Tuesday, 28 April 2009
Friday, 24 April 2009
There weren't a lot but what was there was beautifully dressed and full of colour. I particularly liked the one below with the gorgeous box of pink threads. This lady had some lovely 1950s pinnies too. I asked if she minded if I took some photos but she was very suspicious and followed closely behind me so I quickly stopped. I'm not sure what her concern was but I didn't want to cause offence.
We had a stroll over to the river Trent and discovered the tiniest pony I'd ever seen - he was no bigger than a dog and looked decidedly lonely according to my companion who suddenly became an expert in the expressions on ponies faces!
Having made all the right noises, listened to 26 reasons why we should try to adopt this bedraggled soft toy and refuted them all,("no you won't be able to take it to university even if we persuade the owner to sell it" - its nice sometimes when you get a glimpse of your little girl when she tries so hard to be so grown up most of the time!) we wandered further along the riverbank to find another sight I'd never witnessed before (Ok so I'm a townie but I'm convinced I have the country in my genes!). A swan on her nest. She was meticulously reaching over to the side of the nest , picking bits of twig and feathers from the edge and I can only say embellishing her boudoir ready for the patter of tiny feet. Her mate appeared to be on patrol gliding proudly up and down the riverside.
It may be a routine sight to many but for me it was a joy to behold. I shall have to go back to watch the progress. I was quite concerned at the open aspect of this nest - does she sleep with one eye open for fear of foxes or will her partner keep watch as she sleeps? Is she safe? How will she protect her cygnets? If anyone knows please let me know!
Monday, 20 April 2009
Friday, 17 April 2009
I never played with dolls as a child (and actually never understood those who did)so I was amazed to find myself inextricably drawn to this one. Why, I can't say but she is absolutely one of the top 10 things I would take with me to a desert island. Ok, so its normally discs but this is my island so I get to choose! Does she fit in with William Morris's adage "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful"? Well useful she's not but beautiful - definitely.
Wednesday, 15 April 2009
Thursday, 9 April 2009
So, a lovely long weekend ahead to sew, plant vegetables , crochet, pick flowers and generally potter around making the most of some of the lovely bits I have squirrelled away until I have time to make them look beautiful. It's amazing how long you can spend doing that isn't it?
Not to mention the mandatory Easter weekend antiques fair and Sunday's car boot. And yes - I find its like a drug and if I dont get my fix I'm not good to be around. I don't need to spend a lot but I do love finding something to add to one of my collections but they will be the subject of another post. Incidentally, how many items does it take to make a collection?
Tuesday, 7 April 2009
It's no good - I have to finally join this fabulous blogging community! I've sat like a wallflower at a party, watching you all having great fun while I tried to work out if anyone could join in! Recently I've entered a couple of giveaways and won both of them. I was so thrilled - I felt I'd been asked to join the fun - thank you so much to Lucy of Attic 24 (http://attic24.typepad.com/) who has inspired me to start crocheting and Sue at Vintage to Victorian (http://vintagetovictorian.blogspot.com/).My blog will be a reflection of the things I love - "something old" being the vintagey thrifted bits and pieces I pick up and "something new" being the things I make from them and will share with you. I'm looking forward to sharing my favourite finds and even some of the disasters - I'm quite happy to have a laugh at my own expense! "Ticking Stripes" comes from my love of vintage fabrics and their quiet understated elegance despite them having started their days as humble mattress cover fabric. I'm sure it will evolve to incorporate much more!
I must introduce you to Alfie (my Sylvac dog) whom I spotted at a car boot at the weekend. He looked so cute I had to bring him home and although my teenage daughter was horrified initially she has already grown to love him! I think he looks rather lovely perched amongst my auriculas. I just love them!
This is going to be such fun! Hope you will enjoy sharing this adventure with me.