Monday, 31 December 2012

Pre-, inter- and postprandial photographs!


As with the tablecloths there was a bit of tin swapping going on





Oh the indulgence of having an 'After Eight' at 15.00!


Because of great need these little espresso cups were bought in the few days prior to Christmas of the Eve - all different colours - six of them for 3.99....came from France originally I think

Paper decorations from the 30s I think - lovely colours still


Same tablecloth - different plates...




 Dear Maille


Me with my Brussels - I paid the price later.....

Crumbs...



Detail on a different Christmas tablecloth





These little decorations came from a charity shop the week prior - this time 99p for a little pile - no idea if they are old or not but looked nice


A bit of a mixed bag of photos



On the Thursday before Christmas I was teaching up in Camden for a couple of hours - naturally I swung by the local Oxfam before wending my way home (others may have made more of their time in London with a trip to John Lewis...).  A fairly trendy Ox in Camden - but in a basket of festive goodness by the counter were several items from the 1960s - the man said I could have the lot for £2.  I will show those next year!


I keep my allium seed heads all year round.  Tin expose kept for next year too I think - though I have got rid of some of them they seem to multiply so no shortage...oh dear


My egg nog.....


Seasonal deers in the grate (haven't forgotten deer posting) !


Mix and match china as usual





I like things that are for specific occasions - this can be a little troublesome trying to remember but here is an old cup that is used once a year!!!!

I have been reading about 'vanity blogging' recently and thinking that this applies to me - will have a rethink for 2013 as I was always told not to be 'show offy' and here I am being 'show offy' (though it is not meant to be in a 'show offy' way if that makes any sense...not really Jenny...)


I loved this book as a child - something different to read every day of the year

Looking back I see that I did 11 posts in 2011 and a few more in 2012 - I will strike a balance in 2013.

Thank you once again for kind comments and thoughts and support and niceness

Off to meet up with my sisters later today - this is what we did last New Year - hope to speak with our brother too if satellite allows.   Sorry couldn't load it here but it makes me laugh and goes to show that alcohol is not needed!!! I think that this is all set to be the next internet sensation.


Such fun and Happy New Year 





64 comments:

  1. Oh Jenny, a lovely post ... I must be a vanity blogger too ... But I don't know what I'd do, or indeed talk about, f I didn't show off my finds and share them with everyone! That is what I love about blogging, sharing with like-minded people talents, skills and ideas, but in a caring, sharing way ... not a 'look what I've got, aren't I wonderful?' way! Carry on exactly as you are my lovely ... it wouldn't be the same without you!

    Ps, my auntie had decorations like yours in the 70s, perhaps even earlier, and they look just the same!

    Lve Claire xxx

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    1. Thank you for the info Claire - I like being able to put things in a time bracket. 'Vanity blogging' is just like us chatting about 'stuff' I guess! Thank you also for kind words dear Claire and it has been lovely conversing with your good self this year
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  2. what a lovely post !
    beautifull christmas decorations and lovely family :-)
    ♥♥♥
    Happy new year :-)

    Ellen

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    1. Many thanks Ellen and thank you for calling in
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  3. Absolutely No! You keep on with your vanity blogging, that's what I come here for!
    Looks like you had Fun, Fun, Fun! Who wouldn't with all the vintage wonder surrounding you, oh and family of course ;)
    Happy New Year, may it be a year filled with vanity! :) x

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    1. Awww - thank you dear Ada - let us be 'vain' together! All the best for the forthcoming year
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  4. Dear Jenny - ignore blogger advice; keep showing off. We want to see EVERYTHING!All in good time, of course.

    Happy new year, everyone!

    Shelley

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    1. Thank you dear Shelley - one day I shall swim across the Solent....!
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  5. Love the little coffee set - gorgeous!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  6. What a glorious post - I enjoyed looking at the pictures.
    Julie xxxxxxxxx

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    1. Thank you dear Julie
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  7. Love your posts, vanity blogging indeed - bah humbug! Reading posts like yours really make my day, so please keep at it!

    Have a wonderful new year, Helenxx

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    1. Thank you kindly Helen - plenty more rubbish to write about in 2013!

      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  8. Do please keep showing off Jenny!
    We all love it!

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    1. Thank you for the boost Gill - happy new year to you and yours
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  9. Ooh Jenny, it has been a treat blogging with you, dear friend!
    Keep showing all your nostalgia, because we simply love it.
    I wanted to wish you and yours a splendid New Year and to let you know I will be taking your blogging friendship with me into 2013, of that you can be sure! hehe.
    Have Fun! love Maria x

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    1. Thank you dear Maria and I look forward to hearing more about your family in 2013.
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  10. Oh those little cups and saucers are the bomb! I am a new reader of your blog but I will be back, I love it!

    Blessings
    Linda

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    1. Welcome aboard Linda
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  11. Dearest Jenny
    Your posts are always filled with wonder, pleased don't stop on anyone's account. I love to see all your beautiful things, so inspiring xox Penelope

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    1. That is very kind of you Penelope
      All the best for 2013
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  12. People are quick to criticise bloggers but I don't think they have really read or followed any blogs regularly. Many bloggers don't have show homes or perfect lives, and they don't pretend they do. I love the way that blogs celebrate the quirky little things, and yours is a splendid example of this, please carry on!

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    1. Awww - thank you - quirky is a good word to use and I shall use that more in 2013!
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  13. Blog on...you play a vital role in easing my guilt ridden tablecloth hoarding.
    If I can look at yours I don't need to buy more.EExx

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    1. Ah yes Ethel - we do not need any more tablecloths, that is for certain...however....
      I hope that you picked up my email - please let me know if not
      Best wishes for 2013
      Jenny

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  14. Fab video - your laughter is highly infectious....and all your show offy bits are just lovely - keep it coming!

    A very happy New Year to you too Jenny. xx

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    1. Thank you kindly wendz - best wishes to you and yours for 2013
      Jenny

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  15. Happy New Year Jenny!! Look forward to reading more of your posts next year!

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    1. Happy New Year to you and yours too Anne
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  16. I love your blog, your home, your lovely vintage treasures and your warmth.
    Thanks for brightening my day. Happy New Year!
    P.S. I would love to go junking (thrift store shopping) with you. You find amazing things.

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    1. Best wishes and Happy New Year to you too and thank you for your kind words. I have been very lucky over the years with the things that I have found and I am very grateful for that
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  17. You must always show us your lovely things ... promise ... I love to see them ... wishing you and yours a fabuloso New Year ... Bee xx

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    1. Thank you kindly dear Bee - I have lots more rubbish stored up!!!!
      Every happiness for 2013
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  18. Such pretty dishes, I love the little espresso cups! I don't think its showoffy at all!! I love looking at pretty dishes!
    Happy New Year to you and yours,
    Dorothy and Wilma

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    1. Thank you kindly Dorothy and Wilma - I spend a bit too long looking sometimes and not enough 'doing'!
      Happy New Year to you and yours
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  19. looks fun! We had those paper decs when i was little, the kind that fold out and make a ball, or bell etc, loved them!

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    1. Thank you claire
      Best wishes for 2013 to you and yours
      Jenny

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  20. It all looks so quaint and wonderful! I don't feel you are showy-offy at all....you are just sharing your treasures with us! And I for one appreciate it! Happy New Year! Sandy

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    1. Happy New Year to you and yours too Sandy and thank you for your kind words
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  21. Long live showy offy-ness on your blog Jenny - I love seeing all your wonderful treasures, it's a real treat and thank you for sharing them with us all.
    Happy New Year to you and all your family :)
    x

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    1. Happy New Year to you and yours too Barbara
      Thank you as always for your kind words
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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    1. Happy New Year to you too
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  23. nothing wrong with vanity blogging, we're a nation of nosey beggers and love a good look through other peoples stuff!

    Keep it up! Happy New Year :)

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    1. I confess to being a little nosey....oh dear...
      Happy New Year to you too
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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    1. Happy New Year to you and yours too RetroSandie
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  25. Oh you have a lovely touch when it comes to photographing your sweet vintage things. A whole lot is in the photography. Keep it up and please do more posts in 2013 that is not nearly enough to satisfy me and I just found you the end of this year. The best to you in the new year.
    Nan

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    1. Oh - thank you kindly Nan - I hanker after a new camera on the quiet....
      Every happiness to you and yours in 2013
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  26. i thought vanity blogging was showing off yourself a bit too much. amazingly cool china, tins & tablecloths=the best kind of blogging, in my book. happy new year x

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    1. Awww - thank you kindly Max
      Happy New Year to you and yours and for this forthcoming year
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  27. Happy New Year to you Jenny. I was loving the design of your tin and then my eyes moved down to the china and I adored the patterns on those too. Good to have somewhere where we can go for new eye candy. Vanity blogging - not heard of it, but I'd assume it's about one being far up one's own rear end and then telling all and sundry how wonderful they, not showing beautiful finds and makes to share.

    Lisa X

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    1. Your comments made me titter Lisa! Those little cups have put into good use over the festive period
      Happy New Year to you all
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  28. Dear Mrs. Custard, Do please know your posts are not received as vain at all. From someone across the Big Pond, it is so delightful to discover the treasures from your country. How would I know what is wonderful if I didn't discover it here first. Do please share more! Elizabeth Happy New Year!

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    1. Awww - thank you kindly Elizabeth - a moment of insecurity from myself...
      Thank you for your kind words
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  29. Such pretty pictures!! Love your new espresso cups! And love all the mis-match settings! :) Happy New Year! Hugs, Holly

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    1. Thank you kindly
      Happy New Year to you and yours
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  30. I love the espresso cups and the pretty charity shop decorations - wishing you all the best for 2013, I look forward to following you!

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    1. Thank you kindly Jay - happy cricketing to you and your family in 2013
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  31. Happy New Year Jenny,Just watched the piano playing and the three ladies dancing,LOVELY! who is the talented pianist?Wishing you much happiness in 2013 and will look forward to you posts this year,I have really enjoyed becoming a member of blogland.Warm Regards Pam.

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    1. Hello Pam - the pianist is one of my nephews - Tom (aka Tom Cat!) he also qualified as a glider pilot as soon as he was old enough....some people have all the talent!
      So glad that you are enjoying blogland Pam
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  32. A slightly belated Happy New Year Jenny. Here's hoping 2013 is a fabulous year for you and yours x

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    1. An even more belated Happy New Year to your good self Annie - every happiness to you and yours for 2013
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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