No Time for Customers!

Yesterday I told you how ‘helpful’ the Things were when we went to one of our selling venues.  Today we visited another, somewhere we go regularly, and I had expected them to take part in a similar fashion.  How wrong could I be?  Firstly, the weather was much too good to stay inside for long.  Unlike the rain of our day in the Chilterns yesterday, Wiltshire was balmy and sunny.  So while we got down to the business in hand our little blue haired friends were adamant that they wanted to investigate.

Of course, it was my fault!  I began by showing them where we made the tea and coffee

They loved the colour of the teabags, and then they spotted the clock

It is very old, and they were truly excited, as you can see.

Before I could blink, they were off.

They nipped into the Craft Shop, studying the pictures

and some of the handmade jewellery that was on display.

However, they were desperate to go outside, and before long they had left us to deal with customers and went off on  a mini adventure.  They were surprised to see the Green Man

and wanted to take him home with them, but I don’t think he’ll fit into an envelope.

This isn’t an instrument of torture (which is what they thought), it’s just something to use on the cricket pitch!

This definitely won’t fit into an envelope, I had to be really firm with them when they asked.

However, they loved the view of the back of the house

almost as much as the view of the front.

All in all it was a good day, and the best bit was that they even managed to keep quiet while we viewed a secret visitor from afar

So, that was our day at Urchfont Manor.

Customers, be warned

This is a little late for those at Missenden Abbey, but I had decided that this was the weekend to introduce The Things to our customers.

Some of you know about our mobile shop

Today we set up in the Reception Area at Missenden Abbey.  Although mostly rebuilt in the 1980s following a fire, it is an area steeped in history, and the wall at the end is one of the originals.

We were no sooner set up than our little friends were demanding a tour.

Sadly it was a dismal day, so the lighting in some areas was abysmal.  The original stained glass are always an attraction, though

Things were very impressed!

They liked the newer windows in the bar, too,

Sadly I think the fact that they were in the bar went to their heads, this photograph is decidedly ‘off’, in spite of the fact that they were apparently stone cold sober…..

They really wanted to go outside

But frankly, it was almost too wet even for ducks.

Now I have to be honest, I’m not sure if they were more interested in the games or the biscuits.  I think it could have been the latter because…..

from there they went straight to the coffee cups.

Finally the tour was over, and all they had to do was make sure the change was ready for the customers.

I tried to encourage them to help by packing the customers bags, but they were more interested in hiding IN the customers bags……

The highspot of the day?

Why, burying themselves in a large bowl of candy that was sitting at reception.  (They’ve asked if we can go back tomorrow to find some more, but tomorrow is another day and something else is planned…..)

Weekly Photo Challenge – Unusual

It’s the thought pattern behind this reminiscence that appeals to me.  I don’t think I’d want to tell if it was my secret….

If you must see the original you will have to take a trip to Blackpool, however, it’s the only thing worth seeing (in my opinion…..)

More entries to the challenge, and full details, can be found here

It’s only good manners….

…. to meet a new friend on their own territory.  (Or should I say IN their own territory?)  So why was I surprised to see the Things here?

Where else would you expect to find a snowman on a sunny day?  In the freezer of course.

I managed to persuade them that refrigerator was a much more suitable place, for short time, anyway, then it was back to the freezer for Mr Frosty, and the Things went to warm themselves up!

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All quiet on the Western Front

Well, to be truthful, that should be ‘the Northern Front’.  I decided that today had to be a quiet day, so I have taken our visitors in hand, and we have spent time in the garden.

It was warm and sunny,

so, where better to be than the garden?

First, we checked the new bronze growth on the tree heather.  It’s coming through nicely, and shortly will look stunning.

Next we looked again at the Viburnum.  It’s been flowering all through the winter, but it still looks fresh and pretty.  (Sorry about the lines)

It was important to  make sure that the standard rose had been properly pruned, too

Lastly, we made sure the birds had eaten their seeds before we gave them some more.

All in all – a quiet and peaceful day. :)

Just passing through

There’s another view of this piece over here.  The above is also photographed on bubble wrap, and it’s part of what I’ll be working on while I’m away.  You didn’t know I was away?  That’s the beauty of scheduled posts!

Be good.

International Women’s Day Part 2

Less than one month to go!  I had intended to post this on 8th February, but somehow the date passed.  However, better late than never.

You may remember this post.  Thursday March 8th is International Women’s Day.  I have a post in mind, and I’d like to invite you to join in.  It will be easy.  All you have to do is write a post which marks the day in some way.  You don’t have to be female to write it – but it does have to relate to International Women’s Day.  Then, pop over here with the link.  Once the links start to appear we will be able to visit as many as possible, read and comment.  I’ll remind you again nearer the time.  I do hope you will take part.

By the way, yesterday I posted a giveaway here, why not pop over and enter.  I’ll be announcing the winner (it may be winners) on 8th March.

You never know where….

….. you will find inspiration.  Birthday cake is always very tempting.  My mother was a wonderful cook, and I remember my birthday cakes with great pleasure, however, there are other members of our remote family who don’t remember theirs in quite the same way.

I have a distant cousin.  I’m going to call her Pamela.  She was an only child, with very strict parents.  Those of you that know the TV series ‘Keeping Up Appearances‘ will instantly remember the character Hyacinth Bucket.  (If you haven’t seen it there are a few clips here).  You might think that HB was the archetypal snob, but I can assure you that she doesn’t even come close to Pamela’s mother.  Auntie Anne came from lowly beginnings, but she wasn’t going to let anyone discover that.  Her husband had to have a good job, and she was certainly the one that wore the trousers throughout their long marriage.  All meals, including breakfast, were served with full silver service, and that silver was polished on a very regular basis.  But I digress….

Imagine a birthday.  Imagine mother baking a cake for her daughter.

Imagine (don’t forget, this had to impress) an ENORMOUS birthday cake, imagine it suitably decorated.  Chocolate frosting, chocolate baubles, candles, suitably placed on silver platter.

Imagine this cake left on the counter in the kitchen ready for tea.

Imagine arriving home from school and seeing said cake on counter

Imagine the excitement of knowing that it had been made especially for you!

Imagine being unable to resist just the tiniest taste of that frosting.


All hell was let loose.  Caught in the act with no defence and a mother like Auntie Anne.  Punishment was swift.  Pamela was handed a spoon and made to eat the lot

Yes – the lot.

Every mouthful was counted down.  There was no remission, it all had to go.    This is fact, and, I think, EXTREMELY CRUEL

To this day Pamela cannot even look at chocolate cake.

By the way, I’m adding this late in the day, so I’ll mention it again tomorrow, but I’m hosting a giveaway over here.  Do pop over and enter.


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Weekly Photo Challenge – Ready

Here is the makeup artist ready to do my makeup before making the Embellisher DVDs.  What you see is just a small selection of colours at her disposal!

Just Snaps

Details and more entries here