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Thursday, 26 April 2012

Another Success,Caring for the Elderly.... and a Migraine.....

It's been a strange week-lots of highs & lows.......Sunday saw John and son James head off  3.5 hrs North for the Dobermann Club of France Regionale d'Elevage Delegation Pays de Loire & Poitou with the Demon delinquent Dita, whilst I stayed at home in my new capacity of Carer for the Elderly-namely looking after & caring for our two Golden Oldies-Phoebe (or Phoobie-doo as she is affectionately known as ) and Mia (Mia Mousse).
I had a Phonecall mid-morning informing me of yet another success-1er Ex.Jeune Femelle N/F which translated means 1st Junior Black & Feu Female graded Excellent!
She really is doing us proud as she steadily matures into a quite Beautiful young Lady-despite becoming naughtier by the minute here at home.Yet another Trophy for the growing Collection.....
Alas,the happiness subsided as one of my dreaded Migraines took hold later that evening (must have been all the excitement) and started to pound away at my brain,rendering me pretty useless so far this week as it is still with me though in a lesser form than at first. Which explains the lack of listings for a few days as the Computer Screen doesn't exactly help matters.I havn't had a really bad Migraine for quite a long time-I just hope they're not back to haunt me as despite any form of specialist medication,they don't tend to respond to any of it. I've even had MRI scans on my head before now (yes,apparently there IS a Brain in there somewhere-despite my Blonde hair on top)!
I have been dashing in and out to avoid the showers thismorning in an attempt to Photograph the latest batch of goodies....whilst Dita has been dashing in & out making a mockery of John's attempt to help me by hanging washing out on the line-as fast as it's been going up in the breeze it's been seen disappearing like a blur past the front door as she attempts to dry it for him in her mouth whilst racing round the garden with sheets & towels wafting in the wind behind her from her jaws......oh what did we ever do to deserve this?!!
One of the things she didn't get her paws on was this huge Antique Lace Throw with glorious Cherubs abound..........
and so I will endeavor to get myself back into work-mode so I can tickle your Shabby-Chic tastebuds with more delightful finds......see you soon!

Friday, 20 April 2012

Double Celebration.................

Wednesday saw a very Special day for us-one that we never thought would happen due to events at the weekend when poor Old Lady Phoebe took a sudden turn for the worst and collapsed. For three days it was touch and go but Wednesday duly arrived, a miracle happened-& she reached her 11th Birthday in fighting spirits! Uncannily-on the very same day- Dita ditched her "Demon Puppy" title and turned into the Demon 1 year old nightmare adolescent!! So a double celebration was had & lots of sausages,cold meat & cake was consumed by all three........(just for that evening)
Phoebe of course was looking for extra helpings as she WAS the eldest!...............
and so we had a Family photograph but trying to keep three enthusiastic Sausage-eaters at bay is some feat!...................."SIT"!..........

WHOOOAAA-WAAIIIITTTTTT!!!

Unfortunately since this picture was taken, our poor Mia has also now taken a turn for the worst and is not well at all.........so we pray for a full recovery....at least the best recovery that can be expected for an elderly dog............like in the case of Phoebe who literally couldn't walk & kept falling over........she is now whizzing round again like a drunken version of Speedy Gonzalez......wobbling all over the place but happy in her own little world & full of the joys of spring again which is so lovely to see-for any of you who are doglovers-I'm sure you can appreciate how precious they are and how hard it can be when they become elderly.
SO-Back to business and onwards & forwards we go..........with some more delights for your Perusal....

more Luscious Antique Lace from the "shoe-box" Find..........


and some other little surprises!..............

yes-we found not one but TWO Boudoir Display pieces.........here's the latest!
and last but not least......this cheeky little Chappie..........


Au revoir for now!

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

A Ladies Paradise.........

A few months ago we sold this Stunning Antique French Lace & Lavender Silk Ribbon Bonnet.....nothing unusual in that you may say,but this beautiful Rare Bonnet will be on your television screen sometime in the future-as it went to the BBC to be used in a Period Drama Production based on a Novel by Ă‰mile Zola entitled "The Ladies Paradise"-adapted from the Original "Au Bonheur des Dames"-set in Paris in the 1890's.
Adapted for television by the writer Bill Gallagher (of Larkrise to Candleford fame) the BBC Version will be set in a Northern Town (we're led to believe Newcastle-upon-Tyne) and focuses on a Young Woman who finds herself homeless following the death of her father and who takes to the City to become a store clerk & subsequently discovers the joys and temptations of shopping (well I can certainly identify with THAT!)
But behind the beautiful Facade of the Department store of the same name-Ladies' Paradise-lies a world of Intrigue,Business and Power struggle................mmmmmm-will look forward to that! To say we are delighted that some of our items will be used in this Drama is an understatement!

so onwards we keep searching.............!
Meanwhile,Ribbons & Bows & more Lovely Antique Lace will be making its' way onto our site over the next week following our Wonderful discovery (or should I say John's clever discovery)....

delightful Narrow or Wide rolls..........

in Pastel Pinks.................................

collectable ensembles & wonderful labels..............
in all colours ,widths & fabrics - ideal for trimming!


Plenty of choice for all sorts of Sewing Projects...........so take a peek!
A Bientot!!

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Up with the Lark................

Yes-we really DO get up at Sunrise to hunt for Treasure.................
(It's not easy dragging oneself out of a warm bed on a weekend morning-but somebody has to do it!).........


but the Unusual & Different is out there somewhere....waiting to be found....so dedication is required....(Yawn)
(oops-who nicked part of the wall?!)...............Sparce Carpark.....Vendors getting ready to unload.....Acheteurs getting ready to Achat.........
Demon Puppy needs to stretch her legs........
et Voila......
TRÉSOR!








Etc,Etc,.......new items will be added on a daily basis...so keep watching! Bonsoir for now!


Thursday, 5 April 2012

Let it Snow,Let it Snow,Let it Snow.........in APRIL?!

Opening the Bedroom curtains at 8.00 am yesterday morning in Pudsey,Leeds UK-I was greeted with THIS!
Staying overnight at my mother-in-Laws to pick up John's youngest son James and bring him back to France with me was proving rather difficult after my otherwise pleasant previous week of sunshine down in the Midlands where I had been over to visit My son & family! Firstly,the electric gate of Grandpa John's was stuck,weighed down with the weight of the previous night's snow and wouldn't open -so we couldn't get OUT! Secondly,the Leeds/Bradford Airport was in chaos due to the weather conditions and previous two days of strikes by French Air-Traffic controllers and flights were delayed all across the board.Oh it all comes to try us doesn't it?! We eventually got to the Airport and sat twiddling our thumbs after the proverbial reading of all the NewsPapers,Celebrity Gossip magazines etc so it wasn't the greatest start to the Journey home.THEN when we finally did get on the Plane,it was held up because apparently there were two people on it that shouldn't have been and there was yet another delay whilst the Captain asked us to all check that we were who it said we were on our boarding passes and that we were actually flying to Limoges!!!
Previously in the week, I had flown home as my poor son had to undergo Knee Surgery & was hobbling round on crutches whilst baby Granddaughter Erin had been admitted days later for possible hip surgery at the tender age of just 15 months-poor things didn't know how they were going to cope.But it all worked out nicely as Erin had to go under anasthetic but didn't actually have an op and came home with a cast to wear for 12 hrs every night for 3 months and son started to feel better once the swelling had gone down in his knee-which is why folks-there has been no Blog or new exciting listings to boot!
HOWEVER-John has saved the day because he went toddling off on his own last weekend and came back with the most marvelous array of new and exciting finds-I am so very proud of him-I have trained him WELL!
He'd chatted up a little old French Lady & charmed her into selling him a box of the most Exquisite Antique Laces...............
...which I can't WAIT to delve through and photograph for you...I was nearly in tears it's all so beautiful (see-he DOES take notice of what I search for & buy!)........
Stunning Copper Pans,Jewellery Boxes,Photo Frames,Figurines,Antique Shop signs............

I think I may be out of a Job soon if he carries on like this! So I am off to put some new batteries in the camera-keep a watch on our site,-all these new scrummy pieces will all be listed as soon as I can physically do so! A Bientot!