Luck was on my side! We drove to the charity shop (sorry, Rowcroft Hospice Boutique) this morning and in front of me on a stand was The Vase! The one that I wanted but missed because I was far too busy taking photos last weekend (me and my camera!) And it matches exactly my original vase that was a present to my mother in the 1960s, and so now I have a pair.
However, I was incorrect: these are not Fulham Pottery vases, but Dartmouth Pottery vases, although they are very similar to those created at the Fulham Pottery. I love them, they are sculptural, and look beautiful empty, as above, or filled with flowers. My vase today was £8, and I’m absolutely delighted with it. My original one has a slight chip on the reverse side of the base, but it’s so small it doesn’t matter to me. I’m just delighted to have a pair of these lovely, elegant vases.
I also off-loaded another year’s supply of some of my lovely style magazines. It really hurts me to part with them, but I’ve run out of magazine-space, and so I’ve let some of them go. Someone will give them a good home, I’m sure.
I simply had to mention my good fortune first, but on the way to Torquay I took a couple of photos as we approached the sea front. Not my best efforts, but I was in the passenger seat while husband was driving and I didn’t want to get a lot of traffic on the photograph, so snapped as soon as the way was reasonably clear, even if that meant a lamp post or a rubbish bin being photographed!
The road wends its way right around the sea front and it’s lovely to be able to take in this view if I’m not driving, and on such a fine morning, too.
I took just a couple of photos of the charity shop this morning … I loved this pale turquoise coffee set (on the left) and I think had husband not been there to steady my hand on my wallet this, too, might’ve found it’s way home with me …
And I also love that green glass dish on the right, what a fabulous colour and how beautifully this charity shop arranges the goods. I can’t wait to see how they decorate for St Valentine’s Day.
And the window has a lot of lime green in it at the moment, perhaps to reflect the arrival (well, almost) of spring.
Next to the charity shop is a VSPA Retreat (www.vsparetreat.co.uk) and I went in to pick up a leaflet. The young woman on the desk was most helpful and very pleasant, and she explained to me that they often have ‘offers’ and so I said I’d look through the various treatments (manicures, pedicures, facials, massages, etc) and then decide what I’d like to try out. I’ve never indulged in this kind of thing before – yes, I’ve had manicures, but more than 25 years ago, but not facials or massages or pedicures. Anyway, something to consider.
From there we went to Waitrose, our go-to supermarket. Not a huge amount of items on today’s list, but often the bill doesn’t reflect the volume, or the amount of items, does it? Especially when light bulbs are on the list – just one of those was almost £8. How have light bulbs, which used to be so inexpensive, become almost a luxury item?
I also found the magazine I wanted the other day, and of course, a bar of chocolate couldn’t help falling into the trolley (and no, I didn’t choose the chocolate to match the magazine’s cover, ha ha! Again, pink a popular colour right now, but this is a bright, shocking pink compared with the subtle pastel shades on the cover of the March issue of Homes & Antiques.)
And the new Waitrose magazine and Weekend paper were available (free to My Waitrose card holders) …
So lots of lovely reading this weekend. Speaking of which, I’m thoroughly enjoying …
This is the story of David’s search for and purchase of his Paris apartment. I’ve only read the first 100 pages but, my goodness, I thought buying and selling property was difficult enough here … Nonetheless, I’m enjoying hearing about the trials and tribulations that David suffered in his attempt to become a property-owning chef/cook-book-writer in Paris.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend.
Until next time.