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

Monday, 25 April 2016

Just a few ...

... pics of some of the Vintage Jane stock sourced recently.
Some will be coming to the 
Roxy Vintage and Handmade fair at Cheddar this Saturday ...
Victorian hand painted opaline glass urn
Pretty hand painted jug
Lovely old cribbage boards
Hungarian paint rollers
and lots of beautiful true vintage clothing.

VJ has finally got to grips with Instagram too!
Find her at vintage.jane https://www.instagram.com/vintage.jane/
Pop along to IG and say hello!

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Spring Vintage fairs ...

Spring is in the air ...
and there are a few vintage markets to enjoy over the next couple of weeks ...

The Vintage Bazaar at the Cheese & Grain, Frome 
takes place this Saturday 16th April.
VJ will not be stalling there but hopes to visit!
There are always so many beautiful stalls to tempt at this true vintage affair.
Next up is the Wells Vintage Somerset Vintage and Retro Fair,
held at the Seager Hall, just off Wells High Street,
on Saturday 23rd April.
There is always plenty of fab vintage fashion to be be found at this event,
perfect for indulging all your sartorial needs.
And ... you can combine a visit to this fair with a day in Wells,
enjoying the cathedral grounds, interesting shopping and a lively food market.
The following day, the 24th April,
 sees the second Bridport Vintage Market of the year
at the Michael's Trading Estate.
This market will take place on the last Sunday of every month
 through to the end of September.
 There is always an eclectic mix of vintage treasure
 to be had at this market.  The vintage shops in the Alleyways
and Albion Antiques Centre will be open too.  
There is always a great vibe with a bit of live music
and fabulous food from the Red Brick Cafe
(sometimes the Jalopy Pizza van rocks up too).
You can combine this market with a trip along the road
to the coast at West Bay or Burton Bradstock
and for the energetic among you,
there is always a walk to the top of Golden Cap 
(that's what Mr VJ will be doing!).
And then, to round off April,
another favourite fair ...
the Spring Roxy Vintage Fair 
at St Andrew's Church House, Cheddar.
Always a lovely mix quality handmade and true vintage.
 Expect to find china, clothing, textiles, gardenalia, kithchenalia,
lighting and sooo much more!
And afterwards, check out Cheddar Gorge!
Come and get your vintage fix and one or all of these lovely fairs!
Hope to see you there.
Do come and say hello!

Monday, 4 April 2016

They went foraging ...

... for wood.
They brought home enough to last a week or so,
in their backpacks and in their arms.
It made for a heavy walk,
but a cosy evening.
They crossed bridges ...
Played pirate games ...
Wondered at the bleached bones of stricken trees ...
Befriended this strange creature,
with bulbous nose and tri-spiked mohawk ...
And searched for beasties,
in a mini garden growing in the top of a post ...
A little wooded world of springy moss,
entwined with ivy.
in front of their roaring fire,
they feasted on smoky, garlicky, cheese topped, roasted cauliflower.

The morning after ...

... Storm Katie.
They rose early,
shunned breakfast,
and headed for the coast.
Katie's anger was still in evidence.
The sea raging to the shore, 
hurling, swirling, incensed.
A short ebb,
a long swell,
then a full, black, salty punch.
Enraged and accusing.
A foamy spit of fury,
over the harbour walls.
And then,
a gradual retreat.
Tantrum over. 
Salt smacked and windswept,
they headed to the Station Kitchen 
for a bacon sandwich and
hot chocolate treat!

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Ladies who lunch ...

... drank tea at the pub
then ate ...
and talked ... and talked, and talked ...
and talked a little more,
in front of a warming fire.
Eventually dragging themselves away from their comfy corner ...
to walk up over the ridge behind the church.
The air was mizzly and the views short ...

Thursday, 10 March 2016

The Great Vintage Sell-Off and Vintage at the Village Hall

She will be at the Great Vintage Sell Off,
at Woodlands Castle, Ruishton, Taunton
this Saturday.
Door open at 10am.
There will be bargains galore!
And then a great favourite -
Vintage at the Village Hall,
held in the wonderful old Corn Exchange
at Blandford Forum
on Monday 14th March.
Doors open at 9.30am
Always a wonderful mix of quality vintage and antique,
along with artisan makers.
Come and say hello!

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

She has a bathroom ...

Some terrible photos,
but hopefully you'll get the idea!
The revamped trunk, textured gold cushion
and an oar rescued from a dump many years ago.
Champagne bucket holds their shampoos and shower gels.
Old wooden bowl sprayed with a mellow gold holds lovely French soaps.
(yes, she's been at it with the spray paint again!).
Mirror pinched from the living room.
New square sink.
The sink sits on a lucky Ebay find.  
She still can't believe it was the perfect size!
The bath sits on oak block offcuts from a local timer yard.
A bargain at a fiver each!  
Mr VJ planed, sanded and oiled them.
The shelf is an oak offcut too.
The tiles are a very dark blackish brown with a subtle
rusty, oily looking sheen.
Just don't look upwards though - there is still work to do!
The ceiling is one and a half heights high and so to make 
extra space the water tank has been moved up into the ceiling.
The Mr is going to make oak doors to hide it
and make some extra cupboard space 
(a ladder will be needed to reach it though,
so only seldom used items will live in there.
Who else stores their Christmas tree in the bathroom?!!
The Mr is going to make oak doors to hide it
and make some extra cupboard space 
(a ladder will be needed to reach it though,
so only seldom used items will live in there.
Who else stores their Christmas tree in the bathroom?!!
The wall above still needs to be painted.
Their little girl is liking it rather a lot,
especially the underfloor heating.
So after 15 years she has running hot water
 and one room in the house with heating!  Result!