Friday, 3 July 2009

Glimpses of England - Fairford

Being a reluctant townie, I like to get out and about now and again for some country air and open spaces, always on the lookout for thrifting opportunities along the way. After a particularly busy morning on Thursday, I stopped off in the small market town of Fairford in Gloucestershire which has a special meaning since it is where my parents did their courting way back in the days before me.

On a Thursday afternoon it was lovely and peaceful, just a few locals about their business and visitors wandering about. I sat for a while on a bench in the churchyard and soaked in the sun. I noticed this unusual tombstone, for Tiddles the church cat (which died in 1980) - how quaint!

This gate in the churchyard is marked private - wouldn't you just love a peek behind it?

Ha - you can, through a gap in the hedge!

I wouldn't mind living in this pretty house.

Fairford is probably most famous for it's church which is unique in this country for having a full set of original medieval stained glass windows.

Also in the days before me there used to be a junk shop where my mum picked up many bargains to furnish her first home. That shop is long gone now, there is just one charity shop for thrifters. I've just shown just a glimpse of this pretty town - have a look here for more info.

Of course, being out and about means that thrifting opportunities are usually found, here are some things I've picked up this week, standing on a pair of folding steps - a nice small set which I've been on the lookout for ages.

Lovely roses jug and bowl.

Red rosebud hankie and some home-made hatpins.

Colourful embroidered hanky case.

This gorgeous clock smothered in roses, which still keeps perfect time.

It's already in situ, along with the green vase and hatpins.

Have a lovely weekend, hope the sun shines on you!


  1. What a perfect day!

    Have a great weekend,

    Victoria xx

  2. what a great outing! and look at the pretties you bought along the way.. all so lovely.. love the roses jug & bowl, clock and the also the posy china in the last picture.. so lovely.. have a great weekend..

  3. Hi Lucy! I love the dinky steps!!
    You always find great things!
    Have a good weekend;-)

  4. What a lovely way to spend a few that pretty clock!! Sue x

  5. Hello my name is Shelley,I have found you by way of another blogging friend. I love the little clothespin dolls you are making. I am having a try at creating some myself as for the reason my friend directed me to you. I am so glad she did. I have very much enjoyed my visit and am sure to come again.


  6. Hi there, Lucy. What lovely photos of that town. It's nice when there are not too many people around, so that way you can browse in peace. The clock is my favorite though :o)

  7. I enjoyed seeing this beautiful location. Thank you for taking me along.

    I love all of your pretties.

  8. 'Courting', now there's a lovely old word you don't hear any more! What a nice day out and more lovely goodies - you do find some great things.

  9. Lovely and such gorgeous purchases.

  10. Oh lovely lovely lovely. Lovely village, lovely garden and most of all lovely finds...that clock is gorgeous ( and lovely)!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Kiss Noises Linda

  11. I have yet to visit Fairford although my OH regularly goes fishing in Lechlade which I believe is nearby. One can easily lose count of the many beautiful villages around our English countryside, but Fairford is definitely one of them. I love the cat's grave and must have been a great character to have its own headstone. More lovely thrifty finds, the clock is really pretty, of which I haven't ever seen anything similar. x

  12. Lucy,
    Thanks so much for "brining us along" on this outing. You have a wonderful weekend and happy thrifting!
    Betty :)

  13. What a great day iout, I love Gloucestershire! The things that you have bought are beautiful. I haven't had much time of late for thrifting and I miss it! Hope to have more time when I go away on holiday to Devon soon!
    Isabelle x

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