Sunday, 6 June 2010

Tea And Cakes

On Saturday morning I popped round to our local monthly antiques fair and found this old oak cake stand. Slightly warped but with lots of potential for display purposes. I knew when I saw it that it would be very useful for Deb and I in our new venture (more of that another day). I raided Mr C's paint collection and gave it a couple of coats of 'Sky Blue' from The Little Greene Paint Company.

I also found these sweet book ends which I will add to my Etsy shop.

Mr C picked me this lovely apricot coloured David Austin rose and bright orange poppy.

On Saturday afternoon we went to our nearest National Trust property Canon's Ashby house and church. We had a look around the garden and had some lunch. It is a beautiful property and we visit fairly often as we are members of the National trust and it's lovely to have something like this so close to home.

This gate to the garden was so romantic looking, covered in honeysuckle allowed to grow wild.

This reminded me of the door to the 'Secret Garden'

We also went over to Farthingstone village and bought some cakes to take home from the Bay Tree Cottage open day. Mr C bought a few plants and we sat in the garden and enjoyed tea and cakes in the sunshine.

This old gate was just down the lane from Bay Tree cottage and the bench with the lovely inscription was down the lane on the way out of the village.

On Friday I went to London with my lovely girl who wanted a break from revision.It was incredibly hot but we still had fun. We had lunch on the South Bank outside the Royal Festival Hall and we sat and watched the world go by.

I treated myself to the basket bag from Cath Kidston's Covent Garden shop. This was after much excitement from seeing a couple of the stars from the Pineapple Dance Studio show. The studio is just round the corner from the Cath Kidston shop.

We then had to visit the new Jack Wills store on Long Acre, Covent Garden . This is probably the biggest of their shops and was beautifully decorated with vintage silverware, books, bathroom fittings, faded Union Jack flags and pictures. The chandelier on the stairway was enormous, and the walls were covered in vintage prints.

this is a lovely sweet shop on the edge of Covent Garden

and also a very nice bakery selling pretty cup cakes.

Well it's been a lovely week away from work and with amazing weather which I never usually seem to get when I take time off work. Back to reality tomorrow and a long week of GCSEs for my lovely girl.


Anonymous said...

I love the cake stand. xx

sharie said...

WOW, lovely purchases. I do like the book ends myself but you did a great job with the cake stand. It will look very pretty in your new venture.

Andi's English Attic said...

I saw the same model cakestand at the car boot this morning. I didn't buy. Now I've seen what you've done with yours I'm thinking, maybe I made a mistake? xx

Amy said...

Love the cake stand! Can't wait to hear about the new venture x

ted and bunny said...

Just the same as Andi, I didn't buy the cakestand at our bootsale this morning either- drat!!
Love the gate with no bottom panel, the KC basket...oh and course the dainty cakes!

Please tell more about the venture, it sounds exciting!

bellaboo said...

Glad the weather was lovely for your break.
Love what you have done to that cake stand!Seems we both like those book ends!!

Bellaboo ;0)

Amy said...

Just read your NY post and I bought the exact same apron for Mum and myself from the Magnolia bakery! Your pics of the window displays are lovely, it makes me want to go back at Christmas time.

I have a feeling the flea market would have been better in a couple of months, or perhaps not on a Memorial holiday weekend, when apparently a lot of New Yorkers head to New Jersey x

Country Style Living said...

Great transformation on the cake stand! Love the gates and doors in your photo's....

melanie said...

I love the cake stand, it is delightful, and your CK basket bag is gorgeous, love love love it. :) xxxx

My Grannies Attic said...

Love the cake stand and the lovely bookends.

Your new venture sounds very exciting!!!

VintageWantsNotNeeds said...

Good cake stand, well spotted that woman, I have found some shelves for the wall as well so not a bad weekends work. Love those bookends by the way

The Cloth Shed said...

What wonderful gates...the combination of old stone and faded, grey paint is timeless...the picture you took of the solid door would make a lovely greetings card...
Julie x

Isabelle - Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

Hi Annie

I like what you have done with the cake stand, beautiful colour! I am a NT member and love visiting their properties, always guaranteed to have a lovely day out.

Could luck to your girls.

Warm wishes
Isabelle x

Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

Always enjoy reading your blog and can't think why I haven't become a follower until now! Love the colour of the cake stand.

Kissed by an Angel said...

Love the cakestand, it looks wonderful!! You have had such fun on your outings!! Lovely!!