In the charity shops, in addition to the MOP buttons and some trousers, I bought: the remaining Artemis Fowl books - our boys are now big fans. A cullinder - we needed one after the last one melted! An Irish crochet mat - I'm beginning to collect this - maybe we shouldn't mention this to Ben... A cut glass drinking vessel. Two bone china mugs including one in the Hooker's Fruit pattern collected by my Mother in Law - found in the '50p per mug' basket, where they had clearly been put by someone who knew less about china than the ladies who served me! I could see they were a bit cross that someone had been that daft...
And wooden pegs, including some great dolly pegs and that one hand-made whopper - I love to think about the women who've used them in the past. Plastic pegs perish in the sun out here and just crumble into multi-coloured debris under the washing line or in the peg bag, so it's great to have a sudden increase in wooden ones...
And in an antique shop (which I tend to avoid), this fabric-covered box from the 1930s (you can see the inside with my pegs - so vibrant)...
... to add to my collection of fabric-covered boxes. I hummed and hawed about this one, as it's so much darker than the others, but I think it looks quite good! It would really go with one I sold in my blog shop, but there you go.
Now, I've told you all over the last year and a bit than I've been blogging for my mum, who is very ill. She has now moved beyond the treatment stage for her cancer, and is receiving palliative care. I have never gone into details about her illness because this blog has been very much for her, and she hardly wanted to read about cancer, or burden you all with it, but she's now too ill to see the blog, so I can tell you this. She is still really happy with her family and friends, and able to move cautiously around the upstairs floor of her beautiful house, looking out on her thriving garden. She still wants to know all about the blog and what we all get up to!
Knowing that I have made such good friends, with whom I have so much in common, through the blog, has been really important to her happiness this last year. I have a feeling that I'll be blogging a little less now that I don't have my former incentive to post daily, but I'm going to aim for three or four posts each week, as I really enjoy being part of this blogging community, and I truly appreciate your support in so many ways.
If you are thinking or praying for my family (and I'm so grateful that so many of you have told me you are), please remember my dad too, who is my mum's main, and truly devoted, carer.
Now, talk to me about my finds, as well as my parents, please!