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

Thursday, 17 April 2014

The Vintage Bazaar ...

At the Cheese and Grain, Frome
Always Fab!

VJ has lots of lovely new things,
including dear little wooden drawers and boxes, 
waxed and polished by Grandpa.

No time to stop ... pricing and packing awaits!

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

They clapped and cheered ...

... as exhausted runners ran down the Mall,
uplifted by spectator support,
the end in sight.
The VJs hadn't intended to watch the Marathon.
When they booked a short break to London a few months ago, 
they were unaware that this year's race was set to take place on 13th April.
So, on Sunday they went with the flow,
joined in with the crowds and enjoyed the atmosphere.
They watched the first man power home and cheered for Mo.
She felt the euphoria of the crowd and had a tear in her eye.
They left the masses for a while and lazed in the gardens,
the clapping and cheers a constant in the distance.
They lunched in Paternoster Square and then headed up to the roof terrace of 
One New Change for a different perspective of the city.
From the Golden Jubilee Bridge, they watched more runners ...
... and then descended to the road to cheer them on.
Young and old, they passed by, in their hundreds, many in obvious pain.
She was overwhelmed and humbled by their courage and sheer determination.
Just over a mile to the finish line.
They saw runners dressed as rhinos, Spiderman, 
Minions, clowns, carrying all manner of 'extras', 
men in tutus, couples holding hands vowing to finish together, 
some laughing, some crying.
They shouted for Dave, Mick, Diana and Iva, spurring them on.  
They high fived.
They were so glad they were there.
She even quietly whispered she would quite like to give it a go ...
It was the perfect end to a weekend spent being proper tourists.
They allowed Little Man two choices ...
and so 'endured' a very crowded Science Museum again,
followed by the Tower of London ...
The last time she saw the Crown Jewels she was just nine years old.
She had forgotten just how astoundingly beautiful they are.
Priceless bejeweled crowns, tiaras, orbs and swords.
Solid gold tableware and the enormous Royal Punch Bowl - 
one of the most amazingly extravagant items she has ever seen.
And then, there was the Armoury, which fascinated Little Man ...
he stared in wonder at the many silvered suits, 
the artillery and the instruments of torture.
The half timbered buildings on Tower Green stand in stark contrast
to the spire of The Shard rising skywards behind.
These were one of just a handful of buildings in the vicinity
 to survive the Great Fire of London in 1666 ...

They paid their obligatory visit to the Tate Modern, 
to see how the expansion is coming along and play in the Turbine Hall!
The city was busy, noisy and crowded ...
sharpening their lazy senses,
colourful, joyous and exciting.
they were jostled as they walked,
they were squashed onto tube trains
and divebombed by pigeons.
But their hotel by the river was a peaceful haven
with a far reaching view of harbour and skyline ...
... and in the morning they were enveloped by a crimson sunrise.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

A Present for Grandpa ...

... after seeing Little Man's printer's tray,
Grandpa decided he wanted one of his own ...
for his shed.
They hunted high and low and found one ... just in time for his birthday.
VJ lined it with an old map showing his home town.
Her little girl, always by her side, watched.
They took Grandma and Grandpa out for a combined
birthday/Mothering Sunday lunch ...
... at their favourite pub by the river.

For a while, it was impossible for them to get to it,
the long, winding road cut off by flood waters.

They sat outside at rough hewn tables,
 in glorious Spring mid afternoon sun,
watching heron and swan.

The pub was full to the brim,
(photos taken as they left - almost the last to leave!)
An addictive buzz of chatter and laughter,
over the crackle of vinyl discs,
playing Otis and Marvin.
Interesting artworks and eclectic collections add to the character
of this fab pub ...
in the middle of nowhere.  
She's not telling where ...

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

An abundance ...

... of vintage treasures, beautifully crafted one-offs and sartorial delights ...
... were all to be had at Monday's wonderful 'Vintage at the Village Hall'.
Brilliantly organised by the lovely Elaine,
The fair was a huge success ... again,
with lots of happy buyers flocking through the doors,
of the grand old Corn Exchange in the centre of the small town of Blandford.
VJ was kept busy all morning ...
with time for only a very quick chat with
the gorgeous Kelly-Marie, Miss Daisy, Vanilla Squirrel and Willie!
It was lovely to see stallholders from previous fairs, 
like Teresa, aka Willapark, with her unique textile art ...
and 'Swimmer' ... with her characterful softies ...
along with Jelly Jam, Lizzie, Cecile, Niki and ...
Vintage Jones ... with all things 'gardening', 
beautifully weathered and rustic ...
There was the lovingly handmade and reworked ... 
bags, cushions and lampshades ...
... sparkly barrettes ...
unbelievably dainty, ethereal fairy houses ...
Pretty china and looking glasses ...
and beautiful clothing, still so wearable today.
Lulabop Vintage had a very tempting stall,
with gorgeous bags and other little treasures,
sitting alongside their own fascinator and jewellery designs ... 
VJ loved the little red cherries fascinator ...
but eventually came home with this little brooch,
made from a piece of an original gents top hat ...

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

A charity banquet in the Mediaeval Hall of the Treasurer's House in Martock
 on Saturday night proved to be a wonderful evening of 
excellent food and wines and perfect company in the most gorgeous setting.
The Treasurer's House is the oldest inhabited house in Somerset,
 with the exception of the Bishop's Palace in Wells. 
It is mentioned in texts from 1221.

The evening ended with an Auction of Promises ...
the VJ's ended up spending far too much money, 
but it was all for a very good cause ...
the Mental Health Foundation.
Did you know, directly or indirectly, 
1 in 4 people will be affected by mental health issues each year?

Maristella ... if you read this, 
Mr VJ bid on and won a little treat for us all when you come to visit!

The next day, they had afternoon tea,
at her bestie's house,
to celebrate the birthday of their 'sweet sixteen'.
How cute are these cookies ... 

This week VJ has stock to get ready for ...
Miss Edie will be for sale at the fair ...
Hopefully, she will go to a good home ...