I also treated myself to a quirky French bakelite box as I was drawn to the swirly purpley-green colour and the gaudy red roses on the lid. Apparently, it was originally used for chocolates and as its quite sizeable, it must have held quite a few pounds worth of confectionary! It even has a lock on it - probably used to keep out the hands of chocolate loving enfants!
There were a lot of textiles at the fair and I came away with a piece of embroidery and a fantastic table cloth with my favourite flowers on it: lilacs.
Its all been rather busy recently, especially as Monkeychild starts primary school in September. However, we have fitted in a few picnics, which gave me the opportunity to use our vintage hamper and fill it up with all sorts of picnic goodies - including our family favourite: Tunnocks Teacakes! Although, one of our picnic trips was marred by the breakage of one of the original Thermos flasks that came with the hamper. Husband dropped it and the ominous sound of broken glass signalled the end of its tea-warming life. Luckily, the hamper came with two so we have one left!
|All ready for some al fresco action!|
We also saw Giffords Circus a couple of weeks ago and its still as amazing as ever. This year the performance was based around the life of Yasmine Smart, grand-daughter of the famous circus owner Billy Smart, and included Yasmine performing with her own horses. Monkeychild was well and truly mesmerized, especially when a pair of grey ponies burst into the ring with plumes on their manes. Giffords always has an informal and magical feel to its performances and is very much a vintage-style travelling circus complete with maroon livery'd caravans and classic Bedford lorries (these remind me of travellers' lorries back in the 80s and 90s).
|Monkeychild working the boho-chic look in her spotty dress and pink wellies!|
On the finds front, I came across a hoard of buttons, which I brought there and then without hesitation. The buttons date from the 1900s onwards and include ones made out of celluloid, casein, glass, mother-of-pearl, bakelite, marcasite and metal.
The stash also included some vintage carded buttons - I like the image on the 'Lucky Lady' ones below.