Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Nostalgic Summer Memories

Resistance is useless.....I found a pile of old postcards at a local sale a week or so ago. The beautifully printed images were far too dreamy to pass-up....I had to bring them home with me and to share them with you on my blog.

They remind me of my childhood summers, when the school holiday seemed to stretch on for ever and ever and every day the sun would shine.

We would visit my dear grandparents who were very keen gardeners and we'd all play bowls on the lawn, or have running races between the rose borders. Butterflies would be drawn to the colourful herbaceous plants and you could catch them for a moment in jam jars placed over them whilst they sipped nectar.

So, in a year that seems to have been one long season so far, with no real summer to speak of, these artistic glimpses of summers-past serve as a reminder of what might have been....

The following collection of cards, probably from the 1920's, where from original water colour paintings of 'Old Mill Garden, Wannock', which I believe is in East Sussex.
The Rock Garden in June.

Arums by the Stream.

The New Garden with View of the Downs.

Sundial & Veronica.

Verbena in Bloom.

The Rose Garden.
Tulips in the Tea Court.
I hope that you like them as much as I do.
Niki x


  1. Hi Niki! Those postcards are delicious, it's lovely to see the Downs nestling in the background. Unfortunately we have spent many a day on the Downs this holiday and never had the good fortune to have seen the sun! I do remember my school holidays and the summer ones always being so sunny and seeming so long, we have been cheated this year. Thanks for showing us these wonderful images.

  2. Sooo dreammmy pretty!!!
    I did enjoy your postcards , thanks for showing us!

  3. JackieM5:49 pm

    Goreous postcards Niki, such beautiful colours, thanks for sharing them. JackieMx

  4. These are just beautiful! so pretty..x

  5. Anonymous6:10 pm

    They are beautiful cards ! vibrant, strong ,yet soothing ..

    Did you see "Gardeners World " last friday ? It was all about the cottage garden really interesting, from how they may have started right through to growing your own meadow strip ( I think it was called !) to encourage insects to go from garden to garden and keep nature going... I may have a go ,if it stops raining !

    Thank you for sharing

  6. Gorgeous cards Niki. If only my garden looked like that!!

  7. I just love your blog, Niki, along with your website! So much, in fact, that I've nominated you for an award over at my blog :)

  8. Such gorgoeus prints Niki... just love them! Hope you have enjoyed your last days of summer. :) xo Heather

  9. Such gorgoeus prints Niki... just love them! Hope you have enjoyed your last days of summer. :) xo Heather

  10. Oh just the most beautiful thing to cheer up yet another sopping wet day. Hopefully the autumn colours will perk up the season ahead for us a bit. Crikey we need it!
    Thanks for sharing

  11. oh to have a gardener so our garden could look like this! just one corner without nettles and brambles would be nice! Love that sundial! t.x

  12. What a wonderful score ! I could gaze at the images all day. Mind if I download one for my desktop? Thanks so much for sharing the photos and recollections from your past. Made me feel as if I were there.

  13. What a fabulous cheerful blog of wonderful bygone days the colours are so vibrant yet with that lovely soft touch, yes it really does also remind me of my childhood when we had sun at summer time ane followed on to a proper winter with snow and frosty mornings.

  14. Hi Darly,
    Go for it - a desk top needs to be cheerful! - we spend so much time staring at them ;-))
    Thanks for your comment,
    Niki x

  15. So lovely, Niki! I'm glad you didn't pass up that lot -- those images are beautiful!

  16. Votre blog est magnifique , il va falloir que je vous traduise

  17. Anonymous2:20 pm

    I know Wannock - it is East Sussex and some of it is really picturesque. Keep climbing up that hill and you come to Jevington which is also rather lovely and evenually Alfriston. From there you can walk along the Cuckmere River walk all the way to Seaford Head. Lovely!

  18. yep I remember those lazy hazy days of summer that went on and on - I have to go away from here to find that now -

    great pics as always Niki x

  19. Here in hot, dry Texas your postcards look like a dream-world! Thanks for sharing. In my imagination, all England looks like those beautiful cards.

  20. Anonymous5:44 pm

    Your postcards are so beautiful to inspire both painters and gardeners...

    My dream cottage has a garden just like one of those!


  21. Lovely postcards - the artwork is familiar- I wonder who painted them?

  22. it's all so pretty. I just hate that fall is here and the flowers are starting to fade!

  23. so beautiful. It is hard for me to imagine that these beautiful pictures were a reality.

  24. hi niki,
    i'm Tini from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I just love your blog very2 much..its like a therapy for me when seeing all those beautiful treasures that you visit my online shop at


  25. First of all what a beautiful blog its lovely. The postcards are wonderful and also remind me of my childhood, but for the illustrations in books and the covers on chocolate boxes. I wonder what you are going to do with them - too lovely to live in a drawer.
    Every blessing helen
    cocoa and blankets

  26. What beautiful postcards - like little paintings. More so, like looking out the windows into gardens I wish were mine. Your post of the other day at Bibury was excellent. Those beautiful classic old buildings and that gorgeously clear river. Those natural colors are unbelievable. I'm looking forward to the next trip you take me on.


Thank you for finding the time to visit me...
Niki xx