Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Lake District Live - The Aftermath

The only thing I bought during our Saturday rummage of the junk shops was a prettily embroidered hankerchief to turn into a bedspread for the brass bed in the Magpie's Nest, but I found a ton of excellent little bits at the carboot on Sunday.

This little lot (not including the tables) set me back a whole £6. The seller would not haggle at all, but I think it was well worth it as there are some lovely pieces in there and I ended up paying about 30p an item, which isn't bad. My favourites are the Limoges plate, the incredibly heavy brass lantern, and the textured green and white pitcher at the back.

This second lot came from two different stalls. The Zombie Christ set me back £2, but I had to have it. I'm always a sucker for dishes and the pattern on these reminded me of some of our old Corningware dishes.

The brass eagle was 50p at one stall, and the zombie Jeeb seller gave me the "diamonds & gems" for free! They came in a plastic box, but I thought they looked nicer in the jars. The rest of the items were part of a bag of bits. I only wanted the little wally dogs, but the seller wouldn't split the lot. I got the bundle cheaply enough and I'll have a use for all of it eventually. The pots and the little wooden blocks are especially nice.

Southern Gothic Eulalie

Eulalie is the first horse I grabbed and I just absolutely adore her. She's a fjord-cross with added feathers, soft dapples, and frosting in her mane and tail. The second picture is a more accurate representation of her colour.

Farfrae Cœur de Lion

I'm not really a foal person, but I thought this flaming chestnut Yearling was too pretty to pass up. He fits in nicely with my chestnut Arabian family; he looks like a lighter version of my stallion, Pax Romana.

Farfrae Capercaillie
I had originally selected a bay tobiano, dropped head New Forest, but after lunch I decided I just wasn't taking to him and Laura very kindly allowed me to swap him for another model.

 I love the cranky Child's Jumping pony and black horses, so this one was a perfect combination for me.

Naturally I also brought home a mess of pets.

Mrs. Saburralis (sandy), Lady Oculus Malus (evil eye), Marchioness Porrigo (strech)
Mr. R had a few surprises for us this year, including three different pecking hen molds - in order shown: large, fluffy, and stretchy.

At first I behaved myself and only took two so as to leave some for others, but later in the day I went back and saw that there was a stretchy hen, among several other pecking hens left over, so I didn't feel bad about completing my trio.

Chairman Amoris Cinere (ashes of love), Mr. Sollicitus (worries), President Nequa Atramento (ink blot)
At first I only bought President Nequa Atramento as I have more roosters than one really needs, but I later went back for one of the unusual grey boys. I then won the black one in the raffle. He's even fancier than he looks here as he has metallic patches of colour on his wings and back.

Rita and Runt
I couldn't resist this lovely pair. I think they might be wood ducks, but I'll have to ask Laura to check with Jane. The drake has that fancy metallic paint, too.

Heliotrope, Pasque, Nuzleaf
Naturally I ended up with a few more of the tiny pets. When I swapped my New Forest, there was a £3 difference in price, so Heliotrope ended up joining the bunny army.

Fortinbras & Bilbo
Fortinbrass is such a simple colour, but one which really suits the mold. The pricked ears really change the look of it, too. He ended up taking Champion in the pets division as "Bella".

Bilbo is the new Terrier Cross mold. It was created for a special order back in Dec. 2018, but this was its debut as a spare. It's really a cute little mold and looks sweet in rough and smooth coat.

Orla & Hogmany
Most of my Sleeping Cats are on the pale or grey side, so these two really stand out in the crowd. Orla is actually my first calico cat in any mold.

The Rainbow Connection
The confettimatian, Jede Farbe (every colour) needed some friends, so I ordered a few which were ready to pick up at LDL. There's Viscountess Vere Viridis (spring green) the Lime Leghorn, Electra the Bluemese, Magmar the Flameypig, and Orchid the Plum Bun.

Arthur & Passepartout
Farfrae Sanskrit

During lunch the show rings were used as sales tables and these vintage guys somehow ended up coming home with me. I can never resist a pet, and the child had such a lovely face. Sanskrit kept giving me the puppydog eyes and I do like the leggy TB, even if he is a bit rough. My other vintage Thoroughbred is a lovely flaxen chestnut roan, but he currently lives in the hospital barn as several of his legs have fallen off. They'll make a nice pair one day, though.

A mess o' pets

A small herd

In addition to the cockerel, I also won this super soft unicorn in the raffle as a gift for my son. He's named it "unicorn" (thus demonstrating why he doesn't get to name our pets) and hasn't let it out of his sight since.

Now I've just got to find a moment to unpack!

Lake District Live - The Show

Since it's around a five hour trip for me, I prefer to arrive the day before and leave the day after the show instead of driving down at oh-god o'clock for the 9am opening time and driving home in the middle of the night after the dinner.

It was a surprisingly uneventful drive down, and we didn't get lost once which was a minor miracle.

We usually try to time things to arrive later in the afternoon so we can check in directly and put our things in the room, out of the hot car, and then have a bit of a walk around. Most of my pictures of the area are in the Travels with Rok posts.

Lake District Live 2019 - The Preparation

Lake District Live is the only show I usually manage to attend as most of the other shows are down below Birmingham, and that's just a bit too far for my elderly vehicle. As it is, we usually have to weld something back on after the Lake District run.

The class list is generally announced around February, which sounds like loads of time to prepare, but when you're trying to keep a household running, as well as a business with a time-intensive product, time slips away from you pretty quickly.

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Travels With Farfrae Ragnarök Aftershock - Monday

Since neither of us had anywhere we really needed to be on Monday, we made a tour of some of the charity shops we had missed on Saturday after we loaded up Spot. We left town around 12:30 and made it back to Glasgow around 4:30. Right as we pulled into Eg's neighbourhood, Spot's exhaust burst (this happens frequently), so I had a very long, slow, and extremely loud drive home. It was nearly eight by the time I roared into my driveway.

Travels With Farfrae Ragnarök Aftershock - Sunday

The show as usual, was wonderful. Stacey and her family have it down to an art and are lovely and friendly and make everyone the most delightful goodie bags. It's a small crowd, but we have such fun together.

Travels With Farfrae Ragnarök Aftershock - Saturday

It's that time of year again, time for the one show far enough north for me to easily reach. It's only about five hours away, but I like to have company when I travel, so I usually pick up a couple of friends on the way. This year Magda was away for her sister's wedding, so I only had to swing through Glasgow for EG before heading south. This year I remembered to keep out a travel pony with which to amuse myself.

Getting ready to leave Kirriemuir for Glasgow, a drive which usually takes around two hours.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Adventures with Black Mountain Koshari Katsina

For Spring Break 2017, we headed up to Aviemore for a few days of sightseeing.

Up the hills in Glenshee