Wednesday, 15 October 2014

   
Hello there ... yes ... I'm here again .. 
not quite dropped off the face of the earth!
 Its been a frantic summer work wise .. but hopefully it has quietened off a bit ...

yes we have reached that mellow time of the year .. we are all beginning to prepare for the darker months here .. lots of firewood .. extra tins of beans .. and all that kind of thing.



As you can see the cat takes it all very seriously .. 
and is practising the 'hunkering down' like mad.


We found this little guy when we were chopping wood ... well he's not so little really... any ideas what he might be/become? 
We tucked him back amongst the wood pile.


The Girls are doing really well ... Hubby P has built them a nice little scratching run attached to their deep litter shed .. 
so they have been enjoying playing out all summer.

Now the leaves are falling I have been collecting them from the paths and tipping them in the chicken run .. the girls just love having a good old scratch amongst the leaves... there must be all sorts of insects and goodies amongst the litter .. keeps them amused for hours.


And of course ..
 all those delectable goodies they find scratching about  in their run ... go to make delectable ... yummy eggs for us.
Simple yet sooo delicious ..!


The garden ... as has everyone's I should think .. 
 has done wonderfully well ... 
all that sunshine!
Can you see in this pic ... my Cardoom has sprouted again for a second time. 
Hubby P has made a kind of cage ... from some old metal gates ....
 for the plant to grow up and through next year.
The plant grows so big and top heavy that the flower heads always collapse under their own weight .. so hopefully this cage will help support it next summer.
I wanted the cage made from nice old gates so that in winter the structure will not look too ugly .. hopefully it will add a bit of height and interest to the bleak garden.


I've planted my Galvanised' garden .. 
the galvanised tin baths and buckets outside the door ... 
with herbs ..
hopefully they will give a bit of interest over the winter months.

And as for work ...


Well ... Hubby P found these the other day .... a box full of wartime/rationing sugar bags ...
goodness knows what we will do with them .
We have given some away to schoolchildren ... lots of schools are doing work about wartime etc ...
just interesting!


And how about these for warm winter vintage handknits ... 
rather jolly what!
We have been finding lots of vintage clothes ...
 and they seem to be selling well ...
 which is good ...
its just all the washing and ironing .. guess who gets that job!

So that's been us for the last few weeks ....
hope you are all okay ... 
I've missed you ... 
do drop me a line and say hello!

xxx

Monday, 11 August 2014

Just Who Were You Mr Jones ...


Hello there ....
A nice sunny day here ... bit breezy .. 
what with Bertha having a bit of a chase around ..
 but nice enough. 
Hope you have had a good day ... I find Mondays can sometimes be a little hard work ..



Today was a sorting stock kinda day .... 
a bundle of vintage clothes needed some TLC .. a little mending and washing.
Just look how pretty these vintage pinnies/aprons look on the maiden ... 
such pretty fabrics.
its so hard to part with them  ...



A couple of nice 50's style dresses ... in excellent condition ...



.... and
 .. how pretty is this little top from Hungary.

I'm sure someone will snap these up ... 
I would if I didn't have such a .. umm ... 'rounded' and 
.. umm 
 'mature'.. figure .. !



This is a really fab dress ... 
I haven't got a very good pic of it ...
 but 'in real life' its lovely ....
 an amazingly full skirt .. and the pretty bows... 
and everyday wearable .

I will take them out tomorrow and see if I can find them a home.


On Sunday ... 
in all the rain ...
 at 5 o' clock in the morning ...
 Hubby P went out to find new stock ... 
crazy man thought I ... 
but I made him a flask of coffee to drink ... 
whilst he sat in the middle of a field ... 
in the pouring rain..!

Give him his due ... he returned with treasures ....

Which included a large collection of boxes and tins etc ... 
the contents of someones sewing room ...
its always a bit sad to sort through ...

In the bottom of a box of bits and bobs .. 
alongside the pinking shears and bias binding I found these...



My first thought was ... 'what nice keys'...
  and then ...
 'why would 'she' keep a bunch of keys in her sewing box ?'

It is a lovely .. tactile kinda bunch ...
you know ... 
a kinda nice chunky feel ...
 an 'old' .. used .. lifelong feel to them.

Looking closer I could see the name Jones stamped in the metal tags ... 
I had no idea what they were for .. but I guessed they would be something to do with a mans workplace.

Hubby P had an idea that they were Pit Tally's .. or Checks .. 

When a miner was given his lamp to go down the mine he handed in a 'check or tally' ... with his name on ... so there would be a record of who was down the mine ... when he came up to the surface it would be handed back to him.



The Tally's have various numbers and letters stamped on them too ... these  probably indicate the mine he worked at etc ...
 Hubby P is trying to find out more about Mr Jones.

I find it very moving that .. most probably .. 
Mrs Jones has kept this little bundle of keys ... 
was it treasured a link to her lost Husband ...
 a man who spent such a lot of his life in the dark ... underground ... to provide for his family. 
An everyday item that summed up his life ... ?

We can only guess ... if only they could talk...

Anyway enough of me ... 
I would love to hear your thoughts on our finds ... 
anyone know anything about these Pit Tally's ... 
we may have it all wrong..!

Bye for now xx

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Still Here Folks .. Just A Bit Busy....


Hello there ... hope you are all well...

Yes .. we are still here ... just having a very busy summer .. 
we've had a sadness .... the passing of a young man .... unbelievably awful .. 

and as I said just busy busy work wise.



As you can see the house is ..well .. 
neglected is too mild a description... at the moment it looks like a Chinese laundry.
This weeks finds included a load of Victorian linen ...
 bloomers blouses and beautiful baby wear.
It's yet to be sorted .. I will try and get some pics for you .. the PC is still playing up ...
why Oh why  ..is there always something to throw a spanner in the works when its such a busy time.

The up side is ... we have wonderful suntans with working outdoors in this lovely weather ... I know its raining today .. but we can't really complain ..



Another lovely find ...
 and quite appropriate considering the anniversary of the beginning of WW1 tomorrow...
Wartime Red Cross Nurses Uniforms ....
these are truly wonderful .... I find myself thinking .... 
 if only they could talk ....
 what have they seen .. where have they been ...
 what stories could they tell.



They came with lots of aprons ... what a job laundering them ... 
but they are quite wonderful linen ... 
a softness that can only come from wear and washing ....  
gentle ageing ....
well .. you know what I mean if you are a lover of fabrics.

Oh .. and how about the blanket ... 
wartime too I should think .. the colours are those 'old shades' .. the sort you can't find nowadays.
 Its a lovely mix of colours .. a real 'make do and mend' affair ..

I'm sure they will be snapped up by my lovely customers ....
 I have lots of ladies (and Gents of course )....
who appreciate the Vintage .. the beauty and grace that a long and often hard life brings to well made yesteryear items.


A little pic for those of you .. like me ... that get a thrill from the old and shabby .. 
perhaps its why Hubby P has lasted so long ..! ha ha ..
Lovely linen buttons on the Nurses aprons ... just how many times has the tired nurse reached behind her to change her apron ... where was she ... 
how strong she must have been to nurse those young men.

The Nurse in question was called Penelope Williams ... 
an Anglesey girl.

So here's to you Penelope .. and all those brave young women who gave their all to nurse our young men during that horrific time .. where would we be without you.

Anyway enough of me ... still lots more aprons to iron ....

Bye for now.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

All Work and No Play ... Makes A Tired Girl ....!


 

Hello there ....
hope you all had a nice weekend .. we've been so busy ...
 four days trading in a row...
We are very tired .. its takes its toll .. four mornings .. 4am starts .. loading and unloading the van eight times ! .. we must be crackers..
 So this afternoon when we got home .. I just had to have an hour or so in the garden to unwind ..

The house is in chaos .. not a stroke of housework done for days .. but you know what  ...
I don't care .. 
it can wait until tomorrow .. 
I stopped trying to be Superwoman years ago..

So I've been playing in the garden .. and its jam butties for tea!


We've been .. ever so slowly .. its taken a while ... its finding the time to do it...
but we have made a start .. clearing this garden bed next to the path .. its terribly overgrown and thick with weed.
We will put a new edging in and re do the slate path ... and plant up the bed with some pretty shrubs ... make a kind of hedge .. 
easy to maintain ... hopefully!
 
So we did a bit more clearing .. Hubby P is very good at weeding .. he has many talents .. and more patience than me.


At the car boots ..  at this time of year ... there are lots of stallholders selling plants .. cuttings from their own garden and whatnot .. great value.. a Girl could .. and does .. go mad...
plant heaven!
Here are a few patiently waiting for a new home.


As you can see the garden is in desperate need of some attention .. everything is just loving this weather ..
 and growing like crazy...


I managed to clear this little corner and added a bit of compost ...a few of the new plants have been given a new home .. 
I could almost hear the give a sigh of relief as I eased them out of their pots.


I had company .. we have rather too much of this sort of company .. why is it they don't like eating the weeds?


And a special little number .. a White Chive .. 
I've not had a white one before ... 
this was a surprise gift from a friend .. lovely.

 I've put it on the 'steps' so that I can keep an eye on it .. and admire it as I sit on the bench having my cup of tea.

Anyway .. enough of me .. I'm still waiting for Hubby P to come back from a clearance .. he is going to be so tired.

I think we will have a little lie in tomorrow ... 

Bye for now x




Wednesday, 30 April 2014

All in the garden is lovely



Hello there .. thought I ought to say a quick Hello .. 
sorry .. 
I am a bad blogger ..
It just seems work has hit a silly  pace .. 
and I struggle to make time for sitting at the computer .. 
I am missing you all so much !

So a photo heavy blog ... if you have the time to wade through it .. just a bit of what we have been up to ...

Hubby P has has a few interesting calls ...  
people are having a clear out .. and/or houses need to look at their best .. to be fit for sale etc.. so he goes along to help clear.. and brings home all sorts of goodies..
On one trip he came home with .. what he said was a load of firewood .. helping a dear lady .. on crutches poor thing .. to clear around her outbuildings .. to tidy up for sale.
As he unloaded his firewood .. riches unfolded before me ....


just look at this lovely old oak ladder/steps...
it was one of two.. the sort you see allowing Ramblers and the like to climb over walls..


They had seen much life .. 
and endured nasty weather on a Welsh hillside ..
 just look at all the pretty moss growing amongst its old wood.

I had a plan and knew straight away where they could stand .. somewhere quite and tranquil to end their days..


As you can see there was plenty of room for both ladders .. and my plan was to see what two would at least look like ...
but as I went round the corner to enquire of Hubby P where the second ladder was ..
Oh no!


Hubby P was in his .. sawing up for firewood mode .. and the other ladder was in pieces...
My fault .. not explicit enough instructions!
(...it must be said ...Hubby P is rather well trained after all these years .. he ususally follows instruction very well..)


Not to worry the one ladder is looking rather nice ..
I am slowly finding nice bits and bobs to grace its rungs .. a few little plantpots .. and the odd interesting pebble ... it will evolve over time..


The sunshine is bringing all the flowers out to play ...
just look at this wonderful .. almost black tulip.


And in the depths of the foliage these little ferns were enfolding .. like creatures from another world.


Lots of baby plants .. all wanting a share in the sunshine..

The beginning of the week we decided we just had to make time to do some urgent repairs o the house ... 
Some things we have put off and put off .. but really .. things are getting desperate..


Our large porch .. we rather grandly call it our conservatory .. has done us proud for many years .. but badly needs attention ... a lot of it is rotten and needs replacing.
So .. Monday morning in true Hubby P style .. 
he goes outside .. 
and rips the side off .. 
takes a look at what wood he will need ...
and goes to the wood yard ..


Comes back .. and starts building...
Now the planks of brown wood we already had ...
with this 'cladding' in mind. 
The wood is pitch pine from an old Welsh chapel ....
 it will weather well ...
 going a soft silver grey colour in a couple of years ....
 and gets harder as it weathers ... 
so it should last .. and look good.
It will take us a while to get these jobs done .. as and when we can find the time .. but at least we have made a start.

I'm just hoping the weather stays warm and dry.

So that's been us really ... and work of course ... if you like to read about the work stuff you can see more over at the Graig Trading facebook page.

But for now I will say bye ...


.. and leave you with a handful of lilacs ...

can you smell their delightful scent ..

 it sweetens the night air as I tuck up the chickens for bed...
xx

Thursday, 17 April 2014

And Knickers To You ...!


Hello there...
Hope you are all having a good week...
Busy as always here .. getting new stock ready for Easter Weekend trading.


These pretty blankets should make a nice splash of colour on the stall.
Ideal for summer picnic's .. or just snuggling on the sofa ... I sell a lot of blankets.


I really do like this colourful crocheted blanket ...
I am sorely tempted .. but really ...
how many blankets does a Girl need!

And speaking of Girls .. and all things feminine ...
 hows about these for a pair of knickers ... 
bit draughty what..!?


Yes indeedy ... Victorian 'Gutters' ...
 or crotchless knickers ... 
once upon a time ladies didn't wear panties or knickers or anything much .. 
then the Victorians came along with their discreet attitude to everything ..
 and everything had to be covered for modesty's sake.
The problem being that when you are wearing a crinoline hoop and yards and yards of fabric .. you cant lift the whole thing up to ... well get yer knickers down basically.
So these were the answer and when you wanted to 'go' .. you simply 'straddled a gutter' .. (roadside drain etc) and piddled.. or whatever the ladylike Victorian word would be.
Thus .. they were known as Gutters..





Think I would feel a mite undressed in these flimsy things.

Now these are really chunky and fit for purpose ...



I just loved the whole chunky .. warm .. sturdiness of these 
shooting socks .. 
and the colours are just fab ...
just the thing to go with your plus fours.


Another era altogether .. and a splash of colour ...
curtains for a retro look .. a Francis Price  design called Overtures.
I never ceases to amaze me what comes in ..

Hubby P has just this minute bought home a wonderful horse hair settee (sofa) with little bun feet .. and a Victorian oak crib... and whole lot of other bits and bobs..

He's been so busy this week .. mostly trying to get this finished for a client.


This lovely old wardrobe has been with the family a long time .. it came to us in pieces a bit the worse for wear after being stored in an outhouse for a while. Our client had bought a huge chest of drawers from us ... finished .. as this is now in this french grey.
She asked for restoration of the wardrobe and this finish .. so the pair could furnish her daughters new bedroom.
I am pleased to say she is very happy with her wardrobe .. so its on to the next project for us.

 
At least the weather is fine .. and its a pleasure to work outside.
I noticed today the first of the seeds are showing .. and the trees are leafing up ...

'how does your garden grow?'

I hope you lot over the water are seeing signs of the snow going .. its seems an awfully long winter for you.

Bye for now x








Monday, 14 April 2014

A Pretty Jam Jar ... Its Enough To Make A Girls Heart Sing!


Hello there ..
Well .. bit of sunshine here today ... lovely..

Just a few quick pic's to share with you today .. this old steam powered PC of Hubby P's is is temperamental .. so its more a case of what you get uploaded .. rather than what you would like.


So how do you like my big ol' chunky jam jar ...
 found at the boot for just £1...

I just love it ... its got all tiny bubbles trapped in its glass ... just think ... little bubbles .. little snippets of time...

Now what to keep in this glorious little treasure .. or maybe just keep for a few simple flowers..


As I was snapping away to get a good pic of the jam jar .. I spotted this ... my latest little beauty..
I don't think I have shown you a pic of this one.
She's a little hand operated Jones sewing machine .. and what a splendid colour!
She has spent a deal of her life on a sunny windowsill .. her paint is faded to  most lovely 'shabby' hue....
and she makes a most satisfying .. gently paced... hum when she is stitching.

Talking of stitching .. and all things related .. I had a rummage in my stash for some bits to put on Ebay ..this money thing you know..!
Just look what I found .. I'd forgotten all about it .. saved it ...
no doubt for a 'special' project .. as you do....


Its a big long length of wonderfully 'shabby' printed cotton ...
all windmills .. coffee pots .. and young lovers !....now whats all that about?


Here they are in all their glory .... and some sheep..?
No doubt it tells some kind of moral tale ... or its just a wonderful romp through the countryside ...But why the coffee pots?

No matter .. its a lovely bit of stuff .. someone somewhere will have an idea what to do with it.

So that's been me ... 
although I must just say how nice it is to meet some of you .. I've had a few readers/followers of this little blog .. come and say hello.... we are getting lots of visitors to the island now .. so its nice when a few of you get blown my way..

Bye for now .... x