On Thursday, we made our way to Somerset via Hampshire and an almost obligatory stop for the boys at the steam railway in Alresford. On Friday, we went via our fave charity shop to Shaftesbury in Dorset, intent on also finding Dairy House Antiques in nearby Semley. I met the owner, Sue, at the Vintage and Handmade Fair in November where she had a stall and we have been meaning to visit ever since. Of course, no visit to Shaftesbury would be complete without going to Gold Hill. This is the stunning little cobbled street of "Hovis" bread fame.
Gold Hill is a beautiful sight, I can never quite believe it is real each time I see it, everything from the little sloping lane disapearing down the hill and the pretty cottages lining its edge to the view of the distant landscape are just perfection, so quintessentially, damned gorgeously English!
The Munchkin had a lot of fun running up and down the hill and building up an appetite for lunch at the cafe at the top of the hill. It was a lovely day and we even managed to eat our lunch outside. I think we did so largely because we were loving the view, rather than thinking it was a glorious day weather-wise!
Eek! I hate that photo. Mr HenHouse was very naughty and disobeyed instructions to keep me out of the photo. Ah well. Disappointingly, we found that Sophie Perks Ward's shop, previously such a treasure trove of Greengate loveliness, was no longer there. A few pounds saved and Mr HenHouse heaved a sigh of relief!
On to Dairy House Antiques. Sue was not there but we found what I believe to be her goodies, all beautifully arranged in vintage haberdashery units.
I could not resist a few goodies; more of that later...
Saturday was a stunningly gorgeous day, bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine. Great weather and a Saturday in Bridport - oh this is truly my idea of heaven! First stop the WI market, where I introduced the Munchkin to the beautiful seasonal display of snowdrops, catkins and pussy willows. I have always adored pussy willows, I just love anything furry(!) and he is following in my footsteps in that regard and couldn't resist a stroke of those tactile buds...
After a fabby mooch round Bridport, I declared that I fancied going to the seaside and eating fish and chips for lunch, and such idea was met with enthusiasm by my comrades. Where better than West Bay, just down the road, and the wonderful Jurassic coast.
Oh, but it was wonderful. We laid our coats down on the fine, rust coloured shingle and greedily devoured our fish and chips whilst surveying the calm rippling sea.
Whilst I rippled away and Mr HenHouse was occupied with the broadsheets, the Munchkin, who customarily has a pretty exemplary diet, worked off all that fried food!
I have had an extraodinarily fortuitous few days, treasure wise! Quite a little haul...
A few stunning brooches from Bridport, here displayed in a lovely little blue glass dish (I never could resist a bit of coloured glass), a "mushroom" darner (very chuffed with this for 50p) and some lovely Victorian glass beads and vintage lace from Sue at Vintage to Victorian which shall soon be put to use in my various crafty projects.
Some lovely vintage trim. I can see this put to use in my "revamped" vintage sewing boxes (I found another of those today, yipee!) and I also have a Lloyd Loom stool to reupholster, courtesy of my nan.
More lovely coloured glass in the form of some pretty blue vases, gorgeous for bedside tables...I even bought the peonies, too!
Lots of fabby coloured knitting needles. I have lots of these now but I have a project in mind for them...
Oh, I do love this! I have wanted one of these jugs for a while. The ribbed glass is lovely and it has a wonderful pastel green pouring spout/lid. Mine for £2.50 in Sherborne; I'll be hanging onto this one! Sadly, the photo doesn't nearly do it justice...
I also bought this gorgeous embroidered tea cosy from Sue. I have to make an exception to splash out hard cash on embroidered linen from shops and dealers as I can usually pick up a lot at car boot sales for very little but every so often I see something I love (my teacloth with cottages on which I bought in Honiton, for example), and as lupins are up there with my fave flowers, I really loved this tea cosy. If you have read my blog for a bit, you will know I think linen tea cosys are completely impractical (hardly likely to keep your tea warm), so if I can bear it, I might "upcycle" it into something "new".
Mr HenHouse discovered that the car boot sale at Yeovil was on again today, oh deep joy, so I have a whole lot of other goodies on top of this little haul, which I found today! It was simply one of those rare but marvellous thrifty weekends!
I'm shattered now, it's pretty late. For all those returning to work and school tomorrow, keep your chin up!