Last weekend, James and I headed over to Wimborne to catch up with my BFF, Nikki, at a lovely pub by the name of The Olive Branch.

This was the first time that James and Nikki met and they got on like a house on fire which gave me an excellent opportunity to devour extra Nduja Flatbread and Shakshuka while they debated the merits of Arctic Monkey’s latest albums (which I’m not a huge fan of).

After lunch, we hit up Kingston Lacy, a National Trust site (James’ favourite kind of site) that has been described as ‘a lavish family home built to resemble an Italian Palace in the rural Dorset countryside.’

Go big or go home, right?

(Or the less popular: Go big and make it your home).

As the weather was quite frankly horrendous, we decided to take a tour of the house which was built in 1663-5 for Sir Ralph Bankes by Sir Roger Pratt after the Bankes family’s main seat, Corfe Castle, was ruined during the Commonwealth.

The Bankes were one of the most powerful families of Dorset who owned vast parts of Dorset for over 400 years.

The interior is just as extra as you’d expect it to be: full of beautiful paintings and other works of art acquired by William John Bankes.

Surprisingly, the family also managed to gather one of the world’s largest collections of ancient Egyptian artefacts too!

We didn’t take any photos inside the house but this photo of us hiding from the rain in the café is equally riveting, right?!

Once the rain had let up a little (and the café had closed), we decided to brave the elements and take a few snaps which our gallant Instagram boyfriend very kindly offered to help with.


Our reaction:

Forever wishing I could rock a beret as well as Nikki.

Taking inspo from Bill and Ben The Flowerpot Men.

Expectation from a photo shoot:

Reality 90% of the time:

A huge thank you to Nikki who did an excellent job of editing all of these photos!

And of course, our wonderful Instagram boyfriend, James! <3

Thanks for putting up with us and being so patient when taking photos of two slightly mentally deranged yet vain humans in the rain on a bloody cold day.

I don’t feel like blog photographers get enough credit when they do most of the hard work, so thank you James!


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