The weekend was a different story down in the West Country. After the three hours plus drive down, an early start and a full day in Bridport on Saturday, I was grateful of a lie-in on Sunday. Breakfast (or more correctly brunch, I suppose), took place at a late hour but did mean we could take advantage of the weather and enjoy our first breakfast outside this year.
Lots of seasonal and local goodies were on the table. A few jars of homemade jam and marmalade; juicy Somerset strawberries; (sadly Spanish) cherries but who can resist even if, I'm afraid, they really are not as good as the English ones (I know, we're probably biased!); rich, salty West Country (Denhay) butter; apple juice from the farm a few miles away; and Leakers' (the best bakery in Bridport, as featured in River Cottage) croissants. Yummmmm!
The colours of that fruit are so vibrant.
Finishing off last year's preserves before starting on this year's.
Time to fight over the coveted cherry earrings!
The sun is all too much for the Munchkin; but didn't stop him polishing off the gigantic croissant and jam, of course!
Ok, the good bit, onto this weekend's finds. At the car boot sale, oh joy of joys, a whole stash of crochet/knitting booklets, my fave, the "Bazaar" ones! I have a few of these already but couldn't resist buying the whole lot! I had a good chuckle with the seller as he was a young man, twenty something, didn't look like crochet would be his thing! We'll have a look inside these sometime soon if you fancy?
Another little booklet I couldn't resist from the charity shop. Tea cosies, love, love, love! One is crocheted and the others knitted. I obviously need to get knitting...
Onto more car boot sale finds, this one a beauty, a fabby vintage tray. Not a great photo, sorry about that, it was actually a bit too sunny at the time. It is lovely though, the creamy coloured paintwork a bit knocked in all the right places, the pretty floral picture just a little bit aged and faded. I offered a pound, it worked!
More flowery loveliness in the form of this print. The frame needs some work but the picture is pretty, I think.
It struck me that the style was very similar to this pretty print of sweet peas which I also picked up yesterday. And what do you know, it's by the same painter.
A lot of books made their way back home with us. The Munchkin got loads, as usual, including lots of hardbacked Enid Blyton's. That woman was very prolific! I picked up a pretty vintage Wild Flowers book which has some lovely colour plates inside. I was really pleased with the little soft backed gardening book. It tells you what to do in your garden, week by week and has lots of fab period advertisements. We must look inside that one soon, too.
I had never before seen the Ladybird "Book of Prayers". It has the most lovely illustrations inside.
My other top find was this gorgeous vintage glasses and jug set. I have a few vases like this, I really love the style, the textured bands of colour (which look like they have sugar stuck on them!) and the handpainted flowers. It's love!
Ah, I thought it might be about time for an appearance from this ginger fur ball! He was obviously feeling a bit left out.
Ok, I'll pose properly for this photo, mummy! Aren't I a handsome boy.
So, that was our lovely weekend in a nutshell.
Onto other matters, also very exciting! A VERY BIG THANK YOU to all of you who took the time to enter the giveaway. There were 102 responses, it was great to top the hundred mark and get into treble figures. The answers you all gave were very interesting, some amusing too, I did enjoy reading them all, thank you again. Quite a few lurkers have been flushed out of the proverbial woodwork, hooray, and here's hoping you'll feel moved to keep on with your comments in future.
Anyway, without further ado, the random thingy online picked number...
I hope I have done the job correctly of counting to number 82 on the list and am very pleased to congratulate on her win... MelMel. Mel, please contact me to discuss your prize. Hopefuly, I can get it off to you before I whisk my other half away on Thursday.
Thanks again to everyone for entering. It was great to hear many of you are interested in forties style, I'm going to be needing to pick your brains soon...!