When we arrived back from our holidays a few weeks ago, a very exciting package was awaiting us. A certain small person in the HenHouse has been begging for a while to have some fun with it in the garden. We bundled it into the back of the car and set off Westwards with it.
Well, he's a Red Indian, of course! And where do Red Indians live? In a tipi, oh yes indeed. And with Hen as your mummy, it happens to be a rather flowery one!
(Goodness knows what he's on about there!)
We had a great time, dragging every cushion and blanket we could find into the tipi to make our den. I made the scrappy cushion in this month's issue of Sew Hip magazine (although I haven't taken a proper photo of it for you yet), and thought it was hysterical when I finished it, it is so enormous, about 30" square. It was only when I realised how big the tipi is (ably put up by Mr HenHouse, all those boy scout skills coming in useful), that even the gigantic cushion seemed dwarfed. Off we went to the car booty on Sunday, adding a lovely Witney pure wool blanket and a patchwork cushion to our cosy collection (oh, and a fab vintage deckchair and tray table, more of that later on).
Come early evening and with the light fading, there was still no dragging the Munchkin back indoors!
I apparently, was not a very good Red Indian. Bit difficult when your aim is to spend as much time as possible horizontal on the blankets, head propped up on a cushion, reading the Ladybird Knitting book! I did have a rather nice view though.
Can you just see the little deckchair in that photo above? We bought this from the Yeovil car boot sale on Sunday. We had one of those rare, much dreamed about moments when you come across a stall full of items from a house clearance. I get very excited at this point, pulse starts racing; you know the feeling! In this instance, a lady was selling all of her mother's things. We bought that little stripey, metal framed deckchair, the aforementioned cushion and blanket, a load of stripey pillowcases and sheets, other bits and bobs, and then, this beauty...
Well, the photos don't really do it justice but I just LOVE this! It made a very cute and handy little table in our tipi. It has little metal legs which fold out underneath. Honestly, this made my booting year so far!
The peonies you can see on the little table are from our garden here in London. The garden looks a spectacular mess at the moment for several reasons (won't bore you with those) but these, my favourite flower (well, except roses, lupins and so on!) are flowering their little heads off. I couldn't bear to leave them behind last Friday, knowing they'd probably have finished flowering by the time we were back home last night, so there I was, scissors in hand like a mad woman, when I really should already have been on the road with the many other weekend escapees!
Now, something else from the boot fair to show you. I saw this on one of the first stalls but upon asking, felt it was rather out of my price range. The lady selling it did invite me to come back later on and make an offer. Well, several hours later (it is a BIG boot fair), it was still calling to me so a bit of haggling had to be done and a few minutes later, it was in the boot of our car, destined for a new home with us!
Yes, it is a fabby picnic set. The leather strap to the lid needs a little repair so that it can hold in the plates once more, but otherwise, it is full of its original, now vintage, goodies: 4 flowery china plates, saucers and tea cups, plastic beakers, more plates, cruet, flask, glass bottles and jars, proper metal cutlery and so on.
Loving this too! I lovingly washed it all and packed it with a picnic for Monday, thinking of all the lovely photos I'd be able to take of us having lunch, to show you. Ah, but the weather had other ideas!
On to Monday now and a few photos for you. Despite having to eat the picnic in the boot of the car(!), we enjoyed ourselves at the Abbey Hill Steam Rally in Yeovil. I won't bore you with photos of tractors, but how about these lovely Moggies?
And a few traction engines, they are vintage tractors after all.
Plenty of the promised steam going on!
The traction engine in action, sawing logs the old fashioned way.
And finally, another vintage find for you now. Not from a car boot sale this one (I wish!) but still a very good buy on eBay. It arrived all bundled up this morning and so before going out to several very dull appointments, I sat in my den mending a little rip in the eiderdown so that I'd be able to safely wash it later on. And what did I find upon my return?
Aaaarrrgghhhh! What is it that my cats seem to think I have good money to spend on very luxurious cat beds?!
Well, I must get on now, quite a few projects waiting for me. Back soon...