Tales of walking, eating, watching and playing. Vintage treasures and simple pleasures ... the things that make her happy.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Retro Fundraising


On a Sunday afternoon,
their village usually quietly slumbers,
but a now regular event on the calendar,
is the Retro Fundraising vintage car rally ...
when the main street comes alive with
 an array of amazing cars and motorcycles.
All the funds raised go to the local charity shop,
who then portion it out to local charities.
After the rally, the cars meet up at the local rec, 
which is where the VJ's caught up with them after returning from camping.
VJ would LOVE one of these ...
So cute!
There were refreshments ...
stalls, music ... and lots of cars ...
Jeeps ...
Minis ...
Motorbikes ...
Hot rods ...
One of her favourites ...
There were over 200 entries ...
Prizes were awarded for favourite car,
furthest travelled car and more.

And at the end a dear little girl was presented with an electric wheelchair, 
that will transform her life and that of her family.
Her smile was priceless.

The wheelchair cost over £5000 and was bought with some of the proceeds
from last year's Retro Fundraising.










Friday, 11 July 2014

A bad forecast ...

... did not deter them!
Good old British spirit and tenacity shone through ...
Picnic benches gathered under gazebos,
gave enough shelter for a communal supper for their gang of 37 campers!
Steaming pots of chilli followed by rich chocolate brownies.
Glasses of bubbly and mugs of hot choc.
The next day dawned bright.
Crisped bacon and boiled eggs - her perfect camp breakfast.
The little ones happily swam, trampolined and ran in the woods all day.
More gang members arrived, swelling their number to 49!
Time for the annual cream tea ...
with tablecloths and flowers of course!
Tables taden with pillowy scones, thick clotted cream and fruity jam.
Lemon cake, cupcakes, flapjack and tiffin.  And jugs of Pimms!
Gorgeous little red haired one had a birthday.
There was rainbow cake to celebrate ...
Later, as the sun gently dipped, they lit fires ...
and ate even more!
Perfect bbq pittas filled with ...

juicy lamb leg steaks marinated in 
cumin, paprika, ground coriander and olive oil
topped with red pepper hummus
tzatziki
thinly sliced red cabbage
and pickled chillis
Looking forward to next year guys ...


Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Mother Nature asserting herself ...

Wandering along a favourite path,
unvisited for some time ...
A storm wrenched branch ...
or a serpent in the grass?
They marvelled at Mother Nature's ability to reclaim ...
the power she wields when untamed.
A small empty eyed shelter, hirsute with ivy,
will one day submit, sink to it's knees
and be enveloped by the ground on which it once stood ..
They cross gingerly as Billy Goat's Gruff,
mossy skin on rotten timbers,
balanced above a dawdling river ...
Micro garden framed ...
On through whispering leaves ...
... emerging to a house surviving with a little more dignity!

The date function was accidentally turned on when these photos were taken
 but was set to the wrong date ... ignore!

Thursday, 26 June 2014

A flying visit ...

Life is rather mad at the moment, 
but hopefully normal service shall resume shortly!

The Antique and Vintage Textile Market at Frome 
was a great success ...
... with many beautiful stalls,
laden with all things textile and costume related.
There were many beautiful people too.
This dapper chap in a very funky towelling shirt caught our eye!
 
VJ bought ANOTHER dress!
AND treated herself to this little chap ... 
he was far too cute to leave behind!
 Coming up next ...
... Sherborne Antiques and Flea Market this Saturday 28th June,
closely followed by ... The Bridport Vintage Market this coming Sunday.

Come say hello if you can!


Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Making her smile

Tidying the garden in warm, dappled sunlight ...
Repainting her shed ...
Mending and replacing,
broken and wind strewn fencing ...
Little man quietly occupied,
with tiny rubber bands,
making bracelets and charms ...
the latest craze!
Little man surprising his great aunt with pretty flowers ...
Packing a picnic
and heading for the hills ...
Leafing through 'Persiana',
her new favourite cookbook.
and then settling down with a novel ...
... whilst the boys play.
She couldn't join in as she has torn her calf muscle ...
and it hurts ... a lot!


And for Father's Day,
a very clever card from Mr VJ's little 3 year old grandson ... 
Good job he likes chocolate!