I did promise you some pictures of Andy's 40th birthday day out, but I am afraid I only have a couple to share with you as they didn't come out as well as we thought!!
This is a view of the beautiful Autumn scenery in all it's glory as we drove into Matlock. It was quite hard to take pictures as we were driving along at the time, we should have stopped really.
The window display of Matlock Antiques and collectables. A glorious place to visit and full of different dealers so a bit of something for everyone and every budget. Of course we partook of what they had on offer in the shape of a vintage egg packing crate.
I am going to use this lovely old crate as part of my table display at fairs.
Two lovely vintage orchid pots.
A rather lovely vintage 50's housecoat with a teal velvet collar and cuffs (almost wish it fitted me...no chance!!)
Yummy prawn sandwiches for lunch in Bakewell.....Mmmm
Yesterday we went to Brewood (pronounced Brood) in Staffordshire to pick this beauty up for my impending birthday at the beginning of December. I know I already have loads of mannequins but couldn't resist this beauty with her waspie waist to die for!! Our downstairs is beginning to resemble a film set for 'Invasion of the mannequins'.
Brewood was a gorgeous village and I can thoroughly recommend a visit to this lovely antiques and collectables shop, 'Passiflora'. Alas, these lovely little shops are becoming few and far between now as the internet takes hold and sadly this one will be closing soon as David and Paula the proprietors are retiring. It was a treasure trove of antiques and collectables.
Andy and I couldn't resist having a little flutter as there was so many lovely things to look at, and something for every budget. David and Paula are really lovely, homely people and you can be assured of a very warm welcome when you visit them. They will even open the shop by appointment for you and are so flexible. It does make me sad that these lovely old shops are slowly disappearing from our High Streets in favour of the cloned retail outlets that offer mass produced rubbish!! We had a lovely visit and there is even a wonderful bakery and traditional butchers and grocers shop....again so rare nowadays in one village. Even our village only has a butchers and a couple of local shops and one remaining pub left.
On a lighter note, I am pleased to report that the shabby Santa's now are sporting rather fetching beards made from the most wonderful French mohair. The lady I ordered it from keeps her own goats and sorts and cleans the mohair by hand, it really is lovely quality. Hope everyone is enjoying the weekend.