Saturday, 19 June 2010

The Great Outdoors

Well, we may be rubbish at football and have to wear coats in the middle of June but, hey, at least it's not raining which means I can take some outside shots of our house and hang some of this morning's boot sale bargains out to dry on the line.

From left: 1970's dagger collar blouse, broiderie anglaise blouse, 1950's tiered net petitcoat, "Polly of Wales" gingham skirt, vintage "California" maxi dress. All 50p apiece.

This maxi dress is just gorgeous, it does need taking in a tad but I love the puffed sleeves and tiered hem.
You can't beat a 1970's blouse especially one that fits perfectly, drip-dry too, bliss! I'm thinking a high-waisted maxi skirt and a tweed waistcoat.

This blouse will look fab with denim cut-off and some battered tan leather boots.

Here's dear old Ebbie, our 1970 VW Variant. She gets so much attention when we're out and about and even the boy racers give way to her. Darling Gilbert's peaking out at the back, all packed and ready for Glastonbury.

Our house dates back to 1750. It started life as three labourer's cottages and was knocked into a single dwelling back in the early 19th Century. Each room leads into the next and there's three doors, confusing for delivery drivers, cute and quirky for us. The coaching lamp above the front door was found in a skip by my Grandma in the 1960's.

The masonry is in dire need of repainting but travel plans and festivals are far more exciting ways to spend our cash.


 We've got a bumper crop of rocket, chives and fennel in the kitchen garden this summer.


The view from the road. The French enamel house number was an eBay find.



We can't resist an enamel sign. Can you spot the Buddha's head bell pull?


This is the window I'm making my patchwork curtains for. I better get back to the sewing machine, we're meeting the gang in the pub at 6pm.


34 comments:

  1. beautiful house! i love houses with story in them. & the anglaise blouse is a treasure!

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  2. What an AMAZING house!! Ohh, it's glorious! I live in an old house (At least 80 years old), but 1700's!!! Also, I love you 'Hippies use backdoor sign', haha!

    Thankyou for sharing!!

    xox Claire

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  3. Beautiful post. Love the pictures and the line drying clothes!

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  4. What a beautiful house you have Vix! I am in awe. Ebbie is looking resplendent and gorgeous too! Have fun! Lynda xxx

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  5. Love the house. I guessed it must be a good size because of all the stuff you collect.
    Do you ever sell stuff yourself? Or does your house just get more and more packed full of your acquisitions?

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  6. Your house looks beautiful, I love those big windows and white paint x

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  7. Wow, your house is fabulous, Vix. Great car boot bargains, too. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. x

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  8. Your home is just as fabulous outside as it is inside! I love the white gypsy top you got too. Actually there are strong country and western themes to todays boot sale bargains.
    Kandi x

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  9. *sneaks in - pinches Gilbert & 50's peticoat*

    House looks fab :)

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  10. Oh my gosh I absolutely adore your house! It's gorgeous, you are so lucky, Vix!

    I've responded to your What's in your Bag? tag :)

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  11. Hi Vix, your home is beautiful and i love the clothes you found at the carboot this morning they are all gorgeous xxx

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  12. Your house is as beautiful as i imagined V. I love the enamel signs. That maxi dress is divine, can't wait to see you in it x

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  13. Your house is so freaking cute!! I adore it:) You seem like you're living the good life. I want a house like this :)

    And that checkered maxi dress? beautiful!!

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  14. this post just made me love you more! your house is charming. what about a martini olive green or bordeaux color for a fresh change. looking up skip. not sure what that means. i can hear the birds chirping. i visited a vintage clothing boutique check it out!

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  15. Your house is stunning! Just gorgeous, that is just my style! Also, am all about that 70s blouse, I LOVE that tailored style, too chic! You are awesome, I'm so happy I found you! XO!

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  16. Your house is simply gorgeous. I want to move in. LET ME BE YOUR MAID.

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  17. what a lovely house! and all the little details make it so special! and your car is sooo cute! love the color

    **come enter for my Summer Love giveaway**
    xxjess

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  18. I have a similiar maxi!!I must wear it!!
    O,darling,your home is just so lovely!!That buddha head door pull is so cute!!I could be very happy at your place,o yes.
    I bet Gilbert is excited about his forthcoming jaunt!
    I must photograph the exterior of our place;it's too wet and miserable today,will wait for brighter weather!
    I hate having to spend money on necessities,like painting the house!Frivolous things are much more fun!!!
    LOVE Helga! XXX

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  19. I adore ancient houses - I was brought up in one! You are excellent at finding items of clothing at bargain prieces. I love those hanging garments;-)

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  20. your house is gorgeous!!Seriously, its amazing,it looks a bit like an old police station with that lamp outside!

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  21. What a lovely house! Very very charming!
    Have a great Sunday!
    xoxo

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  22. I want that sign for my room! I looove it! xoxo

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  23. Ooh, your house is a bit grand isn't it, just beautiful. I love the fact that your Grandma was skip diving in the '60s! I think I'd have to be a complete hippy and wear the red skirt over the blue dress!

    xx

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  24. Your house is absolutely lovely! You have so much privacy and a mahooosive garden! You must always be coming up with ideas of things to do to it!

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  25. Seriously such a good post, I love having a peek at your house, I am so jealous. This is excactly the type of house I want, beautiful.

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  26. Oh, house envy!! Waaahhh, I will never ever be able to afford anywhere of my own, let alone somewhere as beautiful and unique as that.

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  27. Definate house envy! Love your boot sale bargains almost as much as the house!

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  28. So good to be back!!!! I absolutely love your house! It reminds me of the not-as-old and not-nearly-as-cool homes i dream of in Clifton! It's just as I imagined it to be. Much character, and beauty - very cool, just like you!!!!!

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  29. Your house is to die for. Love it, Vix. xx
    http://www.weshopthereforeweare.co.uk/

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  30. What a beautiful house, so much character! And I absolutely adore that red skirt. Actually, they're all beautiful, but that skirt is just fab. x

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  31. Love peeking into peoples homes.. says a lot about them without them ever saying a word. Yours is enchanting!
    Thank you!

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