11 June 2010

dial M for market

Yes another market! We really should stop but in London there is a market on nearly every day of the week somewhere! Today we found this 1930s telephone, it is adapted with a modern fitting, when we got to the workshop we tried it, it rings beautifully and the other end can hear me but I can't hear them. I hope it is a simple problem to fix as i love it dearly and can't wait for someone to call me whilst I'm at my desk and I can put on my vintage BBC voice, please if anyone has any idea how to fix it please let me know!

it even has a handle so you can mooch from one room to the next in your silk lounging suit whilst smoking a cigarette, with red lipstick on...hang on a minute I'm slipping to my alter ego again, no I'm not Greta Garbo, I must keep telling myself that.
I like this too, a lovely wallet me thinks, yes please! and then I open it and it's a...

...cool chess set! I know, i know there are two pawns missing but I can make new ones right? It is neat and very old too.

before we went to Japan, I planted lots of heather into various pots, tea cups, sugar bowls and water jugs and they looked great in the shop. When we came back, some had died and others were doing well, how strange? Anyhow, today I took out the dead ones and replaced them with thyme that I bought in the market...hope it does better?! I will show you the rest of our plants and flowers soon hopefully next Friday I can post some photos of the new London shop.

Thank you all for your comments and ideas about wedding venues. I'm totally confused what to do and where. I think we really just want somewhere that we can have a big party, bring our own chairs, tables and marquee and organise our own food...seems that none of this is allowed in London. This leads us to look outside of London, but this brings even more problems! So I guess we will forget about it for a while and maybe something will just turn up!

Good luck England! {lets face it, you need it!}


  1. Saw this post and thought of you. She found a pretty pub and they gave it to her for free because they are quiet on saturday afternoons!

    I think you'll have better luck if you dont look for 'wedding venues' but instead look for 'party venues'. If you mention its a wedding they'll immediately slap a premium on it!


    Good luck!

  2. I thin Hannahs right (as always :) don't look for things labelled with weddings, just look for a space you like and see if they will hire it to you. you don't have to get married there too necessarily...

    also I think heathers need ericacious soil, like hydrangeas and rhodos, so maybe thats why some died? odd that some kept going, maybe some are more sensitive than others.

  3. Love the phone! I have had the same problem with phones I have ended up using them as decoration!

  4. Anonymous11.6.10

    I have a reconditioned phone like this - but sadly cannot use it as it makes our internet drop out....might want to check that yours is OK.
    To be fair I never tire of just looking at mine. Sam

  5. thanks for that! finding the space in London is the Tricky bit...there are no fields or gardens that you are allowed to use, may have to take our party to the countryside instead where things are less regulated.

    Ms M, Sam, yes it looks like I may just have to pretend to use our vintage phone!

  6. Hi Artemis. I was reading this months Country Living and saw a couple of things that made me think of you and your wedding venue dilemma. One is that the Eden project do weddings there. The other was a place called Narborough Hall in Norfolf where the owners, who are passionate gardeners, have made a bridal garden and they have a wildflower meadow. They do weddings there. I know they are both outside London, but just thought I'd mention it. Lots of love, Amanda xxx

  7. wow thanks Amanda, they both sound great, I will check them out!

  8. I haven't visited you blog - or any, actually - for a while and I see you have wedding news. Congratulations! I can't wait to see your rings...

  9. I am in love with your phone I hope you can get it fixed easily enough.

  10. I love the telephone (it HAS to be 'telephone', don't you think? 'phone' simply doesn't go with the design). Afraid I don't have any advice about fixing it. I have a 1940s one and I've often been told I sound as though I'm speaking from inside a tunnel. xx