Saturday, 2 October 2010

Autumn Treats

Lovely shiny conkers picked up on this evening's walk with Josh

The pinks and purples brightening up the garden still

the cheerful faces of sunflowers, these were some I grew from a packet of Cath Kidston seeds bought earlier in the year

Our little pear tree laden with conference pears

Gorgeous cakes bought at Bay Tree Cottage open day today. These are chocolate and pumpkin cake and the most delicious blackberry,mint and ginger cake. It sounds strange but you have to try it, it was one of the finalist's recipes in the Great British Bake Off and the recipe is on the website. This one was made into a large cake rather than the little cup cakes in the recipe and it was decorated with big juicy blackberries.

As always we enjoyed getting out of the town and breathing in the country air, and it was a lovely sunny autumn day.

Inside the village hall we enjoyed tea out of Beryl Woods Ware china and home made cakes and had a browse around the stalls.

Back home and here is the little stool Mr C spotted earlier in the week. It is very grubby but will look perfect after a fresh coat of paint. It has a lovely smooth worn seat and chunky rustic legs.

This morning I caught up with Julie, a lovely vintage jewelery and accessories seller at our local collectables fair.

I treated myself to this original 1950s tapestry handbag which I have already used this afternoon. Some of you may have seen Cath Kidston's version of this in her latest collection. I had my eye on it but couldn't justify the price tag. This is the real thing and at a fraction of the price.

I also bought these beautiful silk handkerchiefs , two of them vintage Liberty .

The silk hanky with the pretty rosy blooms around the edge and the floral blue chiffon one will be staying with me . The sequin applique flowers and butterfly and corsage brooches are very pretty. I also bought some unusual vintage wooden Czechoslovakian hand painted buttons and a pair but not quite (have a closer look) of crocheted gloves. Some of these treasures will be coming with me to the vintage fair on the 23rd as long as I don't convince myself that I need to keep them myself.


mother of purl said...

Those pears look incredible and the shiniest conkers I ever saw! Looks like you've had a lovely day x


Hi Annie, thanks for the best wishes for Flora , I am so glad to report she is improving daily, i even tok her out for a little ride in a cloth bag today, she was like lady muck!!I am going to have a go at making the blackberry ,mint ,ginger cake it sounds so differt, and as usuall you have discovered some grest finds, you have such a good eye, have a great week, Linda x x

Amy said...

Those conkers are so lovely and shiny. I can't help picking them up when I'm out with Lily. They're like treasure x

delia hornbook said...

Goodness what super gorg finds to many to single one out but the silk hankies, and the 50's bag. And wow your pear tree looks amazing. Dee ;-) x

A Treasured Past said...

Hi Ann, the blackberry, mint and ginger cake looks yummy, what an interesting combination. I might pop over and try it out, once our oven is fixed that is. Isn't it crazy that you can pick up original pieces at great prices compared to the remakes of today, and they are better made, and usually unique. I love that little sequin butterfly! Tamara

bellaboo said...

What beautiful Autumn treasures. Those conkers look a bit like chocolate brazils! :o)

ted and bunny said...

I'm going to have a go at making the blackberry mint n ginger cake it sounds so fab although might not be simple enough for the Vintage at the Village Hall teas!
Love the bag...I think we DEFINITELY have the same taste in handbags!

The Patchwork Heart said...

What a lovely post great photos of autumn :)
Heather x

Andi's English Attic said...

I'm with Bellaboo - I thought they looked like chocolate brazils too. Be careful where you display them!
The gloves and the rose handkerchief particularly caught my eye. It must be difficult deciding whether to part with some things. xx

melanie said...

Wow, those conkers are shiny! I love your bag, it really is gorgeous :) xxx

jodi said...

I love the coats and hats that the girls are wearing in the picture. Tea time is a wonderful time.

sylviesgarden said...

So much lovely autumness, love the shiny conkers.

Tabbyroo said...

Love the silk handkerchiefs especially the one with the roses, and the tapestry bag, vintage is such good value!Lindaxx

Hesta Nesta said...

I do love the shiny conkers, they remind me so much of playing conkers at school - I love Autumn. The cakes look delicious.
Jo xx

Mummy Boo Bear said...

My girls are after some conkers at the moment. But everytime we have been out for a walk havent come across any. We will i am sure.

Love your buys! That bag is just gorgeous! I love the black with the blue. And I am love with that little stool I am sure it will come up a treat with a little TLC.


Pennyblossoms said...

I love your conkers!! I fill my pockets up with them when I find them-rich pickings on the walk to Homesense.
And your bag is so pretty, who needs CK, when you can find original beauties like that?
The ginger+ cake sounds scrummy, but I think I've missed all the blackberries around here, so it might be tried without them.
So many pretties for the Fair, I am so sorry, but I will be away that week. Such a shame. Hopefully catch up with you in person soon,
Z xx

MelMel said...

Such a wonderful feast for the eyes!
So many lovely things to comment on!
I love love love the bag and green gloves!
cheers for popping by my blog!xxx

Ticking stripes said...

Lovely finds agin! Looking forward to 23rd!

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