Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Apricot, pumpkin, papaya and orange

Autumn is here, after what we in the South Island call a glorious summer, and those in the North Island call the worst drought since the 1940s.
Our Saturday farmers' market is chock-full of apricots, plums, peaches and berries. All the produce comes from Otago, and the hot summers and cold winters of the hinterland make for delicious fruit and veg (oh, and wine!).
A family member was working on my favourite stall, the bacon butty stall. I'll have to ask her the secret to Butty-man's crispy dry-cured bacon. I am a lapsed vegetarian, and unfortunately I was caught in the act of holding a bacon butty by my doctor, so I hope she will forgive me.
Pumpkins are another favourite of mine, and I've just started eating papaya/pawpaw, as it is supposed to be good for the skin.
According to research by Monash University, people with IBS should avoid apricots, because they contain polyols, advice which I have recklessly rejected!
Orange has a bad reputation. There are so many hi-vis safety vests around that they are becoming the norm.
Enjoy the more subtle shades, and the way they complement shades of blue, gray, black, green, purple, red and yellow.
In honour of Autumn (one of my top four favourite seasons), its delectable harvest and its glorious autumn leaves, I decided to ignore my garden (which looks like the set of Day of the Triffids) and photograph my ode to orange antiques and collectables.
Soda siphon lamp - inherited
blue/green Homemaker plastic plate - op shopped
ceramic fantail (native NZ bird) - bought new (!) in Arrowtown
Cedar carved chest - inherited.
Crown Devon shell shaped bowl - inherited
oriental chrysanthemum vase - inherited
cup, saucer & plate - inherited
mini toby jug - $4 from op shop
Staffordshire spill vase - inherited
velour tablecloth - Toff's
Orange & Blue
bowl - inherited
Amherst Japan cup - inherited
Brendan Adams salt & pepper - op shop
twee cross-stitch picture of boy - jumble sale at work
velour flowered panel - inherited
stained glass shell - made by me
orange & grey tea cosy - Trade Me
Annie Hayward print - Eastbourne gallery, Wellington
Orange & green
cat postcard - by Karel Burrows
terracotta sculpture - gift from parents
plastic lei - Auckland
Strang's Maori brand tin of mint - inherited
sandwich plate - op shop
Japanese fan - gift from niece
Gothic Wade Heath vase - op shopped
vase - made in England
embroidered tablecloth - inherited

 Orange & red
Shell bowl with coral handle - op shopped
coral necklace - op shopped
flame deco vase - op shopped
Villeroy & Boch tile - Petone hospice shop
Edmonds baking powder tin - inherited
beaded clutch - gift from Cheryl
cream & rust Carlton Ware plate - op shopped
glass flame vase - inherited
carnelian beads - High Street, Christchuech
checked tablecloth - inherited
 Orange & gold
shell necklace - op shop
carnival glass bowl - inherited
Log cabin tobacco tin - inherited
Belleek china - inherited
Nyal Huskeys cough lolly tin - inherited
flower print by R, A Foster - op shop
glasses - inherited
lipstick & enamel case - inherited
Moroccan leather bag - inherited
Mayfair super de luxe toffee tin - inherited
Royal Ivory Minerva oval plate - op shop
plastic & gold bead necklace - op shop
Empire ware octagonal plates - $1 each, op shop
hand painted tablecloth - inherited
 Indian embroidered dress - Trade Me
Paisley handbag - Invercargill Salvation Army
 Scarf magic book - Petone op shop
 Cardigan - Queenstown op shop

Postcards of paisley shawl and mask - Te Papa museum, Wellington
Postcard - Wellington
Marimekko tablecloth - Hopice shop
 Hawaiian fabric - op shop
French Suze Ice bucket - op shop

The scary thing is that I have even more orange crap to photograph!
A lot of it was inherited but I must confess to buying some of it. Do I have a problem?



  1. No problem at all - orange is a fabulous colour!
    You have so many beautiful treasures. Love the lamp, the sandwich plate (I have a bit of a weakness for these) and the terracotta lady. The Villeroy and Bosch tile is gorgeous, and all your linens and fabric are lovely too. Ooh, and the ice bucket, love that! xxx

    1. Thank you - I remember crocheting a lurid orange and purple vest in the 70s!. My mother and grandmothers left me some wonderful things, and I am trying to carry on the tradition. I love the ice bucket too, because it's emblazoned with one of my nicknames!

  2. Btw - supermodel I am certainly not, but thank you for saying it! Weirdly, I have never liked having my photo taken and always thought I looked awful in most pics. Taking my own photos of myself, having control over them (editing and deleting the shockers) and posting them on the blog has been strangely therapeutic and helped my confidence no end. Everyone is so supportive in their comments, it's very good for the self-esteem.
    Try it - you might release your inner supermodel too! xxx

    1. I think many of us have body issues of one sort or another, and I am constantly resisting mine. A couple of months ago I took about a hundred self portraits and was happy with a handful of them. It's all about lighting and angles. I haven't got a tripod yet, so when I do you might see more outfit photos, because I love putting a good outfit together. Thanks for the wise words.

  3. I love that stunning soda siphon lamp and that Marimekko table cloth is amazing...xXx


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