Postcards from Beach Cottage Treasure Hunting & Wiry Old Women + A Winner!
Fri 28th, May, 2010
Howdy! How ya doin’?
Well I have to say I have been knee deep in things here in Beach Cottage Land. But mainly other than the boring stuff, I have been thrifting and painting and gardening. I am painting the front door…black…I have seen so many cottagey, vintagey, country-ish houses lately with a black front door that I am having a go myself…
And gardening…um I have to say that my gardening at the mo’ is all about daffodils and tulips…the other day I was in the DIY store for some paint funnily enough and was presented with a dirty great stand absolutely heaving with spring bulbs…hmm, I rubbed my hands together and filled my head with all sorts of romantic notions…moi happily planting in the garden…vintage trug beside me on the lawn (vintage trug has been added to the Most Wanted List for sure)…birds tweeting…you get the picture.
There are two problems with this scenario.
The first is that The Lucky Country decided to cast aside it’s blue skies and winter sunshine for the week and so I have been dodging the downpours and fervently digging in mud and that doesn’t quite paint the same picture as sun and the second is I somehow relieved myself of way too much moneyand bought 100 bulbs…have you ever tried to plant 100 bulbs quickly, while dodging inclement weather, before it’s too late for them to come out for spring. Yeah.
So anyway while I was out there digging I noticed the lovely pink camelias had arrrived…sigh…for sure I love them and on my way in a couple came with me…to sit in my newly thrifted treasure…a white sundae glass and my lovely thrifted Italian water carafe.
Now, there is a story behind this vessel…I had walked to Vinnies on my get-these-legs-looking-better campaign and was randomly glancing through the piles of cr*pola looking for vintage treasure when I spied three water containers and thought hmmm they might be nice on the table in the summer.
Happily minding my own business I suddenly got the feeling that someone was watching me…there over my right shoulder was a wiry old woman eyeing my carafes…I picked this one up and had my hand on the other one when she sort of dropped her bag on the floor near my foot, as I looked down and she exclaimed “oh dear!” she grabbed the third carafe and tried to steal number two as well.
Luckily for me, being the vintage lovin’ treasure hunting professional that I am, I clung on for dear life to the second bottle…and then she tugged…she actually tried to steal it away from my fair hand….bag was still squarely on my foot…but I, using my thrifting skills from way back neatly sidestepped the bag, yanked the thing as if she were trying to steal one of my children and promptly removed myself as the victor…my opponent left sad and deflated.
Moral of the story?
Never trust a wiry old woman in a thrift shop.
I hope you have a good weekend…we have friends over on Saturday night, Miss Beach Cottage will be making a chocolate pavlova I believe and I am wondering what to cook…I really cannot fall back on my fall backs and present anyone who enters this tatty old cottage yet again with Spanish Stew or roast chicken with a lemon shoved up it’s bottom…and I’ve suddenly just realised that I am out for most of Saturday so this needs to be something that I can do with just about my eyes shut…let me know if you have anything u up your sleeve…though I’ll go consult Nigel of Slater fame, Miss Dahl and of course Jamie Oliver in bed tonight ;-)
So long sweeties, I am off to the beach for lunch with my lovely friend lg who might I add has seriously moved on in the friendship stakes as she now texts me when she spies vintage stuff on the side of the road…I have trained her well
p.s. in other news I was alerted by one of my readers Katie, thanks, that my vintage chalboard door was at HGTV Design Happens,and Apartment Therapy again, though by the looks of it being lumped in with Lost Decor I’m thinking the powers of design style be may be having a laff about my old Hungarian lady in the Sitting Room…:-))
** Miss Dahl winner is Federica **
shared at Cindy’s My Romantic Home Show and Tell