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At the Market


I’m so glad I went this morning! My first purchase was a charming collection of old greetings cards and postcards. There are seventeen here (my choice out of many available) and the seller wanted 50p each for them but I haggled successfully. Next I bought a new (naturally, what do you take me for?) Bobbi Brown make up brush which was just what I needed.

Until recently I’d never even heard of Edith Olivier. Then Anna Thomasson brought out A Curious Friendship: The Story of a Bluestocking and a Bright Young Thing, about Olivier’s friendship with Rex Whistler. I’m hoping to get this from the library. By an amazing coincidence one of my pet sellers had a lot of old books today and I was pleased to find this:



As you can see, the frontis and title page are by Rex Whistler. I had a quick look through and it seems just the sort of book I shall like, so I’m looking forward to reading it.


I got yet more Hunkydory bargains on the stationery and craft stall and the magazine was free with my other purchases. The same seller has another stall, where she replaced my watch battery for £2.50, or half what any local jeweller would charge.



The nursery people are selling off their stock and I bought all these plants for a pound each. Mostly annuals but I have gaps to fill, as I hate the sight of bare soil. I’ve already planted the lot, watered them in and washed the pots, because that’s my rule. To do this, I had to put on a hat because, contrary to all forecasts, it’s really hot. It’s a pity there was no one around to see me looking such a country lady. Come to think of it though, I don’t think real ladies wear ancient gardening-only cargo trousers.
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(Anonymous)

Lovely old cards. More Hunkydory? I am not saying a word! Who could refuse plants at that price, I know I couldn't - you are so lucky. You should have been wearing a twinset and pearls :-)
Wee sister
Ha ha! I have the pearls ...
I do love your market posts. Looks like a good haul today :-)
I'm glad! I love reading about other people's bargains.

It was a good haul. I just looked up the 'face blending brush' which I bought for a pound and they cost over thirty quid! Who would pay that? And where do the cheap ones come from?
The Bargain Queen strikes again :) Maybe I should stroll down to our new Sunday market to see if I can do as well? :)

The plants were a good buy and you have them in already! The weather has been brilliant this weekend. Lets hope the weather holds for the 5th test at the Oval.
Heh, and she strikes early!

Just as well I got the plants in yesterday as it's overcast today and I wouldn't have felt like doing it.

The Oval Test is always my favourite because it's my home ground. Can't wait!
Yes, I'm looking forward to it. I wouldn't be surprised if Ben take Barney :)

Following you?

Hullo, Callmemadam - thank you for commenting on my blog, and I have been enjoying yours! Is there a way to "follow" you so I can see when there's a new post? (I'm not used to LJ.)

I've got A Curious Friendship and am most envious at your discovery of As Far as Jane's Grandmother. Lucky you!

All best wishes,
Diana

Re: Following you?

Hello and thank you for your kind words about my blog.
You do 'know' me in a way through Girlsown. If I can find your email address there I'll drop you a line.

I know a few people do follow my blog. I think they use Bloglovin? It gives you alerts when there's a new post, I believe. I don't use any of these tools myself so I'm not sure how they work.

I enjoyed As Far as Jane's Grandmother's!