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Sunday, 19 August 2012

New Treasures.

Hello Folks. 
 I hit a bit of a blog wall so haven't posted for a few weeks again - thank you for your patience.
Hello and welcome to my newest follower :o)
To catch up, I still have the hedgehogs visiting, but now there is one this years juvenile that's about half the size of the adults.  The little blighter is certainly camera shy, I've only managed to get a couple of snaps.
You can see how tiny it is :o)

A couple of weeks ago we had a calamity with the pond.  The pump stopped overnight and I lost three of the four lovely silver orf that we've had for around nine years.  The decision was made to clean out the pond.  We were taking it in turns to do this awfully dirty job, it was so hot and humid.  Hubs took a break on the bench and saw something moving in the border, it was one of our little field mice.  We placed some sunflower hearts down by the hole and it kept popping in and out getting food, a welcome break watching the little soul :o)

 (Sorry, no new photo's of mousie this time, this one was taken months ago.)
We also made the decision to have a larger pond - the one we have is very small!  As neither of us can face digging out the hole we have a builder coming this week to give us quote - fingers crossed it'll be reasonable?  (We already have the preformed 6' X 4' liner.)

This weekend the 'V' festival has been on At Weston Park, just about 8 miles as the crow flies.  It's on as I type, the noise has been awful all weekend.  The base has been booming ALL day, and frankly I am a little tired of it!  Sorry - moan over.. I must be getting old!  (Goodness knows how loud it must be there?)

The other day we went out, and as we were driving down one of our local lanes we happened upon these two beauties.

They were huge!  We have no idea where they'd appeared from as there
are no farms or houses anywhere near.  I so wished I had room for them at home...
If anyone out there know which breed they are I'm very curious, I thought at first they were marans, but the tails seemed too fluffy and the legs are bright yellow.

They were a little skittish, so these photos were taken about 40 feet away.

Okey dokey, down to the good stuff!  I have of course been treasure hunting, here's a selection of the latest.

First up, this Wedgwood Jasper ware vase, 8" tall.  A very reasonable £7.50

An OLD Spode Blue Italian bowl, 9.5" Diameter
Marked, hence the £2 price ticket.  Fine for display or Potpourri though.

Some of you may remember I found one of these Gosport Pottery biscuit/butter stamps before, this was also in its own wooden box.

£1 :o)

This sweet button heart,in it's 7.5" square frame was £2 
is now hanging in our bedroom :o)

Two tiny cast iron birds in their own little tin £1, they are now residing on the dresser.

Couldn't believe my luck with this Merrythoughts teddy 10" tall £5.
All he needs now is a smart ribbon bow.

This 6.5" vase is much nicer in real life.  An unexpected lucky find for £1.25
After closer inspection when I got home at the sticker on the base...

I discovered it was also signed - Royal Brierley Studio Glass.
(on the left hand side of the photo)
I was surprised to find these for £2

A BIG bag of buttons.  Some of you will understand!

I was also delighted to happen upon this..

Ideal as a cutlery box, 13" x 8.5" x 5"
£3  I love the flowers.

As you know I'm crazy about cats, so when I saw this Peter Fagan wall of singing cats for £1 I just couldn't resist.

3" x 2.75"

Then I saw these jewel encrusted enamelled photo frames, even though they're modern I thought they were so pretty, just the thing for photos of ancestors.

Two of them are 6" x 4" and the other is 4"x 4"
All for £2.75

This 3" high enamelled Scottie dog trinket box for £1

Two large tablecloths (sorry, I didn't iron them)

Blue and White Damask £3
and a beautiful hand embroidered floral one

Also £3

And finally, I quite like naive paintings of cottages, I found this one for £4
A slightly 'wonky' Keepers Cottage, that now hangs in the dining room below the other naive cottage garden painting.

Signing off, wishing you all well.
Hopefully I'll be posting on a more regular basis again.

Very best wishes to all


Pam said...

Oh my goodness Rose. Such lovely finds there. Love the little button heart. Lucky girl! xx

Marilyn said...

You certainly must have great shops over there to get such interesting pieces for such a small amount, even when I do the math and change currency! Glad to hear from you. I'm always short on posts these days. Same thing goes on just about all the time. I'm quite boring.♥♫

ann said...

Oh my, you have been shopping. I cannot believe the prices, even when I do sorry job of converting pounds to dollars, your prices are still amazing, especially the blue wedgwood. I love the little bear too. Garden ponds! If you visit me, you will see our project for this week end with still a big more to do and we have another one we are planning. I am anxious to see how your new one turns out. Such cute critters in your yard. The little hedge hog is so cute. They have a fine home in your yard. Have a good week, Rose.

fluffymuffin said...

Hi Rose,

I have every sympathy with you as regards the v festival, every year we get the noise from the Knebworth rock festival (sonisphere)It's only 4 miles away and the noise booms on for hours on end, all weekend. Thankfully this year it was cancelled. I love all of your new treasures too, especially the buttons :)
Take care
Rachael x

greenthumb said...

Looks like you have been having fun finding all those great things.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Wow Rose, you sure picked up ALOT of goodies! I see a blue theme.
Not sure which would be my favorite!

Sharing Shadymont said...

What gorgeous finds. Love the Wedgewood vase. The cutlery tray is so cute, and the painting is wonderful!! Good to see a post from you! Take care!

Denise at Forest Manor said...

Hi Rose,

The pics you took of the two "fowl" in the road remind me of the images we see of French Hens. They're quite handsome, aren't they?

Well, you got quite a treasure trove on this shopping trip. I love it all! The Jasper Ware vase is so pretty; I have a few small pieces of that myself, and the blue glass vase is gorgeous! Your biscuit/butter stamp is so neat. My mother-in-law has an antique wooden butter churn, and she also has some of the butter stamps.

I love the beautiful hand-embroidered tablecloth, but I'm especially partial to the little Scotty enamel trinket box. I have a thing for Scotties, you know.

Thanks for sharing, Rose. This is a fun post. :)



acorn hollow said...

I am loving your finds!
I have no idea what kind of chickens.

Denise at Forest Manor said...

Hi Rose,

Thanks for the heads-up on the "no reply". People are telling me that, but I'm not sure how to fix it. :) I just adjusted something on my Comments Settings; do you mind replying when you get a chance and let me know if that fixed it. If it didn't, I'll have to ask someone for help. :)

Thanks a lot, Rose.


Mary said...

Glad you're back dear.............I'm loving all the fabulous treasures you dug up this time around! The Jasperware is gorgeous, what a steal! The Scottie dog trinket box, adorable and I would love one like it to give a friend who has a black Scottie - Kilty, she's on my sidebar!

Your mouse is so sweet - such enormous eyes - and the tiny hoggie, aaaah!

Hope you're having a happy week dear friend - I'm preparing to travel again soon so am really busy.
Love, Mary

greenthumb said...

Hi i'm nominating you for a award tomorrow.

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Love the spode bowl and little scottie!

How wonderful to have a pond! We sprung a leak in ours several years ago and decided to fill it in. But I miss it!