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Whoo Hoo!

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IMG_1146I ordered a “kit” to crochet a shawl that I had been watching on Facebook. It was a Hygge crochet along that had grabbed my attention as it grew. It was designed by http://www.haakmarraak.nl using yarn made possible by Scheepjes. I ordered the yarn from Wool Warehouse and, good for them, it was delivered within 24 hours! What good service!

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As usual I didn’t open the box for a while! I know this is strange but I so enjoy the anticipation! I savour it! When I eventually opened the box I was delighted to discover a box of delights. There was a couple of wooden charms, a “silver” charm a needle, a lovely button and a larger ball of wool than expected. Oh! There was also an organza bag to hold everything in. All of this was delivered in lovely box.IMG_1153

All I need now is time to complete! Does anyone know where I can buy that?

China Stash

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Today I added to my burgeoning stash of China cups and saucers. I bought this…
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And this……
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This delightful China cup and saucer is marked “Laura Ashley” and has a quirky handle placed at an angle and is gloriously pink.
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These are just simply elegant.
I don’t quite know what is going on with this collecting lark! Perhaps something happened in my childhood leaving me with the need to hoard and not throw away. Actually I enjoy the searching, and sometimes finding exactly what I need (and certainly can’t live without!)
Charity shop hunting is a great hobby, doesn’t hurt anyone- except Hubs when he trips over my stuff. It also supports charitable causes.

Vintage China Flowers

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I have recently collected a small group of bone china “posies”.These pretty arrangements of flowers are vintage,delicate and very attractive. I currently have six “flower displays” and have found them in a Charity shop trawl (or trawls)
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they are all in good condition, which is unusual, as their petals and leaves chip so easily. They are all bone china and all made in England.
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These quintessential English ornaments are all labelled with the manufacture’s name.
The names are:
Royal Adderley
Radnor
Royal Doulton
Staffordshire Royale
Royale Stratford
Aristocrat “hand made”
I hope that these lovely vintage displays will adorn my Vintage China table in the future.

Home Sweet Home

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I returned home yesterday to be greeted by a wonderful display of a Clematis by my door. This plant is in a tub as I have a tiny yard. It is blooming marvellous and a lovely greeting home. Whilst I have a tiny outdoor space with my cottage I only need to take twenty steps and I am in the most beautiful countryside of the Clwydian Hills, this is my garden. Below is the view from one of my upstairs windows. Love it!

Damnvan is having a rest (and a thorough clean) before we trundle off again. Got to do the washing, catch up with family and restock the van fridge. We were planning our next trip whilst driving home but not sure of which direction we will be heading yet.

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Today I visited a Charity shop to seek out treasures. I found a lovely Ainsley bud vase to add to my ever growing collection of vintage China.

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Photos, Pictures and people.

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Our girly week end was a great sucess as expected! Having been away twice a year for sixteen years we have a formula that we know works.

I) We select reasonably high end self catering accommodation.

2) We each have our own tasks eg who drives, who shops for food, who cooks etc and it suits us!

3) We know each personality, likes and dislikes.

4) We plan menus and walks with great precision in advance.

5) We always have a great time!

As I blogged about in my previous blog titled “memories” I had sorted out dozens of photographs from our previous trips away. I took these in a tin and we spent a happy few hours sorting through them. We worked out the locations and approximate dates. We laughed at what we were wearing and marvelled at our dated hair styles. We remembered some restaurants, swimming pools and appalling weather. We discussed changes in ourselves and were amazed at the passage of time.

I purchased a photograph album and spent another couple of hours fixing the pictures into the book. I did manage to label most of them as to where and when, but am sceptical as to the accuracy of the dates! I even bought a luxury pack of felt tip pens with which to label the pictures. I just can’t help myself where stationery is concerned!💃

The next task is to somehow find on my old computer previous pictures from probably the last six years or so. Print them off and add to the collection. We did laugh about the last woman standing ( read living ) inheriting the album of memories but at least those memories are nearly organised!

Watch this blog for more about my Girly week-end away!