Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Back From Hols

We've just returned from a two week break in Cornwall and Somerset (to a house of chaos - but that's another story). One of our day's out included a trip to Dunster Castle. On the way, I spotted a salvage yard, and miracle upon miracle, M agreed to stop.

As I know a lot of us here enjoy a good salvage yard, I thought I'd share some pics (with minimum commentary):

This fearsome beast greeted us at the entrance:

Old suitcases are popular at the moment:

A butcher's block:

complete with broken label:

Beautiful old stoves to keep you warm...

And a water pump for your bathing:

Milk churns are always fun (and a family joke)

A beautiful old lantern frame

My Nan had one of these in her porch:

but she didn't have a kangaroo

For some unknown reason I really wanted this signpost, but with all our luggage it wouldn't have got in the car:

giant clock hands

and just for fun...

Did I buy? Yes. I bought a large black cast iron saucepan to use in the garden. I forgot to take a pic. Maybe when I've planted it up.

A very enjoyable trip which doesn't happen often enough for me.


Andi xx


  1. Wow Andi! Looks like a great place to visit. I'd love the first fearsome beast, and I LOVE the butchers block - it'd fill my small kitchen.
    Shame you couldn't manage to get the sign home though.

  2. Love all of it..I would have had a hard time leaving the goodies behind! xo

  3. Ooh it all sounds great. I love the green sign and the butchers block.
    There is something very pleasing about wandering around these yards. Glad you had a good time away.
    Where is Somerset did you go (I am a Somerset lass)
    x x x

  4. I'd love those old suitcases and DARN, you couldn't fit that wonderful green sign in the car. It's FAB. day I shall get there. My ancestry is from around the St Ives area and it is on my 'bucket list'. And I have distant's in Somerset, too!

    Lovely post with lovely treasures to see.

  5. I love that butchers block and that cutie blue stove would be gorgeous in my beach cottage,how fab is that lantern? there is one similar in a salvage yard near me for £99 and i have nearly bought it on one or two occasions it is very tempting,
    Have a lovely weekend xxxx

  6. What fun! I found several suitcases like that in our attic when we moved in (along with lots of rubbish and ancient parraffin heaters LOL).

  7. Serious "wanties" for the blue stove....... Glad to hear you had a good trip.

  8. Ooooh i love a good rummage! i would love those suitcases, they look like they've seen alot.
    glad you had a lovely break
    jooles x

  9. Hi Andi!
    Wowser that was one good salvage yard!! I'm just browsing along looking at all the pix...That's nice...Very cool art deco stove, really quite beautiful...And then you came to that ornate lantern and my heart skipped a beat! That would've come home with me for sure... as long as I didn't have to sell my first born?...Well maybe even then! Lol! And the sign holder too!
    Thanks for taking a gander at my saint statue. He does look a little like Joan of Arc (as a hobbit!) Lol! But he has a little something extra downstairs if you know what I mean *winks* Vanna

  10. Oh that lantern frame is amazing!!!!!!!!! I love it!!

  11. Some wonderful items I wish I had too!

  12. oh loverly bits and bobs, i love the green sign and lantern frame too!

  13. Good morning, Andi! Sounds like a fun trip! I love when my husband will stop at those once in a while, too!

    I LOVED that joke you shared on my blog about the monks--so funny! Had my whole family laughing!

    Hope your day is wonderful, my friend!


  14. Oooh, I would have gone crazy there!
    Maybe you should have rented a U-Haul. That's what you do when you have too much stuff to haul here in the USA.
    I send things UPS if I absolutely have to have it. The butcher block would have been worse the shipping for me!!!!!! Loved it.
    Hugs, Evi

  15. Hi thanks for your visit, George has been going to the groomers just so happens Dave who grooms him owns George's dad so is good with Terriers, now we have Tess I must have ago myself! Its not easy and George does play me up on the grooming table, if its Elsie first grooming I would have a phone around first, make sure they know how to handle terriers, take a photo of how you would like her to look, George is hand striped and thats not cheep to have done, but you can use clippers. If you join WELTAF the link is on this weeks blog post, some members might know of a good groomer near to where you live. You don't have to put up a question on the forum just type in grooming in the search box under posts it is a good way of finding allsorts of things about the breed

    Hope that helps, not sure if all welshies like steps, Tess managed some today.
    Hope Elsie is getting on OK.
    Have a good week
    George,Tess and Jan x

  16. OhMy!!! That looks like fun! Glad you found a "treasure" of your own!


  17. What lovely things you saw on the way! That blue stove is my favourite.
    Having a break away is so important for the soul. I long to go away soon to recharge my batteries, Cornwall would be my choice.
    Isabelle x

  18. There was butchers block like that in the kitchen of the cottage we stayed in recently.
    Seems Cornwall is a favourite of many of our blogging friends! :0)

  19. I am glad you enjoyed your trip-I would have loved to snoop around there too!

    Thank you for your prayers for our Lucas-we really appreciate them.


  20. Hi, Andi! Thanks for your sweet comment on my milk jug ghosts. Btw, You've got tons of creativity and I'm admiring them all :) Can you please share them at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)


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