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.
I knitted a tea cosy to that very pattern! Love the stained glass.
You have such an interesting blog Anne. There is so much to see and be envious about..haha. I love those angel candlesticks. What a brilliant find. I haven't been to our local car boot for a few weeks but I am going off on Sunday to see what I can find.
The embroidered tablecloth looks lovely. I just want to know whether you have a huge house with masses of storage. I could take home much more than I do because of lack of space to store it. I love the childrens' book too. I always check out the childrens' books at charity shops. Some of the illustrations are so good.
Great knitted cosy and I love the way you think though 'no' I couldn't be that cruel either.
hee hee, bet he'd look adorable in it!
Hello and thank you all for your comments - it's really nice to know you've been visiting.
The tea cosy reminded me of the ones in the Jane Brocket book (Gentle Art of Domesticity), I know I'll never get round to knitting one myself so I was quite pleased to find one. I did put it on N when we got home, I thought he'd pull it off straight away but he didn't seem to notice he was wearing it and was crawling around the garden looking very cute. I'll try & get him to wear it again so I can post a photo.
I don't have lots of storage space, well, not as much as I'd like! I've only recently started looking in the "bits of material" sections of the charity shops so I don't have a large collection... yet! We do have quite a full house though, but that's what I think makes it a home.
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