A trio of vintage rams

Vintage ram collection | H is for Home

In a recent Designer Desire post, Adelle mentioned her favourite Christmas present of the year. Today, Justin’s collection of presents are the focus. As you can see, there’s a bit of a theme. Being an Aries, a small herd of beautiful rams was a perfect gift. We thought that we’d share a few pics as we know there are lots of fellow fans of this type of vintage loveliness.

Vintage Rodney Peppé ram serving tray

First, this fabulous 1960s tin serving tray with artwork by Rodney Peppé. These 1960s Crown Merton trays aren’t easy to come by – and the ram in particular is an elusive creature.

Vintage Rodney Peppé ram serving tray

It’s one in a series which includes a peacock, tortoise, lion, tiger, squirrel and elephant; these are the ones that we’ve come across, anyway. Isn’t he a gorgeous fellow?!

Cover of a vintage "The Derby Ram" book by William Stobbs | H is for Home

Then there’s this rare, first edition copy of The Derby Ram by William Stobbs dating from 1975.

Page from a vintage "The Derby Ram" book by William Stobbs | H is for Home

A magnificent, giant ram is the star of this picture book. There are charming little rhymes accompanied by glorious illustrations. We’ll have to share some more of them at a later date.

Vintage Bernard Buffet ram artwork | H is for Home

Last, but very much not least, is an original lithograph by a favourite artist of ours – Bernard Buffet.

Vintage Bernard Buffet ram artwork | H is for Home

He’s a bit more subtle that his friends above, but just as gorgeous. In fact, we have a top floor lounge-cum-bedroom where colours are deliberately kept calm and muted – dark greys, creams, wood, leather, wicker – a bit of copper here and there. This fine gentleman will fit right in!

Etsy List: Beautiful Wool

'Etsy List' blog post banner

'Beautiful Wool' Etsy List curated by H is for Home

Wool Week starts today so I’m going to recount a relevant story of something that happened to me recently.

As lots of you readers will know, many of our daily dog walks take place in the hills and farms up above our home. The farmland is populated by hundreds of sheep – and each year, from around April, there are lots of cute lambs too!

A few weeks ago one of these lambs – who by September had become quite big and fat – somehow got his head stuck inside a hollow tree trunk. You could hear his plaintive bleating a mile away. We walked towards him, I got hold of him around the waist to stop him squirming and gently wriggled his head free. Fudge was the epitome of good behaviour as all this excitement was going on!

Although I see sheep almost daily, I’d never actually held on to one. His coat was so soft and warm – no wonder we make all sorts of clothing and homewares from their shorn wool!

Anyway, disaster was averted, the lamb was freed; he skipped off towards his mother without even a nod of thanks… the ungrateful little thing! 😉

Beautiful Wool
Curated by H is for Home

Out & About… Spring

Spring has sprung in these parts – with the garden awakening…

…blossom on trees…

…ferns unfurling…

…daffodils in flower…

…chicks on the canal…

…bluebells in the woods…

…and lambs in the fields.

It’s a wonderful time of year, with signs of new life all around us.