Friday, 26 July 2013

Feline groovy

I can't remember where I bought this little ceramic cat, but she wasn't very expensive:
 She reminds me a bit of one I found on Potshots blog.

And here is her little sister which I bought recently on the internet. Cute!

Sunday, 21 July 2013

A Midwinter moment

On Saturday I met my fellow blogger Penny-Rose for the first time, for a short road trip to Otago Peninsula.
We had a great time and I feel like I've known her for ages.
 The first stop was the legendary Broad Bay China.
Not just china, they stock linen, glassware, sewing notions, jewellery, silver, and all manner of small antiques.
 I never realised that Penny-Rose was a serious glass collector.
She was very temped by some of these pieces and I had to admire her restraint!
 Just a tiny part of the china selection.
Sometimes it's so busy in the shop you can hardly move.

 Lots of lovely birds for Vintage Bird Girl to look at!
Can you spot the obligatory blogger deer on the middle shelf?
No, I didn't buy it, sadly.

I confess I bought rather a lot of pottery - mainly Crown Lynn (of course) and Midwinter.
We needed a cuppa at MacAndrew Bay and took in the lovely views of the birds and harbour.
Here's some of my finds.
 A stunning hand-painted green and yellow Midwinter plate. This one's a classic.
 
 A groovy Midwinter coffee pot (yes, I really do need a fifth coffee pot!) and oval plate.

 Two flamenco dance plaster plaques which I bought over the internet. They arrived a bit chipped so if you know how to repair them, please let me know.

 A Midwinter saucer with a Meakin cup, and a Crown Lynn Capistrano saucer with a Colour Glaze cup.
A Johnson Seafare cup and saucer.
Crown Lynn made similar pink cups which are very collectable because the pink glaze was hard to get right.
A beautiful pink and brown rose tablecloth.
All in all, a perfect Saturday afternoon - thanks, Penny-Rose!
On Sunday, I took lots of photos - for future posts.
My battery is about to die, so ta-ta for now.
Violet
XXX
 

Saturday, 13 July 2013

A winter shag

It can be all too easy to hibernate during the winter, so today I decided to go on a road trip south.
I have been reading about the Milton potteries, so I hopped in the car to visit the area, which is half an hour from Dunedin, and its op shops, antique shops and museum.
My first stop was at Lake Waihola, which looked amazing in the frost and mist.
Sorry about the picture quality, but I forgot my camera so these were taken on my phone.

 A tree on the lakeshore which is hollowed out at the roots.
 Shags on the pontoon, with seagulls on the shore.
You thought I meant the other sort of shag, didn't you?

 A hoar frost on the reeds
 Native flax or harakeke



 Ducks
 If you look really hard, you can see four beautiful black swans swimming

 A frozen puddle


The Ewing Phosphate Co. Ltd., just north of Milton.
There's something I really love about the shape of this building.
Unfortunately, the dairy farmer is using it as a toxic waste dump at the moment.
It's for sale if anyone feels like restoring it!
It's not in the best location, as the main railway line runs next to it.
The paddock in front of it's a bit of a swamp, so it's fortunate it was frozen solid.


 
 Milton itself was a bit disappointing, as both op shops and the museum were closed for the weekend.
I found this cute swallow brooch at the antique shop.
After lunch at the Black Swan tearooms at Waihola, I headed west to Outram.
 I found this beautiful Finnish Arabia canister in the antique shop there.
Then I went through Milton but all the op shops were closed (story of my life).
 
 Back to Dunedin, and you can always rely on the Hospice shop there to be open on SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS!
I found a Crown Lynn Topaz jug.
 And I'm in love with my tan leather Louis Cardini handbag!
It's practically brand new.
Alas, I found no obligatory bloggers' deer this time, although I did buy some adorable squirrel, faun and rabbit Hornsea vases off the internet which I will photograph as soon as the days get a bit longer.