Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Hello everyone! Hope you are all hunky dory!
Haven't we had some fabulous weather (well here in the UK we have!) - I do hope you have been making the most of it!

Just look at this lovely blue sky!

Sorry its been a while since my last post, 'life' as they say has 'taken over'!
We've been so busy trying to get ready for winter - I know that sounds a bit dramatic - but I am determined this year to be all sorted out with sound, dry storage for all the stuff we have lying around, by stuff i mean ~
* Tools
* Boxes left with us by the lads - Mums do seem to be the ideal depository for all things from dirty washing, to University books, to old records and cherished childhood toys!
* All manner of bits of old car ~ mostly Morris bits that one day ~ maybe, they will be the very thing (nut bolt or whatever) that we need ~ Hubby P has a very strong 'No Throw' policy about Morris bits!
* And of course the inevitable boxes of stuff that one day we will stand a car boot sale with, and make a few pennies.
Does everyone have all this stuff lying around?
Anyway I decided to get sorted out ~ whilst the weather was good, so I dragged out all the stuff, and piled in the yard and covered it in a tarpaulin.
I had this great idea of buying one of those 'quick and easy to erect' metal sheds! Great idea and cheap ~ shed was on offer at a bargin price, could buy it online, they will deliver next day (no having to go shopping around and mauling bits of shed in and out of the van!) ~ Great!

The yard looked/looks a right old mess - so getting the shed up and running to house the tools was a priority.

Well this is it - we call it the Evil shed - what a palaver to put it up! No wonder they are trying to sell them off cheap ~ I can tell you it is the cause of much domestic disharmony! Not only are the majority of the instructions in French ~ we didn't do engineering terms in School French lessons! but the nuts and bolts are so tiny, and Hubby P's fingers so big and rheumatic-y these days ~ things were a trifle strained to say the least!

You can see the itsy bitsy nuts and bolts, and its so difficult to see when you are doing contortions in a windowless shed ~ in the evening when the light is fading ~ of course Hubby P was going to 'throw it up' in a couple of evenings after work!

The upside for me was spending time (whilst holding nuts, bolts, tools, instructions and giving advice, taking the swearing and general shed abuse in my stride) ~ admiring the Virgina Creeper that is draped over the hedge in the Yard. Such beautiful colours with the evening light giving them a jewel like sheen.

And No the Evil shed is still not finished ~ it needs a floor, then I can move all the 'stuff' back in!

On to more interesting things, just look what I found at the car boot sale at the weekend!

A whole heap of blankets (the photos are in the wrong order I'm afraid!) ~ the lady selling the blankets said she had 'cleared' a Monastery. I got stuck in and dragged them out of an old tin chest, the chest had an old address label saying Fanciscian Monastery, Penmarnmawr, N. Wales.
They were being sold as dog blankets, and the lady said any that were not sold she was going to dump ~ so of course I had to rescue as many as I could carry (or rather that Hubby P could manage!) ~ it wasn't 'That Far' back to the car!

As you can see this one still has the Friars name tag on it! How delightful is that!

I got a whole heap, I rather like the blue stripy ones best. I shall wash hem all and decide which to keep ~ the rest will probably end up on ebay (recoup some pennies for more treasure hunting!)

Oh, and here's a couple of pretty, sunny little flowers for you!

Do you remember this little table I bought for a £1 the other week, well I finally got round to doing something with it.

I gave it a couple of coats of paint ~ the same paint as I used for the fourposter bed, I am hoping to have it as a night stand by the side of the bed.

The top I decoupaged with bits and bobs of vintage paper, in what I call a ragged-y style. When the paint was nice and dry I gave the whole thing a good distressing with some harsh sandpaper, to make it look well and truly bashed about and well used. I gave it a good coat of matt varnish, and its ready to go!

It looks well next to the bed - I will take a photo sometime.

Just a little update on the last of the babies, Smokey here is the last one, all others having found homes. She is doing well!

xx TaTa for now xx Take care xx


  1. We have a tendancy not to throw anything away at our house too! Hubbys just built another garage to house more of his motor and karting bits.

    Jo xx

  2. We are hoarders too. You never know when you might need it!
    Love the table...XXX

  3. Hi Vicky those blankets are just the best find especially where they come from... I just love relegious houses....
    Many years ago, the lighthouse houses at Penmon were sold at Auction for pennys really but my bid was just not enough, gosh I wanted to live there so very much I thought my heart would break.....really!! You see I had always loved St Seriols well and the area around there, and so wanted to live there, close to the sea and the well...little memories brought back by your lovely post.

    Have a really lovely week, not in the shed though ha ha
    Hugs Lynn xxxxx

  4. I love what you did to that table, the music sheet paper gives it that romantic vintage feel. Great idea.


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