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August 9, 2009
August 4, 2009
We bought this lovely vintage cream-coloured telephone yesterday. It was in a bit of a state when we got it – but it’s cleaned up beautifully.
This particular model is the BT 746 which was manufactured in the 1970s.
We’re always on the lookout for nice telephones…
…they’re functional items – and they’re also great for adding a vintage touch to home or office.
Phones have proved popular in our shop – we’ve had a variety of shapes and colours…
…even a fantastic leather clad model.
If you’re interested in finding out more about vintage phones, this book is a great place to start – Design Icons: The Telephone
July 21, 2009
Our berry picking has started early this year. We were out gathering bilberries at the weekend. They love acid soil and are found on low-growing bushes in the surrounding area. The berries are small and picking them is quite time consuming – but, be patient, they’re well worth the effort!
We put some in the freezer for future jam making and used the rest of our crop to make this bilberry custard tart. Here’s the recipe:
You’ll need to collect about 225g/8oz bilberries. Remove stalks and stray leaves and rinse in a sieve. Dry carefully on some kitchen towel (Don’t use a tea towel unless you don’t mind it getting stained purple).
125g/4oz plain flour
pinch of salt
55g/2oz butter, cubed
30-45ml/2-3 tbsp cold water
(or you can buy a pack of ready-made in the chilled section of most supermarkets)
2 egg yolks
55g/2oz caster sugar
Preheat the oven to 175ºC/350ºF/Gas Mark 4. Cook the flan for 45 minutes or until the top begins to brown nicely. When cool sprinkle a tablespoon of caster sugar over the top.
The tart looks fabulous with the deep purple juice seeping into the creamy custard…
…and it tasted good too!
July 10, 2009
We bought a huge pile of vintage Ladybird books this week. They’re fabulous little books, designed to educate & entertain children of all ages.
We really enjoyed having a browse through them all. Having grown up with them it’s been a very nostalgic trip.
They cover an amazing variety of subjects…
…science & nature…
…careers & occupations…
…fairytales etc, etc, etc.
The wonderful illustrations have a distinctive “Ladybird” look despite being produced by a variety of artists.
Names such as John Berry, Roland Green and C F Tunnicliffe to name but three.
For more things Ladybird check out these websites:
We’ve added the books to other items of stock that we’re accumulating for a new section on our website.
It’s going to be called Child’s Play, and as the name suggests, it will consist of lots of kids-related items.
In addition to books, there’ll be vintage toys & games…
…money boxes & tins…
…and bits & pieces to decorate nurseries, play rooms & bedrooms.
We should have gathered enough stuff to add the new section in the autumn – so watch this space!
June 28, 2009
Elderflower blossom is in full bloom at the moment. Not only do they smell gorgeous, they’re easily made into the perfect summer drink. So here’s the recipe for elderflower cordial that has been requested by some of our friends on Twitter.
Dilute the cordial approximately 1:4 with sparkling mineral water – or try adding a dash to gin & vodka cocktails, white wine spritzers or champagne!
Hot sunny day
Lots of ice
June 20, 2009
We often feature mid-twentieth century items in our blogs, but we also have a real passion for old country furniture.
We picked up this wonderful piece of rustic kitchenalia – we think it’s a potato masher.
Perhaps Irish in origin, although we’re not sure at this stage… a bit more research is required. It’s a very unusual piece.
BLOG UPDATE: 22nd June. We now think that the object in question is actually a cheese press. The wet cheese, contained within a cloth is pressed by the wooden block, the excess liquid draining through the holes. We’re still not sure about the country of origin. British/Irish is still likely, although continental Europe is a possibility – and we were also sent pictures of a very similarly designed piece which was in a U.S. auction of farm machinery. (Thanks to Erik Schepers).
If you like cottage interiors or country furniture, these books are well worth a look:
June 15, 2009
We bought a small pile of vintage Country Fair magazines last week.
It was their covers that caught our eye. They feature wonderful illustrations of birds, animals, insects etc representing the particular month of publication.
They’re illustrated by John Hanna, an Australian artist who worked in London in the 1950s & 60s.
Inside are photos & articles about gardening, farming, cooking and country pursuits… from a slower-paced, simpler time.
As with many many magazines from this era, the adverts are also well worth a look.
We love the simple, stylised graphics of this one for holidays in Switzerland…
…or how about this one for a fabulous 50s fitted kitchen…
…and nature guides – very reminiscent of early Ladybird books.
If we’ve pricked your interest, and you’d like to find out more, a compendium of the best issues from the ’50s is available from Amazon.