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.
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.
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?!
Then there’s this rare, first edition copy of The Derby Ram by William Stobbs dating from 1975.
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.
Last, but very much not least, is an original lithograph by a favourite artist of ours – Bernard Buffet.
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!
We’ve reached Norway in our World Dolls Series – a much-anticipated destination after a tough couple of weeks in Russia and a long trip over.
There are great illustrations by Frank Bird for this edition.
Our guides are Asa & Karl – a colourful, friendly pair with an unmistakable spring in their step.
Karl is a Lapp and hails from the far North so we head there first – the coach has a few more miles to do yet!
Karl shows us the traditional way of life in Lapland and we meet the lovely reindeer.
Then it’s back down South…
…where we take in the picturesque fishing harbours and get stuck into some cod.
Sightseeing in Oslo follows…
… and some serious R&R in the surrounding forests and on the ski slopes.
We’ll be naturals before long – we don’t want to get shown up by the local 3-year-olds!
The long, hard graft of that Russian farm is a distant memory.
We just about squeezed the coach onto the ferry for a trip down the fjords. Simply stunning!
Thanks Asa & Karl – our spirits are refreshed.
Hopefully we’ll make a trip to Norway in the real world one day – and we pray it looks like Mr Bird’s illustrations!
We’re back touring!
We’ve crossed the sea to Ireland in our World Dolls Series – a charming collection of children’s books produced in the 1960s.
Our guides for this leg of the journey are Kathleen & Patrick – two dolls who once stood side by side in a Dublin shop window. There’ll certainly be no misbehaving on this trip – Patrick has his shillelagh at the ready for anyone who steps out of line!
Gorgeous illustrations once more – this time the work of J.Giplin from the Birmingham School of Design.
We’re taken on a journey through pretty country landscapes…
…eating hearty home cooked food as we go.
What’s not to like?
We venture across the Channel to France next time!