Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Obsessive Compulsive?

I'm really pleased to have received an award from Ann from Vintage at the Corner House. Apparently I now need to list my 5 current greatest obsessions and pass the Award on to some other lovely bloggers so the biggest problem is reducing them down to just 5 but I'll give it a go.

1 - My newest craze - celery vases. I used to see these at an antique shop in Castleton Derbyshire but was too mean too buy them. Recently I have spotted a few at car boots and last weekend I gave in and bought two of them. I believe they hark back to Victorian times but have no idea of the age of those I bought. Suffice to say they just had to come home with me - any ideas on how best to display them would be gratefully received

2 - Education - I make no excuses for this one. I'm a firm believer that we have to do what we can to help and support the next generation to be the best they can be. It can't all be left to others. Some children have so little in terms of the things that many of us take for granted - love, security etc. I've come across parents with no time for their children and parents who won't allow books into their houses! What chance of a future do those children have? I'm Chair of Governors at an inner city school trying hard to do what I can to support the staff in their difficult work. Not only do they have to be teachers, but psychologists, nurses, carers,social workers, artists, musicians and inspirational leaders but they have to have an indomitable spirit to see them through some of the tribulations that inner city life throws at them. I take my hat off to them all.If any of you have thought about getting involved as governors I'd say do it!

Ok, I'll get off my soap box now.

3 - Crocheted blankets - I hadn't realised these were quite such an obsession until Jabopee's comment on my last post so they have had to be included in the list

4 - Architecture - new, old and downright quirky - (especially follies). I'm afraid when I go anywhere I'm constantly looking up above the shop fronts, checking out gable ends, fanlights, and columns be they Doric, Ionic or Corinthian! I love the simplest of dwellings to the most magnificent of mansions. This little house above was called "Fantasia". Its like a little dolls house standing alone in the middle of a road in Aldeburgh - delightful.

This obsession also covers street furniture - phone boxes and letter boxes and yes I'm sad enough to know the names of the different types of phone box! This one (a K6) was in Walberswick last week surrounded by old and new bits and pieces to entice the tourists into the shops...I used to think all this craning of the neck would prevent a double chin in old age but it didn't work! Anyway, if you like phone boxes etc visit 5ftinf's blog - for green letter boxes and black phone boxes!

5 - Thrifting - this is as much a lifestyle choice as an obsession. Can this be a compulsive disorder because if it is I have it big time? I get withdrawal symptoms if I can't get out to "hunt" at the car boot because its raining and there won't be anyone there, becoming very irritated and not good to be around. I don't always have to buy but I need to go to make sure I don't miss anything! Does anyone else suffer from this?

This post has begun to feel very confessional!

So, moving on, who to pass this award to when there are so many great contenders ???

I've decided on "5ftinf", "Linen and roses", "Jaboopee",Menopausal musing and "Kay loves vintage". Even if you decide not to do the post feel free to add the award - you deserve it for your fabulous blogs!

And last but not least I must thank Diane for her fabulous giveaway whic arrived today which I'll post about soon.

Have a great weekend

Love Wend


  1. Congratulations on your award! I enjoyed reading about your obsessions!
    Laura x

  2. I share your interest in architecture Wend. I love old buildings especially churches and chapels. Would love to live in a church - strange I know. Car booting and charity shops are also on my obsession list. Car boots can be amazingly cheap. I think I will visit one this Sunday.

  3. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh! Wow!THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH!Erm, I already have done this "obsession" (and thoroughly enjoyed it).... Were I to do it again, it would centre around Dell Laptops that die after 16 months..... Am awaiting the outcome and might not be able to continue my blog.However.. you have a brilliant blog and we share a huge amount of interests.... I am "down but not out"! xxx

  4. That house looks like it's made from icing sugar ! Enjoy reading your Blog.

  5. thanks so much wend, i really appreciate it and its brillant to be included with such great blogs and that includes yours ....i'm totally with you on the thrifting obsession...but i've had to physically pull myself away and tie myself to a table to stop myself going to our favourite market every sunday , to fuel my obsession for boxes trunks lamp bases and shades i have no where left to put anything ....

  6. Hi, Glad you liked the giveaway - I enjoyed putting it together!! Hope everything arrived in one piece. I think your current obsessions are very common amongst the blogging community!! Lovely Photo's

  7. Glad you had a good time over here in sunny coastal Suffolk. I really like the Celery Vases i'll have to keep my eye out for them at the car boots. I think I have seen some but didn't realise what they were. I have one of those green and white celery men a bit kitsch and no where near as elegant as your's.