Pastimes of Past Times Part 1

I went to an Open Day and Craft Fayre at the local residential home yesterday afternoon.
It was within walking distance, and Hubby suggested I went on my own so as not to worry about the dog.
As things turned out, we couldn’t have taken her inside anyway, so I was free to amble through the stalls admiring the handiwork, skill and artistry of items on sale.

arts and craft
Some of the jewelry was stunning, ranging from enamel pins to delicate silver bracelets and earrings; one stall had beautiful hand knitted baby clothes, another handmade cards, another pots of jams and marmalades, and several of embroidery, tapestry or cross stitch.

There were three cake stalls, prices ranging from £1.50 for 6 cup cakes to £3 for a victoria sponge.
It was 50p to guess the weight of a dundee cake, but I only had a two pound coin or a ten pound note and the lady had no small change, so I told her to take a pound as it was all for a good cause. (I don’t think I won)

I paid £1 for five raffle tickets, prizes being for any ending in a zero or five, and won a small bottle of orange and fresh mint shower gel.
For £2, I had a generous dish of fresh strawberries and cream, then took a seat to watch a couple of senior gentlemen take each other on at table tennis.
Eat your heart out Wimbledon!

After that, I struck up a conversation with a man selling items made from hand carved wood.
wood carvings
I love wood. (When we were in the cottage, we used linseed oil rather than varnish to protect it and bring out the grain, and on warm sunny days the smell would waft through the property, much better than any air freshener.)
He had various bowls, clock casings, birds, animals and ‘mushrooms’ for french knitting. No varnishes were used, and everything was brought up with natural oils or a wax polish.
french knittingThis is an exact copy of the french knitting dolly I had as a child. I made yards and yards of tubing, which was used for belts, hair bands and chains to hang Christmas cards from.
Although I never made anything as beautiful as these things below, such wares were also available to buy at one of the outside stalls. It’s hard to believe they could be crafted from something as simple as a cotton reel with four nails in it if you didn’t have a proper dolly.
french knitting itemsHe explained his prices were based on the time it took for him to make the article concerned using a rate of £10 an hour, so the £15 bowl I was looking at had taken him 90 minutes. It was truly lovely, but beyond my purse I’m afraid.
He also had a tuit, inset with the traditional ‘poem’.
I haven’t seen one of these literally for years, and would love to get one for Hubby. However, this too was out of my price range so for the time being, a picture will have to do.
round tuit

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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2 Responses to Pastimes of Past Times Part 1

  1. colinandray says:

    I have done significant wood work over the years, including stripping and refinishing the interior doors here (built 1920) and I always prefer an oil to a varnish. A varnish will seal the wood which is not always desirable whereas an oil will be absorbed and keep the wood from drying out over time. Of course a wood oil aroma is, as you know, rather nice as well! A nice freshly oiled wood smell, mixed with the smell of leather ……….. wonderful! 🙂

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