This will be the very last crop from our allotment for this year. These tomatoes were never going to ripen on their outdoor vines, but green tomatoes can be put to good use. This green tomato chutney is a tangy triumph – absolutely delicious with a variety of cheeses, particularly a good strong cheddar.
We couldn’t resist this radio at the local flea market.
Condition isn’t quite as mint as we like, but it’s such a classic design – and the imperfections are just honest wear & tear to the shiny front surface as opposed to drastic damage from being dropped or chewed by a dog! The radio is actually working fine and it still displays well. In fact, we’ve become quite attached to it sitting on our lounge shelves (where many items find a temporary home).
They were manufactured by a company called ISIS – who also made those lovely clocks in the shape of the word CLOCK.
We’re not short of radios in the house, so having shared a wonderful few weeks together, we’re saying goodbye. It’s part of today’s additions to our antiques centre space. We divide our stock between the virtual world and the real world- so pop into the centre if you’re ever near Todmorden. You’ll find lots of similar vintage loveliness!
We had a lovely long walk last weekend, taking in Blackstone Edge which sits right on the border of West Yorkshire & Greater Manchester (Lancashire really!!).
As we walked along one of the bridleway tracks this striking outcrop of gritstone rock came into view.
Lovely in its own right, but it had a little extra secret to unveil as we got closer.
Expertly chiselled into its surface was a poem entitled RAIN.
We suspected it might have been written by Simon Armitage when we saw the SA, but weren’t sure. Having since done a bit of research, we now know that it’s one in a series of elemental works by him entitled The Stanza Stones dotted around the Pennines. They were commissioned by Ilkley Literature Festival. Other titles include Snow, Mist, Dew, Puddle and Beck.
Ironically, it was a glorious sunny day but the Pennines are certainly no strangers to the watery stuff. It’s a fundamental force in shaping this landscape.
It’s a beautiful poem and we found it very life affirming – and strangely wished that we were standing in the rain reading it – the rock’s surface glistening and droplets running down our faces. Justin read it out loud and we recorded it on a mobile phone – so we’d be sure to have the words when we got home. We needn’t have worried as there’s a lovely book available called The Stanza Stones published by Enitharmon. Justin is a bit embarrassed, but his open air reading has been embedded at the bottom of this post – his Northern accent suits it! All that’s missing is the pitter-patter of rain in the background.
We’re now very keen to read the book and visit the other works in this series.
Be glad of these freshwater tears,
Each pearled droplet some salty old sea-bullet
Air-lifted out of the waves, then laundered and sieved, recast as a soft bead and returned.
And no matter how much it strafes or sheets, it is no mean feat to catch one raindrop clean in the mouth,
To take one drop on the tongue, tasting cloud pollen, grain of the heavens, raw sky.
Let it teem, up here where the front of the mind distils the brunt of the world.
A surprisingly versatile colour for use in home décor. It goes well with black or white, silver or gold – brown, cream, blue or green (but it’s probably best to leave the latter one just for Christmastime!)
…a collection of twenty five of their favourite homes featured in issues of the magazine over recent years.
There are vintage inspired homes in a variety of styles from rustic country to mid century modern.
The overriding factors for inclusion were that homes were ‘curated and had evolved over time’, and that, ‘owners have a love and appreciation of beautiful design and objects from every era’.
The ‘magazine cum book’ is broken down into five broad chapters – 20th century style, country chic, English eclectic, French decorative and vintage crafty.
Each chapter has homes that encompass the style with a ‘Get the look’ page to conclude.
The editorial team gives an overview of the homes – and the owners provide back story, highlight favourite aspects and so on.
It’s crammed full of gorgeous photographs to inspire and trigger ideas, whether it be decorating schemes or pieces to look out for at markets or vintage fairs.
It’s hard to pick favourites with such a wonderful collection of homes. We love the look of clean, sleek modern spaces – but always gravitate towards the characterful vintage country looking homes with exposed stone & wood as our true love – especially in autumn & winter when curtains are drawn, a real fire is lit and candles twinkle.
We fill our own spaces with a mix of traditional antiques, industrial and mid century modern design…
…the kind of eclectic mix much in evidence in this selection of homes.
So it’s really interesting to see other peoples vintage finds and how they’ve incorporated them into their houses.
There are over 120 pages to peruse so it should satisfy your vintage cravings for a while!
The publication is currently only available through the Homes & Antiques website.
[Many thanks to Homes & Antiques magazine for the review copy]