Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Birthday, Bottles and Beloved

It was hubby's Birthday over the weekend, so I treated him to lunch out on Sunday. We headed off to Sherborne, Dorset, for a change...
Medieval scenes around the Abbey and Almshouse.
It was a lovely peaceful day, but so hot!
So we didn't stay out that long...
And came home to keep cool in our stone house...
Where I sorted out my most recent purchases...
I bought a collection of antique bottles.
Some dated from 1864 and many were of local interest.
There were several from Bath (once containing Bath spring water), Bristol, Trowbridge and Melksham.
I bought the little red enamel tea pot for myself. Those who know me well, will be aware that I like a cuppa or two throughout the day! ;-))

This Victorian framed print dates from 1888.
I'm going to frame the advertising board below.
And this old fire-screen was missing its feet from the bottom...But its OK...I bought it for the tapestry inside, which I shall use to make a colourful cushion.
I spent Monday afternoon painting these two sets of shelves. (The small wall shelves sold at the shop yesterday.)
Thank you Jill for the potted gerbera!
I have just been offered a pitch at the next V&H Christmas Fair (thank you kindly Michele and Jayne!) I shall be upstairs this time, which is very handy for the tea shop! ;-))
More details can be found on my blog's side bar.
Finally, I thought I'd just mention a short film that our youngest daughter was involved in. During the summer holidays she went for an audition at Suited and Booted Studios and was offered an acting role in a short film entitled 'Beloved'. A group of 15 - 19 year olds worked together to create the film, which was written by a young person.
Niki x


  1. The very best photo is the birthday card! What a bonny baby she is and your husband must have been delighted with it.

  2. That's great you are doing the xmas fair, Niki. Hope you have a fairy for me...
    Happy Birthday to hubby, what a cute photo of your grandaughter. Loving the green paint on those shelves, too.
    Really enjoying your books, thanks so much, but many late nights are ensuing! Bought a lovely old chest today to store my civil war doll quilts. And yet more fabric? I blame my sister. She loves her calendar.
    Hen x

  3. Looks like a lovely day out! The green shelves look fab - particularly the tall one. Looking forward to welcoming you back to the V&H in December!

  4. Hello Niki
    What a lovely photo of your Grandbaby. She is so beautiful.

    I love the town you went to as well, for your husbands Birthday lunch. What a treat that was. Thank you for sharing the photos with us.
    Your Friend Elizabeth

  5. Hi Niki.
    How wonderful your little girl! What satisfaction!
    We were two or three times in Sherborne, a lovely village.
    It 'a blast from the past!
    Happy Birthday to your husband
    and a hug to you, Maria. ;o))
    (with translator)

  6. Anonymous5:12 pm

    Hi Niki,
    Your Granddaughter is so beautiful,what a lovely card and many happy returns to your dear hubby.
    Sherborne reminds me of York with the tudor buildings and alleys,it looks like a fantastic place to explore and the colour of the those bottles is dreamy,love the green shelves!
    I can not watch your daughters film Niki :( my mac is getting old and i can not get it to play,
    Krissie xxx


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Niki xx