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Jo xx

Monday, 23 July 2012

PJ & A Posh Bag!

I was recently contacted by Pedigree and asked if PJ our eldest Pug would like to take part in the Joint Care + trial.  We of course accepted and were sent a very posh yellow rucksack with PJ embroidered on the front, packs of treats for the six week trial, balls and a camera to record his progress.

PJ looking very happy (notice the teeth) with his very posh PJ rucksack.

Lots of goodies inside and of course Elvis had to come for a look.

Balls are a great favourite, and these have certainly gone down well.

PJ was chosen to take part in the trial because he has suffered from a reoccurring problem with one of his back legs.  When he was a puppy he jumped and hurt one of his back legs and we have noticed that although he is not in pain with it he is very careful when playing or jumping around.  Every so often he does catch it and yelps.

 We have started the trial today to see if the joint care plus helps and I will keep you posted on his progress.
Have a great week everyone.
Jo xx

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

It's That Time of Year Again!

Last Saturday saw our annual village scarecrow competition, parade and Gala.  My poor neighbours got soaked to the skin on the Friday setting up their scarecrows and accessories.

Their theme this year was 'Dig For Victory'.

Bob the Clod!

Carlsberg don't do allotments, but if they did....

Elmer Spud.

The produce tent.  They won first for the third year running.

Dr.  Foster

The Jubilee & 2012

Straw Wars!

A Pearly Queen.  Our parade was just as fabulous, I will leave you with some pics.

The marching band.

Gala King and Queen

This man is a well known character in the local area and actually lives in this beautiful gypsy caravan.

Louis & Mary, our neighbour.

and we have a winning boy, Fonz came second in the pedigree class and third in the best six legs in Overseal Gala Dog show!
The Gala is always a fantastic day and we were lucky with the weather.  The money raised goes towards good causes around the village and also pays for the free fireworks evening for the village and surrounding villages every November.  
Have a great week, and I hope you enjoyed the pics.
Jo xx

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Weekend Away

After feeling pretty down after losing Pinkie so suddenly it was lovely to get away for the weekend.  A week last Saturday was the Giant Vintage Rag in Frome and I collected all my bits and pieces together and set off very early for a good rummage!  I had arranged with Mum to meet her there, she would get the train from Devon and we would drive back to Brixham after the fair and I would stay a couple of days.
Lizzie and Clare had done a wonderful job as usual in arranging everything, and the Cheese & Grain was heaving with bargains galore!

One of my favourite buys of the day, a Victorian satin boned jacket...just wish I was a bit less portly and it fitted me GRRRR............look stunning with jeans.

Absolutely stunning 20's/30's Kimono with original Obi.  The embroidery is gorgeous and done by hand.  The silk has shattered in a couple of places but still beautiful.

I cannot take the credit for this stunning Edwardian wedding dress.  My Mum had been staying with my brother and his family the week before and found this for me on a trip to Ely Antiques Centre (can recommend this one).  After several frantic phone calls because we were out she eventually managed to get hold of me and asked me 'would it be worth buying'?  Of course the answer was yes, and here it is.  The skirt and bodice are in fabulous condition as it has obviously been stored away carefully.

The bodice is so tiny it doesn't even fit my waspie, and she has an original Edwardian corset on underneath.  The lace and the detailing on the skirt are beautiful but I know I will have to store it away at some time (or maybe even sell it) so it doesn't get damaged.

After a lovely weekend with Mum and also helping her with her charity stand on the Sunday at the Galmpton Gooseberry Pie fair I headed off back to Derbyshire on the Monday.  I had to go via Ashburton of course and in a glorious little antique shop called 'The Shambles' found these two beautiful cotton lawn Edwardian white work dresses.  They are in lovely condition and I couldn't resist.  Wouldn't they look stunning worn with a silk slip underneath....GRRR again, not my size!

Found this also recently.  I have been after an ex Voto for yonks and they always seem to be for sale when I've got no cash or they go for way over what I've got to spend so I was lucky to find this little beauty for a reasonable price.

Hope you all have a great week.  I'm getting ready now for the Cotswolds Vintage Fair organised by Ali from Betty and Violet at the end of August.  Hopefully see you there!
Jo xx

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Thank you!

Thank you everyone for all your kind words about Pinkie.  I will admit it hasn't been an easy couple of weeks and we are still trying to come to terms with losing her but all the messages of support left on my blog, via email and in person from those of you I met at the Giant Vintage Rag in Frome have helped the healing process  immensely.  It is so lovely to know there are so many wonderful people out there, some of you I have met, some of you I haven't although I class you all as friends.  Thank you once again for all your kindness and support.
Jo xx