the Picture Gallery, between the Windsor Beauties and War and Peace is a tiny door cut neatly into the oak panelling. Harley ever used but leads to a staircase that joined the Pink Suite, a guest bedroom to the rest of the house. His great aunt who was Margaret Douglas-Home was the youngest of six children who lived at Althorn from 1910 onwards.
What I found out very interesting is this story:
The day Charles had guests over he was going through some leather bound volumes that were in relation to the house. One of them were a book of press cuttings from the mid nineteenth century kept by his great great grandfather Frederick, 4th Earl Spencer.
this is what the article said:
“One morning, the Dean came down to breakfast with the family and rather frostily complained to the then earl that in future he would prefer it if he was left undisturbed after retiring for the night. My ancestor asked the dean to expand. It transpired that the Dean had been awoken by a figure dressed as a groom entering his room, holding candles, who had gone round the bed, checking all the candles, who had gone round the bed, checking all the candles were properly snuffed out.”
The exact description of the ‘groom was agreed upon that it was the ghost of the previous earls favourite servant – whose job was to go round all the rooms at night, after everyone had retired, to check that no flame was still burning.
After Charles read it, he didn’t think anything of it, until one Sunday evening, he was helping his guests down with the luggage of the exact same room, The Oak Bedroom, when a lady said to him “I swear that someone came in here last night.” Now Charles didn’t think anything of it because he just thought it was someone going to bed late, or a guest having trouble looking for their room.
The lady continued to say “And the strange thing is he was holding a candelabrum and wearing an old uniform – a cloak.”
He said back to her well I have had a broad range of guests here at Althorn but no one dressing up like that!
So Charles decided to run up to the housekeeper who was cataloguing articles for a new museum she had created showing off some of the more historic items that had been put in storage rooms. He was about to take down a grooms cloak when instead he actually grabbed a footman uniform, and he thought ‘if she is lying, this will catch her out.’ He raced back down stairs and shows the clothing to the guest, Almost…. she said, but it was longer – more like this…. and she described in DETAIL the clothing of ‘an early nineteenth century Spencer groom.’
With the Oak Bedroom it was where John Spencer the first earl married his sweetheart in secret. This is another story that caught my eye, as
John Spencer’s father was called John, who was the favourite grandson of the Duchess of Marlborough, she had a fortune so large that she actually lent money to the Bank of England.
This financial power, the quick tempered matriarch was determined was not to go to her grandson the third duke of Marlborough but to his younger brother John. who died young through “over-abundance”.
Horace Walpole was slightly more sharp witted in pin pointing the main causes of his early demise, when writing to Sir Horace Mann in 1746; Jack Spencer, old Marlborough’s grandson and heir is dead, at the age of 37 and in possession of 30K pounds a year merely because he would not be abridged of thee invaluable blessings of an English subject.
The 12 year old John was left beneficiary to the GREATEST inheritance in the kingdom, spending it on diamond buckled shoes and building Spencer House.
So the only pressure on a young man with this amount of wealth was to marry, in order to ensure the money stayed in the direct family line.
When it came close to his 21st birthday Georgiana Poyntz was to be the chose one. She wasn’t an heiress. Georgiana was SO in love with him, according to a letter she wrote to her friends, and saying he was ‘handsomer than an angel’. She stayed at Althorp for the summer and they got engaged. They were to be wed, and John and Georgiana had planned to marry at Althorn on Christmas Day with nobody else knowing. Th wedding party convened in the Oak Bedroom which was occupied by Johns mother and step father. Those present were Georgiana’s mother, brother and a Mr Holloway who conducted the service.
After the service they went back to the party that was going on in ALTHORP as though nothing had happened, in this kept hidden a secret marriage ended a famous happy one!
In 1688 a lady called Evelyn had this to say about Althorp.
“The house/palace is a noble uniform pile in form of a half H, built f brick and freestone, the hall is well, the staircase is excellent, the rooms of state, galleries, offices, and furniture such as may become a great prince. It is situated in the midst of a garden, exquisitely planted and kept and all this in a park walled in with hewn stone, planted with rows and walks of trees, canals, and fish ponds and stored with game.” Spencer, C, Althorp: The story of an English House, 1998, London, Penguin Group.
This account relate to the time of Second Earl of Sunderland Robert Spencer. This was the period where he was secretary of state to Charles II, James II and William III.
Charles believes the most magical painting to be in Althorp would have to be in the Picture Gallery which is called “War and Peace” by Gottfried Schalken.
In 1772 there was an announcement needing laborours to help repair the house. the ceiling in the library collapsed the next year and the floor was unsafe needing to put new ones in. George John got in contact with a Henry Holland who actually assisted with the construction of Battersea Bridge for the First Earl Spencer. He was a well known architect in London.
Holland started in 1785 repairing Spencer House and then was asked to design something to save Althorp/Spencer House. George Johns wife was a Lady Lavinia Bingham as shown above wasn’t exactly happy with Holland and didn’t like how much it was costing.
Althorp was transformed into a Georgian mansion and was classically beautiful.
Holland added a Library, Billiard Room and South Drawing Room. This was the beginning of the century in which the Library would be the dominant room at Althorp.
The library tells the story of the Spencer’s in the eighteenth and nineteenth century more eloquently.
Like me, there was one ancestor that was an avid collector of books.
And collecting early English Literature.
John, First Earl Spencer added to the family collection by buying the whole entire library of Doctor William George who was a headmaster at Eton College. Primarily, English.
George John transformed the Spencer library into the greatest private collection of books in England.
George had an interest in English Literature at a very early age.
As you can see in the picture the library room was filled with books full to the ceiling!
What I am most fascinated about was that in the final decade of his life, George John, ordered a copy of every single book published in England. ASTOUNDING!!!!!
Here we find, Frederick the fourth spencer inheriting Althorp who was a Naval Officer.
The Red Earl – John Fifth Earl Spencer was married to Charlotte Seymour, who was a great beauty and also called Spencers Fairy Queen.
Here we have the great dining room which was added to the side of the house, It is actually a copy of the ballroom in Buckingham Palace. and was created by MacVicar Anderson.
Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough had a family bible, which lists every member of the Spencer family. Naming their date of birth, place of christening, godparents, date and place of marriage, spouse, children and date of death.
but the library was sadly sold.
This is the Marlborough Room which was transformed int a dining room.
and this is one of the fireplaces taken from Spencer House to Altho to escape the Blitz.
Religious paintings were sold in large numbers under Raine’s management in the 1980’s.
and they had a painting which included a scene from Exodus – Moses in the bullrushes.
Holland’s Long Library, transformed during Raine’s redecorating spree in the 1980’s
and this is the South Drawing Room in the 1980’s, gilded to within an inch of its life.
The chapel, which was transformed in the 80’s into a humble junk room, was restored to its proper function. Full of religious paintings, the french grey of the walls was washed down rather than re painted, and the beautiful stained glass windows were bought from Wormleighton Manor in the nineteenth century.
This is a stained glass window in the Chapel, the armorial glass dates from 1588 and came Wormleighton Manor, the original Spencer family residence.
The Long library became Charles Spencer’s study andante had a busy lozenge carpet rolled back and natural colour restored, with the leather bound volumes showing their richly coloured spines off against a crisp, neutral backdrop, with sweeping views of the Deer Park.
Here is one of the pair of torcheres from Spencer House that now reside either side of the fireplace in the Saloon.
Hollands love of white was the authentic and practical solution. It had a candelabra, the room recaptured its majestic simplicity, the family portraits, an assortment of royal, and here is the Painters Passage. The moving of the china has freed of the area of where the china used to be, showing here that the Painters Passage is now displaying self-portraits. The most fascinating art forms.
There was a Sunderland Room and right next to it was The Marlborough Room, which here (above picture) is the drawing room.
They actually wanted to change it into a dining room.
The most notable collection of portraits was picture of Georgiana, Countess Spencer with her daughter Lady Georgiana who was the Duchess of Devonshire, was done by Sir Joshua Reynolds, who actually was a close friend of the family.
These portraits of Lady Anne, and Lady Lavinia are the very essence of eighteenth – century portraiture which complements the house in all its majestic glory.
In modern times, Princess Diana who was born into the Spencer family, was the youngest daughter of Viscount and Viscountess Althorp, but she grew up in Sandringham. After her father inherited the title “Earl Spencer”, she then became “Lady Diana Spencer”. Growing up I didn’t know who she was and honestly didn’t know who she was till the day she died. I will aways remember that she passed away in 1997 the same year as my granny, so thats been etched in my mind for a while.
The last chapter of this book primarily focuses on Princes Diana and the legacy that she left behind. I highly recommend this book for your collection and you can find it on AMAZON for $51.67 or on the World of Books Australia website for $11.49 how cheap!!!!
I hope you liked reading, as I used some of the words from the book for those that don’t want to buy it, but want to catch a glimpse for free.
It is an absolute stunning picture book, and really dives into the life of the Spencers. I want to buy The Spencer Family: A Personal History of an English Family next time!!! It is $23.86, and It is on my book list!!!!
Have a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year. The Importance Of Kindness.
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