Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Last Days Of Summer

Last week I had a break from work and had a lovely relaxing day catching up with my friend Debbie. We had a great day visiting my home town, catching up with my mum on her birthday for coffee and trawling the local flea market and numerous charity shops.

My favourite find of the day was yet another vintage scrap book full of the cutest scraps. The seaside pictures are so nostalgic, the black and white scraps of English seaside resorts show that things haven't really changed in many ways, children still love paddling in the sea and donkey rides.

Sadly, I think the best of the Summer is over and the blackberries are ready for picking. We have had loads of blackberries, gooseberries and red currants from mother in law's garden.

It seems the rain is here to stay for some time to come.

Yesterday I came home from work to a house full of lavender. Mr C had finally harvested our lavender ready for me to use for lavender bags and hearts. I do this every year but almost left it too late this year to pick it. Hopefully it will be ok and if the smell in the house is anything to go by the oils are still strong.

Back to my trip with Debbie last week, it was lovely having a guilt free day indulging our mutual love of mooching around charity shops. We fitted in another local market town on our way home and between us were loaded with bags. We both agreed it was much better shopping with each other rather than with husbands who we know have a tendency to become bored after the first couple of shops leaving us feeling guilty for dragging them round. Debbie did especially well and found some amazing things for her little unit at the Northampton Antiques Centre.

I found a petit point dressing table set with 10 pieces and this pretty Midwinter Stylecraft toast wrack with sections for butter and marmalade.

I also found this great heavy glass fruit dish and bowls. It matches the glasses I recently bought in london.

On Saturday I found a couple of books and the Victorian papier mache rose pot at the antiques market on our market square.

Today I have been a little under the weather and had to have the day off work, the first time in over a year. I slept most of the day but when I woke up my lovely girl had been busy with her Hummingbird Bakery cook book and had made some delicious vanilla cup cakes.
Anyway, back to bed I think. Sitting at the computer isn't making me feel any better unfortunately, hopefully I will wake up feeling back to my old self tomorrow.


The Little Vintage Company said...

Gorgeous finds as always! I love the toast wrack.. hope you feel better soon.
Tamzin X

Thecraftytrundler said...

Sounds as though you had a great week! Love your finds , and bet it was great having a girly day with Debbie!
Hope you feel better tomorrow, and......are there any cupcakes left??!!!
Have a lovely weekend : )

Sharon xx

LaaLaa said...

Didn't you do well, Annie! A lovely haul there. I hope you feel better soon. Lynda xx

A Blessed Life said...

I am not an envy person usually,yes I look at things and say I would love that and it is just a phrase,but when I looked at the pictures of the scrap book,I really wanted it lol I just sat and looked at each pic and drooled over the loveliness of them,what a great find.
I think unless your man is really into looking areound(there are not many of them lol) going with a friend is sooooo much better,so I can only imagine the loveliness of the day.Another lovely blog I really enjoyed it. Blessings Carolexx

vintage mum said...

Hope those lovely cupcakes made you feel a little better, have a good nights rest.

cate x

A Treasured Past said...

Hi Ann, hope you are feeling better soon :)

I know what you mean about dragging the hubby along, I also find now that they kids would rather stay home also :(

I will have to show my mum the picture of the Blackpool tower, they often visited there and had donkey rides along the beach! I am sure these will bring back lots of great memories,

thanks for sharing, Tamara x

Hesta Nesta said...

What lovely finds and those cup cakes look delicious. Hope you are feeling better.
Jo xx

VintageWantsNotNeeds said...

We did have a lovely day didn't we, thank you for taking me around your home town it was much better than you had led me to believe, now then when are we going again!!
Hope you are feeling a little better

melanie said...

Hiya Ann, theres an award over at my blog for you to collect :) xxxx

Ann said...

Oh my goodness what wonderful finds - you MUST tell me where these wonderful charity shops are! Ours are always full of tat! I just love that scrapbook.

Hope you are able to sleep off that under-the-weather feeling soon.

Annie xx TheFeltFairy said...

sounds amazing! what fun - love the donkey picure - bought a similar lovely donkey postcard bag from elsie sparrow at the bike bizz!

vintage mum said...

How are you this week opeeling better i hope
forgot to mention last week how much I like the scrapbook, sadly we seem to have what I call supermarket C S's here everythings is new.
Have a good weekendate x said...

I love the old photos of Blackpool! I also love the illustration of the lady and little girl in the rain! They manage to make a rainy day quite desirable and elegant! Love all your finds, especially the dressing table set. Sorry to hear that you are felling off colour, but what a lovely treat to get up to... those cup cakes look so yummy. I keep hearing about that cookery book, must investigate! Susie xxx