Tuesday, 30 March 2010


Good news, our darling No. 3 son got his car back after the repairs and it passed the MOT, which means, we don't have to be here anymore and can toddle off to FRANCE for a bit! So my DH and I and the two doggies are heading off tomorrow night for ten days. It does mean that I won't be able to blog, because we don't have internet access at the cottage, and I am going to miss you all. But I'll try and make up for it when we get back on the 10th or 11th.

Now, this is what I should have posted about on Sunday, but didn't have time, and couldn't yesterday, because something more important had come up. The boot fair on Sunday turned out to be great! It was tiny of course, the season hasn't started yet, but somehow or other we usually find one or two things of interest. I found another stoneware hot water bottle for my collection, as well as a flat oval proper water bottle in the old stoneware. A few old books, quite charming really, but the best was a little box of linens. I didn't really look at it properly before I asked the seller what he wanted for the individual pieces. When he told me I could have the box for x amount, I didn't hesitate too long, paid the man, and put the box in the car.

It wasn't until I got home that I had a look at what I had bought, and for the first time in god knows how long, I was literally speechless. Let me tease you with a few photos, which I took on Sunday, just little snippets of some of the pieces in the cardboard box. I would show you more, but I have soaked these pieces and carefully washed them by hand, hung them up to dry and haven't had time to iron them yet -

Item No. 1

Item No. 2

Item No. 2

Isn't all that just absolutely exquisite?

There were also some serviettes/napkins with incredibly ornate monograms, and lots of little doilies and bits and pieces. I have laundered everything, it was quite whiffy, but haven't ironed anything yet. So those photos will have to wait also. Probably until I get back from France now.

I have also finally finished my giveaway prize for Gerry, and it is on the way to her now. Of course I can't show photos of it until she receives it, so once again, those pics will have to wait until we get back from France.

If I have time tomorrow, I'll try and squeeze in one more post before we go. Until then, toodlepip, xxx


Elizabethd said...

What an incredible find!
Have a lovely time over here.

Quiltnbee said...

Oh, what beautiful pieces...I just love a treasure find like that! Have a lovely time in France, we'll miss you =-)


Createology said...

Lovely linens. Have a wonderful time in France. How amazing that you can just pop over for a weekend. Enjoy beyond happy...

Kim from The Sheep's Nest said...

Droool, drooool drooooooollllll! What absolutely, positively, magnificently, wonderful linens!!!!! So glad you got them Lizzie, you deserve such a wonderful treat! Have a restful and creative time in France, so jealous here! Can't wait to see more pictures when you get back. Big hugs to you! Kim

Doni said...

Oh what lovlies! I'm jealous! both of your box of linens and your trip to France!!! Must be nice to just pop over and visit for a few days, while we on the other hand have to live vicariously through you!!! Have a fun and safe trip!

Sarah said...

Trust you to find such a box!!! At least it will all be very loved in your hands. I do like those last few photos particulary. Such amazing work.

Have a wonderful Easter and have a very relaxing time away. Hope to see some crochet being done too!!

mary beth said...

I am drooling over these beauties! I just cant get over it! Just today I was grousing around because I can't find a market where I can pick up some of these lovelies! You hit paydirt sister! Thanks for showing them to us!

Anonymous said...

Unbelievably beautiful. Makes me want to go to the thrift shot to look for beauties. There is one full of separated bags of trims and pieced tops for quilts. I can't believe the woman who did all of it gave it away. I know her well and I guess she just got tired of all that stash sitting around. Enjoy a great getaway. Blessings

Floss said...

Oh, wonderful, wonderful pieces. Why don't I find stuff like that? (Mayeb in a small way I do, but...)

Have a wonderful Easter time in France, Liz.

LiLi M. said...

Have a great time in France! I'm catching up every body's blog posts so I will be short! Have a pleasant journey and hopefully some fab brocante finds!

Jille said...

Have a lovely time in France. Catch up with your news when you get back.
Jille x

Kissed by an Angel said...

What absolutely beautiful finds!! Can't wait to see more!
Have a wonderful time in France and have a safe journey.

Dorthe said...

Dear Liz,
oh my goodness, this is very fantastic and unusual finds, dear, how wonderfull for you, I understand you being speechless..
Liz I wish you and your husbond a very lovely tour, -take care, and enjoy,enjoy.
Also I cant wait to see your finished giveaway, so I will long for you coming back to your blog again.
Hugs and Love-Dorthe

Purple Sparkle said...

Good shopping!! I hope I can fit in some boot sales this year, although they're a bit dangerous for me, last time I had to stop because I couldn't carry any more. I found a whole box of pretty side plates for something like 50p so I just couldn't leave them there!
Have a wonderful time in France, I hope the sun shines!
Becky :-) x

Twiglet said...

Ooh what a fab box of goodies - that cut work is just gorgeous - lucky you! Have agreat time in France - hope the weather is better over there.

harmony and rosie said...

Oh for goodness sake, I NEVER manage to truffle out anything the remotest bit as gorgeous as all that. Next time, I'm coming with you!

Enjoy la France!
Kate x

Country Nanny said...

Bon voyage Liz! Have a nice holiday.
We're waiting for you.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Liz, what truly exquisite pieces!!

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Oh my, those linens have me drooling! Just gorgeous!

Have a wonderful Thursday!

Barbara Jean said...

These are wonderful
So great you found them.

See you soon.

EAster Blessings

barbara jean

Anonymous said...

bonjour Lulu, there is something for you on my blog...

Wish you a wonderful Easter time !

MarmaladeRose said...

Beautiful, I'm having palpitations just looking at it. Have a lovely time while you are away.

Michela said...

Hi Lizzie!
Hope you and your family have a very happy Easter at the cottage!

Gerry said...

Hi Liz, Oh my! What a find, I am so glad you found those linens, they are beautiful! I know you are at the cottage in France now, just wanted to say hi and yes, I am looking for my package, can't wait .....camera in hand!!!


Linda said...

These are so beautiful! You were so fortunate to get them.

Romeo said...

oh dear me....those are wonderful....don't want "her" to see those, so I can't stay....I hope you enjoy your adventure!!


Kelly said...

Gorgeous! You always find such lovely stuff!!!