Monthly Archives: "July 2012"

Hogweed and other Wild Plants

   Probably due to the huge amount of rainfall at the beginning of the summer the hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium) is quite spectacular aournd here at the moment. Usually found along ditches and riverbanks it has sprung up everywhere this year, making quite a statement along the verges and seemingly on any scrap of space it can find.  Standing well

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Hurrah for the Universal Printing Outfit

Once in blue moon something turns up that’s been on your wish list for ages. (It helps to have a very long wish list and do an awful lot of looking). Presenting….. The fabulous Universal Office Printing Outfit (No. 2) This is a 1950’s precursor to those much beloved John Bull Printing Outfits of the 1970’s….

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Sewing the Vintage Way

Buying anything electrical at markets or boot fairs is always a gamble – even more so if the item in question is something vintage.  In the end it comes down to price and desirability, the price must be low and the desire level high. At £15 this was too good a deal to walk away from….. A 1950’s vintage Jones

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Vintage Glassware

    After some reorganisation and editing about a year ago there is, once again (and despite some breakages along the way), an accumulation of vintage glassware in the kitchen cupboard. It’s not as plentiful as it once was, but pieces still get picked up here and there. The strict rule is that once there are too many to squeeze

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A June Afternoon on Pilsdon Pen

Pilsdon Pen is an iron age hill fort north of Marshwood Vale. Traditionally it was thought to be the highest point in Dorset (at 277m), but now beaten to that honour by neighbouring Lewesdon Hill (279m). However, unlike Lewesdon Hill, the plateau at the top is treeless and so is the place to go for panoramic views. To the south you

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