Tuesday, December 22, 2009


As promised (before the blizzard of 2009), our English seaside tour continues in Leigh-On-Sea.(Photo by Richard Bartholomew)

As it has since the 16th century, Leigh earns it living from the sea.
Once an important port,
(Photo by Richard Bartholomew)

the town's position at the mouth of the Thames also made it a strategic naval defense site in the wars against against pirates and other European navies.

Old Leigh's past is everywhere you look.
From the old port side houses and leaning lampposts ...

... to the traditional lace curtains visible behind shuttered windows.

While it's tempting to look up at the interesting architecture ...

... and the sky-high windowboxes overflowing with flowers
Do so and you will miss the narrow winding cobblestone streets.
Well, now you've seen a bit of Old Leigh, how about a pint at The Peterboat Steak & Ale house?

Great idea!


Karyn Bernard (French Charming) said...

AMAZING BLOG! What a charming place!! Thanks for the visit and Joyeaux Noel!


Beach Vintage said...

This little seaside town in just adorable. Thanks Barbara for your lovely message today. I wish you all the best for Christmas and beyond.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Barbara
Looks like you are having a wonderful time such a sweet town. I hope you have a great Christmas and New Year.

Thanks for the visits this year.. I'm sure I will have a few more waterside wednesdays in me next year!! xx Julie

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What a wonderful tour, Barbara!

Dropping by to wish you a very Merry Christmas!


Sheila :-)

Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut said...

I love that lace curtains are traditional, while I don't have shutters, all my windows have lace curtains. I love the light shining in every room and even being able to look out and see the storm clouds. No heavy drapes at The Hut, I want to see the outside world!

Merry Christmas Barbara and thanks for all the joy you bring to my life.

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

What a pretty town! I love the flower boxes so packed with gorgeous flowers and the cobblestone streets. How quaint. I wanted to wish you a Very Merry Christmas and thank you for stopping by my blog to say hello. (Sorry to hear about your tree.)
Capers of the Vintage Vixens

Vintage Rose Collection said...

Oh Barbara, everything looks so quaint and cozy..I want to wish you and your family a blessed and happy holiday sweet friend..

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hi Barbara... what an enchanting place! How I would love to visit there one day... now I am craving some really good seafood... YUM! Bisous... Julie Marie

Alison Gibbs said...

Hi Barbara thanks for the tour of Old Leigh - such a picturesque town.
I have had a fun time following your blog.
Have a wonderful family Christmas

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

What a gorgeous little corner of the earth! I could just put it in my pocket...no one would even know!

Wonderful Holiday season to you!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Hey Barbara!!! Welcome to my world! THank you for coming by; you are correct about the tea salon, so your name will go into the pot for the drawing tomorrow!!! Nice to see you again and your photos of England are so very lovely. What a wonderful time of the year...Happy Christmas!! Anita

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Stephanie said...

What a charming place!
Thanks so much for stopping by my page. It took a few seconds after I linked through to your page to put it together, but I am such a fan of your work! The book is stunning! Definitely one of my favorites! And I am an avid magazine reader, so your work was already familiar. That’s why your kind and generous words on the blog meant so very much! To have someone with your taste and style compliment you is very high praise. Thanks for making my night! I am definitely adding your blog to my favorites, and cannot wait to explore your older posts. You are thoroughly amazing! Best, Stephanie

Jane said...

I always love to visit your blog, Barbara. I feel as though I am on vacation in wonderful places. Thanks for taking us along...

Have a wonderful Christmas!
Jane (artfully graced)

ps Hope you enjoy the chocolate mousse.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Wishing you all the best this Christmas and in 2010!

rochambeau said...

Wishing you a
Merry Christmas Babette!


❦TattingChic said...

Thank you so much for that fabulous tour of Old Leigh! What a cool blog post! Here's hoping that you and yours had a very Merry Christmas and that the up and coming new year is filled with many happy memories come 2011!

Ruth Welter said...

Barbara, I always feel like I'm getting a tour of beautiful places when I visit your blog. Your trip photos are just beautiful.

Happy New Year.


Raised In Cotton~Carol said...

Simply beautiful Barbara! Wishing you a wonderful New Year:)

koralee said...

Love these images...may your week be filled with extra love as you head into 2010!

Barbara said...

Barbara, to think you were in Leigh. I could have come out to meet you. Never tire of seeing photos of Leigh as everyone's are different.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

What a great place! Another to put on my list of places to see someday...

Happy New Year Barbara!

Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut said...

Just had to take a moment to stop by and wish you a Happy New Year! Looking forward to a wonderful 2010 in blogland full of stories, photos and fabulous decorating ideas from you.


Happy New Year Barbara!


Sandy said...

Oh how I miss living in England!!!
Hope you have a fabulous New Year Barbara!