Sunday morning saw us up at 5 a.m. and on our way to the Malvern Antiques and Collectors Fair by 6 a.m. Here is a view through the car window of the day starting over the Brecon Beacons. I wish I had been able to stop lots and take photos as the scenery was just absolutely amazing in the sunshine.
We stopped to change drivers and I managed to get a quick photo of the Usk valley. I only wish I have not been the designated driver, or that we were in a hurry, as I wanted to stop so many times and capture the early morning light across the mountains. Everywhere was bathed in a soft sleepy light.
Strong manly lines in this stall too, but at least you could see what was on offer and there was a definite oriental theme.
I was drawn to this colourful plate, but told myself sternly, that I had enough plates . . .
Inside were the Antiques stalls, and this pretty - feminine! - one really caught my eye. The pots of flowers made such a difference to it.
I was very tempted by this cheerful Staffordshire cat, and he was affordable too . . . but I stayed my hand. However, if he is there next time, I may have changed my mind, as he wasn't dear.
Some lovely quilts and linen on this stall. The stall-holder said that the quilts were largely the work of two sisters, who just lived to make quilts, by hand and by machine, and just kept going.
A close-up of the hand-quilted in red quilt. I'd have loved to have bought this (though I didn't dare enquire the price!) as it is just like a cushion-cover (also worked in red) that I made when my children were small, back in the late 1980s. Happy memories, and such skill went into this one.
Another stunning piece, heavily embroidered on velvet, and which I would have loved to have brought home with me. My hand is now itching to do something like this, but the garden is calling VERY loudly right now.
Three dogs wait patiently behind a stall. Their owner said they were very good, but not averse to the odd Bonio to help pass the time!
A hugely detailed school book from Edwardian times, when children really WANTED to learn - I should think this was a gifted teenager who came from a family who could afford extended education.
Crocodile foot purse anyone? Only £48 . . .
Isn't this gorgeous? Ribbon work and embroidery. I had to walk away! It was on that beautiful stall with all the flowers that I showed earlier.
We had one last wander round outside (which REALLY paid off for my husband, as he found a very old hunting knife, very cheap!) I had a look at this lovely vintage quilt top (unfinished, and still with the paper liners of Woman's Weekly or something inside around the edge. I shook it out, had a good look at it. We had a little stroll, and I went back and haggled, and it came home with me. I'll take a picture of it on a bed and show you it properly tomorrow.
Meanwhile, the garden is calling - SHOUTING in fact! Progress has been made . . .