Summer returned today.
While A was at nursery N & I visited our nearby big town. There are several good charity shops there that I like to visit fairly regularly and today we had quite a fruitful trip.
A hand-knitted teacosy and an embroidered placemat. The teacosy made a rather fetching hat for N when we got home (though it is to be used for the teapot - we're not that cruel!). I'm not sure what I'll do with the mat, however it's pretty and was only 49p.
I then got a fantastic tablecloth for £2. It's beatifully embroidered with orange toned flowers.
It needs a clean and an iron but will look smashing on my round garden table whenever I have some civilized company round for outdoor entertaining (ha, we can dream!)
I actually bought these lovely little brass angel candle holders at the car boot sale from a couple of weeks ago but haven't got round to photographing them till now. They were just £1 for the pair and I managed to get candles to fit from good old ebay. I'll put them by for Christmas.
Selkie by Gillian McClure is a beautifully illustrated children's book that was just 50p. I've not read it yet, I just bought it based on the lovely seal pictures:
Then a trip to the poundshop...
... to stock up on some bulbs to plant soon.
We still had some time left, so we visited the abbey.
I have played in a couple of concerts here quite a few years ago now but have never visited as a tourist.
Just a tiny sample of the many lovely woodcarvings inside.
Beautiful stained glass.
It was a bit of a rushed visit as N was starting to get a little fed up. I'll definitely be going back again soon.