Friday, March 18, 2011

A Day at the Races

We were the privileged guest of the Almassey's .....
spending time with friends in a private box at Ascot Racecourse is a truly memorable event! Even when the London fog and cold mist roll in, the horses run and we had shining views of the racecourse.
Ascot is situated in the wooded countryside adjoining Windsor Great Park, just a train journey from London. Unlike Royal Ascot which is in June and very fashionable, we were asked to dress in a manner appropriate to a "smart occasion". Upon arrival everyone received a yellow fleece scarf - compliments of the Betting Company. It was a great marketing strategy - look how well they stand out against our traditional black!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Antique Treasures!

This blog is dedicated to my dear friends back in the States who would love to have mud on their shoes and one more visit to the Silver Lady!

It was the coldest, muddiest day I have ever shopped the Ardingly Outdoor Antique Fair but, with the girls help, advise, and muscle, we came home with a few treasures! Christy spotted quite a few things she would have loved to have taken back to the "Split-Pea Cottage" in Boston........
NOT this stuffed pig head (notice there is a second one in the box in case you want to buy 2 for your dining room table)!
NOT this stuffed ostrich with it's head stuck in the sand...although it is a "statement piece" and might be appropriate in, say, a certain hospital lobby!
How about this gorgeous pine kitchen table? Perfect for a festive Italian family dinner!

The Hawaiian - with pineapple- Toasted Cheese Sandwich was the treat of the day and lots of HOT Tea.
***As a side note "Madame, we do not order hot tea in this country...all tea comes hot." (a BA Flight Attendant)

These are the biggest treasures we came home with...
a small French desk for my dressing table,
a small painted rustic bench for a side table - love the soft green color,
and a stripped trunk to prop up the old Pub sign in the kitchen.

Christy also started a collection of Limoncello glassware....something I can add to while I am browsing other markets.
Now, the search is on for the perfect coffee table....Lots Road, Chelsey!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

From SW3 to SW1

It was just a few miles but a move is a move and everything had to go into a box. Rick and "Dal with a truck" were a big help on moving day. We had a few issues with getting the bed to the 5th floor, no heat, cable TV-of course, and Rick took a tumble down the very narrow staircase taking the banister with him but no broken bones! The girl's showed up just in time to help hang pictures and shop for new pieces to fill the extra space we have.

At the end of the day it is such a treat to be able to walk across the street to the neighborhood pub for some refreshment.

Thank you girls - I miss you already!
Had to put in the "Traditional 2 girls in 2 British phone booths" shot!