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Monday, 26 November 2012

Grey skies and sparkles ...

 Somerset has had a soaking. 
A deluge on saturated ground that can take no more.
The church ... on an island in the far distance.
The bridge later succumbed to the raging waters.
 The river rampaging with unstoppable force.  
Spilling over onto sodden earth.
A torrent gushed through VJ's own street.  
They live out of reach and were lucky, others less so.

But amidst the despair and cold grey skies,
there were sequins and glitter.
Mrs Fruit was 40 and they were invited to party.
With one proviso ... 
All guests had to sparkle!
VJ's sequins!
And they did ...
In style!
Even the guys!
Mr managed a little tinsel on his hat.

Next day, after little sleep, and with a sore head,
VJ trundled through the rain to Sherborne, 
and set up her wares at the Antiques fair.
These little guys will be at the Frome Vintage Christmas Bazaar on December 15th
But it was a bad day.

Forecasts of hurricane force winds, torrential rain,
and what seemed like impending Armageddon, kept all customers at bay.
They packed up early and headed home.

A warm fire and hearty meal welcomed her.


marigold jam said...

Sorry that the customers were not prepared to venture out though I must admit we didn't either on Saturday! Let's hope you do better in Frome and that the water has dried up somewhat before then.

Anne said...

It really has been horrible hasnt it and such a shame that the buyers stayed away. Glad you had a lovely party though, like the idea of everyone sparkly!

grunge-queen said...

I have heard about the flooding in the UK and sure hope it abates soon. Too bad about the vintage fair. Sparkles are a great way to celebrate -- and a cure-all for the blahs in general! xo

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

There has been some awful flooding, I feel for anyone caught up in the. I think you did very well to get there, despite the sore head! :)

demie said...

a great idea that party, everybody seem to have been very creative and stylish (and of course sparkling!)

kepp safe and warm my friend
love from Norway

Tangled Sweetpea said...

What a shame that the buyers stayed away from the fair, I adore those little bambis :)
Victoria xx

Madelief said...

Sorry to hear it was quiet at the fair. We had the same horrible weather in Holland this weekend. Luckily no flooding like in Somerset. It looks terrible!

Hope the rest of the week will be better.

Madelief x

Rosemary said...

So pleased that you have remained safe and dry. Around here lots of flooding too, but we live 750feet high so nothing with us - all the rain that falls on us sadly runs down the hill to the poor residents in the valley below.
You have to give the Brits credit where credit is due, who else would be out partying wearing sparkles with all that flooding going on around them!!!

Jen said...

Oh that flooding is frightening. Sorry the weather ruined your fair, but I'm glad you had some sparkles to warm up the weekend. Stay safe and dry!

Flaming Nora said...

You know today I was wondering if you were high and dry or not. So glad to hear you are. Amazing photos of the floods. Sorry the fair was a wash out. Stay safe.

nilly said...

Oh dear - we had been planning a trip to Somerset last weekend, but perhaps it was best we decided against it. Mind you, the river is rising down the road in our Yorkshire village this evening...

Helga! said...

Thank goodness the sequins and glitter were able to sparkle the dreadful weather out!
Love that union jack design top/frock(?), and the shoes! YUM! X

Lazy Daisy Jones said...

Oh my goodness....bad luck for you....good luck for me!
I love those little guys, intending to visit you in frome on 15th....so save some for me PLEEEEEEZE.
bestest daisy x

YeamieWaffles said...

Massive Happy Birthday to Mrs Fruit, it looks like you guys had a whole lot of fun in all honesty. Great photos at the start too Jane, there's nothing better than appreciating our natural environment especially when we're living in a tough Winter like we are.

Anonymous said...

Hope you are ok..It all looks so overwelming with that water escaping here there and everywhere
Your sparkly party looked lots of fun
Stay safe and dry
Thea x

greenthumb said...

Looks like you have had so much rain, looks like a fun party.

Kristie Franklin said...

My goodness Marina!

What a soaking you are getting! It looks like a flood has taken hold. I don't believe I've ever seen so much water. I'm sure glad that you were out of reach and didn't get flooded out. What are the people doing who have had their homes filled with water?

On a lighter note, a Birthday party sounds like fun especially with sequins and sparkles. Happy 40th Birthday Mrs. Fruit!

Angy is my name. said...

Golly gee! That is some wetness for sure! Well done for even attempting the market. Here in Oz everyone goes a tiny bit loopy when they forecast big rain (it being such a rarity and all) and even though we have had some late showers for this time of the year it's still very tame compared to that! Cosiness and tea and comfort food is a must I'd say. Sending you drier vibes :-) xx

Rubye Jack said...

I wasn't aware that there is so much flooding going on. Extreme weather can be so scary. At least the sparkly party looks like it was a huge success.

ted and bunny said...

we've had more "mudding" than flooding- hopefully sometime before xmas I'll be able to take my wellies off!

*Susycottage* said...

Dear Marina, so sad to see
photo of England
submerged in water, it is often
even here in Italy, what can you do?
It 's the nature!
Love Susy x

WILLIE........! said...

In hate water...I really do...!
Even get giddy when l shave of a morn'in....! :)
But, all those poor people around the country, and, still lot's of it about..! Dreadful...!

Oh! love the sparkly things, and, just thinking...When l was in the business, l used to spray my afro with it....HeHe!

Liz said...

Hope things don't get any worse, weather-wise!
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

KC'sCourt! said...

This weather has a lot to answer for!
I hate it!
Julie xxxxxxx

Maria said...

You certainly 'Sparkled' with style!
Sending thoughts out with this dreadful weather, your photographs looked SHOCKING!!! Thought we had it bad here in Cumbria....
~there will be other vintage Fairs to sell your vintage ware~,I am sure..Keep safe and warm dear blogging friend..
Kind regards Maria x

Vix said...

Sequins are the perfect antidote to all the crap weather we've had. Why don't they make sequinned wellies? Maybe I should pitch it on Dragon's Den? x

...Tabiboo... said...

The weather has been awful hasn't it - so sorry about the flooding.

I love all that glitter and glam though.

Nina x

blackenpot said...

So sorry to hear about this terrible weather, hope that it betters. I loved all the glitter though.

Penelope said...

Hello Jane
Thanks for commenting and stopping by at my blog, lovely to meet you...now I am off to have a nosey around yours xox Penelope

*Maristella* said...

Hi Marina. Mamma mia, anche qui c'è tanta pioggia e brutto tempo, diluvi e acqua alta...speriamo che passi! :o((
Un caro saluto, *Maristella*.

Tammy Chrzan said...

I would love to go to a sparkling party!! That looks like loads of fun! And an excuse to sparkle? Really??? OH YES!!!
Also, I have heard of the flooding in England, when I was there I saw a bit on the tellie, it's really bad, I mean that's a serious soaking that you show on your blog! I hope that your house was safe, I really enjoy your blog!