Saturday, December 24, 2011

Front yard finally clear of old stuff Ready for Christmas day

The front yard is finally clear of any old furniture waiting to be sold. (Those of you who know my yard will know this is not always an easy achievement a bit like having a clear dining table)
Frankie's famous chairs have found a new table.
and even Arnie is getting into the theme of the season.
Tonight we will be listing some auctions on eBay to help clear a bit of the 2011 surplus of goodies and to make room for the New Year's haul, finger's crossed.

And I just couldn't resist showing these recent mid century finds of Kristen's (now at the WAC) which included this stylish sideboard
and Don Rex extension Table and six chairs.

Thank -you to everyone for another wonderful year of trading. You will be pleased to know Lotte and I returned from hospital and despite a middle of the night ambulance trip back to the Mater only last night, we are once again home and looking forward to a New Year.  Apologies to everyone for the lack of posts and commenting recently and a big, big, thank -you to the handsome and talented Kristen for holding the fort not only on the business front but on the home front as well. 
                                  Merry Christmas and a Happy, safe and Healthy New Year to all xxx.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Full CLEAN table

  Since Katherine and Lottie have given themselves over earlier this week to the tender mercys of the lovely folk at the Mater Children's, our dining table has filled up again.
Sadly life does not stop, so estates still come along.
Happily I guess from our point of view, after all as Simba's dad would say 'it is the great circle of life.'

So here are a few of the more interesting things I found this week from 3 different old Brisbane Homes.
Art glass wall vase.
Huge 60's deer vase, next to two MCP Bambi's 
Two tall brass cats
Old Hydrometer that the family had brought with them when they sold up there grandads pub in Gympie
Back in the day.
Cheeky Scottie Dog.
This Crown Ducal vase looks very much like Christmas
Trench art Quoits set
My favourite a Ushers Whisky Boer War Match Striker with Kipling's verse 'The Absent Minded Beggar'

Luckily for Katherine the table is not only full for when she and Lot come home, it has also all been cleaned.
Modesty prevents me from mentioning by who.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A few of our recent retro finds

Ercol nest of elm pebble tables.

Original retro posters


bakelite speaker
PS Katherine says to say thanks for all your kind wishes it really cheers her up.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

That is one guilty looking dog

Thinking that Katherine might see this photo, initially Asteroid can't look at the camera
But finally he is just happy, to be the dog he has always wanted to be.

Since Katherine and Lottie have been away Asteroid has taken to spending all his time on the spare couch in the boys game area. Never before has he done anything like this.

Who says animals cannot quickly adapt to a change in conditions.

But be aware Asteroid.


Katherine will be home soon and she will not put up with this example of boys being boys

Monday, December 5, 2011

Things Katherine saw on the way to Noosa

First off , I must say sorry to Katherine's blog readers and indeed Katherine.

Katherine asked me to take over postings on the blog as Lottie has not be well for a week or more and has had to go to hospital.
She trusted me to keep up with regular postings but alas ............. what can I say, I am very good a being a typical husband...
In any case a few weeks ago we went off for a few days up the coast.
Instead of going via the gateway we had an errand to run in the city so I got a chance to show Katherine a couple of interesting sights I had discovered just north of the city in Herston and Windsor.
What else do you do on a long drive to the beech ?

Here are some of the pictures Katherine took.

This is a fence in front of a old Queenslander in Herston
It is in Fagan st. So the fence seems to fit the Dickens name of the Street.
It is a dead end street, so I wonder how many people have seen it and yet,it must be one of the best old fences in Brisbane.
It is not in front of that grander a house, but I think it is original to the house.
Speaking of not very grand homes, this tiny house is in Windsor one suburb along from Herston

It looks like not much bigger than a bedroom a verandah and a kitchen.
I think it might have once been the old signal box for the train station.

Friday, November 25, 2011

It's beginning to look alot like CHRISTMAS ~ at the Cottage Garden Nursery

This week I got in the Christmas spirit at The Cottage Garden Nursery and set up this fun Christmas table.
I used this great Trestle Table that was already painted a nice Shabby white and paired it with some odd Kitchen chairs. instead of one tree I got a bit excited and did four. The decorations are all from my vintage collection of course.

With the addition of some pretty china,
and the some gold and silver too
a few bon bons and candles,
it now looks like Christmas at the Nursery.

These stars that I have hung from my ladder are new but I couldn't resist them.
There are lots of new, old things at the Nursery too
Kristen got this Edwardian Chest of Drawers only this morning.
It has been fully restored not long ago.
I can never resist split cane and these pair are child size.
This is an Antique book binding instrument, for sewing book pages and spines together.
I am about to head over to the WAC with some great treasures I can't wait to show you. Frankie, my eldest said.." Mum there is NO way that all that stuff is going to fit in your car"...Ahh but it has yey, even if I have to drive with my knees squashed up to the dash and a spear dangerously close to my neck..ha. I hope you have a great weekend. I am super excited ONE MORE SLEEP till DOLLY PARTON....can't wait...it's Dolly Parton people...such a star, such a legend!!! 
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