Thursday, 14 February 2008

I've been to London - didn't see the Queen though....

Good afternoon readers, here comes another weekend! Sorry for the lack of contact again, but life's been busy here. Mum has come to stay for the week so we've been out and about. The main reason behind her trip here was our trip to London last weekend. We went last Saturday, along with her sister, my aunt, to see "Shadowlands", the story of CS Lewis, at the Novello theatre. It was absolutely fantastic, at least as good as the film. By the end of the play the entire audience were in tears, it was so well acted, and very, very sad. We had a wander around Soho, ate lunch at "Wagamama's" noodle bar (delicious by the way) and just a little retail therapy. It was a lovely relaxing day.
Sunday morning, finances (or lack of) should have stopped me visiting the car boot but Andrea called to tell me how fantastic it was so what could a girl do?? Five minutes, no shower, no hair brushed and I was there. It was a beautiful morning and the car boot was massive, the goodies were never ending. I only stopped when I ran out of money (pretty quickly) but managed to scoop up some great bargains.
One stallholder had loads of linens including lovely old flannel pillowcases that I've been scouring the charity shops for, to no avail. I need them for a certain project I have in mind so needless to say I was in flannel heaven. I bought them all along with some lovely embroidered tablecloths and washed them the next day. The weather has been so lovely I even managed to dry them in the sun. Look at that lovely garden, do you think the National Garden Society would consider including me in their scheme??..........
Now they're all ironed and ready to go...............

I found another old basket and everything in it was free! I'd already bought a tea set from the man on the stall when he announced that he didn't want to take anything home so we could have whatever we wanted for nothing! No hesitation on my part, I filled a box with goodies.

Next I came upon this cute little picnic basket, which was filthy. Andrea could barely disguise her disgust at it but I think its lovely and it looks great now its been washed. Its even got the old paper plates with it, and I love the colours.

The sun shone through the whole weekend and our kitchen looks so lovely when the sun shines in, it seems to glow. I saw the poster on Kristy's blog and had to buy it for Ian for Chritmas, it's so apt for this household!

Finally I'll end with a shot of what my children get up to when I'm not looking. After running the bath for them last week there seemed to be a lot of laughter and shrieking coming from the bathroom. When I went up there was Jack in the bath still in his school uniform! I had to let Kit join him as he was so pleased with himself. Why he did it, who knows, but it certainly made bath time less boring!

Happy Valentine's day to all you romantics out there. Both children went off with a secret choccie loveheart in their lunchboxes today. They'll probably come home and tell me the chocolate was disgusting. Ian's come back from Manchester early, bearing gifts, after we agreed not to, but I'm not complaining. I've got a gorgeous "Benefit" set of toiletries and some lovely foodie bits from Harvey Nichols food hall including the "Pret a Manger" cook book - he knows the way to my heart!

Have a lovely day!.................


Curlew Country said...

Oh, oh, oh! Why do car boots aroundy way have nothinglike this! What fabulous linens, I am insanely jealous. Seriously what lovely finds and the vintage plates are beautiful. I've got a grubby picnic basket and its amazing what a difference a nail brush, some hot water and a teeny splosh of fairy liquid can do!
Just love you kids in the bath - what fun and aren't you sweet sending them off with heart choccies. I might pop into the village shop for something for my boys too.
Stephx - brilliant poster and an excellent mantra I say!
P.S The container ship is amazing. if you see it when the tide is out its absolutely unreal. Have a fun time with the familyxx

Faye 'Country Chic' said...

Hi Julia,
Glad to read that you have had such a lovely time, it sounded great fun! Oh you lucky thing going to a car boot already, I am seriously missing them and have already got a list of all the thing I want to hunt for this year. Fantastic finds too, I love the picnic basket and the poster too, I have had my eye on the matching tea towel for a while now, it has the perfect mantra for our home too.

French Knots said...

I have that poster on the wall in my work room, just to help things run smoothly!You've picked up some great bargains, the car bootd round here just seem to have modern tat.
What a great way to save on washing clothes!

the homely year said...

Hi, what gorgeous finds. Isn't it a great feeling when you come across something you've been looking for, for ages! We're having a day out tomorrow searching bargains. Here's hoping we're in luck.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Margaret and Noreen

Carol said...

I had such a giggle at your kids in the bath. It's the little seemingly bizarre things children do that makes you question your own sensibility! Some great finds, unfortunately we are wimps round here and the car boots only happen in the summertime. I shall have to get my fix from your blog meantime.

serendipitylovesnewyork said...

wow you have had a busy few days, I bet the children had a great time in the bath fully clothed, it's funny what can amuse them...particulary boys. Love what you bought at the car bootie!! Aren't we lucky with generous hubbies.

Gill at Lucy Locket said...

Great finds, the boot sales haven't started up again yet this year in my area, so I'm suffering from serious envy here! Looking forward to seeing what you do with those pillow cases....will I need to look out for some too I wonder?
I've got that poster in my office at work and have just bought one to put in my kitchen too, got the frame today. Great words to live by.

Garden girl said...

Hi Julia, you were very successful at the car boot- which one do you go to? I go to the one at Cheltenham race course now and again. I have the exact same war poster framed and on our kitchen wall-how bizarre! Everyone comments on it when they come to the house.Sounds like you have a very romantic hubbie there- mine took me to see Dirty Dancing down in London yesterday. Who said romance was dead?!

Barbara said...

What wonderful finds ... and funny kids! You're quite nice to let them do that. The "keep calm" poster is my favorite. Thanks for your blog.

Lucy Bloom said...

Hi Julia, what wonderful finds you had a the car boot, makes it worth getting up early for. And a fun time in London, I haven't seen the play but I loved the film, sobbed myself dry!
best wishes,
Lucy x

retrorose said...

I love the picnic basket! Nothing like a good old rummage is there. I came home from a charity shop today with an outsize ladies nightie! Perfect for sewing with as it has little pink roses on it and its flannelette.

Knitty, Vintage and Rosy said...

Everything was free? That in itself is enough motivation for me to move to England!

Why don't I ever meet vendors like that?

You are a lucky girl.

Lisa xo
Knitty, Vintage and Rosy

buttercup & roses said...

wow, what fabulous finds, and some for free, why doesnt that ever happen to me!!

I love that pic of all your pillow cases on your washing line, you could turn it in to a greetings card!

I think I will have to drag myself out of bed on Sunday now!! :)

Jen xx

Angel Jem said...

Lovely lovely day! You seem to have had a cracking time & got loads of stuff.... but the sight of those two in the bath fully clothed is the best!

Pretty Practicals said...

Hi Julia, have just discovered your delightful blog and thought I'd say hello ~ Hello!
It's a lovely part of the world that you live in, I was in and around Stroud for years, but have ventured into mid Wales now... still miss the greenery of the Cotwolds though,
best wishes, Liz

Ragged Roses said...

Sounds like you've been having a wonderful few days Julia. The car boot certainly proved a great hunting ground, love all those treasures, especially the basket crammed full of china! Looking forward to seeing what you get up to with those pillowcases! We have that poster in our kitchen and there is many a time I just stop and stare at it!