But since we couldn't buy a house and title, we just bought lots and lots of goodies to bring home :)
I did tons of antique shopping. Things I search and search for online and in the states are a dime a dozen across the pond. My favorite place to shop is Portobello Market. I can't tell you how long I've been looking for a nice silver toast rack - well, I was absolutely tripping over them there. Kicking them out of my way, there were so many!
I saw some of the most beautiful 18th century antiques, as well. I had the privilege of opening up a couple exquisite etui cases and pulling out all the bits. There were fashion plates everywhere and thimbles and sewing cases and gorgeous lace! Be still my beating heart.
I have so much to share. I think I'll start with a little Saturday trip to Portobello Road.
|Yawn! Good morning.|
Look out the window.
|Grab your umbrella and lock the door.|
|Mmm breakfast. Tea please!|
|Catch a cab and lets go.|
|Let's start walking. It's early and it's already crowded!|
|Look at the gold work on this lovely |
18th century bag!
|A 1770's tortoiseshell etui. You can see the |
1760's chonoiserie etui just behind.
More on these and the bag later!
|Let's share a ploughman's. |
Glass of wine please and don't forget the chips!
|This decanter case locks. You don't want the footmen |
getting into the good scotch do you?!
|It has a little scoop!|
|OMG OMG OMG antique whitework!|
|It looks brand new! I want to buy some!|
|Ooo 18th century metal lace!|
|Day's over. The stalls are closing. |
Let's grab a cab and head back.