Vintage Glassware

    After some reorganisation and editing about a year ago there is, once again (and despite some breakages along the way), an accumulation of vintage glassware in the kitchen cupboard. It’s not as plentiful as it once was, but pieces still get picked up here and there. The strict rule is that once there are too many to squeeze…

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A June Afternoon on Pilsdon Pen

Pilsdon Pen is an iron age hill fort north of Marshwood Vale. Traditionally it was thought to be the highest point in Dorset (at 277m), but now beaten to that honour by neighbouring Lewesdon Hill (279m). However, unlike Lewesdon Hill, the plateau at the top is treeless and so is the place to go for panoramic views. To the south you…

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Crochet Restoration

This very moth-chewed vintage crochet throw was brought into the shop a few weeks ago. It had great sentimental value to the customer and the question was: ‘Could it be mended?’ Well there’s nothing like a challenge. It took many hours and took almost forensic unpicking of the damaged sections. Fortunately the granny squares pattern was quite straightforward…

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Open Garden Afternoon

   Last Sunday the village held an open gardens afternoon. Nothing so grand as the NGS scheme, just anyone who wanted to participate inviting the public into their gardens for a small fee, raising money to refurbish the village hall kitchen.  The British weather played its tricks for almost the whole week beforehand and did not let up for the…

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Knitted Coat Hangers

.    Gone are the days when left over scraps of yarn were discarded just for the sake of tidiness. Times of austerity are upon us, which only reinforces a Waste Not Want Not attitude, not to mention the rising cost of good knitting wool. Crochet is a very good means of using up yarn, but even that leaves very small…

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Jubilee

     The bunting is out in force in Bridport in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.  The shop has its own Street Party Jubilee window. In fact the flags are waving everywhere you look. It’s all very heart warming.      This little cottage in a small village is well off the beaten track, seen by just…

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Dorset Art Weeks

The 11th biennial Dorset Art Weeks starts this Saturday, with open studios, exhibitions and events across the county.  A chance to get out, explore, and see just how creative Dorset is.    You will find full details and listings here As a creative hub, there will be a lot going on in Bridport itself. But further afield there are…

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Some Old New Yarn

What a treat! When it seems that the supply of good, unused vintage yarn has finally dried up then just a little more turns up here and there. In 3 and 4 ply too – perfect for fair isle knits and crochet projects. And at bargain prices it’s all the more welcome to supplement the depleting supplies of new yarn when the cost…

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