Sunday, 23 October 2016

Boot Fair Treasure

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. 
 These horses are beautiful. I am not sure if they are brass or copper, but whatever they are they certainly have a lovely coating of verdigris. I googled Chinese flying horse and found out that they are modelled on The Flying Horse of Gansu, a 2000 year old bronze sculpture found in 1969. £5. They are my second favourite thing I found.
 Glass pumpkin. Added to my small Halloween display. It picks up the light and colours around it beautifully. £2.

 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.
 Another red London bus, bound for Petticoat Lane. A black cab. The Knight Bus from Harry Potter. No purpose. £4 for all three.
 This is my favourite find. I was informed that it is a Morris dancer's hat. Whatever it is I love it! It fits me too. It makes the most beautiful jingling noise. £3.
  A biscuit stamp and a Chinese signature stamp (I think) I plan to actually use the biscuit stamp for its intended purpose and the other one for decoration in journals etc. Can't remember how much they were but it wasn't a lot.
 They are on top of this tin. It is really worn in a delightful way, and has embossed scenes on each side and the top. Not sure if it is London or not. I love it and think it would be able to be used to take rubbings of, though have not tried it yet. £1.

 Old tools. £2.50 for the set square, 50p the screw driver and £1 for the spatula. The screwdriver has a lovely shaped handle which feels great to hold.
 Small brass Welsh woman. 50p.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Cats Sleep Anywhere

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.
 Lily likes plastic to sleep on. This piece of bubble wrap was on the floor for a while last Saturday and she sat there for ages in the sun. On the bed is an old carrier bag which is her favourite place to sleep. I think they must be warm.
So glad it is Friday. I have a pile of work (literally!) to do but at least it is half term next week so I dont have to rush to get it done for Monday!

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Birthday Dolls

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. 

 Andy's sister Helen sent me this sweet doll for my birthday last year. She has been waiting for her bigger friend to arrive and they look as if they were made for each other!

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Wrabness and Mistley

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. 
Beach houses. 

Next we went to Mistley, not far away. 
The 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. 
Mistley lies on the edge of the Stour estuary. There were loads of swans on the water and I think this must be a regular thing as there is a large ornamental swan in the middle of the village.
Another shipwreck.
Said swan. 
Small political doggy in the window. I am not sure what the campaign is about but it is to do with the maltings on the river side.
Some tastefully painted houses. 
Mistley Towers. They were part of a church but the middle part has gone. 

The best cup of tea I have ever had. All of the fancy glass teapots and timers were fun and the tea was delicious! I had Earl Grey.
The cafe is The Tea House at Mistley Quay. Right in the middle just to the left of the swan.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

To the North

Last weekend we went up to Northumberland to go to the Allen Valleys Folk Festival. It was fun and lovely to get away to fresh air. We saw a couple of bands on the Friday night, one of which was my favourite of the whole weekend. They are called Stick in the Wheel and are from London. Their songs are a mix of traditional and their own. There are two singers, one main and one harmonizing, a guitar, a drummer-hand drums and a violinist. The main singer and the other girl did a lot of chatting in between songs and were really funny. (Hard Times of Old England, Me n Becky)  Other than seeing the music, we ate lovely food, saw friends, wandered around in the woods and generally relaxed. Below are a few pictures from around Allendale where we were staying. 
Black Lion
Boarded Up
Bunk House
Cross Keys
Labor and Wait
Methodist Chapel Window
Mossy Roofs
Victoria House