Never heard of Samphire, have you? Pronounced "sam fire". Finally I thought to myself, a very low calorie snack I loved. It's crisp/salty flavor is like a moment at the coast with salt sprays on a hot summer day. Kale move over, this is the future, if, I can find it......
My personal design aesthetic is 'British Country House' with a masculine lean. Their antiques leave me drooling and quite covetous!
Many items, in VERY HEAVY suitcases came home with me, the rest, over the pond awaiting their ship. This shop is the Snooty Fox in Bridport, an antique mecca in the south west
Here is Stanley, a vintage upholstery connoisseur. Love the British attachment to their dogs, seen everywhere!
Ready for this.......As Sylvia and I were about to leave the owner asked if we would like to view her "head". Naturally I am game, but was not prepared for this 1920's era wax head from Paris. Eerily life-like, we suddenly gasped when it we noticed the teeth were real! This led to a massive dose of curiosity and required further research into Victorian era orthodontics.
When women of means were born with less than perfect teeth, all of their teeth were removed then fitted for a sparkly, new set. Young women born with beautiful teeth, in poverty, removed and sold their teeth. Hmmmm, a win/win? One of my British friends was non-pulsed by my story, "oh yes she confirmed, both my Mother and Grandmother had their teeth removed!"
Stay tuned, these are for a client, to be separated, and wall mounted as light fixtures.....I know, impossible to describe, can't wait to share
Ah but imagine the picnics this attended, I am envisioning Ascot for one
Mid 19th c. landscape oil by Walter J. Watson, 'Morning near Llangefni Anglesey' (Wales)
Was enamored by the detail and shading
And naturally a good sky signifies a masterful artist
I am told US customs is not as enchanted by moss' and lichens as I am. Horrors.....I have heard stories of them being scrubbed clean!
French Louis Phillipe mirror with original glass. The chiseled 'X' pattern is revealed by worn gold gilt. Personally I enjoy the warm glow of revealed Bole.
Jackpot! The gnome Mother-Lode, 14 in all, most, such as this one, were charmingly weather worn and miniature. Quintessentially British!
And, a hand carved wooden dough bowl large enough to bathe a Labrador
Dreams of England are still strong
Dreams of France are within reach.Planning nearly complete, Sylvia and I will reveal our 2015 Paris/Normandy tour of antiquing, gardens and cuisine, shortly
A Very Happy Thanksgiving to all