These past few mornings have been sublime... watching the steady glow on the horizon herald the start of another beautiful day with lapis skies and a dazzling sun. Yesterday, and today, as I have just discovered on waking and venturing out from duvet.. is crisp and bitter with a thick icing of frost on the rooftops and cars. I think even the birds must be having a lie-in this morning as it is strangely quiet outside even though the hint of dawn is in the sky.
Enough of this typically British pre-occupation with the weather..
My quest today is to plant out two hellebores that we bought yesterday... belated Valentine's for each other..they are to live under our Cotinus Tree which will provide a bit of shade for them once the leaves arrive on the tree.
Yesterday was a wonderful day ..in holiday mood we went from the plant sale.. to Clifton in Bristol one of my favourite Saturday outings. Clifton is a part of Bristol not dissimilar to Bath with the elegant architecture but there is a different buzz there and it has a slightly gutsier feel than my home town. There are some very tempting and varied shops ...
I wanted to go to the arcade that has an interesting and eclectic selection of little shop units.. my all time favourite being... Hollyer's... a delightful emporium of vintage kitchenalia, homewares and one off items that I never seem to see elsewhere.
I am very fond of the rabbits that this shop sells... of course if you are familiar with my weird and wonderful tastes you will know by now that I love rabbits..
This photo is for you Joanna .... Captain Rupert would feel very much at home here..
The flowers in the greengrocers were as always in every season... abundant and vibrant.
And bulbs too....
I have not forgotten that I have a giveaway to perform..
Having cast your votes.. The Childhood Ephemera ... won the vote.. (sorry vintage household. I will hold another giveaway at a future date for you.)
I found something on my travels yesterday that I thought ideal for the prize.. as I know that some of you are a big fan of this artist...
This Mabel Lucie Attwell Annual is an early edition.. not dated but I can tell by the paper that is is probably late 50's early 60's.
It is full of her charming little characters and will hopefully delight the winner. I have added some other bits and pieces to this giveaway, a bisque doll holding a cat and a vintage toffee box (without toffees alas) in the shape of a cottage. I will draw this giveaway on Friday 22nd February at 8.pm. so you will all have a chance to enter if the urge grabs you!
You will not have to jump through hoops to enter.. just leave a comment and tell me what your favourite or most treasured childhood toy was. From teddies to Lego I would love to know..
Enjoy this day wherever you are. xxx
Sunday, 17 February 2008
Posted by Cowboys and Custard at 7:48 am