Thursday, 8 January 2015

Aga Saga

This week I had the 18th visit from an Aga engineer. In human terms, 18 is an auspicious number - the number when you become an adult, it represents independence & freedom. Sadly, for my Aga it just means yet another rescue mission. Since this baby was created & delivered to my home it has been a very poorly child indeed with constant visits from the engineer to resuscitate & revive it. Now, while J the engineer is a very fine fellow I would prefer to not see him quite as often as I do! This past Christmas the Aga has once again been out cold in a coma awaiting J's expertise in the New Year. This is not the first Christmas that the poor thing has been dead & in need of a 'heart' transplant (or burner as it is known in Aga circles). It has been purely decorative!

This particular Aga (3 oven oil fired) has been such a troublesome child that Aga have stopped reproducing them & abandoned them. Now, you'd think that Aga, that great icon of the British country kitchen, would be concerned about the welfare of their offspring, but no, they have washed their hands of all responsibility & told us poor adoptive parents that it is our problem, not theirs, but we could have a complete change for a mere £5000! After spending a great deal to adopt this beauty & many more pounds to repair it, I somehow think not!

In the Aga publicity materials we are told that besides cooking, we will no longer need an electric kettle, a toaster, a tumble dryer...which is true when the Aga works. What they failed to mention is that we would need an entire other cooker to use when the Aga is out of order once again or else the family would starve!

Currently it is working after yet another new burner having been installed, but I fully expect it to give up the ghost again within the year.

So come on Aga...take pity on this ill conceived offspring of yours & come up with a proper & final solution for this problem child!

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Happy New Year!

Wishing everyone a happy, peaceful & fun filled 2015! 
I do hope to post more often in 2015 even if it is just to update you about fairs etc. Life seems so busy that time just runs away & 2014 was over in no time!


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

V&H Christmas Fair

What do you want for Christmas this year? Santas & fairies? Angels & reindeer? Vintage decorations? Unusual handmade gifts? A unique vintage item for that person on your list who has everything? A special Christmas or New Year outfit? Whatever it is, you have an excellent chance of finding everything you need for a perfectly vintage Christmas in a jolly, festive atmosphere at the 6th annual Original Vintage & Handmade Christmas Fair in Chipping Sodbury on the 13th December.

Firmly established as a Christmas favourite, this popular event is always full to bursting with delightful stalls brimming with wonderful ideas for Christmas.
Carefully selected vintage dealers, artists & creative designer-makers from the South-West & beyond will be displaying their wares for your shopping pleasure.

Entrance is just £1.00 (children free) & there will be free Christmassy goody bags for the first 50 visitors of the day.

Our popular tearoom will be back with lashings of tea & coffee & scrumptious festive treats served on vintage china by the hard working ladies raising funds for local charitable causes.

So, bring along your friends & family (children are warmly welcomed) and join us for a fun day out and an enjoyable start to the 2014 holiday season.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

V&H Autumn Fair

Just a quick post to show you a few photos from our Autumn Fair this past Saturday. Everyone had a lovely time and it was so nice to meet up with old friends and make new ones too.
I made a few purchases which made my day!

Our next event is the Vintage Jumble in Box, Wiltshire. The Jumbles are such fun and there are oodles of vintage bargains to be had.
For more info do visit our website at www or find us on Facebook for up to date notifications.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

New in! Lovely vintage coffee sets.

Limoges gold and white.

Paragon gold and white

Paragon green and floral

Royal Albert Lavender Rose

Paragon Henry Wheatcroft roses

'Foreign' green and gold

Monday, 11 November 2013


Time does fly and I've just realised how long it has been since I last wrote a post. I don't even know if anyone is still reading my blog after all this time! My time seems to be taken up mainly with hunting out vintage treasures, keeping my unit at Gloucester Antique Centre stocked, organising the V&H Fairs with Michele and looking after animals. The garden has been tidied up for winter, the chickens are moulting so we don't have any eggs, I have made chutney for Christmas with the last of my tomatoes and my neighbours excess apples.

 I thought I'd share some photos to highlight what has been going on in my life instead of writing reams of text for you to read as there is a bit of catching up to do!

I surprised myself by winning a cup at the village show for my flower arrangement (a vintage cup of course!).

Dylan had a bath...yes, that is newsworthy!

I bought a new car - another Mini (my third so far!)

The Boy started university in Wales ....when did he grow up??

We held our V&H Textile & Fashion Fair in October.

We have had a wonderful feature about the Christmas Fair in the December issue of Homes & Antiques Magazine - out now!

The Girl & I made some new cushions for the winter.


We had a fun family trip to Gifford Circus in Bath.

Toby hurt his paw....don't worry, he is fine now!

The Girl & Balli have had lots of fun.

And Dylan got new pyjamas!

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Gromit Hunting

The last few months have seen the people of Bristol and surrounding areas rushing around stalking giant colourful dogs, map, pen and camera in hand. Why? You may wonder! Our most famous hound, Gromit, has been up scaled and made into large friendly figures which have been decorated by lots of different artists and other well known people and then unleashed on the city of Bristol.

There were 80 in all and Gromit hunting became a fun and popular pastime for the summer. If you saw a group of people standing together you could almost guarantee that a Gromit would be the centre of attention. 

Of course there was also a reason for the production of so many Gromits...they will be auctioned and the funds raised will go to the Bristol Children's Hospital.

Sadly, the exhibition has almost come to an end, so all the Gromits have been gathered together for 'The Greatest Dog Show On Earth' until Sunday. 

Of course, as we live so close to Bristol, we have done a bit of Gromit hunting ourselves. A few weeks ago we spent a fun Sunday hunting out and photographing Gromits. Bristol is a fabulous city to visit on a weekend and I almost felt as if I was on holiday! I am posting a taster for you here but if you are in the area and have a chance, why not visit the Dog Show before they are auctioned off? I heard a rumour that there is one more secret Gromit there which wasn't on the Gromit Trail!

More info here:

Antique Rose (by Cath Kidston)


Newshound ( by Nick Park himself)

Sir Gromit of Bristol

Poetry in Motion

The Grommalo



Astro Dog

Steam Dog

Not a Gromit at @Bristol

Fish Tales

Hound Dog ( by Peter Blake)


NewFoundLand (on the old ship, The Matthew)

Watch Out Gromit!

National Treasure

Mini Gromit on the ferry

Salty Sea Dog

A Close Shave

Where's Wallace?

Two Eds Are Better Than One