Look who came and paid us a visit when we were selling our vintage wares in Bath yesterday, only Dee, Em & Gisela. It made an already great day even better (although I was insanely envious when they left us and went off for a pub lunch in the sunshine.)
The day after trading at a fab fair can be a huge come-down, a bit like returning from a holiday. After spending the day in a gorgeous place (and is there anywhere more beautiful than Bath?), surrounded by fellow vintage lovers, fabulous clothes and good music everything seems a bit flat. So, to cheer myself up I've dressed in my brightest colours and worn new shoes.
They aren't technically new as I bought them from a fair trade stall at a festival we worked at exactly a year ago. It's just that today is the first time I've worn them. They only cost me a fiver and they're so comfy I could be barefoot so what on earth took me so long?
As it's almost Glasto time Jon put up the tent we found abandoned at the festival last year. Yes, I know what you're thinking. Why bother? You've got Gilbert. But Glastonbury is vast and the campervan field so far away that it can take two hours to get to the main site. Lugging a day's worth of booze, food, something to sit on, waterproof clothing and your coat is no fun when all you want to do is explore & wander about, dance around and get drunk. It's much easier nipping back to the tent when you need to, cooking your own meals instead of spending a fortune at the food stalls and, of course, the craziness of camping & the camp-site camaraderie is utterly amazing and an essential part of the festival experience.
As it's pissed down for most of the day I'm happy to confirm that the rescued tent is completely waterproof - hooray! This model gets rave reviews on various internet sites and retails at £79.99. Whilst we were at it we also salvaged 15 pairs of abandoned wellies last year and sold them at the next festival we went to. It pays to be shameless recycler.
The whole reason for buying a £3 slow cooker from the car boot sale was so that we could have dinner ready when we got back in from work, but I couldn't be arsed with chopping cauliflower at 5am yesterday morning so this is tonight's tea instead.
Aloo Gobi in a slow cooker
1 large cauliflower cut into 1 inch pieces
1 large potato, peeled & diced
1 medium onion, peeled & diced
Half a tin of tomatoes
1 teaspoon ground ginger
3 cloves garlic, peeled & crushed
3 whole chillies
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon garam masala
Pinch of sea salt
1 teaspoon turmeric
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
Chuck it all in the slow cooker, stir, cover and cook on high for 6 hours.
The cauliflower cost 50p from the car boot sale and everything else was already in the cupboard. There's enough for dinner for both of us for tonight & tomorrow - less than 13p a serving (and bloody gorgeous!)
|1970s maxi (Vintage Village at Stockport) , suede moccasins (£5), vintage St Michael headscarf (jumble sale), child's denim waistcoat (lovely Welsh Lucy)|
See you soon!