My gorgeous girl, the
finally came back from performing at the Edinburgh Fringe having had an amazing time, on sensory overload as expected and also completely exhausted! It didn't matter as we had a few days camping lined up in Suffolk with its big blue skies and wide open countryside. We camped in Southwold which we love for its quiet stepping back in time aura,
a place where time seems to have stood still and people enjoy the simple pleasures, kite flying, crabbing, walking, taking time to watch the sea and looking for holey stones and seaglass (well those last two were what I did anyway). I did really well in the holey stone category but failed miserably at sea glass finding only one tiny piece. Does anyone know where this lovely stuff normally washes up?
Loving its delightful famous painted beach huts - no chippy paint in Southwold just lots of men in white overalls with lots of tins of white paint seriously at work.
However many times I go I always end up taking lots of photos of these 3 metre square huts priced at £50000 or more - and yes that is fifty thousand!
Even the fishermens huts down at the harbour have beautifully painted doors (but only the doors -it's far too girly to paint the whole hut in colour! - this is man's territory)
For those who don't know Southwold nothing clashes and jars - like all those things vintage its as if everything has just evolved into a shabby elegance. Even the plants seem to match their envirnoment - I loved this bracken - the railing seems to be emulating the colour of the plant - or is it the other way round! Rusting weeds - I love it!
The best bit? Blue skies and I mean BLUE skies, not just for an hour or a day but all day, everyday, all week in sharp contrast to last year when I spent most of my time wringing out the tent. Lots of folk had their bunting out on their houses and on their tents ...
What did intrigue me were the signs advertising a Buddha Market. I'd never heard of such a thing and wondered what to expect - most things in Southwold are the same from year to year (which I'm sure is why a lot of people go, and I'd never seen this before
I had to investigate and expected - well what did I expect? (Lots of old Indian artefacts I think ) - certainly not what I found!
An old church hall packed with stalls for 3 weeks, full of vintage clothing, handmade goods, retro bits and pieces and amazingly all the things we vintage lovers look out for when we're thrifting and booting! Outside were enough lures to draw me in piled up on the pavement - old quilts, suitcases, books and yes I was hooked - several times!
I had to keep going back for a look round - somuch eye cnady but I was actually very restrained for me. These are the things that came back home with me.
A piece of sheet music - nonsense songs by Edward Lear - aren't the colours great? And its in perfect condition...
Two lovely Wagon Trail trios -cups, saucers and side plates from the 50s/60s. (Funny this blogging world - this find immediately made me think of "Cowboys and Custard" of the Handmade and Vintage fair fame and I've never met her!)
And more reasons to be cheerful - this great shoe box minus shoes I'm afraid - I just loved the box, some floral barkcloth which I have a passion for, and a lovely little Tablet Box from Windsor no less!
Its lovely to be away for a while but its good to come back and I've been thrilled at all your comments in my absence. Thank you all so much and welcome to my new "followers".
I've won a giveaway and been given my first award while Ive been away but will post about those separately before my ironing pile avalanches all over me!
Hope you all have a good week!