DEBORAH, DOWAGER DUCHESS OF DEVONSHIRE wrote WAIT FOR ME -
- a great romp through nearly a century of her privileged and crazy life.
It wasn't always a piece of cake for wee Deborah, the youngest of the wild and
heretical Mitford sisters. Her famous and infamous sisters picked on her and
humiliated her. BUT Deborah, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire (DDDD) prevailed -
and ended up restoring and literally SAVING one of England's most beautiful
country estates - CHATSWORTH
(see fab PBS series).
My favorite pictures of DDDD are with her chickens:
And here, feeding her prize hens ~ clad for the barnyard as only DDDD would!
And here, looking quite smug with huge baskets of marketable eggs - BRAVA!
Looking resigned here, wearing the extremely heavy family jewels of the Dukedom :)
THIS IS MY FAVORITE - DDDD - with a hint of a smile,
managing to look like an ordinary lovely old lady.
She died recently with much fanfare.
Don't ask how I can be fascinated by a woman so far from me in caste and class
Maybe it's her courage,
and her easy comfort with wrinkles