I'd love to pretend that I took these snaps of our front veranda on the weekend but it was actually the weekend before. I found them lurking on my camera. I wanted to show you the table that Kelvin made me. He found the old timber plank in a junkyard. Nice and wide and stained and old. Just the way I like it. He had his "guy" glue and nail it together for a top then he attached the hairpin legs I found at a thrift store for $10. OK I found an ugly old laminate table attached to them but I looked beyond that. A drink of danish oil and it was done. It's great for the veranda off my office because it is beat up as it is. Doesn't matter about the dust and weather. All the better.
I don't style too much out there anymore. Too much dust and sun and occasional rain. Too much work to make it look pretty. I have started collecting old bentwood chairs. These were under $20 each. Cheap and chippy. They may just find their way into my next dining room incarnation but that's another story. Check out the neighbour's wattle tree. Loaded with yellow blossom. Love it.
I actually took these shots because the daughter of a work friend of Kelvin's was coming over to mess about with some penguin bookcover art. I meant to take photos then I got involved ... read "I forgot". I haven't forgotten my magnolia branches though. These are from Saturday afternoon and they are getting better and better. The light fragrance is heavenly.
OK I have something to say. I need to get it off my ample chest. "My name is Jo and I am a brown retro coffee pot addict." A sorry state of affairs when any muddy coloured pottery pot with spout must come home from the thrift store with me. Unless I can off load these onto someone like Carmel (a fellow aficionado addict) then I may just have to open a pop-up shop appropriately called Brown. On a positive note this is a piece of Mikasa. I love how they never took the plastic spout guard off.
Am I able to redeem myself by sharing our new old seltzer/soda bottles? Now these are cool. Straight to the man cave I believe. Unless I can steal one and use it as a dish washing liquid dispenser sans soda nozzle. Around the 1920s we believe.
I also found this heavy bronze bracelet vaguely based on a slave anklet. For wearing and displaying. Finally our big purchase this week was this old oak captain's chair. Love the worn seat and how the wood grain is so prominent. It will live here at the table in the breezeway for a while. Did I tell you Kelvin and I are chair addicts? We have waaaaay too many. I used to be into lamps (I once had 13 lamps in a one bedroom apartment) but I got better .... or actually got a bigger house :)