Tagged: South Bank

Vintage Classic Car Boot x


If at heart you’re an emotional scientist when it comes to clothes, you’ll find it harder than the coating of Apollo 13 to resist the temptation of a vintage car boot..


The South Bank Vintage Classic Car Boot took place this weekend in London and was the bright, sunlit intermission on a rather cold, grey, damp couple of days.  It’s a wicked combination of vintage cars..and everything else besides..go for a wander..go for a rummage..you never know what delights you’ll find..

One of which was Julie from Vintageattitude with her own stall! She always has such inventive, creative offerings..dog coats on the table (check out that tablecloth!), pom pom lampshades..and my personal favourite..hanging at the back..summer jackets made from vintage tableclothes..genius.


(A close up of her rather fabulous skirt. So true…I love her style.)

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I want this fridge..

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This is the poshest buggy I have ever seen..it converts into a tricycle when the baby converts to a toddler..and then hopefully a little hatchback..and then maybe a small maisonette??

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This guys coat was made from a GI bag..Buster’s pretty cool too..


Such joy…I often feel that modern offerings are just the plastic parody of the past – it’s so much better to liberate the originals and I came away with bulging bags..but more on that in another post..

Laters, Kate x

Eyeing London x

IMG_0167 We headed to the South Bank on the afternoon of the big storm (the one that brought down a theatre ceiling. Allegedly. It was certainly dramatic)  It was only 3.15 pm when I took these but it felt so much later…there was a distinct line between light and dark with a foreboding air.

IMG_0170 IMG_0174We were there to meet up with a very dear friend and her two children..they’d come round to ours the previous day but had left a much beloved chetah behind, and as they lived in Devon it was the perfect excuse to see them again.

IMG_0173Y’see, we went through infertility together, holding each others hand..in fact we were a group of three strugglers….Heidi (who we were meeting) eventually had two  – twins, a girl and a boy via IVF, I had my two (IVF and otherwise)..and superwoman Karen?..she adopted 4 siblings to keep them together!  We will forever remain in awe of Karen.


Christmas will always be a poignant time, now and then..at the carol service I still light a special candle for those walking that horrible path.  If you know someone or think you might suspect a problem – be kind to them, especially at this time of year – don’t ask..just give them an extra large glass of something and a cuddle.  And if they need to escape..let them.

IMG_0176 IMG_0178 IMG_0183IMG_0181 The heavens never opened on us..we just had the light show,

but I’ve rarely seen skies like it.

IMG_0185 There’s also a Christmas Market at the South Bank, full of a different kind of atmosphere.

IMG_0184 IMG_0186And if you haven’t sorted your centre piece for the Christmas table? How about a very large, edible gingerbread house!

Laters, Kate x

The Weekend x

IMG_2816I often think what a strange beast Blogging is, even when people ask me what I do I rarely say ‘I Blog’ because it seems so nebulous and unexplainable.  But I still love the feeling that there is this hidden river of energy surging on a creative current running between all of us, between all countries that all our posts filter into. I wonder if I dipped my finger into it would I see sparks?

On Saturday I was so lucky that, by pure fluke, I actually managed to ride the cyber-wave and meet up unexpectedly at the South Bank’s Vintage Car Boot Fair with two fellow bloggers that are close to my heart.


The lovely Kaori at Twist and Turn (click here for her post on the day). An artisan knitter who, if you can believe it, knits with her fingers.  How cool is that? – this I HAVE to see.


And the wonderfully creative Vintage Attitude who up-cycles and re-invents everything to do with material – I’ve already given her a commission to find a new life for a beautiful embroidered tea cosy that just sits in my drawer.  I Hope we get longer to talk next time.

IMG_2842IMG_2806It was such a lovely day..a shopping event without the obviousness of a mainstream megahit.

IMG_2852Where red London buses were converted to bars.  I’ll catch the new number 6 any day of the week..

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IMG_2853The spirit of the day was totally embraced.


IMG_2850 IMG_2848 IMG_2844IMG_2803IMG_2860 IMG_2857There were little Caravans converted into dainty cake stalls.

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Out of that weird power of the internet we made a connection.  The intangible became real.

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Laters, Kate x

Blue Day x

ll2This is where vintage shines..finding the different, the now-unique, knowing it can be yours forever and best of all, no-one else will have it..which is why I am heading to the South Bank today for their Vintage Classic Car Boot Fair..and hopefully a cream cake with a large latte by the Thames.  Fingers crossed I’ll meet a friend or two (Vintage Attitude!).

Autumn had hit with a vengeance yesterday – lashing rain, driving winds to blow off hats and turn umbrellas inside-out.  Today? Cobalt skies and the odd friendly fluffy cloud..the Gods are truly smiling..but it’s no wonder we Brits are obsessed with the weather..

Laters, Kate x

Last of the Summer x

There’s been a ten degree temperature drop over night here in London and heavy rain is predicted…but there are still memories to savour as the back to school routine kicks into gear..

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