Friday, 30 December 2011

Blowing out the Cobwebs

The Beard and I have a tradition. 

We like to, during the last days of the year, head off to the coast to freshen up after the tiring, but uber fun, festive season.

We have nice breakfast, usually something eggy on toast. I have red sauce, he has brown. We both gulp copious amounts of Earl Grey to get us nice and hydrated for the day ahead.

Although, today, Mrs Weather Cloud decided to visit us with her own hydration. Despite this, I failed to take an umbrella with me. I am a fool.

After a nice and relaxed morning, where we did debate staying in on account of the inviting cocooning quality of candles in teacups, we finally headed off to Brighton. 

I had read, waaay back in the summer, this delightful post by The Owl & The Accordion
and as I knew we would be heading there, I hunted it down and found out how to get to the Brighton Flea Market. I had never been to that part of town before, but I am sure glad I found it. For it afforded me something I have been hunting for an age.

A single butter knife.

It may seem an odd thing to covet - but my Nan has always had a single knife for buttering, and until today, I had only even seen them in a bunch for purchase. For the hefty sum of 100 pence -  this bad boy was mine!

The rain held off once we got down to the sea front, so instead of marching forth with my head down, I stopped for a quick photo. I confess to being a little in love with this skirt. It has a sister in blue, which I stupidly washed and now need to iron the hell out of - but meh. They came to me from a charity shop for £3 each. Hurrahs. I am also wearing my first ever pair of thick knee high socks. Which I am also in love with.

We decided to get some chips -  as is the law when by the coast. This evil looking gull told me numerous times that they should be his. I told him to poke off.

For these were yummersome chips. They made me look a little manic, such was the delight they brought. 
(because I obviously have failed to eat enough crap to sink a battleship this festive season)

You can't have ANY Mr Gull. These are miiiiiiiiine!

Perhaps the next thing we did was a bad idea on account of the recent nommings, and The Beards aversion to heights. We decided to have a ride on the Brighton Wheel.

As we took off to enjoy a birds eye view of the seaside we love, I did think that The Beard might treat me to a private showing of Chips Revisited.

But, by the time the 2nd rotation over the grey sky line was starting, he felt a lot better. Which made me tres excited.

The day ended with rain, hair that lost all curl and had to be stuffed up into my beret and more old things including a Bakelite pin box and a whistling kettle.

This will be my last post for 2011 -  and what a year it has been. I have made so many friends via blogging it makes me a little teary to think about it in detail. From chums on Twitter to comments left by readers to fellow bloggettes that I have met up with on various occasions -  it has all been a ball.

Here's to 2012 -  see ya there!


  1. Looks like a lovely day!

    Have a frantic first and see you in the new year :D

  2. Glad you had a far better day than yesterday! Is all the rum gone? ;)

    Yay for traditions and butter knives. Can't wait to see what you get up to next year. Have a fab NYE, I'm so glad I got to chat to you before 2011 ended!

  3. Love Brighton. We went at the beginning of the month. I want a butter knife now!

  4. Looks lovely! Fantastic socks! I need your tips on non heeled 30s/40s/50s shoes.

  5. My sis is a Brightonian and there is a legendary gull which has snatched a burger from betwixt her very hands...HER VERY HANDS I TELL THEE! Scary stuff.

    I do so love the flea market. I usually go there to purchase owl shaped things, brooches, necklaces and other bits.

  6. You and beard hunny are looking good!
    love your outfit amor, especially your skirt, I must have one.
    mmm seaside fries are the best.even my Mexican self carries a umbrella whereever I go in England.
    Happy Smashing New Year!

  7. Looks fab. A butter knife is a must and now I want some chips. Have a wonderful New Year...see you there for sure.xxxx

  8. Sounds like a fab day and you look amazing too. Happy New Year. xxx

  9. I have about 5 of those butter knives, given to me by my mum who had more than she needed. My nan also had quite a few but god knows what happened to them. They are THE best for spreading ANYTHING!

    I've never been to Brighton but it's a place I've always wanted to visit. I think a trip there will be in the cards for 2012!

    I hope you have a wonderful new year! x

  10. That sounds like the most fun! I am beginning to regret having stayed on the couch all holidays...that sort of excursion would have been excellent! Happy New Year!

  11. Glad you had an excellent time - and that I could be of service! The Brighton Flea Market is wonderful, I could spend hours in there!

    Have a very happy new year, and i'll see you on the other side!


  12. Hello again Mr Chips? ;) It sounds like you had a smashing day.

    Your outfit, as always, looks amazing. You are definitely one of the best-dressed bloggers around.

  13. I love going to the seaside to blow the cobwebs away in Winter, nothing like it, sadly haven't been this year, might go next weekend :o)

    Happy New Year!

  14. I love old butter knives and everyone loves Brighton. You have amazing teeth by the way!

  15. You're right tis the law to eat chips at the seaside! I have a butter knife, it makes me feel very grown up :) Happy new year x

  16. In my household it's my sister who has the single butter knife- I on the other hand have several sets of them, yet fail to own just the one! Love your outfit, fantastic brooch and what amazing glasses!
    Happy New Year ducky (for tomo!)
    Tupney xxx

  17. Love you outfit and how did you manage to get your socks to stay up? I would be forever pulling them up!
    Happy New Year you forties femme!

  18. Chips on the sea front, how fabulous!
    Happy New Year! x

  19. Happy new year to you - I often think a rainy day at the seaside is better than a sunny one!


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