I brought a really gorgeous book from my local charity bookshop this week, Vintage Flowers by Vic Brotherson. Its the sort of book I enjoy browsing through with a cuppa; the colourful photos and styling make it a real page-turner for me. I'm keen on growing my own flowers too, so its given me some planting ideas for spring and summer. I noted there were some photos of a few Dartmouth Pottery mantle vases in the book and made a mental note to look out for some. Anyway, on an ad-hoc stop off at a charity shop in town this morning, what did I find but an identical vase to one in the book...
...what a brilliant coincidence. That's made my day.
Not only did I buy the vase, but also a 1970s Indian print dress and a 1960s sequinned evening jacket from the same shop:
The Style pattern on the right is another contender for this year's Vintage Pledge - its only got three pattern pieces too!
My other charity shop buy this week was a pair of Pied a Terre black nubuck boots, which haven't had much wear. My friend commented that they looked a bit steampunk.
Yesterday we dug out around the old greenhouse foundations to get it ready for Husband to repair as soon as we have a spell of decent weather. It was hard graft as the nettles and ground elder had formed dense root mats, which made it tough for the spade to cut through, but we did have a glorious sunny day.
You'll see from the photo below that this area is looking a lot better than when I blogged about it in my previous post here and I've got my planting plan for this raised border well under way. I felt that I needed my damson gin session last night after all that digging!