I found a book of knitted teddy bears in the charity shop the other day, and have been knitting little bears ever since. (Well I am on my third one anyway) I have made two of the same bear and am now trying a second pattern. I am quite pleased that I am managing to follow a knitting pattern, as I never could before. Since teaching myself the double pointed needles my knitting confidence has increased.
Sunday, 23 October 2016
Having resisted its lure for months now, I gave in last week and went to the boot fair. I also went this week. There were lots of great things to be found and I found them! As a demonstration of the greatness of the fair, I have included the prices of the things I bought. And the purpose if there is one, if there isn't then it is just that I loved them.
Domed lady. Art for one of my dolls houses, if I ever get around to arranging them. 20p.
Fighting cockerels. Bought after I found the two horses below. £1 the pair.The Flying Horse of Gansu, a 2000 year old bronze sculpture found in 1969. £5. They are my second favourite thing I found.
Classical bust of a lady. For dolls house purposes. 50p.
The glass bottle smells like sweet old ladies. It is not from the fair but the charity shop. 50p.
Small brass Welsh woman. 50p.
Friday, 21 October 2016
Cassie in her box which is in her play area. If she wants to play, she goes and sits near to the box in the background which she loves because it has holes in the end, through which a feather thingammy can be wriggled. The big box was supposed to be temporary but she loves sleeping there.
Wednesday, 19 October 2016
It is my birthday today, so I thought I would share my birthday dolls. I met Linda Sue a couple of weekends ago and we visited the Foundling Museum. We had a bit of trouble finding the Foundling but finally did. Linda Sue gave me this amazing doll for my birthday. She is very old and beautifully shabby, and wears her face around her neck so that it looks like a neckerchief.
I have had a couple of goes at painting her as she is very tempting to paint.
Sunday, 16 October 2016
At the end of the summer holidays we visited a couple of places in Essex. Wrabness was the first. I chose there because of the recommendation about the beach I read somewhere which said you could find bones. First we visited the community cafe. The lady in there told us how to get to the beach. We drove where directed and parked near the church. This little structure is in the middle of the churchyard. Not sure if it is the lychgate or not. A lychgate is a roofed entrance to a churchyard which used to be used for sheltering a coffin until the vicar arrived.
We walked down quite a long track. In the distance we could see this intriguing house. It turns out to be an artwork by Grayson Perry.
It's called 'A House for Essex'
Dilapidated greenhouse on the track.
Next we went to Mistley, not far away.Edme building dominates one end of the village. It is a malt products producer. You can smell the malt in the air.
Buildings have been converted into fancy looking dwellings.
Some tastefully painted houses.
Mistley Towers. They were part of a church but the middle part has gone.
The Tea House at Mistley Quay. Right in the middle just to the left of the swan.