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Monday 23 April 2018

What I Wore in the Bluebell Wood

Is This Mutton blogger and husband in a secret bluebell wood outside London, spring 2018
We're lucky to have a secret bluebell wood not too far away, in Epping Forest. At this time of year the wonderful delicate English bluebells are out and their sweet scent drenches the forest glade.

I first moved to this area in 2005, so we've been coming to the wood most years and it's a reminder of how the years pass (although the wood remains timeless).

Above, this year's shot. We were out on one of our regular walks:  we're attempting the 200 mile Wainwright Coast to Coast walk, across three national parks, next month.  I've been trying to do a walk every day, even if it's just two miles at lunchtime. So we weren't dressed up for this year's bluebell photo opp although I am wearing my new Meindl GTX hiking boots to break them in.

Last year was a different story.
Is This Mutton blogger Gail Hanlon in a secret bluebell wood
I dragged Mr Mutton off to the wood with my new gold mules in a bag to take a few photos for the blog. You can read it here: A walk in the Bluebell Wood. Incidentally, the bluebells were out two weeks earlier than this year.

This one was taken in 2011.  It was not long since we had married, so Mr Mutton is looking more romantic than usual.  That polka dot top was a star buy - I still wear it now.
A romantic shot from 2011 featuring Is This Mutton? blogger Gail Hanlon and husband in a bluebell wood
The next photo is from 2009 and I have longish red hair. I was obsessed with green and I remember well the jacket, which came from Kettlewell Colours. I quite like the necklace but have no idea what happened to it.
In 2008 I had long hair but it was a more natural colour. We had some more creative shots, and the bluebells were really stunning that year.  I remember the long winter white coat - it was from M&S and washable, so eminently useful. 
An image from 20 years ago when Is This Mutton blogger Gail Hanlon and husband first took photos in a secret bluebell wood
Do you have a bluebell wood of your own?

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  1. Oh, Gail, how delightful to be surrounded by those fragrant flowers, year after year. We have bluebonnets in the eastern part of our state which look very similar but I don't remember them being scented. Since we don't have bluebonnets in west Texas, I have been known to roll around in a bed of these wildflowers on the side of the road with my east Texas sister.

    Enjoyed the photos from earlier trips to the forest. You and the mister are quite handsome!

    1. I would love to see the photos of you rolling around the wildflowers! You must include it in your Sentence a Day. Thanks for the compliment, I will pass it on to the mister.

  2. We have a Bluebell wood near us too. Anemones abound too. I must try to go next weekend. Thanks for reminding me. I enjoyed those throwback bluebell pics. Isn't it great to see the clothes we are still wearing.

  3. Such a lovely idea, a mini series around this annual show of colour which is always too brief. And oh the darker hair took me by surprise, I've only known you as blonde, but these luscious wavy locks look so lovely on you too. Loved the post, my sweet, hugs x

  4. What a beautiful spot, Gail! I bet it smells absolutely divine there. And look at you with dark hair!! I must say I do love it on you. That photo of you with red hair reminds me of Joan from Mad Men – gorgeous!
    Suzy xx

    1. I did attempt to go darker again last year but no-one liked it so went back to blonde. I liked the red at the time but not so sure now!

  5. Thanks for taking us to the bluebell wood! Lovely to see the changing pictures too.

    Gemma x

  6. I'm not surprised that this is a favourite walk for you guys - it's so pretty in that typically English way. The changing hair colour is really nice to see too, and I have to say I agree with Suzy about the dark shade really suiting you.

    Have a great weekend and good luck with the training!
    Anna x

  7. What a lovely post! And what a stunning colors. But where did you get those mules???

    1. They were from Marks and Spencer, last year --- they have a similar pair this year too.

  8. That's a fun insight into your evolving hair style and colour. I like the red but probably the hair needs to be lighter now. Aren't those bluebells just divine - not surprised it's a favourite walk

    1. Phew, I'm glad you agree Penny! I would find it too traumatic to go back to dark or red hair!

  9. I loved the photos through the years...love bluebells too.

  10. What a gorgeous spot for photos! I enjoyed seeing your different hair colors and styles over the years. Thanks for linking up with Fabulous Friday!


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