Thursday, 30 April 2009
Above .... the This'n'Thatmobile parked by 'our' Norman castle. There's worse car parking in this world! On a clear evening, the skyline is just amazing with the castle silhouetted against the stars ... that's a future challenge for my new camera!
Wednesday, 29 April 2009
So, where else was there to go but to the grounds of Dartington Hall?
....Followed of course by coffee at The White Hart.
These photgraphs provide you with a bit of a treasure hunt ... explore the grounds to discover these engravings and sculptures ... and much more:)
Below - Jacob's Pillow by Peter Randall-Page
Such an attractive mix of well manicured garden and wild areas. Wonderful colours even though it wasn't a 'blue sky' sort of day. Now is definitely the time to go .... up the steps, beyond the swans and into the place where the wild flowers grow .... orchids, primroses, celandines, wild garlic, daisies, bird's eye, and much, much more.......
Tuesday, 28 April 2009
Have just bought a new camera (all the better to blog with) and couldn't resist trying it out with this lovely vintage Midwinter "Cannes" plate and some of my bathing ladies. They are new and will be available for a while and there are also voluptuous ladies, photo soon! :)
Monday, 27 April 2009
Sunday, 26 April 2009
There were also a set of thirty 'Nature Readers' each featuring two stories from the set of pictures. They were originally published in 1945 and 1946.
Now, oh bliss, oh joy!! I have twenty- nine of the thirty readers.
no doubt they will end up in the shop once I have gone through the denial phase of thinking that I can continue to squeeze more 'stuff' into our over-filled home.
Friday, 24 April 2009
Sunday, 19 April 2009
I just can't resist old school text books! They are such an amazing source of social history and such nostalgic fun! (Not much 'Health & Safety' going on in this pic. from a 1950's geography book.)
It has the original price list and cost 6s .. 3d so a class set would have been a big purchase. As a pupil in the 50's/60's and subsequently as a teacher I experienced so many of these schemes.
I didn't keep one book for old times' sake but delight in finding them for the shop, especially if I can find an old desk to display them on.
Thursday, 16 April 2009
At the moment I am selling the last few for £5 each.
Sunday, 12 April 2009
Thought that I'd celebrate Easter and our lovely crop of daisies at the same time! Paul's new knee is now a week old but it will be weeks before he is up to lawn mowing and so .... lovely daisies!
Hopefully next week I will get a bit more time to develop the blog. First on the list of things to do is a collection of photos of the shop. It's crammed full of goodies (Paul's last bid to stock it up before his long break). If you want a preview look out on Salssnippets blog where it will be featured quite soon. (Thanks Sal for your continued encouragement XX)
Wednesday, 8 April 2009
I thought that you might like to see one of my favourite gifts from 2008. As I recall, my two cats gave it to me as a birthday present, though I guess that they sent Paul to do the shopping!
I am a Leo and so it was particularly apt. I don't see a lion when I look into the mirror but I do try to find someone a bit slimmer in there sometimes!!
Introducing my 'best boy' Leo! He is a four year old ragdoll cat with a lively inquiring mind. He prides himself on keeping every bit of fur and whisker neatly in place and has been known to spend an entire night washing after one of his, thankfully infrequent, trips to the farm next door!! He also takes great pride in inspecting every item which passes through our home on its way to the shop.
Here you see him checking out a Lloyd Loom chair and a leather vanity case, both probably from the 1930's/40's. The spotty bag is filled with smaller goodies including CarltonWare, a vintage cake stand and lots of children's books and maps. All are now in the shop .. except for Leo who is a kept boy and has no ambition to work. He is a keen ornithologist and collects small rodents.
I did a bit of 'homework' on the history of Lloyd Loom furniture ...
The creator of the Lloyd Loom furniture was the American Marshall Burns Lloyd and in 1907 he invented a special loom, partly reinforced with steel wire, which could form a woven fabric by weaving twisted ‘Kraft’ paper. This was the invention of Lloyd Loom, which revolutionised a huge area of the furniture industry.
The new loom woven fabric is much more time efficient; a Lloyd Loom Chair can be produced much faster than it would producing a rattan or synthetic wicker version. The product was therefore much more desirable for the manufacturer, as it was time efficient as well as being much more durable.
The history of Lloyd Loom then changes to Britain, when in 1922 W. Lusty bought the manufacturing rights and began a factory in the East End of London. As Lloyd Loom furniture became increasingly popular, the company W. Lusty & Sons Ltd was nurtured. Lloyd Loom furniture could be seen in affluent locations everywhere, from the Royal Boxes at Wimbledon (even to this day) and Twickenham to the British Army and RAF worldwide.
In 1940 the Luftwaffe, aiming for nearby East India Docks, destroyed the Lusty firm but then, in later years the furniture process was re-established.
I often get pieces for sale with the original date stamp and the 'Lusty' label intact. You might have to look hard to find it in the window since I tend to cover the chairs etc. with cushions and blankets which are being sold.
Now that Mr Fixit (husband Paul) is home from hospital with his new knee, I hope that I will soon have time to show you lots of pics of the shop.