A voided velvet ceremonial train, probably Worth, late 19th century, probably worn by Lady Margaret Etienne Hannah, (Peggy) Primrose, daughter of the 5th Earl of Rosebery for her marriage to the 1st Marquess of Crewe, Robert Crewe-Milnes in 1899, woven with ivory velvet renaissance style palmettes on an ice-blue damask satin ground studded with rhinestone flowerheads, silver sequins

“I got to know the Quarrymen originally through their drummer, Colin Hanton. I started to knock around with them – going to practice sessions and gigs for a couple of years. 

“I last saw John in 1962. I was sat at the front of a double-decker bus and as I got up to get off the bus John was sitting on the back seat, he was the only other person on the top deck. I asked him how it was going, he said ‘I’m knackered, I just got back from Hamburg’. 

“My mum organised the Rosebery Street party, I asked the Quarrymen would they come and play there. I remember it was a nice warm sunny day.  I took a number of photos of the group playing that day.”

[Charles Roberts, photographer]

The Quarrymen playing on Rosebery Street, Liverpool on the 22nd June, 1957. They were performing as part of a street party to celebrate the 550th anniversary of Liverpool receiving it’s charter from King John (which happened on 28th August, 1207 (my birthday! 28th Aug, not 1207!) and gave Liverpool - or ‘Liuerpul’ official ‘town’ status). 

Photo: Charles Roberts.


Lime Kilns near Temple, Midlothian.

During the 18th and 19th centuries lime was frequently used on farms to improve the quality and fertility of the land. It was also used in industry and by the building trade (as continues today). Upperside Limekilns were part of the “Side Limeworks” which belonged to the Rosebery Estate, they are typical of the area being square in plan with three vents. They are vertical, with various numbers of access vents at the bottom to allow access to the fire so it can be kindled. Limestone is loaded into the top of the kiln (which is often built into a hillside to provide easy access), then burnt slowly, which removes the carbon dioxide from the limestone leaving calcium oxide, or quicklime. This can then be raked out the bottom and is pure enough for use. The vents, which point in different directions can be shut off or opened according to the wind direction.

Lord Alfred Douglas, Oscar Wilde’s notorious partner

In addition to being blamed for Wilde’s imprisonment and subsequent death, he was also a pretty decent poet and later became a newspaper editor. His dad was the Marquess of Queensberry and his brother Frank was really close with later prime minister Lord Rosebery. Later in life, he was really hung up on the whole Wilde affair and wrote a lot of books talking about how he was not a homosexual and that this was a very bad thing to do.

Quick Cryptid Snippet: Kongamato

In the 1923 book ‘In Witchbound Africa’, author Frank Melland described a creature known as the Kongamato (which means the “breaker of boats”). A dangerous birdlike reptile that is not afraid to attack larger animals, boats, or people. It is known by the natives within Zambia, Angola, and the Congo.

In 1932, famous Biologist and Cryptozoologist Ivan T. Sanderson reported having a close encounter with the Kongamato while part of the Percy Sladen Expedition. His personal description of the encounter is below.

“ …And I looked. Then I let out a shout also and instantly bobbed down under the water, because, coming straight at me only a few feet above the water was a black thing the size of an eagle. I had only a glimpse of its face, yet that was quite sufficient, for its lower jaw hung open and bore a semicircle of pointed white teeth set about their own width apart from each other. When I emerged, it was gone. George was facing the other way blazing off his second barrel. I arrived dripping on my rock and we looked at each other. ‘Will it come back?’ we chorused. And just before it became too dark to see, it came again, hurtling back down the river, its teeth chattering, the air ‘shss-shssing’ as it was cleft by the great, black, dracula-like wings. We were both off-guard, my gun was unloaded, and the brute made straight for George. He ducked. The animal soared over him and was at once swallowed up in the night.”

The Kongamato is described as being reddish black in color with a wingspan of 4 to 7 feet and a body length of around 4.5ft. It possesses a long thin tail and a narrow head that appears to form into a long beak that contains many small sharp teeth. It skin looks like that of a amphibian or a reptile and the feet are reminiscent of a large eagle with talons on the end. The wings closely resemble those of a bat. The creature is depicted as gliding more than actually flying.

In 1956, an engineer by the name of J.P.F. Brown reported seeing two of the creatures flying overhead Fort Rosebery (now known as Mansa) at around 6pm. He stated that they looked almost prehistoric in appearance and shape.

In 1957, a patient on the verge of death was admitted to a hospital located within Fort Rosebery. The man had a severe wound on his chest and a significant amount of scratches covering his body. When the hospital staff asked him what had attacked him, the man described a “large bird-like creature with a long beak and huge wings.” The attending staff then asked the man if he could draw the animal for better identification, for which he produced a drawing of an animal resembling a pterosaur (flying reptiles that lived from the Triassic to the Cretaceous period). When a servant working at the hospital brought in a book containing images of extinct prehistoric animals and showed the man a picture of a pterosaur, the wounded man was described as going into a screaming panic.

-The Pine Barrens Institute



As I was heading home from christmas shopping I spotted this super chillaxed lunch break scenario and had to stop and take a few snaps for the site, I love the Comradery and bonds forged from a group of dudes working on a building project together. I always wonder what the individual stories are of each person, who’s the joker of the group? The lazy one, the one with two left feet, the quiet achiever? lol Either way it brings me lots of joy to be able to document an honest moment like this to share with others. 




A stunning diamond tiara made by Cartier in the 1930s from the Estate of Mary, Duchess of Roxburghe – granddaughter of Rothschild heiress Hannah and British Prime Minister the Earl of Rosebery

An Art Deco geometric treasure, it is set with circular-cut diamonds and topped by a series of 31 collet-set diamonds.

Born in 1915, Mary was the daughter of the Marquess of Crewe and his second wife, Lady Peggy Primrose. She was named after her godmother, Queen Mary. In 1935, she married George “Bobo” Innes-Ker, the 9th Duke of Roxburghe. Society life rolled on as usual for the couple, including a role for the Duchess as a trainbearer to Queen Elizabeth at the 1937 coronation, until 1953. Eighteen years after their marriage, her husband abruptly tried to have Mary evicted from Floors Castle, his ducal seat. Thus began a marital feud that lasted six long weeks, Mary refusing to leave the castle while the Duke shut her out of as many amenities as he could, including telephone, electricity, and gas. She survived with the help of sympathetic neighbors including the Earl of Home, future prime minister, who stepped in to negotiate an end to the standoff. The Duchess of Roxburghe was granted a divorce in London.


January 10, 1893 – Wedding of Princess Marie of Edinburgh and Ferdinand Crown Prince of Romania

  The wedding, on 10 January 1893, was held at Sigmaringen Castle, a fairytale edifice perched high above a mighty cliff overlooking the Danube River. Missy was dressed in a voluminous gown in keeping with the tastes of the day. When the time came to affirm before the world their intention to marry, the bride and groom’s responses were almost a reflection of how they viewed their marriage. Nandi “ja” was “heard distinctly over the church, but the answer of Princess Marie was quite inaudible.
If Missy was overcome by the thought of her new life and position, she betrayed nothing to the throngs of guests who watched her carefully. Though Queen Victoria was unable to get to her grandaughter’s wedding, she did not forget to honor Missy. On the wedding day itself, salutes were fired from forts and ships at Portsmouth. At Osborne, the queen held a dinner party which included the Romanian minister to London and Lord Rosebery, the prime minister. In her toast to the newlyweds, Queen Victoria raised her glass with the words :” I wish to propose the health of my dear grandchildren Prince and Princess Ferdinand of Romania, with every wish for their happiness.”

The Empress Frederick gave her opinion to Sophie of Greece, ‘I think it very hard upon her, that she should be married off so young and go so far away.’ How right she proved to be. 

Missy’s honeymoon lasted only a few days, but the experience left the young woman in a daze. Completely unprepared for what was in store for her, Missy became suddenly bewildered with married life.

Born to Rule: Five Reigning Consorts, Granddaughters of Queen Victoria by Julia P. Gelardi

Hold on tight! - You’re about to cross the Montezuma Falls suspension bridge with @dutchieslife. Montezuma Falls, near Rosebery on Tassie’s West Coast, is the state’s highest waterfall. This easy, three-hour return walk begins at Williamsford, two kilometres south of Rosebery, and takes you to the base of the 104 metre falls through rainforests of leatherwood, myrtle, sassafras and giant tree ferns. The track follows the historic route of the former North East Dundas Tramway right to the base of Montezuma Falls - and a neck-craning reward for your efforts! Thanks for tagging #discovertasmania, Guido. #seeaustralia #tasmaniasnorthwest #mytassiebreak


top: The Bedford diamond tiara of jasmine and wild roses in the style of the Romantic period & the Marchioness of Tavistock with the Bedford tiara and necklace.

center: Lady Lucy Primrose wearing the Rosebery tiara over her wedding veil & the Rosebery family diamond tiara of daisies; it is a heirloom.

bottom: The Rutland diamond botanical tiara, shown at the Exhibition of the Four Georges in 1931 & the Dowager Duchess of Rutland wearing the tiara.

Down River

The gorgeous Lake Rosebery was formed by damming of the Pieman River on the west coast of Tasmania. Located in the remote wilderness surrounded by rugged mountains and rainforest, it’s the perfect stopover while exploring the west coast with Cradle Mountain and Strahan both one hour away in opposite directions.

Avid fisherman may have heard whispers of the fantastic game to be found in the lake. They won’t be disappointed. Set up camp nearby or visit the little town of Tullah that lies on its shores.

You can also take a break from fishing to explore the nearby wilderness tracks and sweeping views via foot or mountain bike. Or jump on board the Wee Georgie Wood Steam Railyway to experience the same journey pioneer miners once took to travel to Tullah.

Go Behind The Scenery here.

Photo Credit: Published on Instagram by ffourie.