How the search for an egg beater led to finding a glass tortoise jelly mould and much in between…


This weekend I found time for a shopping opportunity on ebay – my much loved Prestige egg beater is becoming more and more exhausted, so after about 25 years it is almost time to say goodbye to an old and trusted friend.  The local cookery shop in Ross on Wye tried to persuade me that modern ones are just as good but being a stubborn sort of Leo, I know otherwise so I started to look on ebay.  Not only did I find a suitable candidate for replacement, but within the same shop I also found myself a jelly mould!  My friends and family know that I have a bit of a thing about antique jelly moulds, an obsession which started about 35 years ago. The criteria is that the mould has to be in the shape of an animal or to be something unusual and special.   Over the years I have, amongst other things, acquired a dolphin, a lion, a lobster, an armadillo and numerous hens or rabbits- today I found…  A TORTOISE !  So exciting, I love the thought of collections being amassed, then dispersed and then going on to contribute to new collections.  Recycling at its best …

A lot of the weekend was devoted to preparing for Spirit of Summer at Olympia (Stand D62!) which entails, amongst other things, trying to decide which products to take and then, even worse, which size and which colour;  this year we have decided we will focus on lovely things for under £95, so this includes Lambskins, New Zealand Skincare, Sheep Soaps, Little Wool Cushions and a selection of colourful Wool Throws.  

 Never mind, it hasn’t all been work and no play: on Friday evening we caught up with some dear friends to have a time-honoured takeaway curry.  This is a time honoured tradition between us that goes back about 15 years!  Fortunately in Newent we are blessed to have two of the most fantastic Indian takeaways in Gloucestershire – a case of shopping locally but eating globally …

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