Friday, 19 July 2019

SUMMER IN SOMERTON!

Had a fantastic day today at the Somerton Vintage Market!!! 

What a lovely place as well, with the Buttercross being a unique and interesting setting for a market.
And we had the added bonus of NOT getting soaking wet, the weather miraculously behaved itself throughout the whole time we were there.








I had a fantastic space to show my vintage goodies, but as I thought it was going to pour with rain all day, I didn't bring a lot of things along.
So I'll be back on August 16th to have another go and enjoy another day there!!









My next stop will be THE GIANT SHEPTON FLEA MARKET at the Bath & West Showground near Shepton Mallet, in Somerset, this Sunday.
This really is a giant event, so arrive early to see everything, especially my stall!!!!

See you there!!!

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

MURIEL DAWSON VINTAGE PRINT

One of the hundreds of items from my ArtPix Storeroom is this stunning vintage print of an illustration by the artist Muriel Dawson, entitled 'The Fairy Boat'.


It features this gorgeous woodland scene of a small child, and her two faithful dachshunds, down by a pond looking at the tiny boat she is sailing. It looks like it dates to the 1930s.




Muriel, (1897-1974), was originally from New Zealand, and came over to the UK to study at the Richmond School of Art, Southend School of Art and the Royal Collage of Art.

Her love of landscapes, animals and children led her to far off places like Devon and the north of Scotland, where she found her niche as a children's book illustrator.

The print is mounted on hardboard, and is an impressive size, at 90cm x 56cm. Which is roughly 3ft x 2ft in old money!

It currently looks great propped up on the floor in my studio, but is now looking for a new home!
So if you find yourself in the town of Somerton in Somerset this Friday, then lucky you, as I'll be there at the brilliant SOMERTON VINTAGE MARKET, and you can pick up this gem!!

Monday, 15 July 2019

SOMERTON VINTAGE MARKET

I'm very pleased to announce that this Friday I'll be at the Somerton Vintage Market!

Based in the beautiful rural town of Somerton in Somerset, this is a new event for me and I'm really looking forward to being part of it.

Held right in the centre of the town, my stall will actually be in the stone structure known as the Buttercross, which was built in 1673 and is Grade II listed!



I've been busy gathering together loads of my usual vintage & retro items to bring along, including this gorgeous blue and white stripey cup and saucer ...



At first glance you'd think it was a bit of the classic Cornish Ware, with those iconic stripes.
BUT! Its actually part of a range called Chef Ware made by Staffordshire Potteries Ltd, and dates from the 1950s.

So run along to Somerton this Friday and find this and many other vintage goodies!!

SEE YOU THERE!!

Sunday, 14 July 2019

PROPER FOOTBALL!

The top-level modern day game is getting further and further away for most punters, but down at non-league level the spirit of the game is absolutely alive and kicking.

I've been watching football for years, but I made my first trip to a non-league ground last Friday, to watch Weymouth play League 1 side Southend United.

And what a joy it was!!!

I'll be honest, most of my live football experiences have been watching Chelsea, and I've always enjoyed the tension, the trouble, and the terror that seeing them back-in-the-day used to entail.
So much so, that I seemed to lose the real spirit of football and the fact you don't have to be on your guard all the time, watching your back, from the police, away fans and even your own fans.

So I was full of wonder when my brother and I breezed through the (very rusty) turnstile, to just wander about and mingle with everyone inside the ground.
I was also amazed that you could walk around the whole ground, completely unmolested by any stroppy steward or police etc.

Taking into account that this was a very relaxed pre-season friendly, on a gorgeous July summer's evening, this is apparently quite normal.

We ambled about, with me marvelling at the old-school terracing, and loving it.
I haven't stood on a terrace to watch a match since the Shed End closed in 1994!!!

The match was a typical pre-season affair, with a mix of youth team players, triallists, players coming back from injury, or from the summer holiday beach.
But there was plenty of football played, Weymouth pass it around well, and are no 'hit-and-hope' hoofers.
And Southend seem to have a crop of decent youngsters coming through. I was really impressed with a couple of them, as they really thought about their passes, and played it out with a purpose. 

A 2-2 draw was probably about right. Both had plenty of chances, with Southend's keeper called upon a few times to repel some rasping shots from Weymouth, and the visitor's pressure nearly producing a winner near the end.

I thoroughly enjoyed the whole evening, and left thinking, why haven't I done this before?!
I'll be checking the fixture lists of not only Weymouth, but my other local side, Portland United, as well.

Long live non-league football.


Outside the Bob Lucas Stadium ...





Yes, it really was only £8 to get in!!


The rusty turnstile and entrance!




Dogs on leads here I'm afraid ...


The Main Stand, which seems a long way from the pitch!


Parking spaces for your shopping trolley ...



The Home dug-out.

 
The curious staircase for the Main Stand.






Proper terracing at this proper ground!









One man and his hat look towards the Main Stand.


Also nice to see an good old-school floodlight at a ground, not those rubbish ones stuck on the stands!


 The place could do with a bit of weeding though ...



One woman and her dog ... and it has its lead on!!!


What a perfect way to watch football ... 
A warm, sunny evening, and no bovver anywhere.



Corner flag, floodlight and moon in (almost) perfect alignment.



Popped into the well-stocked Club Shop after the game, and bought this badge as a souvenir!
Up the Terras!!



I could easily get hooked on watching Weymouth and the non-league football scene, so expect to see me at a few games soon!!!

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

WEYMOUTH v SOUTHEND UNITED

On Friday I'm off to see two footballing seaside towns do battle!
Both which have strong ArtPix links as well!!

I lived for many, many years in Southend-on-Sea, and the first ever football match I went to was Southend United v Cambridge United in 1977.
My brother is Southend's star fan, who has seen over 1,500 games in a row!!!

And now I live on the Isle of Portland in Dorset, just a short hop from Weymouth.
They are a big club in non-league circles, and have a long and proud history going back to 1890.
Over the years they've had many famous names playing and managing them.

So maybe I'll have divided loyalties?!
Now I'm a Portlander, who are big rivals of Weymouth, I'll be rooting for my old mates Southend!!!!








Friday, 5 July 2019

DOUBLE-HEADER THIS WEEKEND!

I'm back up-and-running after my sojourn in Devon last week.
And I've only just finished processing and listing the masses of new stock I got down there as well!!

This weekend I'm doing two events ...

Tomorrow I'll be at the BAGWELL FARM BOOT FAIR, just outside Weymouth in Dorset.
It's a tiny fair, but one of the best boots around in my area. And is set in a fabulous location, with views across fields, Chesil Beach and the sea.

I'm on a ceaseless quest to clear space in the ArtPix Storeroom, so I'm doing loads of boot fairs to clear old stock and various bits no longer needed!
Some items went to the charity shop today, so hurry up and grab some bargains!!!



On Sunday I'll be over the border at Exeter in Devon.
The brilliant shop, The Vintage Trading Post, do monthly markets in their car park, called MARKET IN THE YARD, so I'll be part of that.


I'll be bringing along the good stuff to that, so come along and check out all my usual vintage & retro goodies!

It's on the Marsh Barton Industrial Estate on the edge of Exeter, so here's the address to make sure you find it: Unit 16, Marsh Green Road East, Marsh Barton, Exeter, Devon. EX2 8PQ

See you there!!!