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

Wednesday 21 September 2016

It was good while it lasted ...

Vintage Jane is closing her blog 
for the time being at least
as she no longer has the time to enjoy writing it,
it has sadly become another pressure and a chore.

She may be back one day,
but in the meantime, 
can be found in the lovely Instagram community ...
just search for marinajane.vintage

Thursday 16 June 2016

A little round up ...

Little man is now a teen boy.
Wow, where did that time go?!
He had a joint camping party with his best pal.
Both their names begin with M so they asked for an M&Ms cake ...
(made by Mr VJ's daughter)
VJ has spent as much time as possible in the garden,
tidying and faffing ...
Her little girl always watches on ...
But rain has often stopped play ...
leading to indoor pastimes, more card making and the dreaded housework!

Thursday 12 May 2016

Walking ...

... through a big world,
towards a blue promise,
teasing in the distance.
Sheltering from a broken raincloud 
in a silent forest,
Garlic carpeted.
Heavily, headily scented.
Pungent, raw.
 Sunshine returning,
Warming them. 
They picked wild garlic and nettle.
Feasting later on garlic bread and pesto and nettle soup.
From forest to coast,
 the following day ...
for Sea Kale ...
her favourite,
with butter, lemon, pepper and slivers of roasted almond. 

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!