We spent Saturday doing a car boot sale associated with our local Vintage Show. It was a long day and I was glad I took a good book to read. I did have a wander round a little bit though, and took some photos to share with you. It is a rather "blokey" type of event, and if I an honest, the way they have it now, without a main central arena for tractors to parade round in the afternoon, spoilt it for me.
. . . and the dog came along too!
Other canine visitors were enjoying the sunshine.
This is Molly, a rescue dog. She had been used for breeding on a farm somewhere, and when no longer producing puppies, was driven a long way from home and dumped. Neighbours of our friends who took her in after she was found wandering and starving, said that they had heard a dog yelping in pain, with much shouting and presume this was Milly being chucked out and beaten to chase her away. All good puppy farming practice - though tieing their legs together and chucking in the river used to be favoured . . . This usually happens around the age of 7 for brood bitches like this one, who had never seen the outside of the barn where she was kept to produce endless litters. Only now, after several months of love and care is she starting to relax and realize that not all people are out to hurt her. She's a lovely little dog and starting to become more friendly now, bless her. We were lucky to have our stall next door to our friends and so we could chat all day.
A sneaky and rather blurred photo of our friend with his t-shirt sunhat!
Above and below, a steam powered mill for flour.
Another static engine, producing boiling water.
Some for Pat's (Weaver of Grass) husband and Sharon's (Mornings Minion) and any other tractor fans out there.
This is from a horticultural tools display.
Now - my OH's next project:
This one was my idea, after spotting it at an auction when we viewed last week. It is solid oak and VERY heavy, but fortunately we managed to get it onto our wheeled trolley and down to the workshop without too much effort.
The ancient brown paint on the sides and very bottom of the front will have to go (mask on though, as it will be lead-based.)
Below: note the date carved inside under the - fetching! - blue paint. 1740. When George II was on the throne and the year of the Great Frost, when the lowest average temperatures ever were recorded. On 1 August, the song "Rule Britannia!" was first performed at Cliveden, home of the Prince of Wales and three weeks later, the first issue of grog was handed out to the sailors of the Royal Navy . . .
I will show you the "after" photos in due course. This is a "keeper".