“To market, to market, to buy a fat pig,
Home again, home again, dancing a jig;
To market, to market, to buy a fat hog;
Home again, home again, jiggety-jog;
To market, to market, to buy a plum bun,
Home again, home again, market is done.”
I’ve been to market, several actually, and loved them all. Petticoat Lane, Old Spitalfields, Borough Market, Old Truman Brewery Market and others. That’s when I wasn’t wandering around museums or getting lost on foot -smile-. One place I found myself was Covent Garden and spent a pleasurable hour at a small tea shop before venturing, again, into the “unknown”.
Londoner’s are mad for “vintage” and I couldn’t believe the prices! Wool coats from the 1960’s were $100 and better. A long, champagne colored Victorian petticoat was $80 but “just for me” the price was reduced to $70. Shoes that had seen far, far better days bore rather precious prices as well. Now, I don’t mind wearing thrift store clothes…after all, there’s the washer and dryer…but I draw the line at OPS’s…other people’s shoes. That makes me a trifle squeamish and I’ve had my arm up to the shoulder in the rear end of a ewe, helping out with the birthing process.
I’m home and settling into a familiar routine. When I got home, a week ago today almost to the hour, the temperatures were above freezing since the first of the month. We’ve had our share of fierce January winter weather and the warmer temperatures and rain have melted the snow. We’re now seriously into mud season but that will change as temps drop again before true springs arrives.
Today is Vintage Thingie Thursday over at ColoradoLady and I’ve several offerings, beginning with the periwinkle bowls at top. The one on the right belonged to my MIL and we just purchased the left one at a recent auction. These are beautiful bowls and the left one has a “raw” lip where women would sharpen their kitchen knives. I’ve seen Grandmother Bennett do it time and again and always thought having a bowl serve more than one function was quite useful. These are my ‘go-to’ bowls for making cat head biscuits and they are “just right” for making six to eight biscuits.
This lovely little tea cozy was hand sewn by…??? Someone’s Gran, do you think? It has a bit of lace, some batting to keep the tea pot warm, an embroidered thistle and the words “Frae Scotland”; frae means from.
Home Sweet Home and it’s dear to me even with the rain and sleet that’s absolutely pouring from the skies as I’m sitting in the sunroom updating my blog. It’s below freezing and the wind chill is horrid, taking the temps to around 10 above so it’s a good dayi to put the tea pot and cozy into good use. I’m headed to the studio and will play Loreena McKennitt while I work, perhaps an audio book later. I promised to catch up with everyone and I will, eventually. I want to visit your blogs and see what I’ve missed.My desktop computer crashed and the computer doc has been called and will arrive sometime today to take said computer to the shop. Hmmmm…didn’t I just say that a few months ago? Seems like an all to recent happening but maybe it’s my memory that’s playing tricks, once again.
My studio time these past few days has been productive. I’ve finished one fleece throw, have two more to finish, a scarf for me and a couple of baby quilts pieced with batting and bottom and ready to be sewn. I am so blessed to be able to stay home and work on things that bring happiness so many times beginning when I purchase the fabric and begin to think of the project. Happiness is such a simple quality yet so necessary to our daily existence; so many people struggle to be happy and that is so sad. I find happiness in such simple things: a breath drawn deeply, a good body stretch, a baby’s face when they see their quilt for the first time, an adult’s face when they realize they were thought of and then action followed thought. Does that make me a simple person? Probably so but it also makes me a happy person.
Until next time,