A message from Brigid ....

I have been a blogger since 2005. At the height of my blogging busy-ness, I had "a small stable" of blogs on different topics: social and political commentary; desert spirituality; food; waste and ....

A few years ago I called time and ceased blogging altogether - although there was an occasional post. I had called it quits. I am an aged woman these days with a couple of serious illnesses. I am not allowed to drive. I am no longer active in organisations. I think it fair to say that I am housebound. I am active on Facebook, although I am not there as often as once I was. I have decided to embark on a re-entry into the blogging world ... beginning with The Trad Pad and, possibly, a return to my food blog, Oz Tucker. I have always used a lot of photographs on my blogs ... and I miss not being out and about with my camera.

The Trad Pad has been my blog for the lovely things of life. The controversial or political has seldom intruded. Occasionally, the spiritual has found its way in, but I kept spirituality for the blog, Desert. I don't yet know if I will revive that. I will stick pretty much to food and the lovely things of life. If I have some regularity with those two categories, I feel that I will be doing well. I hope that, with this blog new friendships can be formed and old friendships renewed; new lovelies discovered; new reflections can enter into the meaning of modern life. I would love to hear from you - particularly if you have suggestions for new topics to enter into the conversation. So, it is a new year. Let's see what it has in store, what it can bring to us. And I hope that those who share the spirit of The Trad Pad can spread the message of a world of beauty, the creativity of humanity, and the joys of simplicity and tradition. ~~~ February, 2017

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Shabby Vintage Junk Extravaganza ! 13 and 14 August 2010 - #2

Yesterday, dear Trad Padders, 
I told you about the Shabby Vintage Junk Extravaganza.  
Well, to-day was move-in day. 

Don't ask me if Tamara (who is organising all this) and her dearly beloved Matt slept last night.  I know that Herself was over there until well after midnight helping put up wonderful white tissue paper balls on the rafters of the Ashburton Scout Hut in High Street Road, Ashburton.  The Scout Hut is still a Scout Hut but now it is a Scout Hut with pizzaz and quite a large helping of swish.

To-day, I saw wonderful stuff being unpacked and displayed.
There are ten stalls but a cornucopia of variety.
Shabby is there in spades
with all that would gladden Rachel Ashwell's heart.
Vintage and retro is there in all shapes and colours.
Wonderful linens and handcrafted stuff -
that would delight not only the modern woman
but her mum and grandma - are all over.
And junk is there as its glorious self
and re-jigged in marvellously creative ways.
Talk about re-jig, re-use, recycle.
And for those of you who love your food,
I have singled out for special attention
Mrs Beeton's Cookbook
which comes complete with
handwritten recipes and etcetereas.
Just look...

So please come to-morrow and Saturday.
8am until 5pm Friday
8am until about 3pm or so on Saturday.
There are not many opportunities like this to purchase
from a multiplicy of specialist stall holders.
Please ecourage the efforts of 
Shelley, Andrea, Robyn,
Callee, Jane & Kaz

See you when you are shabby shopping 
at the Shabby Vintage Junk Extravaganza
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