Millicent Fawcett, Lavender and Another Hero

12 Jun

We went on a bit of a pilgrimage today to find the new statue of Millicent Fawcett, Leader of the Suffragists, in Parliament Square, the only statue to a female among eleven men!

Millicent Fawcett

The detail on the statue is fabulous – the fabric and folds of her coat, her leather boots, her jewellery and the stitching effect on her banner…

There was a beautiful border of bee laden Lavender just nearby.


Another of my heroes was in the square – Nelson Mandela, again with intricate detail in the bronze.

Nelson Mandela



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12 responses to “Millicent Fawcett, Lavender and Another Hero

  1. valeriedavies

    June 13, 2018 at 3:25 am

    What a strong beautiful face Millicent Fawcett had/has…wonderful rendering of her person…

    • mybeautfulthings

      June 15, 2018 at 8:10 pm

      Isn’t it? Quite inspiring and after seeing the play, The Cause, the other evening and marching, it all felt so powerful and pertinent. 🙂

  2. saymber

    June 13, 2018 at 12:11 am

    Thank you for sharing this. I love lavender and it’s so lovely in its natural state. Great pictures of the statues – so much detail!

  3. Arkenaten

    June 12, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    These statues are truly splendid.
    Love the lavender. I have loads of it in the garden and take cuttings to plant every year.

    • mybeautfulthings

      June 15, 2018 at 8:01 pm

      I love Lavender too but haven’t been successful with cuttings. They seem to dampen off and I gave up a few years ago. I buy new each year, reasoning that they only cost the same as a bunch of flowers and last all season! 🙂

      • Arkenaten

        June 15, 2018 at 8:09 pm

        I take 20 or 30 cuttings and plant them in pots with ordinary potting soil.
        I usually get around a 40 -50% success rate; some of which I give away the others I will plant out.

        • mybeautfulthings

          June 15, 2018 at 8:11 pm

          Pity you can’t send some my way! 🙂

        • mybeautfulthings

          June 15, 2018 at 8:12 pm

          Do you have a greenhouse or cold frame that you keep them in? 🙂

          • Arkenaten

            June 15, 2018 at 8:21 pm

            I used to put them in our shed, which has windows, but I didn’t think there was enough light so now I keep them outside, and move them around the garden depending on the temperature.
            It’s almost winter down here but still sunny. I have eight cuttings on the go at the moment and they are all hanging in there!
            If there’s any frost forecast than I’ll move them inside.

          • mybeautfulthings

            June 15, 2018 at 9:19 pm

            Thank you. I will try that this coming year. 🙂

  4. utesmile

    June 12, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    I haven’t been there for a while, I didn’t know they are there! My lavender blooms too in the garden!

    • mybeautfulthings

      June 15, 2018 at 8:02 pm

      WE have French lavender but I really prefer the simple English lavender and will revert to that next year. Do go and visit Millicent – she is amazing! 🙂


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