We were late to the Car Boot Sale on Sunday, as the weather was dire when our alarm woke us up - hailstones hurling against the window. We had a leisurely breakfast and I priced up some bits and bobs to go to the Unit, and we arrived at the Boot sale about 10 a.m. We came home with several books which are useful additions to our antiques guides.
An interest of mine, but not a subject I know a great deal about - yet.
Of course, this one was right up my street. All the individual factories were catalogued, and the differences between their cottages noted - a Nerds book indeed, so well homed with me!
Carnival Glass is largely unfashionable t the moment, but I am still interested in it.
Love that dresser. Again, lots of info inside these covers.
Our central heating (which we have been without for over 3 weeks now after the boiler went kaput) is now being reinstated, and we have a much larger boiler installed (as of today) and some radiators replaced. Tomorrow we will find out if it's all done in joined-up writing . . . It has been PERISHING here, needless to say, with frosts, a little bit of snow, and the temperature in our bedroom has been a sunny 7 degrees C (45 F). The two warm rooms (kitchen and sitting room) are just under 60 - but I'd rather they were more! 6 layers are the order of the day. . .
Whilst we are camped out in the sitting room awaiting the heating (doors open all over the show today and yesterday so normal routine ceased . . .), I have been starting a repair on an old cart bridle which was in a box of harness I got last week. I thought it was in reasonable (but very well used) order until the bit fell down on one side . . . I decided to try and effect a repair, and discovered that the stitching of the end of the cheekpiece and noseband (4 thicknesses of leather, two of those thicknesses being 1/4" thick!) had rotted away from age and horse sweat, so my little repair job has turned into a real challenge. The biggest challenge currently being to remove all the old twiny cotton thread from each hole . . . I know what the worst challenge will be - sewing it all back together again . . . It's not really worth the effort, but I've started and so I'll give it a good shot.
Anyone good at Chinese? I am trying to date this bowl I bought at auction last year. I am hoping it is a goodish one and worth more than I paid for it! That little lighter browny-orange mark (needs turning sideways a bit I think) may be a Good Thing . . .
It's probably just a 20th C export piece, but I would love to know.
Finally, one little treat for myself today, as although I have lots of pairs of earrings, my ears have been getting sore recently as some of them obviously have nickle-silver fittings rather than silver (or gold!) and I bought myself a pair of silver dangly earrings today, ones with little iridescent glass beads on. I found them in Origin Dyfed, which is the excellent craft outlet for West Wales artists, and where I like to support this local talent. Sorry it's such a lousy photograph.