I'm a 1661 woman - sixteen from behind, sixty one from the front! I'm of the baby boom generation. Loved the fab sixties - which I experienced in London - I was a flower child - thought love would change the world - brought my children up in the country - back in London for the 2nd summer of love in the eighties - danced all night again - wonderful! Now in Devon looking forward to the adventure of old age - bring it on! hahaha

Thursday, September 28, 2006


The Eagle has landed - or rather - Elvis has entered the building!

Yes, he's arrived - my very own 'dancing' Elivis air freshener, sent to me by the lovely Trac. THANK YOU TRAC - I love him!!! (and he's not really very smelly after all).

I don't want to leave him all on his own out in my car, so where shall I put him? Where would he feel most at home?

Hanging around my vinyl perhaps? Or close to my heart(s) behind the letter box?

What about here in the hallway, on the Ikea piece of 'artwork'? Or singing along with the radio?

Or would he prefer hanging out by the drinks cabinet?
Oh Elvis, I wish you could speak .............


Monday, September 25, 2006

Show and Tell

I had a lovely day yesterday. Went to the Boot Fair with Dons, Alfie and Elizabeth and found some good things. The Boot Fair will be finishing very soon now and then we'll have to wait until next summer - how shall we cope? :o{

Here are some of my purchases:
A blue and white striped plate to go with all my other blue and white ceramics by Swinnertons - Somersert Blue. This was 20p.

A huge crocheted blanket. Usually I think these can look a bit too faded and sad, but this one looks fresh and has a good combination of colours. I'm only showing a wee bit of it as it is huge. It'll be great for when my darling 16 yr old grand daughter stays - she feels the cold and loves to snuggle up in blankets in the winter. Cost £1.50

Two Sandy Denny LPs. (I love Sandy) One from 1971 and one from 1972. Perfect condition. They were priced at £2 each but the man let me have them for £3 for the two.

A handmade rug (two rugs in two days - whatever's going on?). Again, a lovely mix of colours and in perfect condition. £1

Show and Tell cont'd

A red spotty bangle for 50p - it goes perfectly with my red spotty umberella - how cool is that?

A handpainted bedside water jug and drinking glass. I had been looking out for one as I realised I was using water kept in a plastic bottle at nights. £1

AND a beautiful little 50s/60s Swedish casserole dish. £1


Saturday, September 23, 2006


I got a parcel through the post from eBay today. It was this original 70s rug. I am sooo pleased with it. It will go with all the stuff in my office, I'm sure you'll agree? ( click on May 2006 on the right). It's not the odd shape that it appears to be - that's just my bad camerawork. It's perfect - just needs a little shampoo, which I can't do right now as I'm doing my course work ( I'm just having a mealbreak right now Dons, honest!)

I spotted it a couple of days ago. It was priced at £4 then. I put a bid in, then right before the finish I got outbid and a "bidding war" started. My computer is usually too slow for such things but for once it behaved and 9 seconds before the end I managed to slip in the winning bid. OK - it had shot up to £27.50 but I had some money in my paypal account, which for some reason I always think of as free money. And that's still a brilliant price for a vintage rug in very good condition.

Happy me ~(:o})=

Thursday, September 21, 2006


I saw an article in the Sunday paper saying that a typical male hand has a ring finger longer than the index finger, while on women's hands these fingers are more likely to be of equal length.

Professor John Manning, an evolutionary psychologist at the University of Central Lancashire, forwarded the theory that the two fingers are an anatomical record of what went on in the womb in the critical first three months.

A long ring finger is a sign that the developing heart and brain were exposed to higher levels of testosterone, while a relatively long index finger is a marker of oestrogen exposure.

Manning said that "High testosterone before birth, as indicated by digit ratio, can produce behavioural problems in children, like temper tantrums, bullying, fights with other children, being hyperactive or being easily distracted"

Children with long index fingers, by contrast, are more likely to be neurotic and sensitive.

He said "The other very strong relationship to digit ratio is found in running speeds - there is a pretty good chance of predicting who is going to win a race."

So have a look at your man or boy's hands - I don't have either so can't check it out. Is it true?

Oh, and PTB about Richard Hammond - the younger one in Top Gear.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Sounds Like Your Childhood?

I found this in someone else's blog and didn't make a note of who it was, so "thank you " to that person and I hope you don't mind me piching it!

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO WERE BORN IN THE 1930’s 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s !!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us.
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn’t get tested for diabetes.
Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright coloured lead-based paints.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.
As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.
Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.
We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.
We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we weren’t overweight because……
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.
No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.
We did not have Playstations, Nintendo’s, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms……….WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.
We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.
We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!
This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!
The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!
And YOU are one of them! CONGRATULATIONS!
You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good. And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn’t it?!

Friday, September 15, 2006

3D Poodle

Dons pointed out to me that I had left out my darling 3D poodle, so here s/he is ..... a boy or a girl? I don't know - maybe one of you doggy people can enlighten me?

The wooden salt & pepper pots in the lower R/H corner of this pic below are the same as the ones that Tats has on display in her blog today!!

Lots of brightly coloured old enamelware everwhere .....................

These trays were bought very recently from Lawrence Lwellyn-Bowen's wife's shop in Port Isaac - I love them. Not vintage but I can live with that.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

A look in my kitchen

I've uploaded a bunch of photos of my kitchen to share with you (Geena, please avert your eyes now - I don't want you to get depressed again!)

Trac, I was so sad that you weren't looking at blogs - I knew that you would "get it" and you weren't around but now you're back I can happily put these photos up :o}

My kitchen is tiny and it's stuffed full of tat but I love it..............

The kitchen

Left, top of the fridge
Picture - a "painting by numbers" Parisian scene

kitchen again

Left: two fab Alfred Meakin bowls - look at the designs on them :o}

50s plant holder

and again

more kitchen

Lots of dishes that I love

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

and more

Stuff, stuff, stuff

Dons made these - look at the lovely original 50s fabric
And a peg bag that Dons made

last one

There's loads more stuff I could upload but I guess I should finish here

Friday, September 08, 2006

Which Planet am I from?

You Are From Saturn
You're steady, organizes, and determined to achieve your dreams.
You tend to play it conservative, going by the rules (at least the practical ones).
You'll likely reach the top. And when you do, you'll be honorable and responsible.
Focus on happiness. Don't let your goals distract you from fun!
Don't be too set in your ways, and you'll be more of a success than you ever dreamed of.
What Planet Are You From?
Thanx again Geena :o}
Funnily enough, my ruling planet is Saturn

Thursday, September 07, 2006

What Sort of Car Should I Drive?

You Should Drive a Saturn Sky
You're sleek and smooth, and you need a car to match your hot persona.
Besides, sometimes you want your top up - and sometimes you want it down.
What 2007 Car Should You Drive?
Thanx Geena ;o}

On the way home

Whilst waiting for the bus home I looked at the pretty buildings opposite and watched a boat being lifted on to a lorry.

The holiday in Port Isaac was great BTW. Photos of that to follow, when I get myself organised.

Nice Evening

I've had a lovely evening. After work I popped on the local bus (one every 15 mins) went to my nearest beach and had a picnic.

I'm saying goodbye to summer - letting go - I need to squeeze every drop out of the last of the summer rays, until the next time.

Which for me, because I am very lucky, will be in Australia in November! Hurrah!