Now, I hadn't written the book with that in mind, it just happened along the way. It was one of those lovely, serendipitous things that happen when your characters are beginning to reveal themselves to you. Maybe because I hankered after a hero who'd sweep me away on a champagne picnic in the country and save me from slaving over a hot manuscript. But as soon as I wrote it I knew it was just right.
I was searching for something the other day when I found some photos I'd taken a couple of years ago at the Leura Village Festival. We hadn't even realised it was on and just stumbled across the event, which included some 1920s dancing and a display of vintage cars. I can't help but wonder if some of these may have been at the back of my mind as I wrote my book. Certainly I could imagine a sunny day in the country side enjoying a picnic with this one. I loved the way they even had the picnic gear ready.
And how about these to make you smile? So much more interesting than the bonnets of modern cars.
I don't know who this is but he reminds me of Flash Gordon.
Or this one, a little worn but still fun.
What great pictures and the cars are so lovely not sure if I could get in and out of them LOL but I would give it a go I did love this story and the all the art deco things when we went to New Zealand we saw a lot of it over there so lovely, I like all of these older things but for day to day living I think I am into the modern things :)
Helen, they were lots of fun. The nice thing too was that we hadn't realised this was on. We just rocked on up to the Leura Mall on our last morning in the mountains and saw all this. Ah, I'm wondering if you went to Napier in NZ, Helen. That's supposed to have lots of Art Deco buildings. So glad to hear you enjoyed 'Seducing His Enemy's Daughter'.Delete
And yes it was Napier we stopped for the day on the cruise such a lovely place I loved touring that City and hearing about why they when art décor after earthquakes :)Delete
I've never been to Napier, Helen, so maybe on my next visit. It sounds terrific.Delete
I prefer modern things, but a period that I like is between the late 1800s and beginning 1900s. Very beautiful photos you've been pubblishedReplyDelete
Hi Franca. Oh, yes, that period was very graceful, wasn't it? Though, like you, I prefer modern convenience. Thanks for poppy by.Delete
I'm a modern gal too, Annie but I do love wandering around the kitchen on stately homes and marvel how those servants produced such grand banquets with zero technology!ReplyDelete
I really love old china. No particular time period. Just whatever looks pretty and makes me smile :-)
Amy, I know what you mean. I remember standing in (yes 'in') the fireplace of the kitchen at Hampton Court Palace and wondering how they produced so much grand food for so many people.Delete
I love old china too. A weakness I inherited from my Mum. It's not the price tag, it's the fact that it makes you smile, as you say.
I love vintage cars, Annie -- they make me drool with longing. I expect, though, that they'd be a challenge to drive. I also adore the art deco buildings we get a glimpse of in the TV series Poirot. Oh, and the art deco fashions that Phrynne Fisher wears can make me swoon!ReplyDelete
All of that said, I do love the convenience of modern living.
Argh. Blogger ate my first comment, Michelle. Let me just say I too drool over PF's fashions. My favourites are the cars a little later in date than the ones I've included here - the ones that are a little more streamlined but not too much. They look like it would be an absolute treat to travel in them.Delete
There is a vintage car club here in town. It's quite normal to see a car chugging down the main street. No one seems to mind that they could get out of their cars and walk faster. The cars are just so beautiful. I love it when the passengers are in period dress too. The perfect picture.ReplyDelete
Mary that sounds like such fun. The other day I was visiting a nursing home and there were half a dozen old cars there, gleaming, for the residents to view and really, it was such a talking point for them all, and I suppose a bit of reminiscence. Would love to go for a ride in one. I know what you mean about seeing people in costume too.Delete
I'm definitely a foot in both camps - I love my modern comforts and technologies, but I've always had a thing for vintage style whether it be jewellery, clothing, hair styles and makeup. I also have a small collection of antique tea cups and I think the oldest is from 1910.ReplyDelete
Stefanie, another for old china? Sounds fabulous. Some of the jewellery is gorgeous too, but pricey. I feel in love with Art Nouveau jewellery in Paris but sadly it's out of my price range.Delete
Lovely post Annie. I love 1920s style.ReplyDelete
I certainly have a soft spot for antiques. I'm currently searching for the right sized antique desk to put by the window so I can gaze at the view whilst dreaming up new stories.
Good luck on the antique hunt, Jennifer. I hope you get the perfect one for the space. What fun searching for it.Delete
Love those cars, Annie. I always watch in awe whenever I see a rally on the roads. Like Stefanie, I have a foot in both camps. I'm not a collector but do enjoy things from the past, especially those that remind me of my parents or grandmother.ReplyDelete
Sue, I wonder if that's the key - things that make us think about special people? For me that's reason enough to take time and enjoy those older items.Delete
Annie, what a lovely post - and such great photos. I was lucky enough a few years ago to go on a cruise to New Zealand and we stopped off at the NZ Art Deco capital Napier. The locals did us proud - bands and vintage cars and people in costumes to give us all that jazz. Such fun - and the cars were spectacular. Your photos brought back very fond memories of that visit and the lovely architecture in the town. I have to say I find those old cars have SOOOOO much style - and a feeling of individuality that is often missing from the new ones. But then, I write historical romance, so of course I'd say that!ReplyDelete
I loved Seducing his Enemy's Daughter - such a steamy beginning and then it's lovely watching them fall in love, vintage cars and all!