I am an antique textile dealer and also make things from a variety of my textiles,usually things that are distressed and can be recycled to extend their life and enjoy their beauty or workmanship.
I buy antique quilts exstensively ,log cabin pattern is my favourite. "Paisley" shawls are another passion of mine,even the damaged ones find a good home with me! love the colours, so rich.
I have a soft spot for anything in wool, must be my Northern roots and upbringing,Blankets, sweaters, tweeds and felts , the more rustic the better.
Lizzy and I share a love of French linen and textiles and have a joint collection , " Franglais " which we source together on our travels, bedlinens , soft furnishings , sheets for curtains , the more rustic the better we like them Handwoven linens and hemps from the 19th cent. wonderful shirts and chemises.
It makes you reflect where this little drawer of lingerie ribbons , grosgrains and fine lace trim and the most fabulous 1920s designer name ribbon from The most elite address in Paris has been waiting undisturbed for years.
I can hardly bear to change a thing it is so evocative of its time and was obviously tools of the trade, maybe it actually did belong to this couturier . Is'nt t wonderful
18 of the most beautiful damask napkins 36 inches x 29 inches wow , great initials and these are in the original wrapping . I am laundering them as they were very storage stained as were the amazing sheets but all is well they are coming up fine as you see
After a couple of calls and due to me missing an exit we missed a horrendous pile up which was just behind us when we rejoined the motor-way!!
we set off across country to see my friend Ticky and see how much the house has come on since our last visit last summer same time. A loo!!! that flushes a bath and velox windows , in fact new windows throughout.
This is going to be a wonderful spacious four bedroom house with two living rooms an attached barn you could knock though into and out buildings ....interested ? watch this space
we had a tour , delivered the ex pat goodies and did some business in the back of the Volvo , Tick has been buying for us , what a little star
We followed her and family staying across country to a lovely eating place where we spent the French lunch hours before setting off to go north.
We got a little distracted and very lucky not far along the way and then had a long haul up the Cherbourg peninsular with another good stop at the end of the day arriving at Hotel Ibis 7pm ish ready to flop after a few hundred miles in the day.
A shower and a good dinner finished the day well .
We had a good spacious room slept well and after superb breakfast had an hour at the Supermarket before heading for the port.
Good old Freidatoo did not miss a beat , she was a bit down at the back with goodies and my living room is full , yes a good trip
This was the start of an amazing trip. Sara and I got on board quite early this time and as the cabins were not ready we headed straight for the restaurant and had a window table. This is the way to travel eating the most wonderful dinner as the historic docks of Portsmouth are starting to put on their lights. The strange photography is to do with sea splattered windows rather than too much wine on my part!
The food was excellent and we had a lovely evening people watching with the piano bar music in the background.
We did a little shopping before retiring to our spacious cabin on deck 8 believe me you do not want to be down too low as Penny and I can testify ! think bilges and shower drains .. 8 is good
we slept really well and had breakfast as we sailed into St Malo and sunshine, that was not forcast
This was two very dead looking sticks about a foot high last spring but it had buds so I was confident despite derision from" him indoors "
Look at it now! I had fresh figs when at lunch with Sara and David on the bay yesterday so decided to squeeze my figs as I was told that is how you tell if they are ripe and two are definitely ready, along with another bowl of blueberries, not bad for a tiny paved garden
This will be the sight that greets us Thursday morning as we dock in St Malo although Anglo B does not forecast such good weather. Never mind shopping is the order of the day with the French lunch hour spent with friends .
Ticky has goodies for me and I have her ex pat shopping consignment .
by the evening we will be reviewing our days purchases at the Hotel Ibis on the outskirts of Cherbourg will keep you posted