Sunday, 23 June 2013

Park Life



Today, Mike and I had a stroll in the park opposite his house, we watched house martins, deliquent cows and ate some cake at the cheap and unpretenious church tea rooms

 A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting another blogger. Kezzie was part of an orchestra who learnt and performed an opera in a weekend. The fantastic music camp is only 10 minutes down the road from my house, so I'll be going back asap, especially as they do painting sessions


Hurrah, I'd never seen a whole opera before - the performance was Janacek's Kat'a Kabanova. We sat on old armchairs on a mezzanine at one end of a large ramshackle studio, there was no sound system, it was all just pure orchestra and it was magical!

Last week was the Naphill village fete. I usually get something good. I've been going for years and past successes include a whitefriars vase for 20p, a 70s bass guitar for £1.50, a 30's tea set for £1 and a 1930s chair for £5. 
The glory days are over and I'm not allowed to buy any more furniture - grrrr......... but I did get the following...
The book stall never disappoints, fake flowers and old tin tray 50p- ish each
amazing 50s space themed glasses 10p each, Obligatory Blogger Deer (OBD), Christmas Angel and long necked cat. 
This amazing LP, the only one worth having at the fete. When I got home I put this on and danced round my room during the torrential rain. 
one of the MAMBO JAMBO classics on the album

I also got the most horrible brooch EVER

I hope you like clowns. This one could join Krista's hideous collection
old scissors, 1960s St Michael scarf and weird Turkish coasters

oh and we had loads of luck on the tombola. I had also won a recipie book and a book to write lists in, but donated them to the bookstall because I knew I'd never use them
I bought the cakes and the coffee pot is ours, but everything else is our winnings. I bet I'll be drinking that bottle of Benedictine for the next 10 years. Love those Bronnley lavender soaps.AND the vintage port, lurvley

Soaptastic
I bought these amazing Mondi leopard harem pants for £2 in a charity shop recently. The top is an old but crisp cotton slip, with beautiful cutwork and embroidery. (I have a thing about old manual mowers, I just love the noise they make)

Here's a great label for you label lovers and a close up of the slip


Right I'm orf again, Have a great week. I'm leaving you with a beautiful bunch of Pinks in my old Wedgewood Teapot (village fete bought Whitefriars in the background)



28 comments:

Ivy Black said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Bloody fabularse my darling! I'd love to have joined you to listen to the orchestra...sounds wonderful.
You're not gonna believe it Spooky, but I have the Mambo Jambo LP somewhere. No idea were I got it years ago! Love your finds and tombola wins 'specially the coasters. Barking or what?
Hate clowns though. But loves you.
xxxxxx

Forest City Fashionista said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Best lawn-mowing outfit I've ever seen! Those are awesome space-themed glasses; looks like some great finds even if you couldn't bring home any more furniture.

Rose&Bird said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oooh, fabulous - loving the finds, especially the flowers, tray and space glasses! That brooch is one of the most hideous things I've ever seen, actually it makes me think of those old shakespeare busts you see!

Sacramento Amate said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love you in your pants on the blue bench, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Nothing like English cool summer.
Great finds, gorgeous Clare.
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freckleface said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

That musical performance sounds magical and how perfect to sit in old armchairs to listen to it from up above.

I love so many of your finds. If I could, I would half-inch: the cloth sculpture book, the fake flowers, the tin tray, the Turkish coasters, the Mambo Jambo album, the port, the soaps and the mower. But I am not an entirely heartless tealeaf, so I would leave you with that clown brooch. OK? xxxxx

p.s. please show us the 1930s chair you got for £5? I might have that too. :)

David Ho said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

have you run out of space yet?

Mary Lou said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

this is the kind of latin music i absolutely love;) well i listened today all day long to harry belafonte ;)
every time i see you i have to say i love your new haircolour more! and you made some great finds again, especially the books look interesting and how amazing you look in your leo harem pants! gorgeous!
kiss,mary

thorne garnet said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

geez, who need to but furniture when you found all that other cool stuff?

That clown pin is the devil, but the flower one is sweet.

Helga! said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Just look at those gorgeous pinks! They are beautiful in that sweet jug!
I would have liked to hear more about the delinquent cows...!!!
YAY for a grand day, AND some awesome scores! The pretty tin tray has me all aglow, as I am currently obsessed with tin,the glasses are divoon and I would have snapped that LP up for the cover alone! Bonus that it's awesome music! I love a bit of mambo!
Crikey, and then you go and win a pile of goodies! SQUEEEEE!
You know where you can stick that clown brooch, don't you?!
HA!
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Vix said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Is it safe to go back and look at your post? Those clowns are hurting my eyes!
You look fabularse in your fancy pants complete with lawnmower and I'm delighted you scored an OBD, what self-respecting vintage blogger doesn't own a herd of the buggers?
Those pinks look gorgeous in the Wedgwood and I'm insanely jealous of the Whitefriars bargain!
The cover of Mambo Tambo is too fabulous, I demand you re-enact it! xxxxxx

Mrs. D said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Lovely finds as always, my favourites have to be the space themed glasses!
Looking lovely as always xx

Jeanne Baney said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thank you for the music to peruse your post by. Everything is unusual and fun! I especially love the 50's space glasses and your long necked cat!

pastcaring said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Now this post sounds like quintessential country life - cows, house martins, village fetes, cake, oh and opera!
Your previous Naphill fair scores sound awesome (thanks for the envy-inspiring peek at your Whitefriars vase) but you didn't do too badly this year either. I would have locked elbows with you for those 1950s glasses, the tray and the cat, but stood back politely to let you buy the clown brooch...
The tombola gods were definitely smiling on you, look at that haul! Somebody donated a tin of peas and Fray Bentos pie to ours... I suppose it's a meal.
Loving the leopard pants, Tarzan would heartily approve. Those old mowers remind me of my childhood and offering to help mow the lawn, but soon getting fed up, they are so bloody hard to push!
Gorgeous pinks. Gorgeous you! xxxxx

Melanie said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I've never seen such a gorgeous mower of lawns. Work it, baby, work it. The manuals are my fave too. The rustic opera is genius - I wish we had something like that near here. And I dig that organ in YouTube. That song makes me want to learn how to do a real dance step.
Looks like you and Mike had a great outing. I want to be a delinquent cow!

Ulla-Marie Nilsson said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Except for women with green hair and leopard skirt that cut grass, is the sound of cows eating grass one of my favoritesounds.

edie pop said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love the teapot with the pinks, a great image to end such an epic post!! The opera sounds great, I've never watched one too, silly me, especially I'd love to listen to it without sound system, I bet the instruments sounded magical!
The leopard pants are so beautiful and comfy, perfect on my favourite atomic Mildred!!!And i like the record and the clown brooch and everything!!!
Love xxxxxxxxxxx

Jane George said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

that teapot with the pinks is sublime as are you! xxx

Krista Gassib said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

So this what you've been up to, playing, laying about and looking gorgeous! You wear it well! I love the shot of Mike chillaxin! I have only been to an opera once and shhh I loved it. The clown brooch has me laughing as the other gals revolt. I just found a bar here called funhouse and they have a clown room. I'll be there next month wishing you were with me.
Xxxooooloveyougirl!

Kezzie said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Is that the church in the park? I went there once and the errant cows surrounded my friend's car and licked the windows!
What lovely finds you scored at the fair- I used to own the same long-necked cat- it was a present from a fellow actress in a musical I was in!
I adore tombolas and they are one thing I am always lucky with too! At the North Dean fete last year I won a hamper!!!!!x

Georgia Rose said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Ohh those glasses! What a find! We can't have nice glasses in our house because someone always gets too drunk and smashes one.

Lucy Nation said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I wish I lived somewhere where there was a local village fete and unpretentious tea rooms in a park! I am totally envious of your fete finds (regular blog feature right there!) Especially the atomic glasses, cat and OBD. The lavendar soaps are charming and make me want to watch Miss Marple! I always love your crazy taste in music too xxxx

Hollie "Jet" Black-Ramsey said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

that clown brooch is crazy. Crazy awesome.... in a creepy rhinestone studded sort of way...

menopauselsupermodel said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

FABULOUS haul--I'm jealous!!
I love opera--got to go once to a technical rehearsel at the opera house and it was AMAZING!!

Those leopard pants are cool--you look rather chic mowing the lawn!

Sara said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love love love tose space glasses!! Lots of good finds, and winnings, indeed! Oh, I so wish I could listen to the Mambo Jambo video right now. I'm at work, and I'm not sure everyone else would love it as much as me! ~ LittleMissPlump (Sara)

Lynn Dylan said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Clare, I love the leopard pants, and the slip, and that label is VERY cool. The pinks are so pretty in the teapot. Makes me want to do the same. I love looking at the treasures you bring home. I mean this as a complete compliment: you just have a way with clutter. :)

xoxo
Lynn

his_girl_friday said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Love, love, love the photos of you and your lawn mower.

La Dama said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Amor,
You found lots of good shit! love the Frida book and clown brooch is the best! I love mambo crap.love you in your leopard haram pants mowing the lawn.Adore everything on the 50's table.

Besos

Indigo Violet said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

There is so much to see that I had to go back and read it again. I love the OBD and OBC. I must raid my old Xmas deccies - I'm sure there are a couple of OBDs in there. And of course the Whitefriars vase and Wedgewood teapot are lovely.