Yesterday was the Whitsun Bank Holiday. It doesn't seem to get called that very often now, which is a shame. Anyway, we were up at silly o'clock (3.30 a.m.) to set off at 4.15 a.m. for all points East, but focus was the HUGE Fleamarket at Malvern. Fortunately the weather forecast was good and it stayed dry. A few photos for you, starting with some Taxidermy (as always). This time, GOOD taxidermy - we see so many examples of the boring and falling-apart stuff.
I think this chap must have spent a fortune at the auction on all these, because they are more unusual than the normal run of deer and small furry animals which turn up at Fleamarkets.
Scottish Wild Cat.
A rather bizarre set up of naughty collie puppies upsetting a table . . .
Equally bizarre, someone's favourite horse . . .
All sorts . . . he had a field day at the auction . . .
Back to normality and a little hexagon lap throw.
I was trying to get an idea of business but so many people there, buying and trading. It took us over 6 hours to walk round.
A lovely hand-worked quilt from around 1900, and beyond my pocket!
On the same stall. Isn't it lovely?
Some lovely child-sized seats - the darker one is a child's lambing chair, and the Windsor potty chair has a lovely hoop back.
An interesting stall.
However, in the sheds, stock is a bit more random!
Beautifully-knitted little dollys' clothes.
A vintage corner.
I would have loved to have bought this beautiful enameled picture, but at £440 it stayed there! It looked better in real life - the photo doesn't do us justice . . .
We bought well, although as I looked at the length of these Lance poles, I had a sudden thought - would they FIT in the car? Fortunately they did, but not without some jiggery-pokery as the back door had locked itself again after we had put a huge (and very heavy) wooden chest in it - we had to carry that 1/4 mile to the car!!! So these lances had to be fed in through an open window . . .
One last bit of Taxidermy - possibly the oldest fox ever stuffed . . .
Enjoy your day.