|The advice I’m following…!
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Yesterday I attended the fabulous Pop-Up Christmas Vintage Fair at the Adastra Hall in Hassocks. I’d been looking forward to this for weeks, and it had been in my diary since it was announced in September; so as you can imagine I was one excited vintage-loving lady!
My Vintage Bargains!
I found this gorgeous Christmas tablecloth for £5; the pattern is gingerbread men and women, pigs and another animal (I think?) that I can’t work out. It’s going to look wonderful on our coffee table with home-baked Christmas goodies on it…which I shall start preparing in the coming weeks*.
|Gingerbread woman and baubles|
|Gingerbread man, pig and baubles|
Mutti bought a lovely embroidered tablecloth and set of 4 napkins for £8. They were very pretty; embroidered with a snowman, reindeer, Father Christmas and other Christmas-themed motifs. We think they’re Spanish and are so unique!
|Doe a deer…|
The find I am most excited about are my vintage china deer. I’ve been trawling eBay for weeks in search of some kitsch china for the woodland nursery (don’t worry – they will be on the highest shelf away from tiny fingers) and I couldn’t believe my luck when I came across these! I bought three, totalling £11, which I think is a great price. They’re going to look fabulous in the nursery.
|So kitsch, but so cute|
Mutti and I then stopped off for a cup of tea and cake in one of the two tearooms. Both tea and cake were served in/on vintage china. I had a lovely piece of carrot cake and Mutti had a delightfully light victoria sponge. Please excuse the gratuitous cake photos – got to love a bit of food porn.
|Victoria sponge – with fresh strawberries|
|A good cup of tea is always required after a hard afternoon of shopping!|
All in all a successful afternoon and I can’t wait for the next one! You can follow the Pop-Up Vintage Team on Twitter and Facebook for information about upcoming fairs; they seem to be branching out around Sussex as the concept becomes more popular (Lewes in May – yay!). And let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a vintage-inspired shopping experience?
*Please note, this will mean more gratuitous food photos.
On the bus last week a very friendly drunk man wished me “good luck in my confinement”. I’d never heard of the end of pregnancy referred to as such before, but after a little research (wikipedia!) and a tweet from Miss Skysmile, I learnt that many years ago, usually between weeks 36-40 of pregnancy, ladies were confined to their beds to prevent premature delivery. Sounds like absolute bliss. Imagine all the crafting, reading and writing I could get done?! Wonderful!
Confinement is on my mind as for the last week or so I’ve been feeling totally and utterly exhausted. I had my 36 week midwife appointment yesterday where the midwife told me that my iron levels are slightly low, which would explain my constant desire to snooze (well low iron, and the fact I’m growing a baby the size of a “very large yellow melon” in my tummy)! I’ve just had another blood test to make sure they haven’t dropped any further, and I’m planning to keep my iron levels topped up by eating lots of spinach and kale! Good news as well – apparently cocoa is high in iron; so tuck me up in bed with a box of Hotel Chocolat chocolates, a hot chocolate and a good book, and confine me please!
|Confinement: the end of pregnancy has never been more appealing…
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|John Braxton Hicks: A Wise Man with a Great Beard
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– A warm bath
– Peeing; it’s thought that having a full bladder can trigger them
– Lying down on your left side
– Remaining hydrated; it’s thought that dehydration can trigger
– Rub your Bump!
|Happy Baby Fozzy!|