Oh deep joy I have had the weekend all to myself to indulge in some serious car boot scavenging .... I haven't had a weekend like this for months and it was bliss to wander around in the sunshine with no distractions from small people.
Yesterday I went to two in Hertfordshire and today managed four in a row in Hitchin and just over the border into Bedfordshire. Would you like to see my haul??? Well here we go .....
These are vintage linen tea cosy covers with beautiful cut work and embroidery .... I shall be lining these with some pretty fabrics and some wadding to make proper tea cosies.
A pine corner shelf which is to be painted and used for display at the Vintage & Handmade fairs .... hopefully it will be ready for this coming Saturday's first event at Market Harborough.
On it are three cute Windy Miller preserve pots from the Camberwick Green series .... a jam pot, honey pot and one for marmalade. A set of six Babycham glasses and four blue utility ware soup bowls which are impressed Made in England but no maker (I am 99% sure they are Wood's ware) and a set of Cath Kidston vintage florals badges.
The largest jug I have ever seen standing just under 12" tall and is made by the Eastgate Pottery which was part of the Hornsea stable hence its resemblance .... it is from the fauna range and was made in the 1960s.
A Sylvac planter in the Hyacinth design ... it has the original wire 'oasis' in which to arrange flowers
An Art Deco peach glass dressing table tray
A James Kent cruet stand
Six Royal Albert bone china cups and saucers and two stoneware bed warmers ..... I'd spotted them on a stall but wandered off only to be tapped on the shoulder by my cousin. I tend to be blinkered when booting with head down and don't take much notice of stall holders unless I want to buy something ..... I'd walked straight past her and it turns out she was selling a load of stuff from her ex's old aunt's estate and had a shed load of stuff. She hates doing car boots and said she was going to dump the rest of it!! Hold on there says I and you guessed ..... I'll be hot footing it to her place to rescue what I can.
I am dividing my haul between the fair, Ebay and my little country Aladdin's Cave.
Do you have time for the recipe ???
We have some onions in the garden and a workmate of my husband's had given us potatoes, carrots and turnips so I had a flick through my recipe file and found this which is delicious
Sausage. Black Pudding & Potato Bake
3 good size potatoes (I added a couple of turnips too or any root veg could be used)
6 sausages (I used Cumberland)
1/2 ring of black pudding (skin removed)
500ml chicken stock
S & P
Cut the onions and potatoes into large chunks and fry in the cooking oil until coloured ... keep the skins on the spuds for extra flavour
Place the above into a roasting tin
Cut the black pudding into 1" chunks and cut the sausages in half. Add a little more oil to the pan previously used for the onion mix and fry them.
When nicely coloured add the chicken stock and season. Bring to boil and then add to roasting tin.
Roast in the oven at 170 degrees C (Gas 5) for 30-40 minutes or until the stock has reduced to a syrupy glaze.
We had ours with some boiled carrots followed by Apple & Blackberry Crumble .... apples and blackberries from the garden of course. I love being able to wander down the garden and pick what I need to make a meal .... closely followed by my fan club who live in hope of a treat ;-)
The girls will be getting ready to greet some new arrivals this week ... we have half a dozen bantams coming from a friend of ours.
Hope you have all had a glorious weekend x