Monday, 16 March 2009

Ooooh Matron!

The sun is shining, I am feeling brighter - and just to speed my recovery, a nice little gifty parcel from Twiggy! How thoughtful is that, and the card is just so Me! I have been overwhelmed by all you nice get well comments, what have I done to be blessed by such kindly friends!
Such goodies from Twiggy - lots of crafting goodliness and sweeties - the sweeties didn't even make it onto the photo! they made me feel Loads! better!!!

I have decided I quite like yellow - its so fresh, bright and breezy! Lots of it about too at the moment.
Just look at these pretty nodding daffs making such a show of themselves!

First day out on Saturday ( feeling better, and a bit stir crazy!), Hubby P took me to an indoor carboot sale - just for a look you understand - silly man! I'm never too ill to spot a bargain, I can't pass an intriguing Vintage-y item!
Just look what we found! An original Red Cross Nursing screen - just like they have on The Royal, or Carry On Doctor!
Hubby P keeps leering round it crying 'Ooooh Matron!' Who remembers the delightful Hatti Jakes as Matron, and a delightful Barbara Winsor in the Carry On films.

A friend of ours had bought a Red Cross trailer (a kind of portable field hospital/assessment rooms - thingy!) and these screens were in it, plus all the old bandages and whatnot. I did buy it for a purpose - I have altered part of the house to make a kind of quiet corner, with an old metal framed bed and lots of comfy cushions - its an ideal restful/reading corner, plus its extra space for visitors to stay. Well I had planned to have a large curtain to draw to make it a more intimate space - then I saw the screen!

The screen came with very tatty fabric drapes, which I took off carefully and washed, it is a quite pretty, faded print - maybe I can do something with it - hate to waste anything!
I found this pretty orange floral fabric in one of my boxes, I think it as originally an old vintage sheet - pretty I thought! And vintage looking enough to suit me!

I have got one screen panel done - there are four in all, hopefully it will all look ok.
Richard and I curled up behind it the other night, chatting and being cosy - it reminded me of Story Corner at Playgroup, that same cosy safe little world. Hubby P said he thought we were being very silly - and up to no good!

We had a ride out on Sunday too - some exciting news - maybe about a new car! Wont say a lot yet - don't want to jinx it! Hubby P has been to have a test drive (that means him taking it round the corner and virtually taking it to bits/checking it over!) today.
Suffice to say - Its a good enough reason for a new hat - or two!

Just couldn't walk past these two little gems - from the 1930/40's, and in such good condition - wearable condition! Just need a nice car now to set them off!
Ta ta for now, take care xxx


  1. Love the screen!

    What a cheerful and bright post!xxx

  2. You've got kindly friends cos you are a kindly friend lady :) Glad you liked the parcel. The screen is fab and I love your new hats. Fingers crossed for the car.
    Twiggy x

  3. Great that you are feeling better, it all takes time but a car gboot is incentive enough to get out of any sick bed for, LOL. Yes I remember those films, they bring back many memmories.


  4. Glad your feeling better. A little retail therapy works wonders.

    Jo xx

  5. Glad you're feeling better now. Interesting screen - what a gem! Lovely post from Twiggy too.

  6. We had those screens at our St.John headquarters, talk about bring back memories LOL
    Your new curtains are much nicer though.

    Love and blessings

  7. Loving your screen :)
    A few years ago I would have lived close enough for us to meet up so I could have handed them over to you for their next read. x

  8. Glad you are feeling lots better and a great idea for a quiet corner and that screen is lovely.

  9. What great finds,i would love a screen like that and the hats are lovely,like you i love hats the older the better,i love 30s style hats and dresses.Glad to hear you are on the ment now.Take care~Kate~


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