Sunday, 26 April 2009

a perfect weekend....................

How are you all? Hope the sun's been shining down on you too. Despite yet more atrocious weather predictions the sun did indeed shine here, on and off. How fantastic it is to watch this sky at night knowing it probably means a great day in store. This weekend turned out to be the perfect mix of no plans and generally pleasing ourselves, which meant bike rides into town for coffee and cake, trips to the garden centre to stock up on geraniums, a garden clear out and just enjoying the unexpected sunshine.

Lovely enough for a last minute barbeque...............

Saturday afternoon brought a surprise phonecall from my lovely other half to tell me that he'd spotted a pair of boots I'd seen before Christmas but could in no way afford to treat myself to. These boots were now reduced to half price and did I want them? Did I??!! Bless him, just one of the many reasons that make him such a fab man to live with. Doesn't often cook, iron or clean the loo but a more thoughtful man you couldn't meet. Said boots are now residing in their box just waiting for their first outing - if this weather continues (who am I kidding?), they may not be out until Autumn.
This morning brought breakfast in bed for the two of us before the children woke up, one of the benefits of an early alarm call for the cat boot. 7.30ish and the familiar car horn outside means my car booting buddy is here and off we go for 3 hours of rummaging, laughter and bargains. Andrea spends a large amount of time whilst we wander shaking her head in disbelief at my treasures, still, it means there's no arguing over discoveries.
And look at just a couple of the goodies that I rehomed today. My favourite find just has to be this little beauty...............
..................for 50p!! My heart leapt when I spotted it and tried ever so casually to wander (sprint) over and ask "how much?". I'm sure the lady selling was as bewildered as Andrea by my joy at finding such a little piece of deliciousness, but I'm thrilled to bits with it.

This lovely little string box was £1, I'm a bit of a crinoline lady fan so this was a great find.

Finally, for today, these totally gorgeous barkcloth curtains for £1.50. Love 'em, love 'em, love 'em! Washed and out on the line to dry and gladdening my heart with every glimpse. Ian HATES them, but I think they may be destined to become cushions and a bag so he better get used to those gorgeous blooms!

..........want a closer peek?

As you can tell, fickle old me has been drawn back into the land of blog. Is it only me who keeps feeling the need to stop one day, but loving it the next. Bear with me, for now I think I'll be sticking with it.
Have a lovely week all....................xx


Christine said...

What a beautiful weekend you had indeed! Love the boots. The man is definitely a keeper for being so thoughtful.

May your week turn out to be just as good! :)

Lulu said...

have a wonderful week..
take care,

Rubyred said...

A perfect weekend indeed! There's nothing like an impromptu barbie when the sun comes out! Love your loot fom the boot especially the curtains.Very Dottie Angel.I was at the boot and bought lots of stuff,lots of pretty fabric and haberdashery,so exciting!
Rachel x

Hen said...

Top finds, well done! You can't beat a spot of car booting though it does take up half of my Sunday!
Hen x

Lesley (Notesfrommydays) said...

I am glad you will be sticking with it but feeling exactly the same at the moment my blogging mojo is missing!!!
i love the grey and mustard colour combo on the curtains :-)
have a good week!

Bobo Bun said...

Sounds a blissful weekend. I think blogging like eveything comes and goes while we get a buzz for something else. I often think I had a great day, but who wants to hear all of that so I don't post it.

Those curtains are fabulous. I have plans for a bright pink and buttercup yellow bathroom so I'm on the hunt for ones like that. Wonder what yours will become.

French Knots said...

With our unpredictable weather you have to grab the chance of a bbq when ever the sunshines!
Great boots!

Anonymous said...

Keep blogging please. I love your posts, better than magazines anyday!

Anonymous said...

Wow, you did pick up some fabulous bargains!
I was just wondering, do you know of anyone who is looking for a swap partner? I am longing to join this swapping lark, and any help you could give me would be greatly appriciated.

Take Care
Melanie xx

Things Hand Made said...

Given the weather today then you will need those boots!

thriftymrs said...

Please do stick with it, your blog is my fave. I drool over your photos most days! Sad I know.

I'm on my phone on the train and from the teeeny pics it looks like you got some wonderful, wonderful finds. I am jealous in the extreme. I actually got weird looks for almost shouting 'oooooh pretty' at a couple of your photographs. The shame!

Curlew Country said...

Ooooh treasures galore! What a super magazine rack, just need to treat yourslef to plenty of magazines to fill it now.

What a sweet husband you have too. The boots are just perfect, what a piece of luck.

Have a super week.

gingerwine said...

you have found some lovely things!

Sam xx

sharie said...

Great finds. I love the magazine rack (what a bargain, my kind of price) and the little string pot.

Frances said...

Beautiful sky!

Great start to the day, very good man you've got there.

Your car boot finds are gems.

About blogging. I do love to read others blogs and traveling round the world click by click. Then it occurs to me that perhaps I might also contribute. That's the part I love about connecting, there is no pressure, folks just write when they want to.

Glad to see you are back in the blogging mood. xo

serendipitylovesnewyork said...

What a great car booty for you, I love the magazine rack, what a find for 50p!
I've been a bit lazy recently with blogging, I love reading what everyone has been up to but dont feel I have anything exciting to blog about!! But like you I change each day about how I feel about it!!
BBQ food looked yummy!
Have a great week.......Claire xx

Kathy said...

Hi Julia, what a lovely weekend. Love your finds, fabulous. Hope to see you at the Vintage fair? Kathyx PS. My blog is v.v.v. neglected, naughty me!

Mummy Boo Bear said...


Loved the boots how lucky for you your other half thought to buy them.

loved the magazine rack and the curtains very pretty. I am sure you will turn them into something gorgeous!

I find blogging strange sometimes you have great ideas for posts other time not and its the same with commenting! But glad you are back in a blogging mood as I love your blog!

Anonymous said...

We had that same beautiful weekend here in Virginia (US)! I didn't get any vintage goodies like you did though. And, the prices! You are a lucky lady.

Thrifted Treasure said...

Sounds like a perfect time, God what I wouldn't do for breakfast in bed!!

Anonymous said...

I am hosting a swap over on my site if you would like to join, please feel free to pop over and take a look.
Take Care
Love Melanie xxx