Brimfield treasures

I had an absolute fabulous weekend with my TBB peeps in Brimfield, Massachusetts.

We were off with a truck and trailer in tow on Thursday, so we had two full days to explore all that is the Brimfield Antique Market.    I won’t tell you all that happened while we were there as I’m sure that will be done in an upcoming TBB blog post (yes…stayed tuned…and hold on to your hats….there is going to be a TBB Blog Launch shortly).

There was so much there to see that it was a trifle overwhelming…  But after getting over that, I managed to find all these treasures.

I wasn’t really looking for a little round table but I couldn’t resist this adorable distressed blue one for only $50. It appears I have a thing for twisted legs.

I think these vintage Ball jars will be used in my main bath makeover at the cottage. I thought the colour was so pretty and for a total of $12 I thought they were a steal.

 These extra large glass floats will also make it to the cottage. I had never even realized they came so large.  The green and light blue one are authentic but the turquoise one with rope is a modern copy. I just thought it was an interesting one to mix in with the others.

A cute little bathroom sign painted on an old barn board.  Not too sure where this one is going, but likely a bathroom 😉

My extra large basket was also a great find for $30!

And a large crock for either a cottage garbage can or a container for something…..

And last but not least, my vintage library table with barley twist legs is going to become my cottage bathroom vanity.  I will be refinishing it.  Not quite sure, how or what colour it will end up…but it will be done.  It’s the perfect width and depth but I will add some extra pieces to legs to raise it a smidge.

All these great finds and I got to spend a long weekend with my fab TBBs, it was a perfect weekend!

Woodhaven – An update

My hubby and I have been very busy working away at our new cottage (named “Woodhaven” by the previous owners).

However, now I actually have some progress to report.  I mentioned a few posts back about putting up my Grandfather’s ice saw from the days when most people used iceboxes and not refrigerators.

My Dad brought it over to us during the holidays.  He had it tucked away in his workroom but he thought it would look great at our log cottage. And he was so right.  Thanks Dad!

Here it is in place in our sunroom.  (Sorry for the bad exposure, it is very hard to take a picture in this room, the light is very intense during the day and then at night, the lamps do not light up the high ceiling).  Santa, I need a better camera…..

My Dad is very happy that his Father’s ice saw has found the perfect home.

The sunroom is where I had originally envisioned putting some vintage oars that I had but this is much better.  Also, one of the vintage oars mysteriously disappeared during the move ;-(    But, I still have some old water skiis that I need to find a home for.

My Father also brought over a sicle that my Grandfather used on his farm and my Grandmother’s iron, the kind that you would put on the wood stove to heat up.  It makes me very happy to have these items, with my family’s history in them.

Do you have items that you display that showcase your family’s history?

Country Treasures

I’ve been enjoying some treasure hunting through antique stores and our cottage area.  At a quaint little antique shop near Syracuse, NY., I picked up this lovely sleigh and these cute wooden boxes.  Luckily for me my brother had his SUV and I promptly filled it up.  This sleigh will be adorable in a wintry entry way.

Then, shortly after, my hubby volunteered to help an elderly neighbour clean up her yard and shed and I got to select a few choice pieces.   Yeah me!

Anyways, here’s one of the items I scooped up…a cute wooden step ladder, which could become a magazine or towel rack or porch flower pot holder….

It will eventually be transformed and I’ll be sure to post the details.
I also scored some more cute little wooden crates and
some chicken wire which will be used in an amoire makeover….stay tuned…..

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Ancient Rome

Another instalment of photos from my trip to Italy.   These first photos were taken from the top of the Vittorio Emanuele II of Savoia monument (shown below).
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These photos show ancient Rome including the Colosseum, the Forum and Palatine Hill.
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Yes, that’s the Colosseum in the distance.
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Arch of Titus
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An ancient overgrown fountain.
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A statue’s toe.
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Hippodrome of Domitian
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Coming up to the Colosseum.
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Hope you enjoyed this little visual visit!

The Sacred area and a few cats

Since I’m still on a little bit of a travelling high since I got back here’s some more photos from my trip.

This time from Ancient Rome – smack dab in the middle of the current modern Rome – it is quite strange to be just be walking around and then right in front of you is some ancient ruin.

 

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And that is how we stumbled upon The Sacred Area of Largo Argentina.  As you can see it is alot lower than the current street level and hence it is fenced off.

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It was discovered in 1926-1930 during the construction of a new building.  It is an ancient roman square with four temples that faced a courtyard.

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The four temples are very different and they are known as Temples A, B, C & D now.  Temple A is the best preserved one of the four as it was incorporated into a medieval church, S. Nicolo dei Cesarini in 1132.  There were at least two earlier temples detected beneath this temple.

Temple B was the last one built and it’s foundation is even with the built up pavement of the others.  It is circular – you can see in the middle of the above photo. Six of its original 18 columns are still there.  There was a circular plinth that supported a large cult statute (the head, arm and foot are now displayed in the Capitoline museum).  It is thought to have been dedicated to the Goddess Fortuna “Good fortune for Today”.

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Temple C is both the oldest and youngest of the temples on this site.  Its foundation predates the lowest level of Temple A but the floor and surviving structures date after 80 AD.  There was a large goddess head that was discovered nearby and it is thought that it was originally in this temple.

Temple D is the largest, however most of it is still hidden under the current street.

BUT THE BEST THING OF ALL IS THAT NOW IT IS A CAT SANCTUARY!  Anyone who knows me knows that I am a little cat crazy and I am thrilled when I find places like this.

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How many cats can you find in this picture?

Street cats were attracted to the area when it was opened up during excavations in the 1920s.  I guess they felt safe being seven metres below the street level.  Unfortunately, then people started abandoning their cats here.  To the point that there are no feral cats they are all house cats that have been left there by their owners.

The sanctuary was founded in 1993 by two cat lovers who found that many of the cats were dying from disease and malnutrition.  Now international volunteers organize the medical treatment, sterilisations and adoptions of approximately one thousand cats, who come to live in this square every year.

After threats of eviction from the City of Rome there is now a special Roman law that protects this and other cat colonies and stray pets are deemed to be the property of the state and it is illegal to mistreat or move them.  This sanctuary relies solely on donations from tourists and visitors to buy food and medicine.

Here’s some more photos of the inhabitants….

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