I am updating this to say I cannot tell you how sad I was to see these photos on Pinterest - despite asking and polite requests - I now submit copyright forms to Pinterest at every opportunity. There are many lovely photos out there people love seeing on Pinterest so please use those not mine.
Rainy again today - felt a little penned in so tra la la'd down the local high street - stopped off to see the ladies manning their little stall - they were very welcoming and they commented they had not seen me for a while as they had been saving embroidered tablecloths for me....they will bring them in for me next week....I do not need any more tablecloths....They did have a little pile of hand painted bone china plates (six in total - I donated the saucers back)......I do not need any more saucers (or plates)...together with some pretty hankies (all with hand crocheted edges) and one or two scarves.... I spent £2.99. So already the day seemed brighter.
We were chatting outside the local church which was having their summer fete - we had chatted so long the fete was on the point of closure....tables were cleared and just a few cakes left....I could have them for a pound (5 in total) and three boxes of candles (one of such great delight it warrants a separate post) from the 70s....very handy for Christmas (always best to buy out of season I find!).
So here we have some pretty plates topped with the most FANTASTIC little cakes I have EVER EATEN (words cannot convey how ruddy marvellous they were) - all finished with a sprig of fresh lavender and just quite simply deliciouso. I may have come home and busied about finding the nicest embroideries to display such delights. All topped off with the fact that I will have finished writing my essay by tomorrow - tra la la la la!
I hope that you too had some cake purchases/makes.
PS As I tra la la around I consider myself to be very lucky - as I say hello to local traders and ask them how business is doing people are very kind to me. I like to chat very much indeed and I think a bit of friendliness goes a long way. I live in an city - not a little village - neighbourliness can happen anywhere. It was no different when we lived in London (not a well to do part of town but a down at heel/seen better times part of town) I knew all immediate neighbours well and we helped each other in good times and sad....sometimes overwhelmingly sad...
PPS My neighbour who kindly gave me the carrier bag of buttons - you remember - knocked on our door the other day with WARM...FRESHLY MADE roti bread - just because - hot out of the press and again deliciouso - she apologised that she had not made the matching vegetarian curry but promised that she would next time....I very nearly slammed the door in her face and shouted : 'Don't come round here again until you have EVERYTHING ready'...ho ho, just joshing!
PPS Another neighbour knocked on my door and said that I could pick all of his red currants this year as he was not so fond....I will make a summer pudding with them I think.
PPPS In return I proffer nursing advice and first aid wisdom, advice on whether child x should go to hospital (head injury) and neighbour y really should have the leg ulcer seen to...oh all right I will have a look at it myself...sometimes sadder advice... that sort of thing....fair exchange I think!!
PPPPS: My usual Pinterst request - if these appear I fear I will have to explode just to make the point....