05 January 2018

Liberty update

Its too bloody cold  ( - 26 ) to even troll around the thrift stores.

Instead, I bought out a box of fine wool scarves that had been stashed away for a few years, and what did I find?

A small,warm Liberty scarf in lovely glowing colors. I do not even remember buying it.
Perfect for my collection.
It has  made my day.

28 December 2017

Breakfast in Ramsgate

Last week my sister and I drove to Ramsgate  for breakfast.

Alert....lots of pics.

Its still very salty and we strolled, or in my case hobbled, along the cliff tops and harbor front.

Take a moment to follow some of these links on the history of the Smack Boys homes.
The Smack Boys were very young boys, some as young as 10, many from the workhouse in Minster, who worked on the fishing smacks. This was in the days when Ramsgate had a large fishing fleet.


The adjoining church is still open and put to good use daily.


On to breakfast at a seaman's cafe under the cliffs.

Friday happens to be market day

Rooks, the butcher ( shades of my childhood) is still going strong, although its going a bit upmarket these days.

Its not often you see the word  'haberdashery' still displayed, most folks dont know what it means.

East Kent......see you soon!.

26 November 2017

The hood

London holiday.
Staying in a charming, quiet back street 

of Kensington

for a few weeks.

The weather has been co-operating, either bright and crisp or cloudy and mild.

Now, I just have to get rid of this.  ( below)

Holy Cow, I have the cast on upside down! No wonder I am not improving.

Thrifted Hermes scarf to make  you jealous.

20 November 2017

Peter Max

At last, the illusive Peter Max.

I have been collecting scarves since I was 14  years old  - many, many decades ago. I have never found a Peter Max scarf before.
It does not matter that it is in poor condition with a hole. I don't  care if its the ugliest thing I have ever seen.

Its a Peter Max!!

14 November 2017

Bald Heads

Another grandparents day at a Toronto downtown primary school.

There was lots of waving, 

lots of picture taking,

and lots of bald heads.

Our guy is not very tall and we could hardly see him during the concert,

But that was fixed by a guided personnel tour of the grade 1 class room.

Always a pleasure.

08 November 2017

so long brickworks

Last week of the Saturday morning Brickworks Farmers Market - some move indoors for the winter.

This was my 10th year

and probably my last.

Quite frankly, it was the worst year I have ever had -  by far.

The crowd has changed.  Many, many more tourists , not in itself a bad thing, just they are not there to shop but to be entertained.

Toronto now is now saturated with markets, flea markets, pop ups, farmers markets, would be farmers markets, markets in office block lobbies, travelling markets and more.

Again, not  necessarily a bad thing, I love markets, just a helluva lot more competition.

 I love the social aspect and the customers. I enjoy making my own money. I like my little business and still  find it intriguing. 

And to add insult to injury, I fractured my ankle that last morning.

I will make up my mind on how to continue next spring

01 November 2017

October 31st !!!!

Its that time of year again,when I like to share our neighbourhood Halloween.

Lots of pictures this year, so bear with me.

Imaginative, homemade costumes too.

Many of these trick or treaters I have known since they were born....the parents also.  ( above).

 Hope you can see  that everyone has a good time. 

  Is this Harry Potter ?

Some can't wait to get into the treats!

Bigger kids come after 8 o'clock.

These two NYPD cops complained we took too long to open the door.

Too tired to make it up the steps.

Siamese twins......

See you next year 

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