Bringing Barbara Back

Home sweet home 29.01.13

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Welcome to the Life of Barbara.

I am Barbara, the alter ego of UK wedding photographer Lucy Stendall, an old lady trapped inside the body of a thirty something, itching to get out.

The hashtag #lifeofbarbara started life on Lucy’s Twitter account as an outward acknowledgement of Lucy’s old lady tendencies..the love of a good frock, a penchant for nicknacks and old fashioned pursuits. Then I realised that Barbara needed more room to stretch her legs. A place to call her own, where she can have a nice cup of tea and a sit down and hopefully have company now and again.

This is a blog for everyone who thinks that life is richer when you’re indulging in simple pleasures. It is at once the quest for, and the destination of, the things that make you feel alive and full of gladness. There will be reminiscing, yes, there will also be reminders that the gentler pace of life which some of us seek out may, in fact, be right under our noses.

Perhaps you have wondered whether you were born in the wrong era. Perhaps you have an inner old person desperate to get out. Never fear, this is the place for you. A place to embrace the stories, observations and mottos of the past and the present, to soak up snippets from the heart warming to the eccentric and bizarre. A place for nostalgic day dreamers and romantics alike.

If you, like me, like Barbara…this is the blog for you.

First thing’s first, come and follow me on Twitter and like my Facebook page and subscribe to receive notifications of my new posts…just over there at the top right hand side of the page.

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  1. Posted January 31, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    Well hello there Barbara! So excited you’ve started a personal blog! Be careful, it’s addictive…

    Big love xx

    • admin
      Posted January 31, 2013 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Kirsty. Bring it on! x

  2. Posted January 31, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Oh I am going to love this blog, I can tell. How very exciting!

    My Grandmother’s name was Barbara. She died when I was very young, but my memories of her are just as you describe your hopes for this blog. She was an expert in simple pleasures and full of gladness.

    So looking forward to reading future posts :)

    Love Audrey xxx

    • admin
      Posted January 31, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

      That’s so sweet, thank you for sharing about Grandma Barbara. I don’t have any grandmas left now, just memories and inherited habits.

      You’ll be seeing a bit about Grandma Phyllis (she preferred to be called Phil) and Gran Norma (gosh that makes her sound enormous, never thought of that before!) on these pages in the coming weeks. Watch this space… x

  3. Posted January 31, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    Such a beautiful website, Barbara!

    • admin
      Posted January 31, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

      That’s a compliment coming from someone who knows her beans about these things! Thanks Frankie x

  4. Posted January 31, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Oooh I’m very excited about this!

    By the way I’ve got a Nan called Phyllis who prefers to be called Phil too!


    • admin
      Posted January 31, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

      Ooh we could start a club. As long as you’re allowed in if your Nan called Phil is only here in spirit. Otherwise Emma, you’d be on your own (for now)

  5. Posted January 31, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    This sounds like my kind of place. Love it, Lucy x

  6. Lara Blue
    Posted January 31, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    “It is at once the quest for, and the destination of, the things that make you feel alive and full of gladness” <— adore this line, it's everything I want in and from a blog. I look forward to reading it xx

    PS: Love the design too

    • admin
      Posted January 31, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

      Thank you! I hope you’ll enjoy it. The design is by Super Runaway, who also designed my photography website x

  7. Posted January 31, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    Very excited about this blog!
    Very much indeed x x x

  8. Posted February 2, 2013 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    Oh man, this is so exciting, just what I needed!

    My inner Barbara is my now-long-departed Grandma, aka Mama, aka Muriel. Awesome name, awesome lady, made a winning trifle and had a great ‘set’ done by the travelling hairdresser. If I can be half as amazing as her, I’m on to a good thing.

    • admin
      Posted February 2, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

      If I could also have some trifle right now, I would be onto a good thing too.

      Thank you for sharing about Mama Muriel, what a lady!

      To clarify, was the hairdresser a traveller? Gypsy Lee?

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