Something from the weekend….a picture-worthy few days

I’m always snapping away on my phone, truth be told, but this weekend seemed to give me more in the way of picture opportunities than usual. It was indeed a lovely weekend, filled with fun but relaxation too. Anyway, I thought I’d share my instagram feed by way of summing it up…..

Friday night started the weekend with cocktails, as it always should…..

…..we played Guess Who…..

……and then Adam beat me at Triv!

Saturday began with a lovely long dog walk……

…..we headed to Barton Springs for a nice change…..

…..and the sun shone for us rather splendidly!

We found a darling little tea room and gallery for lunch…..

….where they serve an epic Hot Chocolate…..

….and yummy tea on quaint mis-matched china…..

…..as well as lush lunches like the stuffed mushroom on toast that I went for!

Once home we set about hanging our new treasure, the huge antique map of London that looks rather marvellous on our lounge wall…..

….and after that it was an afternoon of snoozing as it all got too much for my boys!

Another lovely walk on Sunday morning, this time at the stunning Chick Sands woods….

….I love all the little dens people have built there!

After a yummy breakfast of Staffordshire Oatcakes (the last left in the freezer after my Mum’s visit!) we pootled around the market and car boot sale, where I picked up some little treasures….

…..and where my favourite stallholder gave me this incredible menu from the 60’s!

We finally took the tour of the museum opposite where we live in the afternoon….

….and took part in a Victorian lesson where we had to practise reading parrot-fashion…..

…..did maths in old money on slate….

….and worked on our handwriting with a dip pen!

The rest of the day was more relaxing, eating and watching of Buffy. Bliss!

What did you get up to?

Ems x

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Blog Every Day in May: Collecting

“Are you a collector? Maybe a bit of a hoarder? Tell us about something you like to collect. Or if you favour minimalism, perhaps tell us why?”

How apt that this topic should fall on a Sunday….day of car booting!

We are very lucky to have a great market near us, and on a Sunday it is taken over by a weekly car boot sale. We love to snoop around there, as well as the other local markets and car boots. It’s a great place for me to pick up vintage finds, bits and bobs for our home, and chat to some really interesting and knowledgeable people about their stuff.

Now I’ve never really considered myself a collector….although I did have a wonderful stamp collection as a child, all nicely catalogued in a special file!….but I suppose I do have a tendency to want to buy up certain types of things.

I have recently gone through a phase of snapping up Hornsea Fauna, as I love the cutesy little woodland creatures, and the vases look darling filled with a few blooms. I do have a few of them listed on my Etsy vintage shop, so I do intend to sell them….but they look ever so pretty in my guest bedroom in the mean time!

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I have quite the collection now of Victorian bell cloches too. I asked Adam for one a few Christmasses ago and he found a lovely one online for me, only to spy another even more impressive one (a stunning and huge original one!) on Hitchin Market a little while later….so once I’d been given two, it only seemed natural to keep getting more! I have six now, in varying styles and sizes, and I fill them with all sorts of things, from a Victorian china doll, to a plastic pixie figurine I’ve had since a child.

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I suppose though that if I do have a proper collection of anything, it’s the bits and bobs that I find whilst out and about. When we lived in London I would pick up all kinds of stuff, such as lego figures, bottle caps and random bits of plastic or metal. I even went mud-larking a couple of times and managed to find clay pipes, old pieces of glass and lots of lovely bits of slate. Now that we’re all countryside-ified though, I tend to collect up things like empty bird eggs, feathers, pretty pebbles and other random bits of nature. There is also my favourite bit of the car boot sale….the 50p box….where I find old keys, ballroom dancing medals and tin soldiers….all priceless treasure to my mind!

So perhaps I’m not so much a collector as a hoarder and obsessive purchaser! Well, I do call myself a professional treasure hunter, and I think that’s fairly accurate!

Ems x

Something from the weekend…..brownies, shopping and a very Austrian Hen Do!

Once again I’m utterly shattered after the weekend! It’s been another busy one, and the horrid weather has taken it out of me too. It was however lots of fun…..

The weekend started early, as my lovely friend Brigitte came up for a little visit. After a cup of coffee and a slice of the amazing Peanut Butter and Chocolate Brownie she’d made for us, we took a good look around the brilliant Antiques and Collectables Market that takes place each Friday in Hitchin. We also had a good snoop around all the charity shops in town, as well as the cook shops, and came away with a good few treasures! I made us a sweet potato and coconut soup for lunch, then after we’d taken Cooper outside into the garden to play with his ball for a while, Brigitte made her way back to London and I set about getting ready for the weekend.

Gifts from the lovely Brigitte!

Hitchin Market Treasure

I had a little lie in on Saturday morning, although as I’ve been getting up earlier since we got Cooper, it was a far more reasonable hour than usual! As it was raining, Cooper and I walked up to meet Adam’s Mum, so that she could show me her rainy day walking route. Despite the wet, I rather enjoyed myself, especially as we decided it was time to let Cooper off his lead for the first time! He was very good, and came back when called (eventually at least!), and had a nice play with some other dogs we met along the way.

Adam made us a yummy omelette for breakfast when I got back, which set me up well for the rest of the day….at midday I made my way to the station to meet up with the girls, and we all headed into Covent Garden for the start of our friend Katie’s Hen Do! We had a great lunch in Belgo’s (pils, moules et frittes, yummy!) then popped just round the corner to Pineapple Dance Studios, where we were to take a dance class together!

The Bride To Be with her goodies!

Yummy lunch

Starting as she means to go on with a chocolate Schnapps

It was amusing to us getting ready in the changing rooms, alongside lots of professional dancers putting on pointe shoes and whatnot….it was awesome to be there though! Once all ready in the studio, our lovely teacher announced that we’d be learning the Gangnam Style routine and the hilarity commenced as we all started learning the moves! It was all pretty bonkers, but great fun watching each other as we all rather inexpertly made our way through the routine, and we were shattered after our hour of exercise!

Pineapple!

Concentrating….

Once we’d all changed into our evening outfits and scoffed a load of jelly beans, we made our way out West to drink cocktails and play Hen Do games. Katie was made to pick out her hubby-to-be Peter’s body parts from a stack of photos of eyes, belly buttons and elbows…..she managed to guess most correctly but got landed with a couple of forfeits for the ones she didn’t (and I don’t think she ever completed them, tut tut!). Then there was a quiz of questions which Peter had been made to answer already, and Katie had to guess what he had answered….there was lots of giggling and ah-ing as we heard some rather silly and soppy answers!

Next it was off for dinner at the Tiroler Hut, a fabulous Austrian restaurant and music venue at Bayswater. Katie’s sisters had dressed her up in a wonderfully silly Austrian style outfit, including ridiculous blonde plaited wig, and we all joined in the silliness by plaiting our hair into pigtails. After a delicious dinner (Ungarische Krautroulade, cheese Fondue and Kaiserschmarrn for me!) the entertainment began, and we were soon rolling around with laughter watching Katie join in with the cow bell playing! There was lots of singing along to tunes from Sound of Music, as well as dancing to the birdie song and the okey cokey! It was a brilliant night of fun (I’d VERY much recommend a night out at the Tiroler Hut!), and I was absolutely shattered as we journeyed home…..I wasn’t back at the house until 2:30 and was delighted to hear our hound guarding the place as he barked and bounded downstairs before realising it was me and coming for a cuddle before he settled back down on his bed!

Despite the late night, I still managed to get up at a far more reasonable hour than most Sundays, and we headed off to Oughton Head Common for a nice long walk. The cold morning woke me up in no time, although I was glad I’d taken along another bit of Brigitte’s brownie to eat along the way, as I was in need of calories! It was gorgeous to see all of the trees starting to sprout little bits of green, and to find some blossom finally blooming!

Spring springing

After heading home for a quick breakfast, we dropped the hound off with Adam’s Mum, and went over to Biggleswade with Adam’s Dad to a little antiques fair. It takes place there at the Weatherly Centre every month and is clearly very popular as it was packed with stalls and fellow shoppers. I saw far too many treasures I wanted to bring home with me, and despite being fairly good, I couldn’t resist buying a very delicate string of Art Deco pearls, as well as a 1930s necklace which will be kept as ‘special’ for my wedding outfit!

Antiques fair

We picked up the hound and then stopped into our local, The Half Moon, for a half pint (Belly Dancer for me, Dog Dancer for Adam!). It was so lovely to take him there for the first time and he soon made himself at home!

Pub pooch

The rest of the evening was spent slobbing about and cooking up a big fry-up for supper….I felt the treat was well deserved (and needed!), as was the early night I got (asleep by 9:30!).

Ems x

Something from the weekend….Christmas is over. Dexter is over. The weekend is over.

The first weekend after the holidays is always much anticipated. We were looking forward to one filled with relaxation, and that’s just what we got.

On Saturday morning we had a rather long lie in, then went into town on a few errands…. We’re planning to paint our welsh dresser soon so bought paint and sugar soap and things in readiness. As a reward for our endeavors, we popped into the Hermitage Road Coffee Shop, which we have been loving since we found out how marvelous it is. In fact, we found out on Saturday too that it was included in the Independent’s 50 Best Coffee Shops list!

After our excellent Cortados and some home made biscotti, we headed over to Adam’s Mum’s for a lunch of home made soup. We worked that off with a nice walk around a nearby park and lake, where we said hello to the noisy geese and ducks, and made friends with a lovely dog who wouldn’t go into the lake to retrieve her ball so just stood barking at it!

After that I made a quick dash into Hobby Craft to replace some supplies I’d run out of for my Valentines cards (so glad I sold so many already!), then headed home to make a yummy Spag Bol for dinner. We whiled away the rest of the evening by finishing watching the most recent season of Dexter….we had only started it earlier last week, but as usual found it too compelling to watch any slower!

One of our resident pigeons enjoyed a relaxing weekend too….sitting in the water dish of our bird feeder!

We were up at a more reasonable hour on Sunday, and took a walk round a rather quiet car boot sale. We picked up a couple of things for the house….both tea related….a lovely silver tea strainer with a stand (which I’ve been after for ages) and an amazing penguin shaped tea infuser! The latter is most remarkable as it uses its beak to dunk the infuser into your cup, whilst the integrated timer ticks away for as long as you want to steep, then lifts out the infuser when the time is up and dings away to let you know your tea is ready! I love it!!

Our pretty silver tea strainer

And our awesome penguin tea infuser!

Once home we prepared a scrummy brunch of Lumber Jack Stacks (Belgian waffles, cinnamon French toast, pancakes, crispy bacon and maple syrup!) with a large batch of coffee, as our friend Hannah was coming over. We scoffed our rather naughty brunch whilst catching up and gossipping, then once Hannah had left we set about finishing taking down the Christmas decorations. I always hate doing it, as everywhere looks so bare when they are gone, and it’s just the final signal that Christmas is well and truly over. Ho hum.

Lumber Jack Stack!

2012 is over, and the decorations came down

I made a rather good sausage casserole for supper, after which we watched a couple of episodes of Azumanga Daioh, an anime show we are watching. Then it was reading in bed before an early night, ahead of the first *full* week of work after Christmas.

Ems x

Something from the weekend…..bit of a lazy one really

Well I’ve been poorly now since last week, and am feeling pretty sorry for myself. So the weekend was a very quiet affair, and I didn’t get up to much at all….

On Saturday I had a long lie in, and then after a little shopping, pottered around the house. I keep thinking the house is ‘finished’ but then I spot another little project I want to do, or find I’d like to add something or change something around in a room. I expect this will go on for a good while yet!

In the afternoon, I decided to get at least a little productive, and so set up my sewing machine on the kitchen table and stitched together some pretty dog beds. Don’t get excited…we still don’t have any dogs, but Adam’s Mum’s dogs Newton and Piper visit often and I wanted to make them comfortable when they are here! They even have a special little tin of biscuits for their visits too!

On Sunday, we made the short trip to the market and the weekly car boot sale there. I’m pretty addicted to the market now, and feel like I’m missing out if I don’t go on each day it’s open! We picked up a few more treasures for the house, including some thrifty finds that I will be adding to my new Etsy vintage shop soon.

We happened to be out at 11am so we made our way to the War Memorial in front of the church to take part in the Remembrance Sunday silence. It was lovely to see such a big crowd there and hear the Last Post.

Once home, we set to some baking. I’m loving spending most of the time in the kitchen….it really feels like the heart of the house and I’m so glad that we have room for a table and chairs in there now. Adam was in charge of the baking on this occasion, with me as his willing commis. We made a banana and chocolate loaf which is just divine, and we will definitely make again!

After that, we decided we should make the most of the glorious day and so took a stroll in the countryside. We visited the pigs at the Charlton Pig Table which is very nearby, and met lots of lovely dogs with their walkers, including ‘Baloo’ who is the most gorgeous Nepalese Mastif. He is an absolute giant and has the thickest, cuddliest fur. We both fell in love with him and hope to see him again soon!

The evening was spent, as tradition dictates, slobbing on the sofa and watching some more X Files. We are well into the second season now and I’m totally hooked!

Not too bad really for a poorly weekend….I’m glad I got out a little and didn’t just fester indoors feeling sorry for myself!

Hope you had a lovely weekend,

Ems x

Something from the weekend…..walks, home making and a grand opening!

I really am loving this rural living thing! Whilst I am lucky enough to enjoy my week day pursuits very much, I can still look forward to the weekend knowing there’s plenty to see and do! And whilst we’d planned to get the house a little more homey this weekend, we still managed to fit in some adventures….

We ditched the Saturday morning lie-in to go off an adventurous dog walk at some nearby woods called Sharpenhoe Clappers. The name alone was enough to get me excited, and of course with all the leaves turning gold and falling, it seemed like a perfect place to have a wander and take some photos. When we got up there (the Clappers is atop quite a hill, and from the bottom looks rather like a mowhawk on the horizon) it was incredibly blustery, and I was pleased for all the layers I’d put on! It made us take a rather brisker walk than usual, but we still managed to take in some glorious sites. There were avenues of trees carpeted with rusty coloured leaves, lots of vivid red berries, and plenty of mushrooms about (which made me wish I knew more about them and could have taken some home for tea!). My photos will be over on my Flickr soon.

Back at home, we merely dumped our cameras and swapped wellies for boots to head straight out again. After dropping a parcel into the post office (and spotting the Town Crier nearby to boot….I’ll never tire of seeing him!) we made our way to Church House for the North Hertforshire Cats Protection Coffee Morning. It’s a lovely little fundraising event, which takes place monthly to raise money for the charity. It’s only 20p to get in too, although free if you buy refreshments! They also have a bric-a-brac sale (at which I managed to pick up some treasures!) and a little stall selling cat themed gifts and cards.  The next one is the 15th December if you’re in the area!

After that I couldn’t help but have a look in the nearby Gift Gallery, where some of my beaded jewellery is now on show! It was so exciting to see my work in a shop window, and hopefully I’ll get lots of sales through the shop which is exciting too!

Next, it was just around the corner to the grand opening of the new RSPCA Charity shop. There was a huge crowd there already, as well as photographers, waiting to see Pam Rhodes (off the telly!) cut the ribbon and declare the shop open. We’ve been looking forward to it for weeks, as we’re big fans of thrifting, and knowing that any money we spend there will go to animal charities is a huge bonus. Pam Rhodes, who has been a big supporter of the charity locally for years and runs a nearby cat home, gave a very moving speech urging us to support the new shop and praising those involved with setting it up. Adam and I were almost moved to tears in fact! We still managed a good look around though, and in fact made the first ever purchase there!

We did a spot more shopping before heading home for some lunch…. then it was to the dining room, or dumping ground as it should have been called, to do some serious tidying and sorting! We didn’t do too badly all told, and even managed to hang pictures to boot. We rewarded ourselves with another walk (although a rather less blusterous one!) over at Oughton Common, with the dogs again. And we rewarded ourselves for *that* by going back to Adam’s parents’ house for a supper of take away curry!

The rest of the evening was spent on more sorting and then wrapping up under blankets on the sofa to continue watching X Files. I’m getting really into it now!

We awoke late on Sunday morning, to the sound of the church bells ringing and the rain outside. We vowed to stay indoors to stay cozy and get more house things done, and so now the dining room actually looks like a dining room and not a storage unit! So much of the day was spent home-making, eating and slobbing about, culminating as usual with a cozy up on the sofa for more X Files watching, and knitting on my part…..I’ve been making lots of hot water bottle covers to sell on my stall and on Etsy, and once I’ve done those I shall start knitting the lovely big blanket I’ve been planning for ever!

And that was it really for our weekend….lots of time spent cozy at home, but with plenty of adventures thrown in to stop me from getting bored! Perfect!

Hope you had a lovely weekend too!

Ems x

How To…. re-cover a chair seat

When Adam and I moved into the new house, we were delighted to be able to buy a lovely pine kitchen table with matching chairs. We got it for a bargain, second hand, and once the table top had received a good scrub with some wire wool it looked a treat! The chairs though needed a little more TLC as their seats were rather dated and shabby. Still, I knew it’d be no trouble at all to re-cover the seats with some odds and ends of fabric I have.

So….here’s how!

What you’ll need:

  • The chair or chairs you’d like to spruce up
  • Pretty fabrics (about 60cm to 1m square per seat, depending on the size and shape)
  • Sharp scissors
  • Tailor’s chalk or pencil
  • A little ruler
  • A screw driver (if the seat is screwed onto the chair)
  • A good stapler that folds out flat, or a staple gun

How to do it:

1. Remove the seat from the chair by pushing up from underneath….you may need to unscrew some screws
2. Iron your fabric and lay it face down on a table big enough to work at (you can use the floor but a table is easier)
3. Ensure the pattern on the fabric is facing the right way
4. Lay the chair seat on the fabric, with the top against the fabric (upside down)
5. Measure 10cm from the edges, and replace the seat 10cm away from the top and right edge

6. Now measure 10cm from the bottom edge of the seat and left edge of the seat, marking with a pencil or chalk

7. Trim these two edges, so that you are left with a 10cm border of fabric all around the seat

8. Fold in each corner of fabric onto the seat, so that the edge of the fabric is at right angles with the edge of the seat

9. Staple each corner securely into place

10. Now fold in the edges one at a time, and tightly secure with staples

11. You may like to cover the exposed edges with tape, but as it’ll be on the under-side of the seat I wouldn’t worry too much

12. Flip over the finished seat and place it back into the chair, securing any screws back in that you took out (you will pierce the fabric as you do this so take it steady)

13. Test out your pretty new chair by sitting down with a well earned cup of tea!

Ems x

Wednesday Wants…… Hornsea Pottery Fauna

I’ve recently developed an obsession for Hornsea Pottery, and especially their Fauna range. As you may have seen, I snagged a gorgeous piece at a recent vintage market, and ever since that I’ve been hunting for more!

In fact, I’ve managed to find a lovely bunny version, as well as a super cute squirrel to make a little set….can’t wait to find a place for them in my new house (will be sure to share photos!).

I just adore the cutesy creatures and the whimsical designs. I want them all!

Anyway, as is my new habit, I’ve created a treasury on my Etsy to show my appreciation! And here are a few of my favourites…..

Hornsea Fauna Royal Vase, £25 from RevolverVintage54

Vintage Hornsea Fauna Rabbit Posy, £6.50 from daisysteps

Vintage Hornsea Fauna baby Lamb Bud Vase, £12.81 from Violet Syrup Vintage

Hornsea Pottery Foal Vase, £10 from Pratts’ Patch Vintage

Set of Two Gorgeous Vintage Fawn Posy Vases by Hornsea Pottery ‘Fauna Royal’ c. 1960 – 1967, £18 from FerretsandFlamingos

You can see my whole treasury here, and I will of course keep adding to it!

Ems x

Treasure hunting at the Capital Car Boot

If you read my weekend post yesterday, you’ll know I had rather a lot of fun finding treasures at the Capital Car Boot on Sunday. I’ve only recently heard about it, and rather sadly this Sunday was probably the only chance I’ll get to go….although who knows!

The car boot is on every Sunday in Pimlico, come rain or shine! It’s really an awful lot better than the other car boots in London I’ve been to….it has lots of variety, but only ‘proper’ car boot stalls (no dodgy dealers!). Most of the sale happens in the car park of the venue, with lots of the sellers literally selling out of their car boots…..there are some other sellers inside, as well as refreshments available.

We had a great time there….well over an hour in fact….and it’s a nice area to potter around in afterwards, with the Tate Britain nearby, as well as some lovely pubs about. I’d definitely recommend it to the intrepid treasure hunters, who like me, enjoy a good snoop about a bunch of random stuff….and I’m sure even the die-hard car-booters enjoy a good barter and bargaining there!

I snapped up a whole load of treasures, all at a bargainous price….and I thought I’d share with you here!……

Pillow cases in a lovely Toile Pattern…..

…..and matching duvet cover for one of our new spare rooms

Super cute tortoise sweater

Amazing Gentleman’s travel set

A whole load of treasure I found in a big heap of random stuff on a gingham cloth!……

…..including a lovely string of pearls……

….a Snow White charm…..

…..some tiny wooden skull beads…..

…..a tiny wooden die…..

…..a pretty pearly jewel…..

….a little secret treasure keeper charm…..

…..all wrapped up in a little Woods Ware ‘Beryl’ sugar bowl!

It’s worth following Capital Car Boot on Twitter and/or Facebook, as they give passwords to gain free entry with each week!

Happy treasure hunting!

Ems x

Something from the weekend…..mainly eating and shopping

It was with a great deal of difficulty that I dragged myself out of bed this morning……it appears that I’m too old now for starting off the weekend with a 3am bedtime and lots of wine. Still, it was a super fun weekend, and I did manage a little relaxation time too! And we’ve only got two weeks left in London so I want to make the most of it!

After work on Friday it was off to the Post Office with the stacks of things I had to post….I’ve been listing lots on EBay to get rid of some things I don’t use any more before we move. That out of the way, we made our way to Hither Green, where we’d been invited to our friends Siobhan and Matthew’s new place for supper. We were a little early, so we took the opportunity to try out You Don’t Bring Me Flowers, the lovely little florist/coffee shop at the station, where I’ve been wanting to go for ages. It was nearly closing time, so we had our flat whites served to us outside on the pretty melamine tables….and the coffees were perfect! It’s such a darling little place, full of treasures and pretty flowers, and the yummy offerings are a real bonus!

By the time we’d finished, we were in good time to pop round the corner to our friends, for our first snoop around the place! It’s such a lovely flat…..really well laid out and organised, and Matthew and Siobhan have added lots of personal, colourful touches to make it special. The place also smelled amazing, with a lamb tagine in the oven, as well as Sophie Dahl’s chocolate cake……we were ravs by the time we finished chatting and drinking gin and Prosecco, so devoured the delicious meal which came along with yummy roasted veg and home made aubergine dip. The chocolate cake was the real triumph though….topped with creme fraiche and fresh berries, it was perfectly balanced and incredibly moreish.

As usual, we lost track of time in our hours of chattings and ended up taking the night bus home……it was a lovely walk over Tower Bridge from the South of the river though from the bus stop, and we flolloped into bed absolutely shattered at 3am!

A lie in was very much needed on Saturday morning, which fitted in perfectly with our days plans……we were heading over to friends Richard and Tara’s place in Farringdon to meet up for a nice late brunch. Knowing that the meal would probably cost us most of our day’s Weight Watchers Points, we opted to take the 40 minute walk there, through the City and Barbican (which gains us extra points). It was a lovely morning for a wander, and I know I’ll miss taking walks in the City, past the Guildhall and the pretty little gardens.

It was the first time we’d been to their new(ish) place too, and we enjoyed meeting their giant house rabbits! Our friend Sam was visiting for the weekend too, with her daughter, so the six of us popped around the corner to Giant Robot for a slap up brunch. It was a Bloody Mary to start for the most of us, and then their ‘Giant Omellette’ to eat….. both were utterly delicious and I left stuffed and sleepy!

We needed the walk back too, in order to wake me up a little and walk off the gluttony….so we ambled over to Old Spitalfields Market, where we met friends Kate and Jason to potter around Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair. I’d been eying up a little Hornsea Pottery Fauna Deer Vase the last time the fair was there, and I’d decided that if the stall still had it, I’d get it! And sure enough, the pretty I Heart Vintage stall was there as usual, and their shelf of cutesy deer ornaments still contained what I was after! I snapped it up and also spent a while snooping their other treasures and getting ever so tempted by various vintage tins, cuckoo clocks and weather houses! I managed to be good though, at least until I came across a stunning green gingham melamine drop leaf table…..I’ve loved the style for ever and moving into the bigger house means we have space for such things. I plan to use it as a desk in my little studio and can’t wait to set it all up!

It was straight home after that (after all, Adam did have a table to carry!), and most of the rest of the day was spent drinking cups of tea, eating and reading, until it was time for an early night.

Sunday started with another naughty brunch of Belgian waffles, banana and maple syrup…..merely to set us up for another day out and about! After having stuffed our faces we jumped on the tube over to Pimlico to go to the car boot sale there. It runs every Sunday, inside and out, and I’m a little miffed that I only recently discovered it and this was our first visit! It’s crammed with booty, and we spent a good while mooching about the various offerings.

I picked up a great haul……several little bits and bobs from a big gingham cloth of treasures on the floor (which Adam had to forcibly remove me from rooting in), a beautiful Toile bed linen set (exactly what I was after for a guest room in the new house), a wonderful little man’s travel set (which will be added to my Etsy shop when I have some more vintage stock), and a darling little sweater with tortoises on it! I’ll post some pictures of my finds soon!

We still had a little energy left for adventure, and needed a cup of coffee, so we walked just round the corner to the Tate Britain. It’s undergoing a lot of work at the moment, so we found it tricky to make our way about, but we eventually found the cafe, only to be served two rather rubbish Americanos. Still, it was worth popping in just to see their awesome collection of Turners (my favourite) and their brilliant shop!

After that though we were pretty shattered, and so once home it was more cups of tea and reading until it was time for a supper of butternut squash risotto and a quick film before another early night! Rock and roll!

Ems x