The Fountain Pen Flows Here




{Please do not feel you have to read this whole thing, I know it's long. This is a fountain dedicated to John Galt, where these pictures were taken}


{Dolly History lesson: John Galt (2 May 1779 – 11 April 1839) was a Scottish novelist, entrepreneur, and political and social commentator. Born in Irvine in 1779, the son of a sea captain who traded with the West Indies. In 1789 the family moved to Greenock and much of Galt’s fiction draws from the localities of the west coast of Scotland where he spent his youth. He was a sickly child and much of his time was spent listening to the traditional tales of his mother and the local women of Greenock, an influence that feeds into Galt’s gift for storytelling and his acute ear for regional dialect.
Around the age of twenty-four Galt began writing. He experimented in verse but was an inferior poet. Several of his essays, however, were published and this writing at this time demonstrates his early interest in politics and the colonies, particularly Canada which had long captured his imagination. In 1809 Galt spent a period of time travelling on the Mediterranean and it was here that he made his acquaintance with Lord Byron who was to become the subject of his acclaimed biography The Life of Byron in 1830. In 1811 he returned to London, his commercial aspirations disappointed and turned to journalism as a means of making money.
In 1813 Galt conceived the idea of writing a west of Scotland novel based on the observations of a parish minister but he was to wait until the writing of Walter Scott had transformed the climate of Scottish literature before a publisher would accept a book about a Scottish subject. Once published Galt’s works flew off the press. The Ayrshire Legates were serialised in 1820 –21. Then came Galt’s The Steamboat and Annals of the Parish in 1821, and Sir Andrew WylieThe Gathering of the WestThe Provost and The Entail in 1822. In 1823 Ringan Gilhaize, was published, followed by two less successful historical novels.
Yet despite critical and commercial success, Galt had not abandoned his business aspirations. In 1824 Galt became actively involved in political campaigning on behalf of the Canadian colony and two years later left for Canada leaving the manuscript for The Last of the Lairds with his publisher. During the years 1827-29 Galt developed the virgin territories of the Canadian colony and founded the townships of Guelph and Goderich. For Galt, the Canadian project was the realisation of his most profound ambitions. But he was to fall foul of colonial bureaucracy and was eventually forced to return to Britain in 1829 under charges of debt and placed in prison.
Once again Galt resorted to writing for money, contributing short stories to periodicals and penning and several long novels. These, however, were not the format in which his talents lay and his final political novels The Member andThe Radical mark a return to form in 1832. In his later years Galt suffered a stroke and composed his Autobiography by dictation, with the intention of setting the record straight about his involvement in Canada. He returned to Greenock in 1834 and continued writing until his death, aged 60, in 1839.}


Have a beautiful day darlings!!








{All Photos by ©Gorgeous Gavin. All Rights reserved.}


76 comments

  1. i always love reading your post..cool

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  2. Love reading what you have to say dolly bird - even better when I learn new things :) Thanks Kizzy and you look adorable
    Axx

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  3. i love your dress,you look gorgeous
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  4. Thanks for the history lesson...this doll read the entire thing! *love* the floral dress and the floppy hat! Perfect warm weather gear!

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  5. Thank you for letting me know about Galt, for the fantastic photos, and above all your outfit,ahhhhhhhhhhhhh.
    You know you make my day, right???
    Loving your crochet earrings and the whole ensemble.
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  6. the dress is beautiful and i love the pics!
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  7. Really like the photos, you look lovely in that dress :)

    Lau

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  8. love this floral dress ^^

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  9. Always love to read your posts.
    You look so beautiful!!!

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  10. Great little lesson. Sounds like there are still small traces of him in Canada despite what happened.

    And that dress is quite lovely on you. :)

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  11. lovely dress :)

    xoxo, Haus of Gala

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  12. You look so pretty!!!



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  13. Aw my God, your floral dress really chic as you (: luff this! (: <3

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  14. Kizzy, you look gorgeous!!! Your smile lights up a room. And I loved reading about this :)

    Have a wonderful day, sweetie! xoxo

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  15. Your dress is really fantastic and those photos are just beautiful.

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  16. Wow and double wow Kizzy! These pix with the hat are AMMZING! Enjoy the day! xx

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  17. Thanks for the history lesson! Oh and I love your hat my dear - how elegant!

    xoxo,
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  18. Thanks so much for the history lesson. I've learned a lot from posts such as this these on different blogs. I guess that's how I will become "well read." LOL

    Kizzy you have such an amazing smile and you look great!

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  19. Such a cute post and you look lovely in your dress

    xx
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  20. You wear a hat so well and with that dress, you look fabulous for drifting around fountains!

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  21. I love the things that I learn from your blog Kizzy! And you're looking lovely as always :)

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  22. I did know nothing about gant, thanks for sharing this and I am totally lusting over this maxidress!!!
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  23. I adore that third photo of you! It looks like it came straight out of a magazine!

    xo erica

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  24. amazing post and love this dress on you so pretty!

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  25. The fountain is lovely. And you look amazing. I love your beautiful dress. I wish I could find a great maxi dress. I always seem way too short to pull them off.

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  26. i love the 4th picture of you!!!! so lovely!!!!! great photos!

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  27. Hii! Omg I love love your dress! It's amazing! :) What do you think if we followed eachother? Kisses, Rita

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  28. You're so beautiful! Love that hat!

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  29. nice dres¡¡¡ fab pics¡¡¡ xoxo

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  30. cool dress and the fountain is amazing! :)) you're so pretty dear! love the combination of your outfit Ü

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  31. Sounds like a very talented individual! Thanks for sharing :) Your dress is so pretty and love the hat!

    leslie

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  32. I'd never heard of John Galt (except wasn't the name of the hero in Ayn Rand's novel?). And you look great here! The hat and drop earrings are fabulous. -- J xxx

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  33. Great post! loving the dress

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  34. thanks for your lovelly comment¡¡¡ have a nice day dear¡¡¡ xoxo

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  35. What a great dress!I love it :)
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  36. totally lovee the dress and the hat
    <3

    xoxo
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  37. Oooh I love Photo #3 it's my favorite! And I love your hat!

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  38. That fountain is lovely. Thanks for the bio. I had no idea who he was!

    You look breathtakingly beautiful in these photos. I especially adore your dress. This is a very graceful, elegant style. You pull it off so effortlessly. :)

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  39. Hi! Here I am! But I can´t find you on my followers! And again, love your dress!! Let's keep in touch, kisses

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  40. I had actually never heard of John Galt before. I love to read, and have read works by many classic authors, and now I feel I want to read something by Galt too! Authors nowadays can always write novels about how they THINK it was a few hundred years ago, but reading a book written about those times - by someone who actually lived during those years - is SO much better! About Lord Byron I can tell you I both follow, and am followed by, him on Twitter! He's still very eloquent - for having been dead for suck a long time I mean... ;) Love the photos of you! Especially the one where you stand on top of the stairs, holding the railing with one hand, and your hat with the other, bending back a bit. You look like an aristocrat from the beginning of the 20th century, out on a romantic day trip! <3 <3 <3

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  41. Beautiful look! Wish you a lovely weekend sweetie!

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  42. aw, Dainty! :) Lovely dress! Your blogbackground is so beautiful!

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  43. that dress is absolutely gorgeous!!! you look soo sweet :)

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  44. that dress lokks great on you! xxx margot

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  45. Wow what an amazing life and to think he did all of that before 60! I have not read his work but am curious to take a look now--especially since I want to read more Scottish writers before I travel to Scotland (ambitious dreams...) Happy weekend to you Kizzy!

    xo Mary Jo

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  46. Great dress and lovely you !!

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  47. I admit I didn't read the whole thing but your outfit is lovely! The dress is so cute and dainty! I really like your blog, it would be nice if you could stop by my blog sometime too (I'm from England) as I post my outfits and more :) :)

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  48. great post and such an amazing outfit!

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  49. Well, I love these type of posts. Thanks for sharing much about Galt ... didn't realise the deeper/interesting bits about him.
    And you look gorgeous in the floppy hat hun. Happy weekend to you Kizzy! ~xxoo/M

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  50. Such an amazing story! And you look absolutely gorgeous! Hope you are having a wonderful day!
    -Jyoti
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  51. I love your blog! I love how you combine fashion with history and other matters!!!! A blog worth to follow. :)
    Xx Lala

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  52. i love that maxi dress... so nice, looks good on you!

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  53. INteresting read...
    love your hat and gorgeous earrings.

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  54. You look absolutely gorgeous and your photos are amazing! Happy Sunday!
    xo
    Sharon

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  55. Amazing earing !
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  56. The third pic of you belongs to a cover of a magazine- fabulous! I love that piece of art, thank you for telling about Galt.
    hugs from New York,
    xx
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  57. I always enjoy reading your posts, the history lessons are great :D

    Loving the outfit, especially the hat !

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  58. hi dear,its been a long time i havent visited ur blog,i been quite busy flying and hardly online.thank u for such a humble visit to my blog..ive always go through ur post and sincerely love the way u shared all those such beautiful places u hv been

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  59. These photos are absolutely gorgeous. You look amazing!

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  60. Beautiful images and quotes! Love the GIF of the mermaid! Hope you are having a wonderful day!
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  61. How beautiful you are!!! Love the look you put together, the earrings make all the difference. Your photography is amazing, Kizzy... I'm still trying to work out how to get nice grading for my photos :)

    Love,
    Maria
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  62. John Galt had a helluva life! He had accomplishments and let downs. But throughout it all he still persevered. Amazing story. Thanks for sharing that Kizzy. Now your outfit! You look impeccable! I love your dress. The print and color is gorgeous and your hat is tres chic my friend! You are wearing it!!! My favorite pic is the one where you are leaning back with the clouds in the sky! SO GORGEOUS! You always take the most amazing pictures. They are always dreamy. LOVE!!!!!
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  63. I <3 your floral dress!

    Would you like to follow each other?
    I follow you now:)

    Kisses:*

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  64. My goodness gracious how did I miss this post? I may not always comment but I do read your posts. I want to use one of your photos in that dress to do my end of summer post. Can I use one if I link back to your blog? so beautiful and ethereal. dawn suitcase vignettes xoxoxo

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