Post by juliporiginals on Oct 25, 2016 14:15:14 GMT
Last week was my mother-in-laws birthday, so armed with a bunch of flowers and some goodies we headed down south to where she lives, just outside a village called Fordingbridge on the edge of the New Forest. We have visited Fordingbridge many times over the past twenty odd years since she's been living there, as it's a really pretty little village and the closest village to her but for some reason had never noticed a little rural museum down one of the small back streets, we saw the board outside saying it was open and decided to have a quick look around.
It was full of lovely old interesting things and there, taking pride of place in the middle of the museum was an absolutely huge dolls house donated by a lady called Peggy Allen. It was a miniaturists dream, all full of tiny details that could keep you engrossed for hours, the rooms were divided up at the front and back, so you had to walk around it to see all the rooms and there, at the rear of the dolls house were the stables and coach house and in two of the most beautiful old fashioned stalls.....were two vintage Julips and a vintage Lipizzaner rider that they were using as the coach man! There was a white Lipizzaner horse all tacked up and a vintage straight head Thoroughbred in the most gorgeous chestnut roan colour, harnessed up ready to pull the coach. They were both in the most fantastic condition and the white Lippi looked as if it had been made only yesterday with no discolouring at all! I did try and take some photos on my phone but unfortunately it was so dark in there and my phone is a bit rubbish, that they didn't come out very well but I'll try and remember to take my camera next time and hopefully do a bit better.
It was so lovely to see them, I was both really surprised and proud, especially as they had survived in such good condition and in such a lovely setting as this old dolls house. So if ever you're down that way and want to visit, it's the Fordingbridge Museum, Kings Yard Fordingbridge SP6 1AB Well worth a visit if you're passing and feel the need for a Julip fix! (although I think they close at the end of October and re-open in April)