Roses. Roses. Roses. Everything is so rosy here at Blithewold! This is my fifth season working with Gail in the gardens, and I find myself blown away by the roses once again. Last week I … Read more.
April showers (and May showers and June showers) bring lots of flowers! Yes, I know it’s been a chilly spring full of rainy days and nights, but all the rain is a blessing to our … Read more.
Arthur B. Rae was among Bessie McKee’s most devoted and loyal estate staff. He came to work at Blithewold in 1906 and spent most of his adult life working for the McKee/Lyon family. His name … Read more.
I am so ready to see the sun! After the drought last summer, I didn’t think I’d ever grow tired of rain again, but here I am. It’s not so much that I don’t want … Read more.
The daffodils have returned and they are spectacular! It seems that every day this week I have seen a new variety emerge. Last year, Gail did her best to take a picture of every … Read more.
CONFUSING TRAFFIC SIGNS by Marjorie Lyon February 26, 1949 As a small school girl, I was taught to read either from left to right or from top to bottom. Skipping about was not encouraged. … Read more.
After several grey days filled with rain – or the threat of it – we have emerged on the other side to find the air smelling clean, the trees budded, and the promise of many … Read more.
OPENING EXHIBITS, APRIL 1 by Margaret Whitehead The excitement at Blithewold is building as we prepare the Mansion for the season’s opening on April 1st. Floors have been polished, carpets cleaned; paintwork and wallpaper conservation … Read more.
Marjorie Van Wickle Lyon’s Evening Dress, 1932 In the thirty years since Marjorie’s pink party dress (shown in the first exhibit case) was fabricated, styles and construction changed considerably. Trains disappeared, and punishing boned … Read more.
Marjorie Van Wickle’s Party Dress, 1903 Marjorie Van Wickle had this party dress made in Vienna when she visited in 1903 as part of her Grand Tour. It was designed and constructed by Drecoll’s, the … Read more.