Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Miniatures and Firebirds

Well, as I mentioned in my last post I felt an ebay moment coming on.  It turned out to be more of an ebay hour.  I didnt find Kermit the Frog but I did come across this rather sweet little sewing machine thimble. 


It reminds me of the sewing machine my mum used when I was small.  It was a Singer and I can still hear the slightly sing-songy tinkly, clickety  clack it used to make as she turned the handle.  

This thimble is pewter and has been hand painted.  The little handle turns round and the sewing machine flips up on  a hinge to show the top of the workbench.  As you can see in the picture below, the thimble dimples are under the hinged lid.   I wouldn't fancy trying to sew with this particular thimble as it is quite heavy.   It's a nice little momento of times gone by though and I couldn't resist it.    
 



It was a very productive hour on ebay as I also came across the red thimble below. It was sitting all alone with only a few minutes left to the end of the auction.  It hadn't had any bids. So I felt a bit sorry for it.  The picture doesn't really do it justice as it's a lot nicer in real life. Its a lovely vibrant shade of red with an orange bird, which looks to be a bit of a cross between a peacock and a dragon. It has gold detailing to the top and sides.  It is called The Firebird and is hand painted wood.  Its purely decorative as the sides and top are far too smooth to make a functional thimble. 


As far as I can tell it depicts The Firebird from Russian fairytales.  A magical bird which is the object of a difficult challenge or quest.  Its seen as both a blessing and a curse to the person who captures it. 
I'm going to see it as a blessing as it makes a very bright, cheerful addition to my collection!

Bye for Now

Olly 



Sunday, 16 May 2010

Truro

There are times when you just can’t get what you need from local towns or even the out of town retail parks here in Cornwall. That’s when we head to our local city - Truro. Well, actually it’s the only city that is anywhere near us as it’s the only one in Cornwall. The next closest are Plymouth and Exeter but they are an hour’s drive away in Devon. This makes Truro the most southern city in the UK. It’s also probably the most expensive place to shop in Cornwall, but that’s just my opinion.


The parking charges are a wee bit pricey so we don’t go that often. The car park we tend to use is £4.10 for a stay of more than two hours. It kind of takes the fun out of shopping if you have to spend most of your cash just to park. Its no wonder most people prefer the internet – it’s cheaper in more ways than one. One minute they are telling you the high streets are dying through loss in trade, the next they are charging you the earth to visit the same high streets like its some sort of privilege. When we do visit Truro, we tend to make sure we know what we are after and stay there for less than two hours. That way parking is only £1.90. Talk about rip off! You can park all day in Penzance for that!


I know what you are thinking. You’re thinking park and ride. Well, I would but I would have to drive through the middle of Truro and a couple of miles out the other side to get to it. It’s the wrong side of town from me. I just see driving all that way, just to have a bus drive me back in as a total waste of fuel and an unnecessary increase in our carbon footprint. Besides at £2.40 for a family ticket, parking for less than two hours is cheaper!

Anyway, our last flying visit was Saturday and no, we didn’t get what we were looking for. I wanted some new clothes for my youngest who has had a sudden growing spurt. I didn’t get any. The selection on offer just didn’t match her age. Ah well, back to the good old internet I guess.

I did get four new thimbles from the market though so it wasn’t a total waste of time. As well as the dolphin and Rupert the Bear above, there was Fozzie and Gonzo from The Muppets. 



I got Miss Piggy on a previous trip so I just need Kermit the Frog now.

  
Ummm.... I feel an ebay moment coming on!

Bye for now

Olly