Another week has whistled past - we had a beautiful sunny day at the Buns cottage, home of the giant dahlia....!
There was even enough sunshine to need ice-creams! I just wanted to bring the van home with me!
And now the beautiful boy is off on another mini break, this time in Cambridge with his beloved Aunty and Uncle and one of his very grown up cousins! Lucky boy is being spoiled rotten again and I am home alone wondering what it would take for me start on all the jobs I am supposed to do when I get time.... Instead I have taken some china pictures to share with you!
When the boy was little I was keen to teach him how to be around china. We have many precious pieces in the house - all of them of far more sentimental value than could ever be covered by insurance! My plan was to ensure he had his own china collection from an early age and the theme I chose was birds. You know of his owl collection...but he also loves the pictorial china of the 1950's and 1960's.
The beautiful boy has always loved bird watching - his first bird word was Pigeon... not a difficult one in an agricultural area - now he is an impressive bird watcher and can identify many common and not so common visitors to our countryside. If you have a little person I recommend avoiding 'dicky bird' or 'birdie'. Children are remarkably capable of learning the names of different birds from the beginning as everything around them is a new word!
This Peter Scott trio for Midwinter is an especially prized set. The illustrations are incredible and we love that the goose is flying away on the reverse of the cup!
The illustration on the tea plate is breath-taking and shows a master of his subject.
As well as china the boy has a great collection of vintage bird identification guides, all with equally wonderful illustrations. Of course he has all the modern pocket guides as well! We don't shove these in a ruck-sack and trudge out over muddy fields!
Of course not to be left out I have a few birds of my own. I love Victorian Milk Glass and these beauties are one of my best ever bargains. For just a few pounds!!
Each one is a perfect little work of art...
I love the little blackberries...
And of course there are textiles too. This vintage tea towel was going to be a cushion but the boy has claimed it for a pillow cover which I hope to finish this weekend! Avocets are one of my favourite birds. So delicate they look like a breeze might break them.... until you see one defending it's territory - their agility and speed is a sight to see.
Enough distraction now. I hope you enjoyed a few pretty pictures. I have work to complete so that I can be with the boy when he returns home next week. A personalised order from my shop - I do love working on items which are made with one special little person in mind. And.... for the second time this week I find myself mentioning the 'C' word. I have Christmas items to make - I can't tell you much more about it at the moment. It's all very exciting but I've learned not to count my chickens.... But I would like my little bird back in hand..... How's that for muddling birdie metaphors!
Enjoy your weekend everyone! t.xx