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

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Fairy Tales

She has been absent for a little while, 
Living her fairy tale. 
But fairy tales have bad bits too, don’t they? 
With fiery dragons, witches who poison and bullies that scare. 
Loss, pain and dread. 

Their ‘Once upon a time’ has been challenging so far. 
2015 has bullied them. 
Work issues, broken cars, broken people, 
But, they backstep, sidestep, 
Running along, trying to get back on track. 

She thought about retiring her little blog, 
But likes the clickety clack of words that her fingers tap, 
And the memories on her page. 

Her fairy tale progresses, 
She has plans. 
She will weather the downs, and relish the ups … 
Her life is hers and she will live it, 
As best she can. 
Page by page. 

Always hoping, 
For their … happily ever after.

Monday, 22 December 2014

Peace on Earth and Goodwill to all ...

They went to a party with lovely friends ...
Dress code ... Christmas jumper 
She made a Christmas dinner jumper with real Brussel sprouts and pigs in blankets!
The trees are trimmed ... the lights are twinkling ...
VJ wishes all their friends near and far ...
a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
And hopes every day for peace on Earth  ...
and goodwill to all.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Time to breathe ...

As the sun rises it seems the sun sets.
Her time passes flash fast.
Her night buzzes with bright flickers of a day gone,
And another yet to come.
Ticks in boxes and jobs done.

Her nest has become prickly.
They escape briefly,
And occasionally.
Enjoying it all the more.
For the freedom it gives them,
From tedium and chore.

On the page this week.
A square of time
Just for them, her man and her boy,
In a downy nest.
A little time for softer, 
curve edged thoughts.

Some breathing space.

Quirky display spotted outside a bar near Soho last weekend,
 before they attended the soft launch of the new
 Ivy Restaurant in Covent Garden with a group of lovely friends.

Monday, 3 November 2014

Oh, she had a wonderful time ...

... at the Selvedge Winter Fair,
in Chelsea Town Hall
Escaping their family trip to London
for a couple of hours ...
she savoured some 'me time',
and wandered the hall,
entranced by beautiful stands ...
So much creativity ...
originality, minute detail ...
There was vintage,
and ancient,
fair trade,
sewing notions and haberdashery,
the most beautiful hand printed fabrics,
statement jewellery,
and the softest alpaca socks in every colour imaginable.
tweeds and the cosiest blankets.
All of the highest quality,
in a wonderful setting.
She came away happy, 
with a little bag of purchases!

She met up with her man and little guy 
at the gallery down the road ...
where mutant ants were running amok ...
Later they wandered the South Bank,
watching revellers enjoy the warmest Halloween on record.

Monday, 20 October 2014

This Saturday ...

... VJ will be at the West Country Vintage Textile Market,
at the North Cadbury Village Hall.
9am til 2pm ...
There will be oodles of vintage and antique textile loveliness.  
Do come along if you can ...

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

As the days grow colder ...

and the nights get darker,
she remembers summer days ... 
fields of Tuscan sunflowers ...
 and tinkling bells around the necks of mountain goats ... 
Gingerly crossing a gently swaying bridge,
suspended over a river ...
swimming in clear mountain water.
She remembers the unending sound of water over rock,
cricket clicks, heat haze blur
 and the warmth of the sun on her face.
She has a longing in her that will not go away ...

Friday, 10 October 2014

A red spotty enamel pot ...

came home to stay ...
but it didn't go with the kitchen's terracotta panelling ...
so she painted it grey ...
and then painted the clock gold ...
The old bookcase, 
salvaged from the Muchelney floods,
got the grey treatment too,
with a remnant of stripy fabric,
to hide her clutter.
She has a grown up teapot ... her first ever.
She has never drunk tea or coffee!
Little details ...
handmade hearts ... a gift from friends.
A basket for her favourite tea towels ...
she loves tea towels!
Stripy fabric in the front of her little tin cupboard,
and a marmalade pot for her Sharpie collection ...
she loves Sharpies too!
Flowers from great auntie ...
Teeny little convex mirror ...
Egg safe and favourite books ...
Favourite china ...
on painted, dump rescued shelf unit ...
Little tins on top of the mirror ...
the Union flag still flies ...
Colour co-ordinated cookery book OCD ...
all the 'wrong colour' ones are on the bottom shelves, lol!!
The chairs are going to be reupholstered in moquette, 
just like the original.
She rather likes this Kirby Designs fabric ...
Cushions from the living room,
on the chair made by grandpa,
that's perfect for the nook by the fire ...
She needs to repaint the green light,
oh, and do the mountain of washing up,
 that is out of sight on the other side of the room!
All because of a little red spotty pot.