Monday, 30 July 2012

Tickled pink!

We have enjoyed the most glorious, happy, sunkissed days this past week, and I cannot begin to express what this has done for my mood! I must admit, I didn't think we were ever going to feel the warmth of the summer sun this year with all the rain we've had! So, as you can imagine, we have made the most of our balmy days, with a visit to the seaside (previous blog post!), and a little excursion to Cambridge on our bikes. We cycled along the river into the city centre, and just soaked up the rays of sunshine, bird song, fresh air and cheery atmosphere.

It's not everyday you see cows so near to a city's felt like we were in the middle of the countryside!

Beautiful Cambridge...I love the university buildings with their aged character and architectural details.

Me and my crew...

Family time...

Cambridge is one of my favourite places to visit. It has a very special atmosphere and buzz about it, but at the same time it feels very tranquil and easy going...well worth a visit!

Over the weekend we also managed to visit our favourite Boot sale. Normally the children get a little bored with this, but not this time! I was surprised at their enthusiasm and bartering skills! They were left to their own devices to look for thrifty bargains, and boy, did they haggle their way to some discounted treasures! I was in my element with my thrifty finds too...

My Loot...yummy candy-coloured cuteness! Total spent: £8,75!

Dreamy letters...perhaps for little miss' bedroom?

Gorgeous, yummy bracelets, reminiscent of Bakelite to cheer up any summer outfit...£1!

Pretty little hankie in it's original box...50p

Heidi children's book, very good vintage condition, and a steal at 25pence!

Vintage buttons...50p
Little metal tins for a little project...£1

But, my favourite find of the day by far...Vintage Batger's tins at £1 each! Batger's was a British confectioner, and was established in 1748. It is hard to date these tins, but they certainly have some age to them. As can be expected, they're a little battered and bruised, but I think this adds to their charm! They look lovely in my kitchen!

Now, I have been hankering after a typewriter for some time now. I just love them for their craftsmanship, purpose, aesthetic beauty, and mostly because of the era that they're from. And, nothing looks nicer and more charming than a typed letter! My sweet girl knows this too well, so imagine my surprise when she tapped me on the shoulder during our Boot sale outing, and presented me with a big smile and a 'Mummy, I've bought you something you've always wanted!' Yes, you've guessed little miss bought me a typewriter with her pocket money! She haggled, and paid the tiny sum of £4 for a pristine Daro Erika typewriter! I kid you not...It is in perfect working order, and in it's original leather case. When I read the first paragraph in the instruction manual, and had a good giggle, and a pang of nostalgia...

Well, I was tickled pink! I am so excited to put it to good use!

So, a bit of a lengthy post, but a lot to share! My sister and her kidlets are coming to visit for a few days, so blogging will have to wait for a bit. Hence today's waffling on my part! Have a fabby-dabby-doo week, until we meet again!

Blessings, Tania ♥


  1. Hi Tania, your post was wonderful! Wow...if only I could visit Cambridge! Wow! I've only heard about it or seen it in movies! Your thrift finds are great~ You have a good eye for what to buy. I LOVE your typewriter. When I was working in 1970 I saved my money to buy my first was a baby blue. I could still kick myself for giving it away~ :( Yours is great! ♥♥♥ I also like the bike ride along the river~

    1. Hi Cathy! It's so nice to hear from you! Glad you like this post. You'll have to come and visit us so that I can take you to Cambridge!
      Wow...a baby blue typewriter! I bet you could kick yourself now! They are very sought after these days. I secretly still hanker after a pink, red or blue typewriter, but the one that little miss got me is lovely too! I might start a little collection! :)
      Hugs, Tania ♥

  2. Beautiful photos Tania! I love Cambridge! Such a pretty place. Oh I'm super jealous of you bargain finds, love the bracelets and tins!
    Victoria xx

  3. Thanks Victoria! I was super delighted with all the finds. So nice to hear from you! ♥

  4. Woweeeee! What a fantastic loot and a great day out! I love your head scarf!


  5. What a thoughtful little sweetheart you have there.
    Lovely treasure haul, and I must say, you make a rather beautiful family!

  6. WHat a lovely family you have.. And the outing looks like so much fun, and so beautiful.
    YOur daughter is so sweet and thoughtful.. And what a GREAT find.. God bless.

    1. Awww...thank you so much for your lovely warm comments! You have touched my heart! Blessings to you! Tania ♥


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