Awesome Saturday.

Hi folks,

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How was your own Saturday then….enjoyable!

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Mine was most excellent indeed.

Big H got up early and felt a bit better than usual, so I asked him what his plans for the day were…..he said that he didn’t know, was there anything that I wanted to do?

Well, you don’t need to ask me twice!

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I got ready uber-quick and then off we went to the seaside.

Top down in full sunshine.

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As it was the weekend we began by going to look around the great Tynemouth market.

It had a slightly boring period a while ago, after some kind of change around, but now it is back to usual once more.

There were heaps of bric-a-brac stalls, antique stalls and retro clothing stalls…..I see that the old fur coats are now re-surfacing to popularity once more too.

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Then, suddenly I saw it, the special ‘must-have’ of the day.

A beautiful black tapestry bag with a jewelled front panel and bronze handles and a concealed chain.

It was the type that I have seen in boutiques etc, but not an old one.

It was brand new and still had that little sachet in that keeps bags new and fresh, and the card from the boutique, which the stallholder told me had recently closed down.

She had apparently bought some of the smaller items to sell-on herself.

It was marked at only £15, but after a chat I eventually purchased it for a bargain £9.

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FRONT OF BAG

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REAR OF BAG

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BIG "DIAMOND" CLASP

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I mean I may never use the bag, but it is way over-the-top and extremely pretty and glittery, so I shall try to find some way of utilizing it in the summer.

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I then crossed the quaint bridge to the other side of the station and had a good browse amongst the book and food stalls.

There are also plant stalls, and I found myself a huge Hosta for the patio….only £5.

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After that….fish and chips, mushy peas and a pot of tea with lemon slices at Marshall’s on Front Street.

Whoahhhh, tasty.

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Then, what turned out to be the most magical part of a wonderful day out.

We put our(my) purchases into the car, and made our way down into King Edward’s Bay.

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It was totally stunning, with the tide rushing in very high up on the sands.

The beach is rarely very crowded but there were children enjoying leaping about in the shallow water.

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We sat in the sunshine, beneath an achingly blue sky, on the concrete steps down from the path that curves out around the headland.

Another couple were already sitting down below us, two steps from the sand.

What a wonderful smell it was when we sat there, that heady and dirty sort of mix of salt and seaweed, fabulous!

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Then we just sat and thought about nothing, quietly taking in the whole beautiful vista.

But the couple below us were unfortunate, because a sudden high wave dashed in and came up to the step that they had their feet on and swamped them.

Then, after a somewhat embarrassed shaking out of soaked shoes and a re-arranging wet socks, they left the scene asap.

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But time passes so quickly.

Suddenly, it was time to go and get the car before the ticket expired, so we had to regretfully leave the scene too.

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Once back home again, I planted the Hosta in a big black ceramic pot whose previous occupant had sadly expired, and gave it a good watering to help it feel happy with it’s new situation on the patio and with it’s new friends.

Then a nice cuppa.

Then admiring my new and pretty possession.

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Ahhhhh….what a fine day that was!

Hope your’s was as good.

J,x.

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4 Responses to “Awesome Saturday.”

  1. nelly says:

    Jackie! I love love love the bag!
    I’m lime-green with envy. I’m always on the look out for vintage bags. My latest obsession has been the old-school doctor’s tool bag. I can’t believe you got it for £9! They would charge upward of $60 here for a find like that, in that condition.

    Your day sounded lovely. my weekend consisted of impromptu things. Impromptu shopping, dinner party, uncorking of good bottles, etc 🙂 can’t complain, the weather has been 18 C mildly rainy and therefore awesome!

    I’m trying to teach myself how to sew.. hoping I have as much success on that front as I have with knitting (I’ve learned how to knit in february, and I think there won’t be a shortage of scarves and cloves in my house).

    Hope this week treats you well. Today is probably not a good day to turn on the TV and watch news. It’s dominated by death and celebrations of that. Not a very good combination to watch.

    cheers,
    nelly.

    • Jaksie says:

      Hi,
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      That’s a cool reaction….always nice when girlfriends lust for a bargain that they missed….it’s half the fun of it!
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      We have a good selection of vintage shops but I like the markets, especially when it is just someone doing a one-off to sell lots of bits that they have been hoarding for many years.
      Of course sometimes the ‘bargain’ is not as appealing the day after, once the joy of the hunt has worn off, but the thrill of the hunt alone can be addictive.
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      Last year I bought a pair of black and white cowskin ankle boots, with platform soles and very high heels, in that same market….for the princely sum of £3….very 1980’s and very in-your-face.
      They look great with the total black look.
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      And I bought a fine stuffed tortoise at a weird little junk shop a while ago.
      It is a bit of a passion of mine to find these places.
      But hey, there are worse vices to be found.
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      Your impromptu weekend sounds as if it was really excellent, especially the good bottles bit!
      I rather like stuff to be ‘on the spur of the moment’ like that, rather than for things to be arranged for weeks in advance, ‘cos there is no time to stress about anything that way.
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      We are still enjoying absolutely lovely weather here so I think that by tomorrow everyone who has to get up and go to work will be very grumpy….and very, very brown!
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      I am impressed by your industry in learning the womanly arts….knitting and sewing is good….just as long as I don’t have to do it.
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      Take care of yourself and have a good, and mercifully short, working week.
      Jaksie,x.
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  2. nelly says:

    I’ve just realized how poor my writing is on your blog. Typos galore and missing “s”s here and there.
    Upward of ?
    ugh. My grammar teachers would be very displeased with all this. I blame it on the e-world and all texting shenanigans.

    I love antiquing. But I don’t buy furniture. As I don’t yet own my own house, I find buying anything more than a candle an exercise in futility. I usually hunt for old piano scores. I like “saving” these sheets, as I often find the shop minders take very little care of these gems. I once found a German song book from 1804 that had a great collection of Etudes and practice pieces. It was in such a miserable condition that it needed to be rescued. The man charged me $2 not knowing the actual value of this absolute treasure. I often find these dealers selling scores by the weight, not by the value of each book. More of an advantage for me really ~

    We don’t get holidays for anything royal-related here. On Friday I stayed up all night watching the pre and post wedding festivities. I showed up to work 40 minutes late and absolutely bug eyed. But I did wear a feathered hair band that I’ve made a while back to celebrate the occasion. Here’s a photo of me (cut my hair recently) and the hairband http://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=171790899541921&set=a.164911490229862.43856.138240362896975&type=1&theater

    And today is just another monday, though we have our federal elections tonight so it may not be so regular after all.
    LoL @ womanly arts. Sometimes when I’m at a local shop buying yarn for something, I see lots of guys that come in to buy fabrics and yarn. At first I thought they were picking up pieces for their wives and girlfriends. Then when I asked the shop keeper, she said there is a huge group of men that really enjoys knitting b/c of its relaxing nature. I guess as we encroach on male territory in the workplace, they advance towards what has been traditionally known as female territory.
    Then I think of chefs, and how the top group in the world is made up entirely of men. When did the switch happen!? I thought the domain was our kitchen to excel in.
    But what do I know 😉

    have a good day off ~
    nelly.

    • Jaksie says:

      Hi,
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      How unusual that is, collecting old piano scores, a very specialist interest I would think, so I am presuming that you are musically inclined.
      How I wish that I was….I think that perhaps it would be a good idea to teach all children to learn to play music on something or other when they are young, in the same way that they are automatically expected to learn to read and write.
      It would be such a wonderful accomplishment further on in life.
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      Funnily enough, both of my parents played the piano, and their other family members were very talented musically, but in my case it it skipped a generation.
      However, I am able to wiggle both of my eyebrows independently, while twitching my nose and waggling my ears at the same time.
      Unfortunately there is not much call for that sort of thing!!!!
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      I did check out your picture….and I do admire the headband….how clever of you.
      I’ll bet people would buy those from you for weddings etc, no problem.
      I have no doubt that it cheered up everyone in your office.
      Good colour for you too!
      Well done.
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      As for men moving towards the womanly arts, I would be very pleased if Big H decided to become chef-like, and take an enthusiastic interest in cooking….and by that I mean actually doing it, and not just watching cookery programmes as he has enjoyed doing for years and years.
      I just said to him the other day that it was funny how chefs are so often male, as well as most doctors seeming to be men, even the ones dealing with ‘female’ areas such as gynecology etc.
      Historically there were the ‘wise-women’ and then suddenly it was all taken over by men amd their rules, and women were not even allowed to train to be doctors.
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      It would also be nice if Big H started to make me lots of velvet and silk dresses cut on the bias, with pin tucks and irregular hems….I must go and tell him that you have more or less suggested that he should.
      You never know your luck, perhaps he is a frustrated needleman.
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      Take care now, have a good day tomorrow.
      Jaksie,x.
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