First Picnic Of The Summer: Part I

Last weekend was a whirlwind of events and that means I’ve got lots of pictures to share! The pictures will be coming in small-ish groups. I do hope you’ll be able to vicariously enjoy the nice weather and fun through them.

The first event was a low-key turn of the 20th century picnic in the Boston Public Garden. You might remember that last year we did a Regency picnic in the same place? We were out to have a good time and get some fresh air without worrying about 100% historical accuracy, hence the low-key part of the description. So without further ado, pictures!

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Taking a turn about the garden.

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There are lots of ducks in and around the swan pond in the center of the garden and this time of year you can also see baby ducks! There were 9 of them in this bunch. Aren’t they cute?

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There are also swans around the swan pond. These ones were nesting in a fenced off area. Pretty, but you wouldn’t want to get too close. Swans are big, and mean.

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There are lovely old trees around the garden as well.

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The trees make great backdrops for photos.

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Walk a bit away from the swan pond and you are likely to encounter George Washington, who happened to be showing off his Bruins spirit this past weekend. (I love that the city, presumably, had a custom all-weather jersey-cape made, since Washington can’t actually move his arms to put on a jersey, given that he’s bronze…)

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All around the statue of Washington are lovely flower beds. The flowers get changed out pretty regularly so they’re always blooming and pretty. These flowers are my favorite though! They’re called allium, and I love the colors, and the size, and the circle-y-ness of them.

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I believe I have a weakness for circle-y things. And, my outfit matched the flowers! I think my gibson-y hair turned out pretty well, too.

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I know this picture is similar to the last one… but I can’t decide which one I like best. I’m hoping maybe you have an opinion that will sway me one way or the other?

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It got warm promenading about the garden, so we returned to the blankets in the shade to play cards.

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After the rest, we broke out the croquet set we had brought along. Apparently we were more interesting while playing croquet than we were at any other time during the day, because we actually gathered a crowd of people who were watching us play.

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Contemplating my next shot. I was getting out of the metal panel obstacle…

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I was the pink ball! I think it was supposed to be red, but it looked awfully pink to me!

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My outfit choice was inspired by an image in the KCI collection. I did my best to imitate it in spirit, despite my lack of a boater.

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When revisiting the image I realized that it does not include a croquet mallet. Be that as it may, I tried, and I think the inspiration is clear, even though my memory is not!

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Picnic-ers!

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About quinnmburgess

Quinn M. Burgess creates reproduction and costume historic clothing. Her inspiration has a strong foundation in history: historic dress, social history, and material history. With the addition of clothing construction knowledge, her passions converge in an imaginative world of creative history that she loves to share with others.
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5 Responses to First Picnic Of The Summer: Part I

  1. Helen Fratena says:

    Ooo, I prefer the picture if you facing to the right. In that one your belt matches the color of the allium. In the second photo your belt appears darker and does not bear any resemblance to the flower color. Also, in the one where you are facing the right, I like the way your skirt hem is flowing. The second photo yor skirt doesn’t show that motion. I also like the sunlight on your face in the first photo, whereas your face is in shadow in the one facing to the left. For what it’s worth…

  2. elf says:

    Both “circle” pix sre great, but I prefer the first one. Lovely!

  3. This is just so magical to me, the kind of world I want to live in, an imaginary perfect past of croquet and beautiful gowns! I wish I could have been there!

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