Saturday, 3 July 2010

A Day In The Cotswolds

Friday started off slightly grey and wet but as Mr C and I had the day off and my lovely girl was in London all day with her friends, we decided to have a trip out. We both love the Cotswolds and parts are within easy reach of home. We headed off and the weather immediately started to improve. First stop en route for some lunch was the pretty village of Deddington. I had a delicious lunch of homemade pate and crusty bread. I then popped next door to the quaint Deddington Antiques Centre . My best purchase of the day was a Lloyd Loom style set of shelves with faded sea green paint. They were being used to display old linens but of course I had to ask if they were sale and the lady quickly unpacked them and agreed to let me have them. I have wanted some of these for a long time but have never seen any for sale.

I knew straight away what I would use them for, a little spot on the landing between the bathroom and loo.

They look a bit empty still but I will gradually fill them with more of my seaside themed bits and pieces.I positioned them underneath my two Vernon Ward seaside pictures. The two colourful pictures at the top are covers of the 'Girls Own' from the 1930s. I bought them last year because I just loved the cover illustrations.

The Deddington Antiques Centre is well worth a visit. It has around four floors full of little rooms crammed with linens, blue and white china, vintage clothing and jewellery.

Next stop was Chipping Norton and I found a couple of old glass sweet jars in the local charity shop. Of course I had to pop in to this little shop and came away with a sweet little nursery ware plate for a few pounds.

We carried on to pretty Chipping Campden and had a delicious cream tea. I thought these worn stone steps were really pretty.

Hollyhocks are one of my favourite summer flowers and they looked amazing growing at the front of these gorgeous stone houses.

On the way home we stopped off at Moreton-In -Marsh and a beautiful village called Blockley where we spent a wonderful holiday when my lovely girl was very little.

My lovely girl had been in London for the day with her friends. They had gone to see Les Miserables , mainly because Nic Jonas (one of the Jonas Brothers, American band much loved by teenage girls) had a starring role. She returned home with some lovely Cath Kidston goodies, some tea towels for me from the sale and this gorgeous Stanley dog for us both to share. He is pink on one side and blue on the other and apparently part of the new Kids range.I thought for a minute that she was finally starting to see the light on the vintage loveliness front but that was shattered a few minutes later when she shouted ' what's this disgusting thing on the landing ?!' obviously referring to my lovely new shelves. Oh well I think she has made some progress.


Amy said...

Oh I love the Cotswolds. Love the picture of the girl running on the sand with the Scottie too! x

sylviesgarden said...

The Cotswold's is such a lovely area of the country. I haven't been since I was child but I remember it fondly.
The Lloyd Loom shelves are gorgeous! Well spotted.
It looks like you had a lovely day and what a sweet daughter to bring you such goodies.
Hope you have a good weekend.

Pennyblossoms said...

The shelves are lovely; what a great find. They've got a few bits of modern LL in Homesbase, and even with their bargain pricing they are tres expensive. It is wonderful 'stuff' though.
Have a great W/E,
Z xx

bellaboo said...

Love all your seaside bits and bobs on the shelves and those pictures too.
I agree,the Cotswolds is so special,Snowshill is one of my favourite villages,so peaceful..and Bourton on the Water too,although it can get very busy in the holiday season.I think I've missed out on the CK sale..havn't got a shop near us sadly.

Bellaboo :0)

Mother0fPurl said...

Oooh, we're not far from the Cotswolds, but the other side to you! Thanks for commenting on my blog- always exciting to have a new follower! I really love the Girls' Own covers- how splendid! x

sharie said...

I'm a llyod loom lover as well :-) I think lloyd loom is like marmite, you either love it or hate it and thankfully I've always loved it.
Your shelves look great in their new spot and I'm sure you'll soon find some extra bit n pieces to place on them ;-)

The Little Vintage Company said...

Gorgeous shelves! And the illustrations are just beautiful! Would look lovely framed with your other nautical bits and pieces! Your daughter will soon catch the vintage bug - it's contagious! My mum has given the 'bug' to me!!
Tamzin X

Rebecca White said...

Lol, that made me laugh about your daughter! I love Stanley though! Sounds like you had a lovely day :-)

VintageWantsNotNeeds said...

You were so close - she nearly got into the spirit of things....but hey teenagers never like what their parents like, it just would not be done. Great shelves and sounds like you both had lovely day trips. By the way did lovely girl enjoy the show. Mind you I do think that Nick Jonas is a little young to be playing Marius, but maybe that is just me getting old. A bit of "the police all look so young" syndrome.

vintage mum said...

What a lovely day out.
The daughter thing may be at the moment in your favour, my daughter and I both grabbed for a vintage compact today (we always go for the same things) I won this time :)
Cate x

Mummy Boo Bear said...

Oh dear she might get the whole vintage thing one day. Probably when she is grown with her own children. It seems to be the way it works! lol.

Love your finds there are some pretty little villages around this area. Some I have never been too! lol. Loved your stanley dog he is very pretty and cute!


Annie xx TheFeltFairy said...

Great News Anne - you and I are Shabby Chic Swap Partners - I am very excited xxx said...

The cotswolds is sheer beauty! Suzie xx

Razmataz said...

Oh, to be in England having real cream tea right now......

Love your seaside bits. They look great. The scenes depicted on the tins are lovely.

The Lloiyds loom shelf is very unique. I recently found a laundry hamper, but I can't get the B O semll out of it.

jane and the happy crow said...

I am very jealous of your seaside bits and bobs, especially the tin and the little pictures, that shelf looks just right. Jane x