One mile below....


Here’s the last pix from our weekend in Little Akaloa…
There was a lovely old church, St Lukes, across the road from our “lodge” that was begging to be explored...so after my Saturday afternoon nap, with a glass of wine in hand and a costume change (of course!) we trotted on over.











The interior was rather gorgeous, but we weren't able to get a decent shot of the details.


The lichgate was originally at the entrance to the graveyard, but was moved to make way for a war memorial entrance. I don't see why they couldn't work the two together, but at least they kept the gate!


Frock-70's does a pretty nice 30's, vintage market in Wellington
Coat-50's, Two Squirrels
Necklace-from darling Tamera
Blue flower-from my sistercousinwife
White flower-from a pharmacy
Shoes-online


Thank you all for your wonderful comments about my magazine superstardomness!!!
You frigging ROCK my world on a regular basis, and I am so thankful for each and every one of you!

X

34 comments:

Vix said...

Oh look at you swanning about in the church yard with your vino and heels, you blinking rock star!
What a fab church, I do like them despite being a raving atheist, the graves in particular.
That dress is divine on you and Frida always rocks my world!
Love you! xxxxx

Sue said...

What a beautiful place for a photo shoot with the most famous and fabulous model of the south!

Sandra said...

naps and excursions with a glass of red looking gorgeous! I find graveyards most fascinating, that one is beautifully cared for and the church is so lovely - love your outfit, the coat is fab!!! x x

Lynn Dylan said...

You are a vision in BLUE! Blue is one of the many colors that is just dreamy on you! Your complexion, hair and eyes are lovely! I enjoyed seeing the scenery; the gate is way cool. Would love to have a garden with my very own lichgate. (I learned a new word!)

XOXO
Lynn Dylan

Krista Gassib said...

My head is in death today, Chris's Aunt finally passed this morning. These pictures remind me of her probably ~because she LOVED LOVED LOVED her wine and well now she's dead. I think if I was every buried which I won't be I'd like some vodka drank and then spilled on my grave. You are a vision of blue beauty on a wet gray rainy day. Thanks for being you honey. I love you!
XXOOXXOO

Fiona said...

Bloody marvellous idea, I reckon I could sit through a sermon more easily if I had a glass of vino to get me through it. What a quaint little church, the lychgate roof looks shiny or is it just wet slate, seems odd to see 'C of E' in NZ. That frock in Vix' post was lovely but what you didn't see was that it finished about four inches above my ankles and I don't have your fabularse sewing abilities, more's the pity. xxxxxx

Sue W @ Living the Good Life said...

Now I've Googled where you were, it's looks a very cool wee place. Love the church too, I love old churches but fear being struck down dead at any minute being a brazen heathen :D Had to smile at you wafting around in yer frock with yer wine in a graveyard. Great stuff. PS I know you love yer pussies ;-D

Jane George said...

i just wanna get on a plane and come play! love love love the fact you are exploring with wine in hand...you should write a travel book....how to do the world and not spill a drop!!! love that dress, love the colour on you, love your hair!!! you rock our world! x

Catherine said...

yes, i agree! how many people can go exploring a church, wine in hand, and dressed to the nines but you? so fabulous!
I love the Frida necklace too!

Carina Rosenholm said...

What can I say ? - not much but to agree with everyone else - who does it better then Helga !

Melanie said...

I'm was surprised (and relieved) not to see shadows of spirits latched onto your wine glass in the cemetery. It's probably not often they are awakened by such fabulousness.
I love that you changed into your afternoon frock for this outing - the outfit is gorgeous. I wonder if the interior of churches there smell the same as ones here - probably. Why is that? Do they sell it in spray cans?

pastcaring said...

Now that's the way to explore a churchyard - resplendent in a maxi frock and a divine coat, adorned with Frida and flowers, and quaffing a glass of red! You look regal and beautiful, with a hint of naughty - your usual combination, Madam!
Love that lychgate. I do like churches and graveyards, they tend to be beautifully atmospheric, and that one is particularly sweet.
LOVE YOU! xxxxxx

Teresa said...

Raising a glass of vino to the beautiful lady in blue!

Brooke F said...

Ooooohhhh I just love graveyards and old churches! It may be wrong how much I adore them. And what a genius idea to add wine! XXX

Camelia Crinoline said...

Going back to your goth roots hanging out in the cemetery, eh? I love the all blue ensemble. You sure know how to colour coordinate.

Vintage Bird Girl said...

Stop teasing me with such beautiful pics of Little Akaloa. Oh how I wish I was there instead of battling the heat & humidity here already! You look beautiful as ALWAYS! Love to you. Xx

Indigo Violet said...

I really want a coat like that, and the pattern on your maxi is "divine". How envious of your glass of wine I am, I have recently cut down on the old boozing and am saving it for special occasions.

Dashfield Vintage said...

Wow how long has it been since I've had time to sit down and read a few of my old favourite blogs! Ha ha oh Helga you haven't changed one bit (of course why would you have!). Such a classy dame with your glass of wine in the graveyard. Oh and I just LOVE that coat. I'm sure I've said it before. xx

Harrie Hattie said...

So peaceful and what not better than to share a glass of Rex wine with the sleeping. I love churches I use them a lot in my gallery and I love the pic with you I. The arched doorway, stunning! Oh and fabulous mag cover darling xxx

Val Sparkle said...

You are too cool - "I'll just have a little glass of wine while we walk through the cemetery. Oh, hello, Vicar. Would you like a drop of shiraz? Oh, of course, you're having gin. Perhaps a few tokes? Lovely weather, isn't it?"

I love old churches. That's one thing I miss about England (and France, and Italy, and most of the rest of Europe). They're like little pop up museums that aren't crowded with school children.

Blue is your color. I know I said that last week about orange...

señora Allnut said...

you look fabulous all dressed in blue and drinking a glass of wine!!, delightful outfit to go for a walk and enjoy a wonderful landscape!, love your headpieces and that fridesque pendant!!
besos

Edie Pop said...

This photoshoot is mind blowing in a Lynchian way, a beautiful woman in a stunning evening dress walking in a church's graveyard with a glass of wine, mysterious and surreal enough to fall completely in love with this post!!!!
IloveyoumorethanDavidLynch!!! xxxxxx

Hayley thrills said...

Check you out! In the 5th image I honestly think you look so stunning not that you don't in the others lol beautiful darling!

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XOXO

Forest City Fashionista said...

What a lovely little church! The photo of you in all your beautiful blue, standing in front of the orange red door could be a still from a film. Thanks for sharing these photos from your little getaway.

nessbow.com said...

You are just too, too fabulous in blue!

Trees said...

What lovely pics - beautiful old church and a lovely lady in blue!

The Pugnacious Vegetarian said...

Darling, you look so beautiful in blue! That necklace is amazing! Such a pretty place to spend time. So lush!

Tatjana Dmitrović Drljan said...

What a fab church and beautiful place for a photo shoot!!
Love this look too!!
You look so great as always!!
You are so beautiful in the blue!!

freckleface said...

Love your change of outfit for your little wander around the churchyard with your glass of vimto in your hand. Churchyards are special places, so many stories contained within them. That necklace reminds me of being a child, it's those beads. Instant nostalgia every time you wear it. xxxxxx

Tamera Wolfe said...

What a gorgeous location for a photoshoot with the well-known magazine cover celebrity and goddess Helga!!
The backdrop just made you stand out even more gloriously in Helgablue!!

missfairchildscharmschool said...

Gorgeous! Looove the coat. Divine as always my dear.

Janice Tutone said...

Beautiful scenery and that includes you! XXX

Misfits Vintage said...

Our Helga
Who art in maxis
Gorgeous be thy name
Thy graveyard come
Thy Frida fun
In Little Akaloa as it in Christchurch
Heavenly Helga
Our daily Helga
Forgive us our late comments
As we forgive those
Who wear blue polar fleece
And saggy arsed track suit pants
And lead us not into Big W
But deliver us to rock our cradles in the bosom of Helga

Amen and out
Because you're worth it
So long and thanks for all the fish

Sistercousinwife xxx

Tamera Beardsley said...

A beautiful post! I love visiting old cemeteries... my favorite thus far have been in Saint Andrews, Scotland.

You look divine in your blue hues!

Huge congrats on your Avenues cover!!