Monthly Archives: "March 2012"

Pyrex Pleasures

In the last year or so more and more vintage Pyrex has been coming in and out of the shop. The facts according to Wikipedia:  Pyrex (trademarked as PYREX) is a brand which was introduced by Corning Incorporated in 1915 for a line of clear, low-thermal-expansion borosilicate glass used for laboratory glassware and kitchenware. It’s heyday

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A Tale of Two Childrens’ Books

  These two books were found together, and probably came from the same house. Both beautifully illustrated tales for children, but an interesting contrast in styles. Firstly – The Mudlarks (sadly missing its dust jacket), by Vernon Stokes and Cynthia Harnett and published in 1941. It is a tale of hard times on the banks of the river

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Vintage Embroidery – a curious find

  This appeared to be a rather grubby, vintage linen tablecloth with unfinished embroidery snaffled up in haste at a boot fair. It was a curious thing, although it featured floral details, the embroidery transfer pattern was a mix of grid and floral motifs, stopping and starting in a peculiar arrangement if intended for the tea table. On closer inspection

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Bantams-a-laying

 The Girl’s Own Store bantams are getting back into the swing of egg laying after their Winter break. This is a real sign that Spring will soon be here. Folklore has is that chickens start laying again on St Valentines day. This is nonsense of course, it having much more to do with day length

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