It was piddling down here but the forecast for Suffolk was fairly good with a bit of sunshine and some showers ..... after a car journey of two and a half hours (minus a brekkie stop at MaccieDs) we arrived to beautiful blue skies and sunshine. The organisation was superb and we drove straight to a park & walk car park at the football ground which was 5 minutes away from the seafront. Some enterprising locals were having a garage sale and it would have been rude not to look, ha ha, much to the dismay of my daughters who exclaimed oh no mum can't we go anywhere without you finding a charity shop, car boot or something similar!
I found some lovely 1930s Art Deco coloured glassware .... in the first picture are some vases by Davidson in a lovely design called Chevron .... I'd only bought one of the small ones in our local CS a couple of days ago and there sitting in the garage was a twin small one and a big brother too!
I had a lovely chat with the lady selling them and it turns out they had moved to Lowestoft from a town just 10 miles away from us.
Anyhoo bargain hunting ceased and we found a spot on the sea front and got comfy for the start of the display at 1.00 pm which was a parachute drop
Can you see the UJ on the underside of the parachute??
In between the displays we all went for a paddle and make sandcastles and then true to form the weather changed in a split second to this
and then just as quickly changed again to this ......
some enterprising people on the seafront were doing things in style
The afternoon ended with a display from the magnificent Red Arrows
Unfortunately my poor old camera was having a bad day and kept jamming and then ran out of memory and apart from a short video clip that was all I took of them. They make the hairs on the back of my neck stand out and when they did the manouevre where their tail smoke is in red, white and blue everyone was clapping and cheering. It was such a lovely contrast to all the trouble broadcast in our cities this week and made you feel proud to be British. Ellie exclaimed that Great Britain was truly great and this was the best day ever nanny and it was. This is a great day out and the prices of everything from the vendors on the front were extremely reasonable and a refreshing change from the rip-off days out in some places.
This morning we went over to the Flea Market in Hitchin but it was quiet and only one little thing caught my eye. You may remember that blue and white china is my favourite and I especially love collecting antique children's china so I got quite excited when I spotted this little fellow on a £1 table ....
A diddy little transferware tea cup from a tea service dating to around 1840 .... I've got my detective's hat on now to try and identify the pattern and if anyone recognises it please let me know. I placed the pound coin next to it to give you an idea of the size .... so cute !!
This afternoon I popped into my local CS and just inside the door was a basket of these for just £1 a bag
A little further on an Edwardian wooden folding cake stand .... only a fiver because of a break in one of the legs but that can soon be mended and I think with a coat of paint it will be very useful for display at the vintage fairs.
and a Victorian crinoline lady with basket attached to her back which I think was probably for spills to sit on the mantlepiece.