House Spider

It began with of a regime of housework which was, quite frankly, sub-standard. But now a spider has made such a fine web in a dusty corner it seems cruel to undo all her work  (she must surely be a ‘she’ – like Charlotte).  She has been here for a good couple of weeks. So she sits, and…

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Labels – an Obsession?

Who wouldn’t want to travel with luggage like this? Sometimes discovering the label on a vintage item is as good, if not better, than finding the item itself. This interest is in danger of becoming an obsession. There is a charm and an innocence and lack of cynicism that is, for the most part,  lost in the graphics and…

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Cogden Beach – What Larks!

Take a walk eastwards along the South West Coast path from Burton Bradstock and after about a mile you reach Cogden Beach. At first this stretch of coastline would not appear to be that interesting from a nature watching point of view. But how wrong first impressions can be. Along the path itself, what seems at first to be…

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Tin Tea Set

Now this must surely be a case of  ‘Every little girl should have one.’ This miniature sized tea set comprises of 4 cups and saucers, 4 plates a teapot and a tray. Made of tin with ever so pretty flowers and spots. And it all fits into its own rose floral cardboard case. It is…

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Bedside Posies

It’s a favourite trick of stylists for lifestyle magazines to put flowers into every shot. It seems that a bedside just isn’t complete without a flower or two. And far from being a poncey idea too far, a small, simple posy of scented blooms really does make a difference. The fragrance permeates the still, night air. It…

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The Smallest Village in Britain

    Another Bridport Market find, and definitely a case of ‘Why don’t they make them like this any more?’ A small and battered cardboard box chock full of painted wooden cottages, houses, a church, trees, vehicles, people. In fact an entire village in miniature. The church is the tallest building at all of 3″ high. Hours…

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Tate Cattistock

Tate Cattistock is part of the 2011 Bridport and West Dorset Open Studios, which will be running from 21 – 30 May. It is a group of four artists from Cattistock, West Dorset: Liz Somerville (prints),  Merrily Harpur (paintings), Nicola Butler (botanical watercolours) and Virginia Day (stone sculpture). It will also include invited artists: Mark Somerville (photography),…

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Summer Frocks

At Girl’s Own Store the criteria for a good summer frock is that it should be pretty enough for a garden party whilst also being practical enough to wear with wellies when feeding the chickens. These print wrap dresses, now in the shop and also available on the website, more than fit the bill. Find them here – http://www.girlsownstore.co.uk/acatalog/Ladies.html The floral prints…

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