Sunday was the June Fleamarket at Malvern. I took my friend Pam along and nearly walked the legs off her! 23,000 steps by the end of the day. She really enjoyed herself and gosh we chatted non-stop!
What I would have bought if I'd let myself . I think I have noted it before - it was £22, so she obviously wants £20, but I will let it go to someone else to treasure.
I would have given this house-room too, but made myself settle for just a photo of it.
A mummified cat. These (once dead) were placed in thatched rooves or walls of cottages to deter mice and rats (supernaturally - the hunting spirit of the cat carried on). There's one in the little Museum at the top of Gold Hill in Shaftesbury. I also have a whispered memory of one at a pub on the A31 just before Henbury (on the Wimborne Minster - Blandford road in Dorset).
Isn't this horse head amazing? All made from motorbike parts by the stallholder. I told him he was very talented.
I really liked this vase - had a look of Exeter pottery about it, but the chap wanted £50 and wouldn't budge a penny. Crikey, he even wanted £100 (!!!) for one of those round mesh egg holders - French - it came from a Chateau so that made it a lot more valuable apparently! I bet he didn't sell it at that price. I'd have put it £45 max.
I've never seen a grey and white bunny (hare) tureen before.
Some photos from our favourite stall, which always has really interesting items. I had a good chin-wag with the lady who owns it, as usual. She asked where "Mr £5" was - e.g. Keith! He's always cheeky and offers her a fiver on something with a MUCH bigger price.
I was idly scanning this stall and suddenly did a double take :) The things you can buy at Malvern - ithyphalic African carvings . . .