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Amangalla ..... gracious elegance

Deirdre Brennan - Sunday, June 17, 2012

Another wet weekend indoors .... the bonus being the time it has allowed me to peruse my inbox in slightly more detail than normal.  In the process I was delighted to find that the latest Habitus Living online magazine had arrived. It's images of Sri Lanka's Amangalla I thought worth sharing. 

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I quickly became lost in the world of Old Ceylon and the grandeur of this retreat ... so very Aman.

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Dating back to the 1600's these grand old structures have had a number of incarnations .... the New Orient Hotel, an icon in Galle and the hub for passengers from the P&O and Dutch East India Company vessels. In another life .... the Dutch governor's residence and army barracks.

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The current Amangalla retreat captures it all .... large timber shutters on windows, wide timber floor boards, huge chandeliers hanging from the 6 metre ceilings, cord pull lights and the most fabulous and interesting solid timber furniture !!  They certainly have captured an era .... so pared back and yet so elegant. My favourite pieces .... the gorgeous wicker recliners !! 

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They could so easily have thrown masses of colour into the interior .... very brave not to .... the vision being 'to allow the centuries-seasoned building's soul to shine'.

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I have always had a fascination with Sri Lanka .... just to explore the different regions.... the beaches, the tea plantations .... and maybe even a visit to Amangalla.

 

london revisited one sunday afternoon

Deirdre Brennan - Sunday, April 22, 2012

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Sitting here in the Southern Highlands on a gloomy Sunday afternoon.....skies grey and misty rain falling....I am transported back to London.  I am always reminded of London in this sort of weather.... for obvious reasons and I absolutely adore it!!!! Very strange indeed for a Queenslander.

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I thought I would reminisce by flicking through my London photos.....an experience that would be so much more enjoyable had I printed off actual photos and put them in an album.  Nevertheless, I searched through My Pictures file on the computer and found myself lost in the memories of my home away from home.  Any number of hours have elapsed and here I am still indulging both myself and you with my favourite buildings.....the ones that just capture a moment or a mood.

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Rows of elegant white terraces, Georgian townhouses (or Annabel's nightclub for those in the know....in the beautiful Berkeley Square) or Claridge's Hotel in Mayfair for afternoon tea.

 

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I have always loved the Michelin Building in South Kensington .... not just for the building itself but for the activity that surrounds it...Walton Street, Draycott and Sloane Avenues, the V&A and on it goes......what I would give to be there right now !!

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There is always something extremely comforting about the London Pub ...  particularly after a day shopping.

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Or just head for Somerset House on the Strand and spend a lazy Sunday afternoon exploring the Impressionist collection at the Courtauld Gallery .... that's what I would be doing if I were there right now !!

 


 

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