Marble Menagerie

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vintage Merit "Marble Fun" game with illustrations by Kenneth Townsend from his Menagerie range

We bought this vintage marble game last week. It’s a simple little game which involves rolling marbles down the wooden shoot aiming at archways with different scores. We’ve done a little research and found that the game is called “bridgeboard”.

vintage Merit "Marble Fun" game with illustrations by Kenneth Townsend from his Menagerie range

What makes this version extra special are the fabulous illustations by Kenneth Townsend.

monkey detail from a vintage Merit "Marble Fun" game with illustrations by Kenneth Townsend from his Menagerie range

The animals will look very familiar to fans of the artist’s “Menagerie” tile series that we’ve blogged about before.

We have a winner!

Congratulations to Kate Stuparyk of Ottawa- she’s the winner of our quiz. The Skinny laMinx apron & tea towel will shortly be making their way to her. They must be the most well-travelled kitchen textiles in the world – from South Africa to the UK and onwards to Canada!

For the rest of you, here are those answers:

  1. March
  2. Orange
  3. Thursday
  4. Fudge
  5. Grete Prytz Kittelsen
  6. Arabesque
  7. Granny Glittens
  8. Villeroy & Boch
  9. Mary Quant
  10. Fat Lava

Thanks for taking part, we hope you found it fun.

UPDATE: Here’s a photo Kate has sent us showing her modeling her prize!

Q is for… Quiz

Now we’ve got to the letter Q we realise that we should have saved our Jens Quistgaard blog for the ‘Q’ rather than use it up for the easier option of ‘J’. It’s a bit like saving the blank tiles for those special words in a game of Scrabble.

But it’s done now so we’ve decided to do something completely different today- hope you find it fun!

We’ve devised a quiz where you’ll find the answers in some of our previous posts. Like all quizzes, there’s a prize for the first correct submission.

When you’ve found all the answers email them to us at

Here goes then!

In what month did we launch our H is for Home website?

Screenshot of H is for Home website front page

We’ve got a particular soft spot for which colour?

Collection of vintage art glass vases

What day is the flea market on in Todmorden?

Stall at Todmorden flea market

What’s the name of our dog?

Our Weimaraner

Who designed these?

Collection of vintage Cathrineholm 'Lotus' enamelware

What’s the name of this range by Denby Pottery?

vintage Denby pottery coffee set

We’ve got a nickname for the lady that does our knitted items. What is it?

hand crocheted & knitted homewares

Which company produced this?

tall vintage pottery jug with green vertical leaf pattern

Which famous 1960s fashion designer was known to have sourced Welsh wool fabrics for her creations?

selection of vintage Welsh wool tapestry fabric & fashion

What two-word name is commonly given to mid-twentieth century textured West German ceramics?

collection of vintage fat lava vases

So, what’s the prize then? Well, we’ve just received some fantastic kitchen textiles by Skinny laMinx.

a corner of our kitchen

We’re stocking these screen printed aprons and tea towels in various designs & colours.

So we’ll put up for offer this matching cooks apron & tea towel – it’s the Orla pattern and you can choose to have it in this green chartreuse – or sharkskin colour.

Skinny la Mix 'Orla' apron Skinny la Mix 'Orla' tea towel

The prize goes to the first email we receive with all 10 questions answered correctly.

Good luck!!