30 May 2017

back in the saddle

Back In the saddle again for another year selling vintage textiles at The Brickworks Farmers Market.

I started when the market first opened 10 years ago.
 I saw an article in the Saturday morning paper, hopped in the car to check it out,   phoned the manager on the Monday, whizzed my check to her by Tuesday and set up the next weekend.

I've made a lot and friends and learnt a lot about food too!

The old industrial site allows me  to hang my goods all over.

More to come through the summer!!

15 May 2017

Oh Dear......

Oh dear.......this small cerulean warbler must have flown into a window this morning and is lying dead on my deck. Poor wee thing.
According to my bird book we last caught sight of one in the garden in 1991.

But life goes on and the first warm day saw my old lilac tree starting to bloom

and a newer ( about 7 years old ) 'Yellow Bird 'magnolia tree 

looking very healthy
Summer?    bring it on.

09 May 2017


I'm a sucker for old industrial sites, mills, factories all over the world but Belmont Estates in Grenada must be   the prettiest I have visited. It's a working plantation that dates to the 17the century.

Tools of the trade.

My grandson Oliver feeding the goats,  they make a great goat cheese here.

The nutmeg and mace is trundled out to dry in the sun.

Better explanations here,

On to The River Antoine rum distillery 

I though Oliver was going to fall into the vats.

Great machinery from Derby, beats me how they got it all the way to the Caribbean in  tiny sailing ship.

It was the end of the working day and the staff were enjoying a perk of the job.....about 95% proof I should think.!

I contented myself with a bottle of chocolate rum, should have photographed the colourful label but Im afraid its all gone now. ( see pics here  and here )

07 May 2017

Signs of the Times

A sign in the entrance to Fresh Choice supermarket in Nelson,New Zealand. A pity some North American supermarkets dont follow this example instead of displaying cheap sweets at kids eye level.

However, I did laugh at this sign on the roadside by The Deep Sea Sport Fishing Club !!!  ( my exclamation marks ) on Rarotonga.  The DSSFT has changed their hours.  It used to state ' Happy Hour All Day ' until a neighbouring bar advertised  'All Day Happy Hour' !

Not sure what a 'flash design' is, but I have missed it as the offer was for December only. Also on Rarotonga 

And dont forget my alltime favourite sign.

03 May 2017

Trying something new

Since sales are so dismal in my etsy shops

I thought I would try styling the photos a bit differently

I usually just use my mani and am now experimenting with  incorporating  some clothing and props .

Not sure if it will help, specially with all the changes that are going on.
Time will tell.

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