The first new-to-me dresser, acquired in a dealer-swop last week for four kitchen chairs. It was looking a bit unloved when we picked it up - it had never been polished and the wood was dry and sun-faded, and a couple of the boards were loose on the back as it had been STAPLED together, rather than nailed. Obviously the cheapo end of the market when first sold. Now it is glowing and looking a lot happier decorated with the (bathroom! - it didn't get far!) "Yuan" china. The cream scales were one of the first things I ever bought at auction, That would have been 1985. They came from the one at Blandford Corn Exchange and cost the grand sum of £3. They were in regular use until recently, when I got a rather smart singing and dancing set of modern scales with a good sized bowl on top which is now my go-to set, even for pounds and ounces weighing. The basket (with Hydrangeas) on top is one that my dear departed friend Annie made.
I fell in love with this battered old pine cupboard at auction last week. Someone has replaced the original top with huge slabs of pine, and it works! It is going to take a bit of configuring about where it will go in the room, and there is much head-shaking from the man in my life, but hey, if I can live with it sticking out a bit somewhere, then so can he! The old brass dairy bowl (used for apples) came from Malvern, and has been patched and mended, but that adds to its character. The red French enamel pan is my dye pan.
This is the other pine unit which came from auction. I took the black handles off before painting it with a couple of coats of Annie Sloane chalk paint in Antique White. It's a very thick paint and it took me all afternoon to paint this, but looks much brighter already. I have ordered a job lot of ceramic handles in a jadey green (Fleabay again) and will replace all the knobs on the kitchen cupboard fronts with them. This is to hold my kitchen aids - mixer, breadmaker and electric pressure/slow cooker, which are bulky and took up room on the worktops prior to buying this. I need to repaint all the cupboard doors too (same colour though, as it's easy on the eye). Excuse mess and muddle in the kitchen - it looks like a bomb has hit it right now. Oh, and I bought a pretty copper effect drainer to replace that horrid plastic thing. It's all change here at the moment.
We bought several punnets of reduced strawberries, ate some fresh (with ice cream) and dried the rest. I have to say, I don't think I shall bother again as they seem to be All Pips!
Cheesey Grins - bread muffins with a stuffing of grated Cheddar. Eat when still hot. Oh My!
Now Gay has gone home, and I am left with memories of a happy holiday - we have been friends for 45 years (we started off as penpals). We just pick up where we left off last time when we meet/talk on the phone and have long ago reached that stage of a companionable silence between friends when we have exhausted the conversation around our interests.
I am back in my routines, and working through the long "to do" list which got thought through and written down after all the sleepless nights of the past 3 weeks. It is a relief not to be wired for speed any more - I actually got 7 hours' sleep last night, which is a vast improvement of the 4 hours maximum I have been managing on lately.
I'm getting rid of the filing cabinet in here so the next job is to go through and chuck out 98% of the contents . . . I may get in here and start the wallpapering and painting tomorrow if I'm not terracotta-ing the sitting room instead . . .
Eldest daughter Tam is at the Green Man Festival this weekend and we pick her up on Monday, so there's lots to look forward to, especially as I want to get Gabby and Danny back to visit whilst Tam's here. It will be full house again for the first time since Christmas.