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All things Vintage…..today vintage china, my magpie attraction and collection for soooooo many items!!

My battle with china hoardings!!!                                                  

Originally china  does actually come from the beautiful country of China, where it was handcrafted in different parts of the country well this dates back many centuries, so if anybody has a find  dating back to these times they would be incredibly lucky and probably spotted by an experts anyway.

Having said that there’s still  plenty of pretty fine china to be had. Takes a bit of searching in bric a brac shops, in the UK the car boot is a great place to strike lucky then of course also we have charity shops where  you will invariably pick something up. I’m always looking for something that is pretty to add to the pieces I’ve already got. Never ending really…

My collections are usually from Victorian up to the ’70’s. mainly consist of complete or part tea sets / dinner sets. I have to admit I never go looking for that piece to complete a set if I do find it and I can remember what I’ve got at home and its in excellent condition I’d probably make a conscious effort to buy…..never happened yet. Needless to say my pieces are quite random but I like it like that.

I’ve also been lucky to inherit pieces along the way over the years. Lets face it there was no hope for me really it has to go on I will admit I’m an avid collector of a number of vintage styles, for instance jewellery the deco era especially.

I digress..again.

A recently bought plate is an example of a pretty design leaning towards probably the victorian / edwardian  era as the holes on the edge of the plate where ribbon would be threaded through is indicative of that period of time. This not  particularly a plate of value there is no marker on the reverse but it’s probably a replica of that time maybe produced in the ’30’s-’50’s or maybe produced as fair ground prizes. My tastes are varied.

I have to say all this varied collection prompted me to make use of my china some time ago and I did start hiring it out for small vintage tea parties which are very popular and in demand. It was a good move but then this wedding had to be organised and I let things slide a bit….should never do that but I’m still getting the odd enquiry so at this stage with no move taking place and no wedding happening in the near future, I’ve decided to move it forward again

Wishing myself a shedfull of luck. LOL

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Is wedding fever an invisible horror that renders you helpless to obey every creative whimsical thought that floats through your head???

Of course as I have mentioned previously my daughter is getting married in early November. I have or rather WE have been  heavily involved with these wonderful “art deco” but nerve-racking preparations although it does’nt help that we live in separate parts of the country.It has meant that any visiting of wedding planners, florists, events people etc etc the lists of appointments goes on…. and as for the hunting and eventual  fittings of the wedding dress, well I’ll just leave it there shall I!  The journeys have proved to be tiring almost a 300 mile round trip each time. Well it is all in a good cause and she is marrying a “top chap” as they’d say in the “art deco” days, seriously he’s great and I have’nt minded one journey made, but FOUR weeks to go….. and I’m just hoping everything has been covered oh god am I hoping!!!!!

All hand made invites made and sent out. I can tell you they took hours to make but well worth it in the end

I do say it all with masses of levity but I do feel I’ve done a crash course in events planning which I secretly enjoyed I think, I have organised special parties and produced a fair, nooo a good result even if I say so myself (LOL) but then I’m probably biased as they were localised “do’s”. never the less all used to go well.

As a florist I have dealt with brides and mothers of brides and grooms and the grandma’s, aunties the list goes on and on and probably to the zinth degree every other female member of all weddings, and you roll with the punches you preen with the praise but you carry the unsavoury can if things are’nt quite right and yes it can happen, I delivered all flowers to the hotel in good time for this one wedding and the hotel staff put the mother of groom basket of flowers in direct line of an extractor fan ,that would’nt have been too bad but this thing was an industrial extractor fan took most petals off. Thankfully technically it was’nt my fault, but on generous reflection felt I had to help make things right. Eventually the mother saw the funny side of it after hotel gave her a bottle of champers and I generously replaced the flowers. She did rather well out of it I think!!

So now I am the one in charge (well I think I am ha-ha) and I have a sneaky feeling I’m turning into the godzilla mother of the bride .Maybe I’m not………

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A lovely bunch of coconuts

I have recently been reading up on the properties of coconuts. Apparently they’re pretty amazing.

 

Proven Health Benefits of Coconut Oil.

Coconuts

Me, I just love coconut flavoured desserts  I think they are scrumptious, coconut juice is my favourite. Here in the UK  we have a chocolate bar called a ” Bounty” now I’m one of the few people in the world that really dislikes chocolate, yep really I do, but the coconut inside that chocolate I can’t resist so I chip away at the chocolate and am left with a thick strip of coconut. Am I nuts or what, no that’s not a play on words either ha-ha!

Where to  start extolling the virtues of coconut oil I’m not sure, but I’ll give it a go….

Coconut oil is one of the few foods that can be classified as a “superfood.”

Its unique combination of fatty acids can have profound positive effects on health.

This includes fat loss, better brain function and various other amazing benefits

 This is a blend of coconut water and coconut fruit  resulting in a wonderful milk emulsion.

  • Helps in lowering blood pressure level as it is easier  to digest than cows milk
  • Very healing to the digestive tract and may even heal damage done to the intestinal system in cases of IBS and Crohn’s disease
  • Helps maintain balanced blood sugar levels because it’s a great source of manganese (this mineral is usually deficient in people with blood sugar issue
  • Because of its high levels of potassium this  helps in lowering blood pressure levels
  • It’s rich in vitamin C  keeps immune system strong
  •  As it contains phosphorus (phosphorus is needed along with calcium to prevent bone loss)helps keep bones strong
  • Contains high levels of omega 3, 6 and 9 along with rich amounts of amino acids (this is an excellent combination of fats and protein)

 

Zip Wire ……crazy daughter raising money for charity !!!!!!

My crazy wonderful daughter decided to raise money for a charity that is very close to our hearts “Cruse Bereaveament Care” It’s a UK charity that not many people know about, but they are a wonderful  organisation. They are trained individuals who give their time freely at a very difficult time to help others.

On April 26th my daughter took to  flight at the highest Zip Wire in Europe which is constructed over a  slate quarry in North Wales in the middle of the beautiful surroundings of the famous Snowdonia mountains.

It was once the largest slate quarry in the world that extracted slate, but that was 100 yrs ago. Back in the days the original zip wire was used to extract rock from the quarry, now the zip wire is used to enable crazy people to psychologically face one hell of a challenge !

This zip wire is 1600m in length you can reach up to 115 mph. and your 500 ft   above ground. I won’t  beat around the bush, there is no way on earth that I would be able to do it…..I have absolutely no inclination to hang by a bit of wire and fly through the air at 115 mph.

For me as a spectator it was nerve racking enough, my youngest daughter about to fly through the air in the high winds and driving rain and I’ll say it nicely it was b….y freezing., we seemed to wait ages for her to do the “fly past” and then it happened so quickly I nearly missed her, well I suppose 115 mph   is rather fast!

She was like a little red bug …no stopping her. Then it was all over

She was so brave and we’re all so proud of her especially as she has an awful fear of heights, and she has raised nearly £700 for the charity.

At the end of it all she even said she’d do it again it was exhilarating……

Proof of flight.

Liitle red bug in flight

 

 

Picturesque Lake Winderemere

Promise of quaintnessVisited the north-west of the UK last weekend, the coastal town of Southport. I’d never been there before  and was pleasantly surprised, situated and   opposite the famous city of  Liverpool, which is as iconic as iconic can be as the “Beatles” did come from Liverpool. The river Mersey separates both towns. I can tell you the Mersey does not look inviting at all! Very cold and fierce even though the sun was shinning. Not that you’d want to take a dip! Only had a short stay in Southport  did a bit of retail  we then we made  towards the Lake District,  to  Windermere  passing through Kendal a sleepy little village, not a lot going on mainly residential but surrounded by beautiful countryside. When we got to Lake Windermere what a delight. The day was a bit dull weatherwise  but very warm. It was only a quick getaway overnight stay, so not a huge amount of time to do all I would have liked to but to say Lake Windermere  is stunning is an understatement and a sail over the lake is a must.   The scenery is beautiful. Being springtime all the trees were coming to life but I imagine in the autumn  the changing colour of the different foliage all around but especially on the lakes edge would be outstanding. It’s a very attractive  little town has a lot going on and absolutely packed with tourists.  Nearly there.

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Quit the Muddle and Create New Beginnings.

Well I think I’ve spent enough time  working out business plans etc etc. Wondering  contemplating analyzing and just generally getting nowhere fast, any of you know that feeling it’s like hitting a really dry patch of inspiration, enthusiasm call it what you may, but it crept into my psyche, well I think that is a bit of artistic licence but more to the point of a lot of ideas and not stepping away from muddle to organise time management.

I’ve given myself a hefty kick  in the proverbial stopped making excuses for myself and applied time management. Not easy when you just want to get on with things, but it has to be  done, so business formulation is a work in progress. Yes Xmas will get in the way a bit, kind of slow me down a bit….but its a good reason to slow down a bit.

With the holiday so close I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a great New Year

A big thank you to all that have commented on my blog and the New Year will bring another content aspect.

See you then.

Exciting new ideas,directions, but it all takes time and planning.

End of the summer and into the beautiful autumnal phase which here in the UK isn’t going to last very long, we’re having a lot of lousy weather so winter winds and gales will be with us pretty soon.

I’ve spent a pondering 3 weeks deciding which way or rather how to create another season to my blog seeing as the winter is approaching. No incentive to do much local gadding about, but having said that having been around and about finding out about local points of interests over the spring and summer, I have made a lot of friends and contacts and we’ve been able to help each other in our entrepreneurial activities For instance I have hired out my vintage china and when asked if I “DID” food I had a bit of a panic lets face it preparing food on mass is a bit of a skill…Wow I thought not me for the baking but I do know somebody who does bake.So we matched up together and provided the tea party. since then she has gone from request cakes etc for her friends to seriously working out a business plan to go into business, so I feel very excited for her hope she goes ahead.

All this came about from interest and getting to know what is going on locally and getting to know what people are up to. There are a lot of people out there doing some very interesting things and creating hives of industries. Encouraging and helping one another is a big part of community and there’s always the scenario, what you may be worrying about in your business somebody else maybe  can solve your problem. It’s good to know you can ask.

 

Lapworth Bargers on a Sunny Autumn Morning

It does’nt get much better, well having said that I’ve walked the towpaths in mid winter and as it does…. have a certain appeal but it is muddy and grumpy, but today it’s gorgeous the blue sky is bright and the sun is shinning, a lot of the trees are turning colour and starting to shed their leaves giving you a lovely dappled effect on the towpath.

Lots of walkers making the most of the lovely weather and everybody seems to be in a good mood, smiles galore and chirpy “good mornings”. You know when you smile the world really does “smile with you”! Probably the fact its a Sunday helps to make people feel “NOT IN WORK YAY !

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