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odditiesoflife:

Puzzlewood Magical Forest — The Real Middle Earth

Puzzlewood is a unique and enchanting place, located in the beautiful and historic Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, England. There is more than a mile of meandering pathways through Puzzlewood and over 14 acres of ancient woodland. It has an atmosphere quite unlike any other wood. The magical forest is one of the most stunning in the world and it’s easy to see why it’s been used as a filming location for Merlin and Dr. Who. It is no wonder that JRR Tolkien is reputed to have taken his inspiration for the fabled forests of Middle Earth from Puzzlewood. 

In Puzzlewood you will find strange rock formations, secret caves and ancient trees. The geological features here are known locally as scowles. The scowles originated through the erosion of natural underground cave systems formed in limestone many millions of years ago. Uplift and erosion caused the cave system to become exposed at the surface. This was then exploited by Iron Age settlers through to Roman times for the extraction of iron ore.

Evidence of Roman occupation of the area is supported by the discovery of a hoard of over 3,000 Roman coins from the 3rd Century which were found in the scowles of Puzzlewood. Once the Romans left, nature reclaimed the old workings with moss and trees, to create the unique landscape. The historical use soon became forgotten, and the folklore of “Puzzlewood” began.

In the early 1800s, a local landowner laid down a mile of pathways which meandered through the trees and gulleys to open up this ancient forest originally for the amusement of his friends and children. In the early 1900s, Puzzlewood opened to the public. Since then it is has remained essentially unchanged with the same stunning pathways and bridges as in earlier times, but with the addition of a variety of animals and visitor facilities.

(Source: odditiesoflife)

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Gladys Cooper by Bassano, 1910


So pretty!

saisonciel:

Gladys Cooper by Bassano, 1910

So pretty!

(Source: npg.org.uk)

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TheLadyInTweed

Les Adventures Extraordinaries d’Adéle Blanc-Sec

Or The Extraordinary Adventures Of Adele Blanc-Sec

This incredible French film, set in Paris in the early 20th century, has mummies come to life and pterodactyls roaming the streets.

It is my new favourite film!

Amazing costumes!

Visited the lovely capital of Montpelier, VT. The visit did not disappoint. Vermont is just beautiful. Trees as far as the eye can see. We did not see not one big box store at all. Vermonters just get it.

Visited the lovely capital of Montpelier, VT. The visit did not disappoint. Vermont is just beautiful. Trees as far as the eye can see. We did not see not one big box store at all. Vermonters just get it.

Catherine Parr, relics, lock of her hair, her maiden badge with Tudor rose. Catherine was the surviving six queen of Henry VIII.

Catherine Parr, relics, lock of her hair, her maiden badge with Tudor rose. Catherine was the surviving six queen of Henry VIII.

Surving relics of Anne Boleyn. Elizabeth wore a secret locket ring of her mother. Elizabeth’s christening gown, it is believed her mother added to the sewing. lastly the Boleyn goblet, with Phoenix crest. You can tell she truly loved her mother.

Surving relics of Anne Boleyn. Elizabeth wore a secret locket ring of her mother. Elizabeth’s christening gown, it is believed her mother added to the sewing. lastly the Boleyn goblet, with Phoenix crest. You can tell she truly loved her mother.

Surving relics from the beautiful Marie Antoinette. A lock of her hair and gorgeous diamond earrings.

Surving relics from the beautiful Marie Antoinette. A lock of her hair and gorgeous diamond earrings.