Outfits: The Gatekeeper

If I was starting my blog now rather than way back in 2007, I probably would have gone with the blog name of "The Gatekeeper" or perhaps "The Wee Gatekeeper."
I certainly take enough photographs in front of gatehouses to earn the name--not to mention the fact I live in one! I'd probably not even know what a gatehouse was if it wasn't for this little house, but now I notice them often on my adventures and really enjoy their unique architecture. Because gatehouses were often the first thing people saw when they came to a large estate or manor house, they were often designed to be quite striking and unique. Passersby on a main road might only be able to see the gatehouse with the main house being farther in and hidden by large trees, so they were also an opportunity to show off the estate's wealth and style. Some are less fancy and more fortified looking; as if they really were a defense from would-be invaders, although our own is obviously in the more decorative style. Still, at every gatehouse there would be a gatekeeper (or two). Someone who often lived in the house and manned the gate at all hours. My recent addiction to iron-on vinyl was partly inspired by my desire to DIY "gatekeeper" on the back of a jacket in yellow to match my front door. It's sort of like my own little club jacket; the skeleton key being a perfect logo. We might not be called upon to defend the manner or open the gate to guests, but we are, in a way, modern gatekeepers.

hat, jacket (DIY'd back detail), Apricity dress, Le Cou bow, womens shoes from Clarks, old purse
*all pictures by me* 



  1. Obsessed with your jacket.



  2. Your dress is so cute! I love how you styled it!!

  3. I love these gatehouses so thanks for writing about them. So does your little gatehouse still sit on the edge of a large estate or was it broken up into smaller parcels of land in past years? My knowledge of U.K. estates is solely from Jane Austen movies, "Downton Abbey," and the Scottish tv comedy "Monarch of the Glen" so I don't have an idea of how many actual large estates still exist!

  4. @Anonymous, I think the estate I am on might have been bigger once, but it's still mostly intact. However, it isn't an estate like it was; the manor house is still here but it's an office building. The grounds of the estate are now a public park and golf course and orchards. Like the outer stone wall is still mostly here and the buildings are here, but they've all new purposes and it's not owned by one family.
    And I'm with you; whenever people talk about going to Bath I think about Jane Austen novels and how people always went there in those for a holiday or recovery!

  5. I love your outfit, Rebecca! And thanks for sharing about your gatehouse -- it's very fascinating! And I think your home is the cutest one ever! :)

  6. I seriously love that yellow! So cute!!

    Emmy Jake NYC

  7. Who you gonna call??

    Kidding aside, very nice job on the jacket!

  8. Your iron on is such fun. Reminds me of The Society of the Crossed Keys : )


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