Flings and Arrows

I had a pre-birthday fling in Lincoln with the Golfer at the start of the week, close enough to home for a day trip but extended to an overnight stop this time to allow further exploration of the city on Monday and then a visit to a big outdoor antique fair at the Lincolnshire Showground on Tuesday. I am always on the lookout for quirky items for the garden and also hoped to find a galvanised tank or two to replace those lead effect pots that had come to the end of their useful life – this proved to be easy and ridiculously cheap to achieve, limited only by available space in the car:

IMG_3676These large outdoor fairs cater for both ends of the market – from ‘cheap as chips’ toΒ  luxury antiques for the serious collector. The galvanised bits and bobs fell into the first category, as did the additions to my collection of vases for Monday posts – except for the stylish and tactile green vase which I resisted for an hour or so before going back to purchase. Perhaps I need to give myself the challenge of using a different vase every week……

IMG_3677As a bonus, we were ‘entertained’ for much of Tuesday morning by the Red Arrows, based at nearby RAF Scampton, training for their world renowned aerobatics displays. Flying singly or in formation they performed a range of manoeuvres and, such is their jaw-dropping reputation, were impossible to ignore. Unfortunately, by the time I thought of ensuring I had some photographic evidence, they were coming in to land for the final time and although you may choose to disbelieve it I can assure you there is at least one Red Arrow in this photo….somewhere….


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32 Responses to Flings and Arrows

  1. Christina says:

    I think finding enough material and enough light to photograph our vases in winter is enough of a challenge! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I drink a toast to a very happy (brick-laying?) year to you! I love all the galvanised bits and bobs, metal is a bit for outside here but it is something I always admire in gardens in cooler climates.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks for your birthday wishes, Christina – I suspect there will be severe lack of bricklaying opportunities this year, although I must have thought the same thing a year ago…. πŸ™‚

  2. AnnetteM says:

    That sounded like a great day! I never seem to find those sort of fairs where you can get things for the garden fairly cheaply. Actually there is a big car boot sale near us, but you have to get up very early! That green vase looks very interesting with all its side holes. We will expect great things. Sorry couldn’t be sure which was the Red Arrow – I must clean some of the marks off my screen!

    • Cathy says:

      It was indeed a goo d day, Annette. We used to go to this kind of fair 2 or 3 times a year, but haven’t been for ages. Ditto re the Red Arrow….of course, it might have flown out of view by the time the shutter was depressed πŸ™‚

  3. wellywoman says:

    I love those flea market/antique fairs. We go to one in Somerset, there’s also a good one at Malvern. In fact, I’ve accrued so much over the last year I’m running out of space to put it. πŸ˜‰ I could do with a room just devoted to vases. Not bad to have your own birthday fly-past too. Happy Birthday! xx

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Louise! When I linked to the Red Arrows website I noted that they were meeting Prince Harry at Clarence House yesterday, so I guess that’s what they were practising for – so a royal fly past, even better! I need to reassess where I keep my vases too – I had them in two boxes under the downstairs bedroom bed but they now need at least another box and some like the new green one I don’t want to just bung into a box anyway.

  4. Cathy says:

    Happy Birthday Cathy! Look forward to seeing those vases in action! πŸ˜‰

  5. pbmgarden says:

    Happy Birthday Cathy! Glad you had a nice outing and found some treasures. My family used to have some galvanized buckets–wonder whatever happened to them? Hope someone like you on a treasure hunt got to have them.

    • Cathy says:

      πŸ™‚ thanks! It was a great day out and even though the Golfer’s spending was minimal he was happy that I was so delighted with my purchases! The tanks are planted up now, I am pleased to say – I had roses waiting for two of them and the last of my tulips went in the smallest one.

  6. sueturner31 says:

    Excellent purchases there…. I am green with envy now… πŸ™‚

    • Cathy says:

      I still can’t match your watering can collection though – that was only my second one! There were huge numbers of galvanised bits and bobs there, some brought over from the continent – so it’s a good place to go if that’s the sort of thing you are looking for.

  7. johnvic8 says:

    A most Happy Birthday, Cathy. Will look forward to seeing what you create for those new vases.

  8. croftgarden says:

    Happy Birthday Cathy. I know you love your objects trouve but I’m sure the Golfer came up with a little something in a beautiful package.
    Thank you for the timely reminder to go to the opticians – I couldn’t see an aeroplane nevermind a red arrow.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks for the birthday wishes Christine. Neither the Golfer nor I feel the need to give each other little (or big) things in beautiful or not-so-beautiful packages so he was under no pressure and I was not disappointed. Sorry about the fiendish ‘spot the arrow’ – I couldn’t see it either….;)

  9. Kris P says:

    Happy Birthday Cathy! It sounds as though you had a very pleasant outing. I really need to get out and scout local flea markets to pick up some treasures like those you’ve discovered. Kudos to the Golfer for providing you an escort and help in carting your acquisitions home.

    • Cathy says:

      He spent the grand total of Β£2 at the fair himself, but he is happy to see me happy so had no objections to my purchases πŸ™‚

  10. Happy Birthday Cathy! That fair sounds like it was fantastic. I so love those galvanised containers! (I’m using too many exclamation points again…) That is my idea of a fun outing – good for you and the golfer! πŸ™‚

  11. Very Happy Birthday, Cathy, from a fellow “pre-Xmas” child! I love your galvanised collection. That’s my taste in garden decor. I have so far, an old watering can and two old buckets that were my Grandad’s. I’m always drawn to that stall at Malvern Show, but up till now, I’ve kept my money for plants. But now I’m hoping to amass a collection like that for my next experiment – growing flowers/plants for cutting. Yes, I’ve got the bug, too!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Ali – I shall now be looking out for hints of ‘when’ pre Christmas…. πŸ˜‰ My Mum recently said how much she would have disliked a December birthday (hers is less than a fortnight before mine though) but I have got used to it after all these years! Have not been to a Malvern show so don’t know if that stall you refer to is ‘posh’ vintage, but at Lincoln you could be buying these for as little as Β£5-10 from some stalls. Good luck with the cutting beds – mine were very much experimental this year and hopefully will be more productive next year.

  12. Anna says:

    Well a day in Lincoln was certainly not a case of outrageous fortune Cathy by the sound of it but a most enjoyable and profitable experience. Well done on your haul – at this rate you will have a vase for every day of the year! Hope that your special day was/is full of flowers and fun xxx

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Anna. Actual birthday was at home this year so a fairly ‘normal’ day, but then again every day is full of fun and rambles round the garden I am pleased to say, with or without flowers πŸ™‚

  13. rickii says:

    Aha! Another Saggitarian! Keep your arrows dry and keep celebrating.

  14. Chloris says:

    What fun you had. I love what you bought. Obviously you need lots of vases now that you are the Flower Arrranging Queen, and you are making a great collection.
    Happy Birthday!

  15. Love your eclectic trove of treasures, they should make great garden art.

  16. Amy says:

    I reached your post late, Cathy, but what fun! I swore off collecting all those delightful little objects after having to severely thin my own collection for a cross-country relocation; but we’ve found a little resale place nearby here so one little cup and saucer have already found a home… πŸ˜‰ That green vase looks perfect for some exciting posies, and the little pitcher (is it pewter, by any chance?) in the upper left corner is darling!

    • Cathy says:

      Space isn’t an issue fortunately, but perhaps organisation is, as most of the vases bought since I began the Monday vase meme are in boxes under the bed! And none of them were expensive. The pitcher is in fact Prinknash Pottery, made by monks at Prinknash Abbey – but the glaze makes it look metallic.

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