We've been doing a bit of redecorating and sorting out over the last few months. As I type the DH is painting the kitchen and then he'll put up a few (by few, I mean lots) shelves for my collection of vintage cookery books. We've also been trawling through the local junk shops and antiques centres looking for bargains to put on our dresser. I've found some lovely Victorian champagne glasses for £3 each and a nice Victorian circular, glass, butter dish, again for £3. I'm hoping that our Christmas table will look really pretty this year and I'm becoming slightly obsessed with looking for quality vintage bargains to keep on the dresser for "best".
Amongst the china and silver plate in a dusty, stuffed, wonderful, little shop in Market Bosworth I found this amateur watercolour of a young girl knitting. It's beautifully done, but despite the near perfect folds of the dress and position of the hands, the feet are a little clunky and the face is pretty, but not as delicate as the rest of the drawing. It's dated 1934 and signed P. M. Wray. It would be lovely to find out who P.M. Wray was, it's nice to think it was a local person, perhaps a woman, sketching her children and friends as they went about their business. It's an insight into the past and a thing of beauty and I feel very happy that I own it. Oh, and the antiques chappy didn't even know that he had it, and gave it to me for free when I bought the champagne glasses. This is why I love second hand shopping sprees. Lovely things and nice people.