{Adventure} Dear Abbey



Echos twang as footsteps crush the stones beneath your feet....the sounds of birds cooing in the expanding giant overhead. So tall, yet so destroyed, still standing proud as if to say...you didn't win, I'm still here. The smell of the earth from the moss that has seeped over the stones, gradually Mother Nature takes back what she gave forth. Grave stones from centuries before tilt to the side of the sun as if beckoning to be taken home too...spirits dance their life's song telling tales of battles for freedom. We will not go...we will not stop...we will never give up...we will have our freedom against those who seek to tear us down and they will remember us....

Have a great day sweeties
xox

p.s. I notice some have been saying this is a castle...it's an Abbey, not a castle. Both very beautiful though :)








Dainty Boudoir
70's Vintage Dress: Parma Vintage 
{Parma Vintage is a fantastic  shop, with a vast array of items to wander over, I always leave there with bags of stuff}
Belt: Vintage
Mary Jane Shoes: Thrifted









Dainty History Lesson

Built in 1128 and the years to follow, Kelso Abbey became one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture. When it was finally finished, it was dedicated to the Blessed Virgin and St John in 1243. Soon it became one of the largest and richest in Scotland, with it's marvelous library during medieval times. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the Abbot of Kelso was granted the right to wear a mitre, this gave him a precedence higher than any other Scottish abbot. The abbey's wealth came from its vast lands, churches, schools, farms and its granges in the Cheviot Hills.

Kings: James III and James IV, were crowned in this Abbey, and Prince Henry, son of David I, was buried there in 1152. With the Reformation, and Henry VIII's determination to wipe out the Border Abbeys, by 1550. Kelso, along with Melrose, Dryburgh and Jedburgh Abbey had been reduced to rubble by the English forces under Hertford. Despite trying to rebuild, all the abbeys went into decline, and soon few, if any, monks remained. A Parish Church used part of the site about 1650 with a new school alongside. This seems to have continued in use until about 1770, with the abbey ruins being used as a source of ready-hewn stone for buildings elsewhere in the town. In 1823, the remains of the Abbey were made safe, and in 1919 they passed into the care of the nation.















The Gravestone says....'Whatever we were to each other - that we are still'.



All Architectural photos taken by me. All photos of me, taken by Gorgeous Gavin. Please do not use, alter or reproduce in any way without permission...thank you.


89 comments

  1. Such stunning, atmospheric shots - Gavin is talented indeed! And you look just as stunning - love that dress xo

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  2. You look royal in that dress and theme !!

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  3. Beautiful...!! You look like a medieval princess... And the B/W pictures are amazing...
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  4. beautiful photos and lovely dress!!kisses

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  5. Wow, amazing photos doll! It's all spooky and romantic in that lovely way I so adore! I loooove little history tidbits like this and that abbey looks like a fabulous destination to check out. :) Your dress is awesome...it kind of reminds me of the Renaissance period which fits in perfectly with your background. Cool!

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  6. Oh wow Doll, what an amazing set of photos, you look like an absolute princess here and the castle is just amazing as well!

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  7. Amazing post! Beautiul pictures and I am head over heels for that gorgeous vintage dress!
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  9. That dress! It was definitely made for you. And I love your photos.

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  10. You look great! I ADORE THAT DRESS, need to show this to my friends right. now! xxx, Rita

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  12. I love your dainty history lessons and that quote is quite profound. Kudos to Gavin on more great photography and you were styled just perfectly for the occassion! Enjoy your day:)

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  13. That dress is so unique - vintage looks are fun!

    xx,
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  14. Lovely post and pictures...and you look amazing!

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  15. Beautiful! And what a great shoot for that dress, it looks so cool with the stained glass behind it<3

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  16. lovely post dear!
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  17. wow!i totally love those pics!!!



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  18. Oh my, I'm floored by these photos! You look absolutely stunning. Love the dress and that's such a perfect backdrop. Can't tell you how much I love this post :) xoxo

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  19. Lovely photos and very interesting...
    Cool dress,
    not the kind we see everyday but looks so good on you.

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  20. Oh I love how regal you look in that dress Kizzy, it is fab. And thanks for the history lesson - it is always a pleasure learning something new:))
    Have a great day sweets,Ax

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  21. It always amazes me the history that surrounds so many of our architectural landmarks and yet so very few people take the time to appreciate the story that surrounds them. You selected the perfect dress to wear on your trip, beautiful colors. :)

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  22. You look absolutely amazing in these pictures. The dress makes you look very regal.

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  23. you look gorgeous i love the print on that dress
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  24. It is such a gorgeous place,
    very pretty photos and you look amazing :)

    LOVE BO

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  25. You take the prettiest photos! As does Gorgeous Gavin. You look lovely in that gorgeous dress!

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  26. Love those photos!!!! very nostalgic!!! xxx

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  27. Simply gorgeous. It must be so cool to be in a place of such history!

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  28. That dress is very special Kizzy! You look so beautiful - the colors, the cut - everything. What a find!

    Have a lovely day!
    xx

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  29. Wow...what a post, darling! I'm SO blown away by the gorgeous pics and the history. You also look stunning! Thanks SO much for putting together this! xoxo

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  30. you looks so beatiful, love the dress !

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  32. These photos are so beautiful. And that dress is so amazing. It makes me think about medieval princesses. And the colors are so lovely.

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  33. When I see marvelous buildings like this, I always wish I could have been there to see it when it was newly built, and in use. Ruins are pretty nice too though - romantic in a haunting way...You look amazing in that dress! It fits both you and the environment perfectly! I have one or two 70s dresses too. But that's what so good with wearing vintage - you can just pick and chose amongst decades of lovely fashion! :) xox

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  34. WOW Kizzy! This dress is amazing on you, it looks like a dress from the Medieval Era, and perfect for the photos inside the castle. Thank you for the wonderful history lesson.

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  35. thank you so much :) I really like your style and I am following u now :)

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  36. Great pictures!
    I loved the history lesson.
    As you have noticed I'm travelling around Europe.
    Please, forgive me, dear, if I'm not so present as I would like to be.
    Soon I'll be back home.
    Xoxo

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  37. Chanced upon your blog and enjoy reading it!

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  38. What beautiful photos you've taken. And I love the dress you're wearing! So gorgeous.

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  39. beautiful photos i love your dress :)

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  40. Wouldn't you love to know what those walls would say if they could speak? How did they manage to build something like this? Amazing!

    Your maxi is gorgeous .. Great colors on you!

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  41. You look great, perfect dress for those places! :)

    Lau

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  42. Ummmm how did I miss the fact all these months that you are freaking GORGEOUS?!?!

    These photos had my jaw drop. Seriously. You are stunning. And that dress is magical. These photos are magical. I can't get over it. There is too much fabulousness here. That dress is too beautiful for me to handle. I think I'm going to explode!!!

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  43. What a fantastic dress, love that green and purple together and your hair back like that you look like a mediaeval maiden- beautiful.

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  44. Amazing prose and photos! You look gorgeous and I'm totally charmed by your dress Kizzy! I also enjoyed the history lesson :)

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  45. What amazing architecture! So much interesting history I didn't know about! That's what I want to do when I get better at photography and learn how to use my camera: take pictures of old buildings and architecture. -Jessica L

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  46. I really love that dress you are wearing!!!


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  47. Well what remains of Kelso Abbey is truly magnificent. I think back to those times and wonder how they were able to put together massive structures such as this without the equipment we have in modern times. It's truly ingenious! And for the most part still together. Kizzy, your vintage dress is so beautiful. The first thing I thought about when I saw it was a stained glass window. It was befitting that you took a picture in front of one. Your hair and makeup is gorgeous. Beautiful post!
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  48. Oh goodness...you look so regal in that photo. Truly beautiful. This castle is such a marvelous structure, and even though it is not at its prime, there is such a rich story behind its roughened state. I also adore the sculptures and carvings associated with it, especially that unicorn one. :)

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  49. I am in awe of the beauty of these photos. Love that you chose such a beautiful and sacred place and your dress is gorgeous as are you.

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  50. I love your dress so much dear¡¡ Really beautiful pics¡¡¡xoxo

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  51. Love your dress!,

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  52. That dress is gorgeous. The abbey is beautiful. What a wonderful setting for photos.

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  53. That dress looks amazing beside the stained glass window and I love seeing moss or weeds creeping through old stone, mother nature always prevails.

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  54. So atmospheric pictures! I love them. And your dress - beautiful colours.

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  55. I really love the place and your look is perfect for the moment!

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  56. I love the pictures!
    which camera do you use?



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  57. nice! love your blog ;)



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  58. very nice outfit! Gothic is always delicious!
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  59. As I was scrolling down expecting to find architectural photos I was stunned by a picture of a lovely lady in a gorgeous show stopper of a dress!
    LOVE the colors and the style of the dress. It suits you very well!
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  60. Well this Abbey looks as beautiful as a castle.

    Love your Parma Vintage dress and your hair braided to the side like that.

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  61. wow wow wow these photos are sepctacular!! :)

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  62. Absolutely incredible! The dress is completely melted into the landscape and you look like a doll of medieval times, I love the photos of this beautiful mystical abbey and your vision to complement it.

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  63. You're so lucky to live close by to such splendor! You look stunning . . .
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  64. So beautiful! I love how haunting it all is. To visit Scotland is still one of my (hopefully near) dreams.

    xo Mary Jo

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  65. Beautiful! :)

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  66. Great photos, I love the structure of the old bricks/stones, especially in black and white, such a great contrast.

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  67. That amazing images! Your dress is stunning! :O

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  68. Pretty!!!^^
    you look like a medieval princess ;)

    xoxo

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  69. I love the actual old buildings... I had a Scotish friend in Miami who laughed when we said that a building that was 60 years was old...

    You took some amazing images my dear!

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  70. Este vestido es adorable.
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  72. gorgeous pictures, great dress!

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  73. Beautiful photos, place rich of history!! Cute your dress.

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  74. it's such an amazing place and your outfit is great for the place!

    also, i wanna say thank you for your comment on my blog about what happen to my dad! I really found comfort in your words, thank you so much!

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  75. oh wow it's beautiful there! love the architecture of the place, and your dress suits it well!

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  76. Wow Kizzy - so impressive that castle! And i love the contrast with your brightly colored dress. You pose so prettily here! And: I love the inscription which is very romantic and a tale in itself. xx

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  77. Ohhhh how I love this post,honey!;)
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  78. Amaazing blog and I really love it.

    Very nice photos :))



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  79. Such remarkable work of architecture done in the Abbey. You look stunning in the beautiful dress! Wishing you a great weekend dear. xxoo

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  81. I want the dress!! You look beautiful! Love your hair too. You are a vision...dawn suitcase vignettes xo

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  82. amazing pics and your dress is so nice <3

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  83. great images!!!


    wish you a fantastic & fashionable weekend

    kisses dear

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  84. hope u dont get me wrong..i love ur dress,and its look like a moroccan design which hhoneslty to me looks goddess.i dont deny that a person entitled to dress decently to make themselves happy and feels good,but i personally think or more to suggesting,if my words seems to like condemning u or hurts u i sincerely owe u an apology as i never intended that. :) xoxo

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  85. thanks,that was such a relief dear

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  86. you look Fantastic. I love you

    and responding to your comment is not added you to my followers :(


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  87. Oh my!! You look stunning in that dress! So very royal like! It fits, even if it's not a castle. ;) hehe

    Btw, my favorite shot was the one of the unicorn and lion together. Sheer awesomeness!!

    Thank you for all the lovely photography! :)

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