Archive for the ‘a bit of fun’ Category


Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

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pair of large vintage happy badges

Feeling a bit glum? These huge, groovy 1970s tin badges should help lift your mood –  ‘think happy’ and ‘be happy’.

rear view of a pair of large vintage happy badges

They were thrown in for free with another purchase at a recent flea market. Happy indeed! :-)

Charlie Brown decal

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

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Charlie Brown laptop decal from Vinyl Revolution

We were sent this Charlie Brown laptop decal by the folks at Vinyl Revolution.

Charlie Brown laptop decal from Vinyl Revolution

It was much easier to apply then we thought – there’s a short, helpful video on YouTube that guides you through the process. We’re very happy with the way it looks. We love Charlie Brown – the newspaper cartoons, the TV adaptations – and of course the amazing music – various Jazz scores by Vince Guaraldi. This particular image looks like Justin & Fudge –  staring at the view contemplatively – not saying much, just enjoying each other’s company. When the computer is turned on the Apple logo looks like the sun setting.

Charlie Brown laptop decal from Vinyl Revolution

Vinyl Revolution makes decals for many MacBook models and they also produce wall art, fridgewraps, vehicle decals and are happy to take bespoke orders too.


Mystery Object

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

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Mystery object with antique metal candleholder on pine topped table

So, what’s this mystery object? And we don’t mean the candle holder!

Try and guess what it is before the last few photos.

Mystery object on pine topped table

We bought it at the weekend from Picture House Antiques. This is obviously quite an old example, but new ones are still being produced.

Having said that, the design hasn’t changed much as it does the job perfectly.
Mystery object on pine topped table

It might make one particular little job a lot easier towards the end of July or early August – a foraging type job…
detail of mystery object on pine topped table

…OK, no more clues…
curved dry stone wall with bilberry bushes growing above

…it’s a bilberry comb!

Bilberries (also called whimberries, whinberries, wimberries, winberries, windberries, blaeberries, whortleberries, hurts, myrtle blueberries and fraughans) grow wild round these parts – in fact, local conditions seem perfect as they’re widespread on lanes & hillsides. They’re the most delicious little berries. They’re a bit fiddly to pick individually, but that’s what we’ve always done previously.bowl of freshly picked bilberries

We’ll look into the pros & cons of this tool – judging by the age of this one, they’re not a recent phenomenon – and are still widely available to buy at country stores. Most people sing their praises, but initial internet searches have thrown up a few dissenting voices.

Their concerns seem to centre around the fact that they’re a bit indiscriminate with regards to picking both ripe & unripe berries – and also their efficiency doesn’t leave much behind for wildlife.

We can’t see the point in harvesting till the majority of berries are ready. With regards wildlife, some parts of the bush are hard to get to – and some bushes themselves are very inaccessible to people – so there should be plenty left for the birds and small animals. We’ve noticed bush craft & foraging guru, Ray Mears has them for sale on his website.

plate with a slice of bilberry tart and cup of tea

We know one thing … they make superb desserts – warm, homemade bilberry pie with cold, thick cream just can’t be beaten!