The 300th anniversary of England’s great landscape gardener, ‘Capability’ Brown takes place in 2016. He is associated with over 260 sites, including the grounds at Highclere Castle, where Downton Abbey is filmed. Events are planned across the sites throughout 2016, so it's a good year to visit England's gardens.
The Red-breasted Goose breeds in Arctic Europe, often close to nests of large birds of prey, such as Peregrine Falcons. This helps to protect the small goose from predators such as the Arctic Fox. It winters in south eastern Europe. It is a rare vagrant to Great Britain and other western European areas, where it is sometimes found with Brent Goose flocks. the Red-breasted Goose is uplisted from a species of Least Concern to Endangered status in the 2007
Black, brown, and red silk and wool evening dress (front) by Charles James, American, 1946. The construction of this dress reconfigures the body by having the harder draped fabric brought forward and soft fabric at the back, the opposite from the norm, giving the appearance of front and back being reversed. The startling color contrast and different reflective qualities of satin, wool-backed crepe and faille in the skirt reinforce this deception. The form of the hips bears witness to James'…
(1836-1838) Wool was a popular fabric for winter day wear, as seen in this example. The dress is printed in a complicated design of shamrocks on a lilac and brown chequered ground. By the mid-1830s the puff of the full gigot sleeve was moving from the top of the arm to the elbow.