Today we visited the wonderful Arthur Swallow Decorative Home and Salvage Show at Loseley Park.
It was a lovely day for it, with the added benefit of dogs being allowed. To be honest, I think Day-z was a bit baffled by it all. Marquee after marquee of old bits and pieces. There was everything you could think of plus a few you couldn’t imagine in your wildest dreams.
We were on the lookout for something to make into our water feature which will eventually sit on the terrace. There were a lot of options.
Paul the landscape designer had told us we could have anything; that he could drill through anything and make water come out of it. This meant we had an awful lot to choose from.
Buckets, baths, statues, urns…it was a feast of possibilities. I was quite keen on a large green squound bottle but we finally decided on a concrete bowl which already had a hole drilled in it. It will sit in some sort of reservoir surrounded by rocks and stones through which the water will burble.
It was lovely to see how popular the show was, with some families making a day of it.
At the end of the long avenue of marquees there was the refreshment area. Wood fired pizza, burgers, cream teas (courtesy of Tea with Tom and Bunty the antique caravan), a bar without beer. (To be completely honest, they did sell Becks but this isn’t beer as far as I’m concerned, forcing me to have a fruity cider from Sweden.) The area was strewn with hay bales for seating, giving the whole canvas covered area the appearance of a big barn.
We ate, we paid for the bowl and we left, just as the sun reached its hottest. A very profitable morning.
Before heading back to Frensham, we dropped the bowl off at the house. After a short detour for shopping, the rest of the day was spent in glorious repose, dotted with a few episodes of NCSI which seems to always be on somewhere.