My apologies for not having finished the second part of the Builth post. Life got in the way. A couple of photos and then on to a round up of what we've been up to here.
Four little maids from school are we . . . Aren't they lovely? Not sure if they were meant to be small mannikins originally, to show off dresses, or what?
A reflection of me in the picture I would have liked to buy, had he not had a silly price on it. This is the Thoroughbred racehorse "Othello" who had several of the pillars of the TB stud book running in his veins., but notably the Byerley Turk.
A bevy of cats. I SO WANTED the little ginger Royal Doulton cat in the front. She was so pretty and whimsical, but at £28 not for me as I was all spent out by this time. One day . . .
Beauatiful things on the other side of the same stall. I had a lovely chat with the stallholder too and hope she had a good weekend. Aren't those hares adorable, and the Whipetty-dog, and the lady of Godiva . . .
I'm not normally a glass person, but some of the pieces here were delectable - especially the ones on the left top.
This was more me though. These stallholders had really invested massively in stock. Some delectable horses there.
Of course, the one I REALLY liked was this Arab bust. . .
I preferred the first darker colour. My Fahly to the life, only he didn't have quite such a pronounced dish to his face.
I struck lucky when I found a stall holder with a great selection of Torquay pottery pieces, going cheaply. So I bought . . .
and I bought . . .
and I bought . . . (already had the middle vase, a rare and early one) . . .
and I bought. . . . All these pieces cost just £4 or £2 each. I spent under £20. And then I had to take down all the old stoneware huntsman pottery I had on this shelf and put my new goodies on it (the stoneware stuff to be sold/got rid of).
Just to show you the entire row, one back from the above photo is . . .
A lovely big jug I bought recently (£5) and the unusual/rare Violet jar without a lid cost me the same price (too much truth be told as no lid) at Malvern, but the chap wouldn't budge, and it IS unusual.
Finally, I bought two beautifully=pieced quilt tops to make up, hand-quilt, and then sell on.
I prefer the first one, colour-wise, but this is bright and pretty, and has curved seams too.
Lots of work there for me this winter . . .
I shall try and do another post today or tomorrow, to show you what has been keeping me busy in the kitchen.