Sunday, 20 September 2009
Where can I find a mustard leaf?
Hi everyone - hope your week's going well.
I must just thank Simone of Linden Grove for her lovely giveaway of cat cards. It was lovely to receive these last week after a bad day at the office! So "Thank you so much", Simone.
Sunday saw a great car boot haul. Nothing major but lots of bits. I didn't think it was going very well initially having been at the boot by 7am. I got home at 8.45 but felt that there was more out there and that there wouldn't be that many more Sunday mornings before they stop over the winter months. So I quickly buttered a slice of toast, hopped back in the car to go to another which had only just started. (I hate turning up late - I always wonder what I've missed!)
I'm really sad and always have to set everything out on the kitchen table when I get home to admire what I've bought and closely scrutinise everything for blemishes, check for important labels , stamps etc - why don't I do that before I buy? I suppose I very much go on instinct - if I like it and its in my price range I'll buy. So tucked to the side is a framed Kaffe Fassett tapestry. Now Ive been sewing these for the last 25 years and know how much they cost just to buy the kit so when I saw this and remembered it as a design from the 80s had to check the price. £2! And it has been professionally framed with non reflective glass. Would it be sacrilege to take it out and make it into a cushion cover?
So, what else? Lovely fine tea cup and saucer, 4 silk hankies, couple of art deco bowls, a globe (difficult to find without electric wires trailing from them), couple of books - (don't you just just love the cover of "The Deans Watch"), lovely wooden candlestick, the little wooden shelf and the vintage 60s tablecloth. How do I know its 60s - because my mother had one which I call the "quarter of ham and a quarter of tongue" cloth. Before every weekend the two quarters of cooked meat were bought ready for Sunday tea (and there were 6 of us!) and were set out on a cloth which had exactly the same texture as this with checks in pink and green. Isn't it funny what prompts old memories for us?
But one of the best bits was the vintage "C" word decorations - I love the old decos-some of these are hand painted. (I know its too early to talk about C but they were part of Sunday's haul).
The Saint John's ambulance book is amazing - it was 30 pence and gives some classic advice - I love these instructions for hysteria:-
1 - avoid sympathy with the patient, and speak firmly to her - (obviously this would never happen to a man!)
2- Threaten her with a cold water douche, and if she persists sprinkle her with cold water.
3 - Apply a mustard leaf at the back of the neck. ( No idea what this is for or what effect it would have - any ideas?)
So I'm wondering, to be prepared, just in case the gorgeous girl gets one of these attacks, is whether any of you have a mustard leaf to spare or know where I can get one so that my medicince chest is complete?