Tales of walking, eating, watching and playing. Vintage treasures and simple pleasures ... the things that make her happy.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Boxes and bits ...

Teeny little unused flat packed boxes ...
Orlox - beef suet and rice flour ...
"A teaspoonful of 'ORLOX' in a glass of hot milk, taken at night, 
will prevent and cure coughs and colds".  Really??!
"Waste paper is a vital war raw material.  Please save it!"

A lovely version of a classic party game ...
It's that poor old donkey again ...
The lovely big board measures ... 21" x 28".

And another pile of gorgeous old fabrics to sort through ...



Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Better late than never ...

... some pics of the lovely 'Vintage at the Village Hall' fair
at the Blandford Corn Exchange.

OK, it was a few weeks ago now but life has been getting on top of VJ
 and there has been no time to blog!

As usual Elaine organised a fab fair,
and when the doors opened the buyers flocked in.
The Cat in the Shoe was opposite Vintage Jane,
with the most amazing creations.
VJ lusted after every one of them.
Each one so beautifully made with superb attention to detail.
Just look at those little handmade socks and shoes ... !
Fur coat, stripy trews and red shoes ... Love it!
There were of course lots more stalls laden with all sorts of goodies ...
Sartorial, practical, impractical, beautiful ... it was all there.
Three little princesses in their bed ...
VJ came home with purple shoes, buttons and a little pressie for sister-in-law.

Looking forward to the next one ...

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Flo

Her little Flo spent a lot of time sunbathing outside this summer
and as a consequence biting little critters had taken up residence in her fur.  
The itching was making Flo quite stressed and although the critters were soon despatched, the dermatitis that followed was proving harder to shift.
The vet suggested a warm bath with a special herbal shampoo to sooth her skin! 
And so prepared for scratches and yowls they began ... 
and their weird little puss loved it!
As the warm water was poured over her and the massage began
she purred louder and louder.
Towel dried and cuddled she snuggled down into the duvet later, 
silky furred and smelling beautiful!

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

She left a piece of her heart ...

... in Tuscany.

... where they lived life in the slow lane.
Cocooned in a cottage high in the Apuan Alps.
A remote, sun baked little house.
They walked every day ...
they swam in the river,
then returned to their cottage to cook simple food.
(Mr VJ making pesto!)
They drove the twisted road down the mountain,
to stock up at the market.
Practising her limited Italian, the grocer smiled
and gave her a gift of bunches of fragrant basil and
feathery parsley to go with their tomatoes and peppers.
His gesture made her happy all day ...
They drove to Lucca and Barga ...
These guys made her cry ...
Sometimes they took the train ...
They browsed an antiques market ...
They stood on the Devil's Bridge.
Went higher into the mountains by cable car ...
And joined in with the fun of the fiesta ...
But sometimes ...
they just sat and did nothing.
Listening to church bells echo across the valley ...
Watching bees.
Staring at basking geckos.
The scent of jasmine heavy in the air.
She loves this place so much.
some may mock her and say,
"pah, it is just a too hot, too decrepit, too quiet,
little house in a village in the too distant hills".
But for her ... it gives the gift of time ... and space.
She sings 'Summertime' to her little man,
as she did when he was a baby.
They read, they play.
They watch life around them.
They have time.
At home, every day ...
she misses time.



Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Scraps of old tablecloths ...

... timeworn tape measures, pretty coloured buttons and scraps of lace ...
all used to make individual cards.
Applique flowers cut out.
A little bit of bling here and there ...
The last bit of a wonderfully soft strip of old cotton ...
Timeworn and faded ...
with old darns ...
Crochet flowers and poems from an old ripped book bereft of cover ...
And a rosette, with a rather topical poem ...
She hopes to make lots more in time for ...
'Vintage at the Village Hall'
on Monday 8th September
at the Blandford Corn Exchange.
For lovers of all things vintage and hand made,
it is a quality fair that is not to be missed.

Hope to see you there!