Author: Europea

Wedding Anniversary Present

Our wedding anniversary was in June. The Husband received cufflinks from Dege & Skinner, the tailors who made HRH The Duke of Sussex’s uniform for his marriage to Meghan Markle. Dege & Skinner running fox navy enamel/silver cufflinks He hadn’t bought me anything and it was the usual cop-out: ” Buy something you like”. So I did. Spotted this green…

T K Maxx

There has been a lot of hard work done, to regenerate the town in which I live and DFLs (Down From Londons) are moving here all the time. Independent stores are popping up but Marks and Spencer, BhS, The Body Shop and now T K Maxx have all gone.  It’s a town of lower price point stores such as Wilko,…

Another day, another Oxfam find (or two)

My Oxfam haul includes a paperback copy of both A Year in Provence and Toujours Provence by the late Peter Mayle, creator of Wicked Willie. Bought them for The Husband so that he can crash out on the sofa in his study and read on a wintry Sunday afternoon. Another photo frame for the sitting room. Brand new, Italian and hand-made. And for the…

CartersCollectablesUK

Sometimes, things just happen out of the blue.. like setting up a Twitter account for MaisonCool @MaisonCool and coming across Steve and Jane, the Carters behind CarterCollectablesUK in Shanklin, IOW. CartersCollectablesUK CartersCollectablesUK sold me my first piece of treen and a Juliana glass star fish. The star fish was in a range of glass sold by Widdop & Co, of  Chadderton,…

Pretty Maison.. no relation !

Came across Pretty Maison via a reader offer online and looked at their website. Doing so, saved some money. I picked up two Kew Gardens galvanised small planters for £3.50 each. They looked grey in the photo, but are definitely green, which is great. Might get a couple of small houseplants for my study, now. Though ordered yesterday, the planters arrived…

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