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Jack Loveland and two of his Award winning pictures as featured in the Papers on more than one occasion .The boy on the right is Peter Cooper and the kids on the left ,are the first pictures Jack did of the children of the New Forest Compounds and are members of the Turner family on the left and Peter Cooper on the right . On this site you can see a selection of the wonderful Photo's Jack took So a huge thankyou to Jack for his kindness and generosity.
Following on from the new Forest and in many ways connected to some of the people Jack Photographed is Juliette de Bairacli Levy who when young befriended some of the New Forest Romanies of who one of her best friends amongst them was "black Lizzy" or as Juliette called her "Eiza" Cooper.
Eiza is mentioned along with other members of the Cooper family and also the Sheen family in the book Wanderers In the New Forest :- First published in 1958 . She learned of the old Gypsy cures and remedies and was happy to learn from old "Eiza" the many natural and age old herbal remedies that had been passed down from mother to daughter for generations.The Forest being full of natures bounty and wild natural herbs being freely available to collect at ones leisure.It was one of the first books I read about the Forest Romanies along with other books by Dominic Reeve and Sven Berlin mentioned elswhere on my site. To think that now nearly 50 years later Juliette is still writing,and her friends the Gypsies of the New Forest are themselves the topic of many books and websites!
Juliette de Bairacli Levy, traveller, writer and champion of gypsy herbal medicines, is herself the greatest possible advertisement for her work. Juliette was born on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11 month, almost in 1911 (actually 1912) in Manchester, England. Her parents were Jewish - her mother from Egypt and her father from Turkey. Juliette was raised in a household with three sisters and two brothers, a nanny, chauffeur, maid and gardener. She was educated at Lowther College, one of the best girls schools in Britain, and went on to study veterinary medicine at the Universities of Manchester and Liverpool. However, Juliette did not approve of the vivisection and animal experimentation that was going on in the universities in the name of science and health. So she left university after two years and went to study with the Gypsies and peasants of the world
All of Juliette's work has been based on her love for the animals. She first became famous in England for her cure of distemper; using fasting, garlic and honey. Prominent English families sought out Juliette's help to cure their animals. She had a clinic in London where she became well known for curing canine ailments. Veterinarians, including the appointed veterinarian to the royal family sent dogs to her for cures. It was during this time that she wrote the book, "A Cure for Canine Distemper". It was very popular and sold by the thousands. With the success of her first book she was able to fulfill her dream of moving to the country and raising her Turkaman Afghan hounds. One of her Afghans was voted best dog in the United States and appeared on the cover of Life Magazine. As a school girl, Juliette admired the gypsies and she continued to have contact with them throughout her life. She greatly respects their expertise in healing using simple cures that are highly successful.For the past many years Juliette has been coming to America every summer to give lectures, workshops and seminars on herbal medicine. In America she has become recognized as the grandmother of today's herbal renaissance. In 1998 at their HerbFest in Iowa, Frontier Herbs presented Juliette with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to the herb world. Ash Tree Publishing is honored to offer to you three of her most popular books and her "Juliette of the Herbs" video Juliette has written many books and some of which are pictured below Pictures courtesy of AshTree Publishing
Faber and Faber, one of Juliette's publishers, say that for the past 50 years they have always received more inquiries about Juliette than about any of their other authors who include T.S. Eliot, Ted Hughes and William Golding.
Left Juliette's two children playing in a Vardo ,middle Juliette and right is Juliette with Possibly ? Eliza Cooper in the Forest.
(Sadly since writing this article Julia sadly passed away 28th of May 2009)
Jack Loveland sadly died last Monday, age 94, Jack was well known for his photographs of Dorset and New Forest Gypsies taken in the 1960s, Jacks funeral will take place 12 noon, Friday 27 September 2013 at Wimborne Cemetery Dorset RIP to a very generous and lovely gentleman Ihope my pages with his photos which he kindly gave me serve as a fitting tribute to his wonderful legacy of photos recording the Romanies of the New Forest History