Chickens in the road blog by Suzanne McMinn. What a fabulous preserving book, with all sorts of recipes, hints and tips for 'canning' and preserving. I'm SO pleased with it and really couldn't believe my luck when I won it. Thank you Suzanne! :o) Please visit her brilliant blog on the link, be warned though - you'll be hooked!
The recipe for Fig preserve sounds great...
Of course I've been shopping at my 'suppliers' this week ;o) and had a good few finds.....
Firstly from my local charity shops
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A great Babacombe Pottery string keeping owl £1, there's a hole above the beak for scissors and another just below for the string.
Another paperweight for my collection for £1.50. It's 4" diameter, so quite large.
Do you remember these bronze leaf necklaces from the 60's? This one was £2, I think it's very Autumnal. The lovely colours are not done justice here though.
This great 9" candle - more shades of Autumn for 70p
Here piggy, piggy! He's a 10" long Devon pottery piggy bank, so cute! £2.50
Then I found this lovely book, which is unread...£1
I've long since given up (trying to) draw, but always had a yearning for one of these (expensive) models. Whan I saw this for £1.50 I wasn't gonna leave it behind!
Now that Christmas is getting nearer, I couldn't resist adding some more lights for decoration..£2.50 for these 20 poinsettia lights.
They'll look great in the conservatory!
Now you know I like blue and white, and egg shapes - well this was only 70p
I know, I know - more candles! It was only £1.50 complete - I love gold too :o)
Lastly, from the village charity shops I spied this pair of pretty cloisonne vases 3.5" high for £2
Then, on Wednesday I made my trip to town for a haircut, and found the motherload of the most beautiful traditional (with the 'humped back') handmade, jointed real mohair teddies nestling in a basket! Someone had donated their collection, and they needed re-homing....
This cutie is only 6" tall, and looks so happy. I certainly was happy with a £5 price tag!
This 9" 'brass' coloured beauty looks a little glum, despite his heart button was £6
and sitting alongside him was this..
unusual plum coloured beauty, also 9" high and also £6
This smiley 10" 'brass' one was £8
Lastly, there was this even more unusual 10" jet black bear that my heart melted over (though he looks blue grey here)
I only have a few of my bears with names, but I've decided to name this one 'Captain' in memory of Captain Phil Harris of the FV Cornelia Marie here from Discovery TV's Deadliest Catch, who died in February. (RIP Phil)
Hope there's something to interest you here. Thank you for your visits, I really appreciate them.
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