>The Early Granny and Early Grandad

>Are you an Early Granny? Thats right – An Early Granny. The phenomena of the Early Granny has been around longer than we know but but maybe it just took a snazzy name to group all us ladies who knowingly or not are living lives as a Granny may do whether that be crafting, baking, vintage-wearing or… wandering about olde places such as National Trust houses. Just my cup of Earl Grey…

This 49 Miles from London plaque is actually in the wrong place! For some reason it should be on the London to Brighton route weird…

Thats enough blurb about Early Granny for a moment, here’s a pick of some pretty pics from Petworth – a very beautiful, if not a bit Yummy Mummy if I dare say so, yet equally elegant old town near Pulborough, South East England and its grand country house – Petworth House, a National Trust and private owned property with servants quarters, restored mainly to how it looked in the 1890s.

I was so awestruck by this hallway and staircase, all painted as a trompe l’oeuil of magestic pillars and lounging ladies icluding a huge Heaven scene on the ceiling. Above, James by one entrance gate outside. Below, beautiful downstairs wallpaper.

After a doddle about the house (and making an AMAZING purchase in the childrens section of the toy shop (see above!)) Me and boyf James rested our elderly feet in a cute ‘Sugar Lounge’ named Cocos Cafe in one of the many short, narrow streets. It was a charming space where a crafty 16 year old exhibited her felt works on the walls and light was provided by illuminated hollow animal figures. We chose mini Carrot cake and macaroons – my first ones ever! And Tea-for-twooo. As if the experience wasn’t quaint enough, we bought some sugared almonds and chocolate blueberries from the shop and peered around the back at the sun lounge and camper-cum-icecream-van! Delightful…

If you enjoy similar experiences – and you muust!! then why not join the Early Granny tribe on the very modern Facebook page?!
Me and Carrie would love to hear why you conform to Early Granny status!

  • Temporary:Secretary October 25, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    >Absolutely love your blog – very inspiring. x

  • Zoë October 15, 2010 at 5:21 PM

    >i definitely think i qualify! i love old houses, carpet and i'm doing my dissertation on the victorian domestic interior! x

  • Louder Than Silence October 8, 2010 at 10:10 AM

    >This is a lovely post! Baking cakes, visiting quaint towns, hustling around charidee shops and trying to incorporate afternoon tea into daily routines – early grannies and grandads rock!

    Sally from Louder Than Silence x

  • Amey October 6, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    >I'm turning into a granny as well. I love my baking, cups of tea and, when shopping with friends, going for an morning coffee around 11am.

  • Bibi October 5, 2010 at 11:12 PM

    >im deffinately an early granny … ive known this since getting into a conversation with a lady from the WI at a country 'garden' show hehe. The pictures are so lovely, i think i'd like to visit there.
    plus sugared almonds are my favourites along with sugar mice

  • styleeast October 5, 2010 at 9:49 PM

    >I'm so down with the granny thing. Especially when I see photos like this! lovely xx

    ps – i made my photos big, at your special request 🙂

  • danniekate October 4, 2010 at 1:25 PM

    >i got the facebook and it made me chuckle – remember that chat we had in the coffee bean when we realised both our families do the whole national trust thing?! love it xx

  • Diana Mieczan October 4, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    >I totally love this:)…Have a great week my dear

  • S October 3, 2010 at 10:39 PM

    >I am definitely an Early Granny. I visit National Trust places whenever I can, bake every week, I even talk in this old 'cockney granny' voice to my friends (I can do it for you next time I see you!!)

    Yeh. I am so an early granny. I'm even noting down where Petworth House is as I type.


  • E is for Eleanor October 3, 2010 at 9:13 PM

    >Loving this whole Early Granny thing! I definitely qualify, if only for the amount of tat and bric a brac I own. I am also officially up there with the keenest grannies at a sunday morning car boot or jumble! Elbows out and everything!

    Petworth looks gorgeous. My most recent foray into quaint little towns was York- have you been there? I think you would love it! x