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Sunday, 4 October 2015

Fall 2015 Is Here

It's so nice to finally have Fall here cooler weather has arrived with it.  It's nice seeing the trees change. I know people who don't care for fall as they see it as nature dying around them but I see it as a beautiful color display.

This picture was taken through my kitchen window on a beautiful October day here in British Columbia.

These beautiful white roses are from my wonderful husband for our first anniversary.  He spent quite a lot of time on the phone trying to find a florist who had white roses my favorite.   He was giving up hope but had left his phone number with the florists and one did phone back and said she could get them in time for our anniversary and the above picture is the result.  I love them. They move around with me to different rooms so my husband's stupid cat doesn't eat them.

More paperweights from my collection.

A feel of fall.

The above pictures are from past posts and have fall colors so I thought I would share them again. 

Next Monday we celebrate Thanksgiving here in Canada and since I won't be posting again till the week after I want to wish all Canadians a Happy Thanksgiving.

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Sunday, 20 September 2015

A Walk In The Rain In The Garden

Well we are finally getting a fair bit of rain here in the Fraser Valley in British Columbia and believe me I`m not complaining.  It`s nice not to have to water everything.  This past week I`ve been tired but I`ve just gone from one shift at work to a totally different one so I`m guessing it has something to do with it.  I managed to hit a couple of second hand stores yesterday but didn`t find that many items.

I took the picture of the church above a few years back it`s located a few miles down the road from the house I grew up in.  It kind of fit my mood today so I thought I would put it in this post.

    A Walk In The Rain Around The Yard

Yesterday I took a walk around the yard and snapped these pictures of things growing there. 

This mug is Watcombe Devon Motto Ware England.
My grandparents had a plate in this pattern on the wall in their cabin.

The mug reminds me in a way of something Clarice Cliff would have done and since finding pieces by her are hard to come by here in British Columbia  I thought I would get it when I saw it even if it isn`t by her.

I recently came by these books by Mark Twain at the same time in my favorite second hand store I wonder if it was someone`s collection or just ended up there at the same time by chance.

I of course know the story of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn but have never heard of Tom Sawyer Abroad.
The last book with a picture of Mark Twain is ``A Treasury Of Mark Twain The Greatest Humor of the Greatest American Humorist.

These Allies are part of my glass collection it`s always nice to find them in bags of marbles I pick up at the second hand stores.

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Sunday, 6 September 2015

A Look Back In Time

The best finds for me are when I find things that I remember from my past, it can be something I had or something that I remember someone else had that I liked.  It's like music, though I enjoy all types and different era's I can safely say the 50's, 60's and 70's are my all time favorite era's.  So in this post I'm taking a small walk back into my past.

Like many people my mother had Pyrex dishes when I was growing up, though the above baking dishes I recently found in the picture above were not them. She had the Early American pattern.

My uncle gave my sister and I our copies of Dr. Seuss books I still have our copies but they are not the above ones since ours are in pretty rough shape.  When I see Dr. Seuss toys, if not too over priced, I pick them up. The Cat In The Hat, Thing 1 and Thing 2 totally take me back to bed time stories when I was little.  Still today once in awhile I manage to work in Sam-I-Am into a conversation from Green Eggs And Ham.

Star Trek, I watched the series in reruns when I was little and also watched it as a cartoon.  My favorite episode had the crew go to a planet and whatever they thought about would happen.  The above picture has a game box and a few trading cards I found in a mixed package of cards.

The Partridge Family of course, I watched it, what kid in the 70's didn't.  I had a Partridge Family coloring book at my grandparents cabin which when I had to go fishing with someone I took with me and colored, I had no interest in fishing.
I wouldn't want to catch anything, they would have wanted me to eat it. To this day I don't like fish.  The records I found a few months ago.  I must admit I've had the CD for a long time and once in awhile I will throw it on. Come On Get Happy, the theme song from the show brings back good memories.  It is one of my CD's I can honestly say that my husband leaves alone. I never have to search the vehicles for it.

If you follow my blog at all you know I have a thing about glass. I think this may have started with Marbles.  I can remember at my grandparents place I would dump the bag of marbles out and pick my favorites.  So I thought I would share some I have that are pictured above. 

More recently I have been collecting things with the Keep Calm sayings, I found the above teapot on Saturday, the tea strainer I've had for a few months and the Grindley cup and saucer are part of my good dishes.  The Queen and Prince seem the right fit for the picture.

And yet another paperweight from my collection.
I do not know the maker at this point.

I love this picture.

So be sure when you step.
Step with care and greater tact
and remember that Life's
A Great Balancing Act.
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)
Kid, You'll Move Mountains!

 - Oh, the Places You'll Go!
                                                                                                                              Dr. Seuss
    From The Family Collection:


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Sunday, 23 August 2015

A Week Off & A Road Trip

A lot has happened this past week on Saturday we had a new addition to the family arrive.  My cousin and his wife had a baby boy who I can't wait to go visit since it's been many years since we've had a baby to fuss over.  They decided to wait till the baby was born to find out the sex which I totally supported, I've been looking at some baby stuff now we can shop.

My Finds 

The above items are some of my finds in the last few weeks,  The Beatle's lunch kit is a reproduction which I'm sure is the only way I could have afforded it.  The orange pattern vase is made by Poole in England it's the second one I have the first one was a gift from a friend so she started this collection.  The green mugs are also made in England by Biltons.

His Finds For Me

My husband found these Fire King mugs for me at the flea market last week. 
Some times he has some great finds it's very rare he has a total miss.
He hit it out of the park with this find.

So this past week I had the week off but the husband only got Tuesday off  so I ended up doing things on my own.  The above pictures are from a new local store here in Abbotsford I love to visit.  All the sellers have great items and ideas as you can see in the above pictures.  If you are ever in Abbotsford I encourage you to visit The Market  and other stores on Montrose  Avenue.

On the one day my husband had off we hit the road and did a road trip within an hour and a half of home the pictures above are from this road trip.  We started off in Chilliwack stopping in at the second hand stores.  Then we went to  Harrison, British Columbia for an ice cream cone and sat on a bench taking in the views.  Our next stop was at the Kilby historic site.  We also stopped in at the Kenmode Wild Berry Wines in Dewdney, British Columbia so I could pick up two bottles of the apple wine they make that I like.

Our last stop before heading home was at the Westminster Abbey In Mission, British Columbia which houses a community of Benedictine monks.
The Abbey was built in 1939 it's official name is the Abbey of Saint Joseph of Westminster.

These pictures are from the husband 's family albums and just made me think of summer.

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Sunday, 9 August 2015

In The Garden and Finds

 This past week has been weird around my place I have not had time to hit any stores though I saw a new store I can't wait to check out but won't be able to do so till next Friday.  Hopefully I will be able to tell you about it on my next post.  On Saturday I had most of my family over for dinner it was a good time which always makes all the work involved worth it.

I'm only sharing one of my new paperweights today.  This one is by Selkirk made in Scotland it's a limited edition 229/450.

I took a walk around the yard this week and snapped  the pictures of my flowers above. 

My husband and I both liked the covered stoneware dish above we can't make out the makers name but it was made in Japan.  A friend of mine believes the vase the flowers are in is End Of The Day Glass the vase I inherited from my husbands mother once we got together.

I found the large amber jar a couple of weeks ago and I went downstairs and dug the smaller one out of a box I had it stored in I found the smaller one quite awhile back.

These mugs look like Fire King but have no marks I haven't had time to figure out who the maker is yet.
I like the colors and the design on them so when I saw them I knew they needed to come home with me.

You may be wondering why I have a picture of the Good Year blimp in this post but it's because on Friday August 07th to the 9th 2015 was the Abbotsford Airshow.  I have watched planes fly over the different homes I've lived in for decades but have never attended the airshow I would like to but I don't like crowds much and it's very crowded plus I burn so easy so I have not attempted it.  My dad's cousin took this picture as you can see it had quite a audience as it hovered over a farmers field there's another picture that shows cars way down the road stopped.

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Sunday, 26 July 2015

Blue, Blue And More Blue

I can not believe how many blue items I have found in the last two weeks since my last post.  Everywhere I turned blue was the color I saw and brought home.  It's a good thing blue is one of my favorite colors.  Well I hope you all like the color blue since this post is all about blue.
I found these three pieces of art glass in a day of each other for a price that amazed me and made me very happy.  Two of the pieces are marked Chalet Canada and the other is unsigned.  The piece on the stand that looks like a raindrop has fallen hit the ground and splashed up is one I already have but this one is a bit smaller in size.  Glass has always been something I've collected it started with collecting pieces that washed up on the beach at my grandparents cabin.  And grew from there.

The paperweights are not from my last two weeks of hitting the second hand stores but some more of the ones I received last month.  These are all signed Skookum which are pieces from Robert Held Studio.  I have some other pieces by  him and when on our honeymoon last October we stopped at his studio in Parksville and I picked up two pieces with some of the money we received for wedding gifts.  If you are ever in Parksville on Vancouver Island in British Columbia and like glass I would recommend it as somewhere to stop.

Blue Mountain Pottery is another one of the things I like to collect and was happy to find this piece a few days ago to add to my collection.  This Canadian based company is no longer in business and quite a bit of their product is out there.  I collect pieces I don't see very often which helps me from filling my house up with a lot of pottery.

From The Kitchen

This Pyrex bowl and casserole dish was a nice find in the Colonial Mist pattern.
The blue metal mug holder is one I've never seen before and now holds my blue Fire King mugs.
I picked up three of the plates shown made in England at the Staffordshire Potteries Ltd.
The Canuck mug brings back childhood memories the logo shown on the mug was the uniform logo I remember seeing on their uniforms when honkey night in Canada was on as a kid.  When we were at my mothers parents place when a game was on I was allowed to hear the theme song that was really the only part I liked then I was banned to the kitchen.  I'm guessing this was so I wouldn't nag my grandfather to put on a show I would like.

I collect Celtic jewelry and added this brooch to my collection this past week.  I have one just like this piece with red stones but it's not a brooch but a clip for scarfs to wear around your neck and hold it in place.

This scarf caught my eye and I decided to bring it home.

Do you have songs that all you have to do is hear them and they transport you back to somewhere in your memories. "Crystal Blue Persuasion" when I hear it by Tommy James And The Shondells sends me back to the early 1970's me and my sister were being babysat by the neighbors teenage kids and we spent the day in their backyard surrounded by all their friends who set up a kid's pool for us maybe the song was playing on the radio. 

These pictures are from the husband side they are of his grandfathers beach vacations.  You would not believe how many pictures we have of him in bathing suits.  The funny thing is my husband won't even wear a pair of shorts.
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Sunday, 12 July 2015

A Whole Mix Of Things

I cannot believe we are almost half way through July my days are flying by.  Here in British Columbia this past weekend we finally got some cooler days with some rain thrown in.  Last weekend the husband and I went out to Chilliwack and I saw this sign outside one of the businesses & liked it so I took a picture to share with you.

The above items are some of my finds this past weekend I was quite happy to find them.  The jug has a totally 70's feel to it.  The chip & dip set was a nice find I've found the same set in orange before and traded my cousin for one he had that I liked better.  The fondue forks are larger then the ones I usually find but my cousin suggested they may be  for meat.

These paperweights are some out of the 64 I was given last month.  I have not yet identified the makers of them. 


I saw this Curious George in a box and scooped it up I've also been collecting the books which I've taken pictures of a few above.  My cousin and his wife are going to have a little one soon so these items are for the baby.

I planted my garlic this past Fall and last weekend I pulled it I've never had it ready quite this early before.

I liked this picture it's out of an album I bought it reminds me of all the fruit stands that open every summer in the Okanagan here in British Columbia.

In my last post I had someone else`s pictures from an album I bought who had done a trip up and around the Cariboo  in British Columbia but they didn`t go as far as Barkerville but in my post comments Diana asked me if I had been there and yes I have twice as a child with my parents and twice as an adult.  When I read her question it brought to mind some things that happened on these trips that I thought I would share with you. 

On my families second  trip as a child my dad`s parents came with us and campers they weren`t we were tenting and my grandmother had brought her electric blanket with her this was the 70`s no electric sockets in the campsites.
My grandmother was scared of bears and thought for sure a bear was going to get us one night we all woke up to her pounding the side of the tent with a stick because a bear was trying to get in.  It took a few minutes for my dad to convince her it wasn`t a bear but my grandfather trying to get back in the tent who was flat on his back outside the tent. My grandfather had early Parkinson disease at this time which is why she managed to land him on the ground, he could not move away fast enough. 

My last trip was with my parents and my six year old  nephew while we were there my nephew got a pop gun.  The following year my parents asked my nephew where he wanted to go for his vacation with them and he said Barkerville my dad pointed out to him he was there last year wouldn`t he like to go somewhere else.  My nephew was determined to go back to Barkerville so off they went.  They got up there he went to the general store got another pop gun then told my dad he was ready to go.  My dad told him you picked Barkerville and my nephew said I saw everything last year my dad told him too bad I`ve paid for the day you are here for the day.  Lesson my parents learned find out my nephews reason for wanting to go somewhere.

The above pictures I took on my last two trips to Barkerville, British Columbia if you like historical towns I totally recommend it as a place to consider visiting.

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Have a great week.

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