Thursday, 3 January 2013

The Airman, The Mugs And The Soldiers

'Ello Ducklings!

Five months since my last post, but I'm back now, and I'm excited to get going again.

We'll start off today with a little round-up of Christmas. It was a quiet-ish affair, but I did get some lovely things, including a yard of Jaffa Cakes! They do count as one of your five-a-day, along with Jammie Dodgers...

I knew I was receiving the next two pieces as I hinted towards them, then imagine my surprise when I unwrapped them!

One more for the collection?
And this... I was really excited about this one as I've yet to see another one, even though they obviously do exist - It'll turn out that all you lot own one!

Awarded to me for services to vintage!
Then it was on to New Year's Eve - I spent mine with Mama, Auntie J., Uncle B. and their friend, G. We spent a few hours chatting and have a gay old time, before hopping into the car to head off to the free fireworks display in Saundersfoot - I really can't believe that they wouldn't charge for a such a good display... Though I'm not complaining!

We got into the car to return at about 12.15 ish, as it was getting a bit rowdy (screaming drunk teenagers... charming) and this was on the radio, much to our delight - Sing along now!

We came back here for tea, and more chat, then I finally made it to bed around 2.30am! Before I donned me jim-jams, I had a really good chat with Uncle B. about The South Wales Borderers in connection to some "tat" I own - There's more discussion to be had, but there will be a dedicated post on all this... Watch this space!

Then, yesterday, it was my Burpday - Again, many hints led to a wonderful present:

At last!
 This may shock you, but I've never seen the first series - I wasn't allowed to watch it on the telly-box! I'm four episodes in.... Naughty Lady Mary, such a straight character, but what a story! Safe to say, this should keep me quiet for a few hours!

Also, before I forget, and whilst I'm rounding up everything... I was at the last of the antique fleas the other weekend and picked up a few goodies, less than last time though. The time before I found myself eleven handbags, this time, just three! Plus skirts, a Christmas card (which led to the South Wales Borderers discussion) and plenty more.

Anyway, this past time, I picked up these:

Maybe one more then!
This was in a £1 basket... £1! Could I really walk away at that price? Then I found this beauty:

1918 Peace Mug
And the back:

Presented in Cardiff!
 I've also paid a visit to one of my favourite antiques shop - I was talked into some sales, but I had to leave so much as his prices are bit high. But I picked up these two lovelies:

WW1 postcards
The one on the left is dated Jan. 31st 1918 - I'm having a spot of trouble reading it, so I'll have to get back to you, but it does mention their boy, Stanley (I think).

Oh, back to the flea, this photo caught my eye, as did the soldier in the bottom left - What a smile!

Bottom left - Swoon!
And back, once again, to the antiques shop - I realise I couldn't just edited this all, but I'm lazy today! What do you think of my new young man?

What's the word I'm looking for, dashing?
I fell for him months ago, but I really prefer to have my pictures ready-framed... I gave in and he agreed to come home with me - Should I re-phrase that?

I should've snapped the back for you. It's stamped with 'V.G. Studios - 9, Kendoa Rd. - Clapham. S.W.4.' and written on is 'D. Brown - Tanned slightly - Air Force' - It's a good size snap too, with the board around it - Just need a frame!

So, I think that's me done for the day. In the next month or so we'll have a chat about the South Wales Borderers, Christmas cards, soldiers, museums and a dream about Rorke's Drift (I kid you not!).

Anyway, I've had a lovely time, I hope you're still awake!

See you soon

Jennie xx


  1. Happy burpday! Those are some nice finds.

  2. Lovely to see you back blogging. What lovely things you have. I especially love the brooch :-)

  3. Great to have you back! Happy New Year and happy birthday! Jx

  4. Hurrah for bargains - especially that Peace Mug!

  5. Nice to see you back. I love your mugs, I am a bit of a nut for these things too. Old photos...such an enigmatic smile. I wonder if he is still with us, or whether any of his family are.

  6. Belated birthday wishes and a warm welcome back (and thanks for still always commenting on my blog)! One pound for that wonderful Peace Mug is a triumphantly bargainous return.

  7. Bit late but….. “Happppeeeeee Buuuurthday Jennie!”
    What lovely things you have been given and found. And your young man is extremely dashing… Does he have a friend? I love the tinting instructions “Slightly tanned”- if that’s slightly tanned then I’d loved to know how light a pale complexion would be!

    Oh and yes, Jaffa cakes does count as a five a day- I was told so by the good people on FB!
    I’m slightly miffed that I haven’t been awarded a medal for good services to vintage, but hey ho (she weeps). I haven’t seen one like yours with the King and Queen on, though I do have one with Edward but without the ribbon!

    Ta-ra Tupps x

  8. Happy belated birthday wishes! What a delightful array of finds. Last year I scored my first ever piece of vintage British royal memorabilia (it's not as commonplace here in Canada as it is in the UK) - a Coronation tin from the 50s, and would love to find other pieces while thriftng or yard saling, too.

    Wishing you a stellar year ahead!
    ♥ Jessica