Friday, 27 February 2015

Jumble all the way....

Tomorrow is the first of the Original Vintage & Handmade Fair events of the year - so why not join  Michele & I for a fun day out at the V&H Vintage Jumble Sale in Box. 

Saturday 28th February 2015
at the Selwyn Hall, Box, Wiltshire
SN13 8NT
10.00am - 1.00pm

The Vintage Jumbles have become a firm favourite with bargain hunters locally & further afield. Some of your favourite Vintage & Handmade Fair dealers will be having a clear out & offering vintage goodies at bargain prices starting at just 50p.

There will be everything from china & glass, textiles & toys, books, ephemera & much more....something for everyone. The hall will be full to capacity with tables piled high with bargains galore, so come along & relive the days of the good old village jumble sale!

Free admission & plenty of free parking.

Home made cakes, teas & coffees will be available.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Aga Saga

This week I had the 18th visit from an Aga engineer. In human terms, 18 is an auspicious number - the number when you become an adult, it represents independence & freedom. Sadly, for my Aga it just means yet another rescue mission. Since this baby was created & delivered to my home it has been a very poorly child indeed with constant visits from the engineer to resuscitate & revive it. Now, while J the engineer is a very fine fellow I would prefer to not see him quite as often as I do! This past Christmas the Aga has once again been out cold in a coma awaiting J's expertise in the New Year. This is not the first Christmas that the poor thing has been dead & in need of a 'heart' transplant (or burner as it is known in Aga circles). It has been purely decorative!

This particular Aga (3 oven oil fired) has been such a troublesome child that Aga have stopped reproducing them & abandoned them. Now, you'd think that Aga, that great icon of the British country kitchen, would be concerned about the welfare of their offspring, but no, they have washed their hands of all responsibility & told us poor adoptive parents that it is our problem, not theirs, but we could have a complete change for a mere £5000! After spending a great deal to adopt this beauty & many more pounds to repair it, I somehow think not!

In the Aga publicity materials we are told that besides cooking, we will no longer need an electric kettle, a toaster, a tumble dryer...which is true when the Aga works. What they failed to mention is that we would need an entire other cooker to use when the Aga is out of order once again or else the family would starve!

Currently it is working after yet another new burner having been installed, but I fully expect it to give up the ghost again within the year.

So come on Aga...take pity on this ill conceived offspring of yours & come up with a proper & final solution for this problem child!

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Happy New Year!

Wishing everyone a happy, peaceful & fun filled 2015! 
I do hope to post more often in 2015 even if it is just to update you about fairs etc. Life seems so busy that time just runs away & 2014 was over in no time!


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

V&H Christmas Fair

What do you want for Christmas this year? Santas & fairies? Angels & reindeer? Vintage decorations? Unusual handmade gifts? A unique vintage item for that person on your list who has everything? A special Christmas or New Year outfit? Whatever it is, you have an excellent chance of finding everything you need for a perfectly vintage Christmas in a jolly, festive atmosphere at the 6th annual Original Vintage & Handmade Christmas Fair in Chipping Sodbury on the 13th December.

Firmly established as a Christmas favourite, this popular event is always full to bursting with delightful stalls brimming with wonderful ideas for Christmas.
Carefully selected vintage dealers, artists & creative designer-makers from the South-West & beyond will be displaying their wares for your shopping pleasure.

Entrance is just £1.00 (children free) & there will be free Christmassy goody bags for the first 50 visitors of the day.

Our popular tearoom will be back with lashings of tea & coffee & scrumptious festive treats served on vintage china by the hard working ladies raising funds for local charitable causes.

So, bring along your friends & family (children are warmly welcomed) and join us for a fun day out and an enjoyable start to the 2014 holiday season.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

V&H Autumn Fair

Just a quick post to show you a few photos from our Autumn Fair this past Saturday. Everyone had a lovely time and it was so nice to meet up with old friends and make new ones too.
I made a few purchases which made my day!

Our next event is the Vintage Jumble in Box, Wiltshire. The Jumbles are such fun and there are oodles of vintage bargains to be had.
For more info do visit our website at www or find us on Facebook for up to date notifications.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

New in! Lovely vintage coffee sets.

Limoges gold and white.

Paragon gold and white

Paragon green and floral

Royal Albert Lavender Rose

Paragon Henry Wheatcroft roses

'Foreign' green and gold

Monday, 11 November 2013


Time does fly and I've just realised how long it has been since I last wrote a post. I don't even know if anyone is still reading my blog after all this time! My time seems to be taken up mainly with hunting out vintage treasures, keeping my unit at Gloucester Antique Centre stocked, organising the V&H Fairs with Michele and looking after animals. The garden has been tidied up for winter, the chickens are moulting so we don't have any eggs, I have made chutney for Christmas with the last of my tomatoes and my neighbours excess apples.

 I thought I'd share some photos to highlight what has been going on in my life instead of writing reams of text for you to read as there is a bit of catching up to do!

I surprised myself by winning a cup at the village show for my flower arrangement (a vintage cup of course!).

Dylan had a bath...yes, that is newsworthy!

I bought a new car - another Mini (my third so far!)

The Boy started university in Wales ....when did he grow up??

We held our V&H Textile & Fashion Fair in October.

We have had a wonderful feature about the Christmas Fair in the December issue of Homes & Antiques Magazine - out now!

The Girl & I made some new cushions for the winter.


We had a fun family trip to Gifford Circus in Bath.

Toby hurt his paw....don't worry, he is fine now!

The Girl & Balli have had lots of fun.

And Dylan got new pyjamas!