If you only have a little time to spend and think you'd enjoy a snapshot of U.K. life
and British tastes (beyond Burberry, in other words) a Country Living Fair is A SURE THING.
As much, methinks, as a zip around Liberty's which I have, in the past, been known to characterize as "HEAVEN FOR GIRLS". (There are fewer stairs here at the Country Living Fair.)
The Country Living Fair will likely be HEAVEN for your tummy
if not your waistline
and ground ZERO for sourcing all
that the country lifestyle requires. Whether you live in the country or
just like taking picnics out to it. (with Toto, too!?)
The Country Living Spring Fair could set you up with sausages for that picnic.
Scarves in case of that brisk breeze blowing up.
Proper decoys for your picnic cloth
to frighten away marauding moochers.
Cuddly toys for any of the little ones you might like to picnic with.
And of course.....DESSERT! ("Biscuits and pudding" if you want to be properly British.)
There are experts at the Country Living Fair, who will happily argue amongst themselves about the best way to rid your garden of annoying slugs. (Have you EVER known any gardeners who actually agree on much? I haven't!)
Did you expect yes, beautiful shoes at the Country Living Fair? (No? Neither was I!) But you'll be having a little walk after your picnic, won't you?
Have you noticed I'm not really a committed shopping blogger but - beautiful arty dresses for walking in-style? For this outfit, I can make an exception.
I was dying for this dress, and everyone else had their eyes and hands all over the necklace with the polkadot bobbles (that was made especially for the dress, I was told).
Have I shown you enough to get you interested? Well come back soon because there WILL be Parts Two and Three.
Yes. The Country Living Spring Fair was a bit of a shopper's extravaganza! You'll see what I mean.
that will offer you the VERY LATEST in garden furniture in that distingue Hermes orange
to take home with your ancient olive tree for "instant Mediterranean" in your backyard.
Some people die for rhubarb pots (I do). You might need to send a man to collect them for you, they won't fit in your tote bag......I know - you weren't expecting to find rhubarb pots on this trip to the shops - me either.
And in case you've been feeling left out of all of this season's Sakura viewing? Clifton Nurseries can help you plant your whole neighborhood.
Surprise, surprise? Those yellow orchids are fake!
But the garlanded amphorae and the stone sphinxes are 100% percent real. Wait a minute - which of your suburban big box stores has one or two of those overseeing their sales floors? None you say? No, I didn't think so. And if you are thirsty. There is a cafe at Clifton Nurseries, inside a greenhouse, for a nice chat with the light pattering of raindrops overhead......
(handmade by hand in the traditional Chinese way presumably, by Paris' Petit Pan)
Great minds think alike. That sort of thing.
As Nadine at Tiny Woolf* recently pointed out to me, Artemis at Junkaholique and I covered some of the same ground in London this past month. Artemis got to Clifton Nurseries before me. She cadged the tin caravan at a South Bank boot sale (methinks). Me, I have saved Clifton Nurseries pics for you for later. And I cadged pictures onlyof a little boat and an emergency van. (The originals of which I encountered at the Conran Shop and in Camden Passage in Islington. Pics 2 and 3 respectively.) I think though, that all three share in common a very appealing simplicity of form and refreshing graphic qualities. SO NICE! I JUST HAD TO SHARE!
Yes, I'm giving you just another idea of some cool things you could become an avid collector of! No need to thank me. I know. I get it.
Anybody else have samples of similar miniatures? Send me a pic and I'll add it/them to the post! Wouldn't that be fun? We could make a virtual-visual-cyber-collection. I know, I know, someone's probably doing it already on Pinterest. But wouldn't we rather be different and a bit retrograde?
*(So nice to have lunch with her in London! We were enjoying chattering/eating together so much we forgot to take a picture! I promise you, it was a happy lunch.)
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