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Stupendous Supermarket Style!

Stupendous Supermarket Style!, Rocking Dog

Stupendous Supermarket Style!

It has been widely reported that of late we as a nation have been shopping very differently. Apparently more of us are doing smaller, more frequent trips to the supermarket and less of the marathon trawls in huge superstores. Of course more of us are doing online shopping to avoid altogether the misery of supermarket trips. I am very embarrassed to say that a few years ago when I was teaching Home Economics to A Level students in a Bristol School, I spoke about online shopping, whilst secretly thinking “this will never catch on!”

Regarding my own shopping habits, I haven’t given over control to order pickers, mainly because i’m a self confessed control freak! I therefore battle on with shopping as infrequently as possible! I am now a pretty committed Lidl shopper, having previously been a loyal Sainsbury’s customer. Smaller shops, smaller bills, and better bread have influenced my change.

Lidl often has some pretty spectacular product events. One week you can purchase a horse blanket and jodhpurs, another week everything you’d need to go off snorkelling or sawing down trees! This week it’s performance running gear…. ashamedly I gave the aisle a wide berth!

Yesterday I headed to Sainsbury’s and decided to make a rare trip around the “Tu” clothing rails. I chanced on some fabulous embroidered PJ’s. Heavily embroidered in citric green these lovelies would easily pass for something that you’d pick up and put down quickly due to the hefty price tag in Anthropologie. These Sainsbury’s PJ’s came to £18. I really adore embroidery and covet my Indian wedding arches, saris and French monogrammed smocks.

Have a lovely weekend whatever you are planning to do.

PS Price flash- British butter in Lidl 49p (250g)

I Love This, Rocking Dog

I Love This

......And This, Rocking Dog

……And This

......And This!, Rocking Dog

……And This!

Vintage Treasure Hunting For Easter

Vintage Treasure, Rocking Dog

Vintage Treasure

Now is the time to look out for vintage treasure in readiness of Easter.

I love creating a Springtime tableau, with branches (Contorted Hazel and Pussy Willow being favourites), spring flowers in pretty antique jugs and a scattering of chocolate eggs and animals. These are supplemented by some pretty kitsch Easter rabbits and other odds and sods!

Seek out pretty antique cups to fill with speckled eggs and glorious tea plates to present Easter Biscuits and Hot Cross Buns. Pretty vintage embroidered and printed handkerchiefs can be used to wrap eggs and small gifts, tie with characterful ribbon or string. Hunt carefully for 50’s cardboard eggs and wicker baskets to fill with treats.

Charity shops are a good place to start your search as are vintage markets and fairs. My favourite is the Vintage and Handmade Jumble sale at Rangeworthy, nr Bristol. The next sale is up and coming on 21st March. As if the sale isn’t lovely enough there are teas and wonderful cakes served up by the friendly WI.

As a child I used to love the annual school trip at Easter. We’d be taken to Lewis’s (now Primark) in Bristol when we’d be escorted up the wooden escalators to the top of the building where we would be met by a menagerie of rabbits, chicks, lambs etc.. It all feels rather surreal now, in this age of consumerism, health and safety and contractable diseases!

In the 80’s we were lucky enough to live in Germany and they REALLY knew how to decorate for Easter. Houses, shops, cafe’s, churches and streets were enchantingly decorated with branches hung with decorated eggs and ornaments. One cafe in Kleve
at Easter time gave over floorspace to a huge perspex pen housing a mossy earthy mound. Decorated with daffodils, hyacinths and primroses there’d be an entertaining collection of fluffy chicks, ducklings and bunnies, delightful! Furthermore the shops would wrap purchases in seasonal paper embellished with curled ribbon.

So go in search of seasonal vintage treasures and buy pretty chocolate eggs and animals whilst stocks are plentiful. Lidl and TK Maxx have really pretty chocolate menageries!

Additionally have a Chocolat moment for Easter inspiration. Curl up with a foamy hot chocolate and be indulged!

Charming China, Rocking Dog

Charming China

Lidl Lamb!, Rocking Dog

Lidl Lamb!

Vintage Hanky Wrap, Rocking Dog

Vintage Hanky Wrap