But the rest of the HenHouse have been busy, busy, busy, the weekend passed in a blur but a wonderful blur of happiness. One of those weekends you are sad to see end. Saturday saw an early start in Bridport. We haven't been to the Farmers' Market for some time (the second Saturday of each month) and this time, I was thrilled to find this lady selling her locally home-grown, traditional English cottage garden flowers.
The Munchkin found a new friend in the form of cute little Bibi. Her owner was equally delightful. Ah, such lovely people in the West Country, unlike miserable old London!
We also met up and had a natter with some lovely folks. More of that later. Next, it was time to whizz back to Somerset and in particular to Ilminster (a little town we know rather well, if for no other reason than its fabulous butcher, made famous in the River Cottage Meat book!) But we were here for another reason, to visit the textiles fair. Oooh, excitement = large! I have never attended this fair before as it is usually held on a week day which makes it impossible for me to get there so I was very pleased that this time, it had been moved to a Saturday. It was held in this picturesque Meeting House, now home to an arts centre.
Who did I find inside but that purveyor of fabulous fabrics, vintage of course, Donna Flower.
Inside, the building was a visual delight (sorry, photos not brilliant as taken on my 'phone).
It was a small fair but a very pretty one.
The boys pretty much repaired straight away to the on site cafe, aka man creche. A great idea!
You know it's a special fair when the vintage goods arrive in true vintage style!
Then it was time to head back to our cottage, but not before an essential stop at the cider farm. It is looking stunning just now, all the apples are ripe and rosy and ready for picking. In a few weeks, the cider production will start in earnest.
Back home, all is looking cosy and inviting...
On Sunday, after a visit to the local tip (oh the glamour!), I am thrilled to arrive home and find a little gift has been left for us by our next door neighbour, in the form of her late mother's button tin.
We also find a couple of stragglers wandering round the village, none other than the delightful Mr and Mrs Snippets, on a weekend jolly from Devon. We have a good old natter over tea and cake before heading off for the boot sale.
All too soon, it is time for us to leave. It was truly a hardship to go, as Sunday was a beautiful day, and we set off just as the sun was casting a beautiful golden hue across the landscape. Mr HH takes time to smell the flowers!
And we did not return home empty handed, of course! I was thrilled to find a vintage crib ripe for a makeover, this one is going to be stunning, it even has a rocking cradle. Can't wait to get started on that. Oh to be a little girl again!
I was also delighted to find these vintage fabrics. I never usually find pretty vintage fabrics at the boot sale, but I was lucky to find and rehome these which had belonged to an elderly lady who had sadly gone into a home. There were fabrics spanning all eras, from this divine 1940's floral here to flower power 1970's numbers! I'm hoping to make a dress from one of my vintage-style Colette patterns. I don't really like dress making, though, so I am psyching myself up for that one!
My other prize finds were these beautiful vintage glass vases.
I mustn't forget to show you this thrifted chap, too...
And the Textile Fair yielded many delights, of course. There was no way I was going to come away from Donna's stall empty handed!
I also bought a lovely selection of patchworking fabrics from Sarah of Blue Zinnia.
A little square of flanelette to add into my "washed and worn" quilt and some beautiful vintage glass buttons also came home with me. The pretty trim was from the car boot (same boot as the vintage fabrics) and the china posy brooch came from the RSPCA charity shop in Bridport.
All in all, a marvellous haul and a fab weekend with my boys. But now it's Monday already and time to get back to work and my latest project...
Toodle-oo for now.