A Bit of Extra Colour in a Fall Garden : A Goldcrest Drops by on His Way South

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A little luck had me looking out the window just in time to see this little yellow crested bird out in the tree. Even more luck had my camera, already fitted with the telephoto lens, right there on the table beside me.

This is a Goldcrest, also known as a Kinglet, presumably because he wears a little golden crown. His queen also wears a similar crown but the touch of orange at the back of his indicates that he’s a he and not a she.

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He didn’t stay long at all, on his way back south after summering north of the city. What a tiny treat to behold. In this case, you can really say that it’s the small things in life that make it good.

Here he is flying away …

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And here’s a look at what my favourite room looks like at this time of the year. In the next couple of weeks the furniture will be put under tarps. The herbs are still going strong and can stay outside until there is word of the first frost.

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Then the terracotta pots will be emptied out and put under plastic too (because they will crack otherwise, as any water in the soil expands as it freezes). I will try planting some of the things (the daisy, lavender and thyme) into the garden to see if they’ll survive the winter and some plants will be brought inside. The rest will be put on the compost pile, feeling satisfied knowing they performed a job well done.

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Thanks for taking a look,
xo loulou

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Recent Thrift Store Finds

Doctor’s orders were that I should get back to walking a bit on my foot after having had surgery, so what better place to go than a trip to the thrift store? Nick dropped me off one day last week and went to the hardware store, coming back to get me after an hour. I was still wearing my ever so attractive strap-on shoe thing (seen in this post), but nobody really cares what you look like at Value Village!

Here’s what I got :

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You might know I have a weakness for coloured glass, so this little vintage green pressed glass dish flew into my basket as soon as I’d checked to make sure there were no chips. I didn’t realize at the time that it was made by Arcoroc France, a brand that I’ve begun collecting after finding this coffee mug and these wine glasses.

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These small blue drinking glasses were also a must have. They have no label and I’m not sure if they’re vintage or new, but I like them, and they were certainly priced right at 2 for a dollar.

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I did a little dance of joy when I found two vintage Corelle dinner plates in the Old Town Blue pattern. This pattern was discontinued in the 70s, so pristine pieces are relatively hard to come by, especially at the thrift store. I now have a very nice collection of this pattern … these plates will be added to the 3 dinner plates, 3 salad plates, and 2 cereal bowls I have so far.

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They also had a couple of Corelle dinner plates in the pattern called Enhancements, which is all white with an attractive texture around the rim. We use our set of these dishes everyday, and needed to replace a couple of plates, so I picked these up. You can still get this pattern today but the thrift store price was right for plates that appear to never have been used.

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If you’ve ever been to a Value Village store you’ll know that they put small items such as cutlery together in sealed plastic bags and you pay one price for whatever is in there. These next two pieces came together in such a bag. The scoop (which is made for sugar but we’ll be using it for something else) is obviously very old and would probably be considered an antique. It is well loved, with the silver plated having been worn away in some places, but I love it anyway.

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That said, the reason I bought that particular bag was for the other piece, a mid-century stainless steel spreading knife with a cute star-burst pattern on the handle. I already have one exactly the same, so was happy to find another to go with it.

Have I ever mentioned (bragged about?) Nick’s mad pie-making skills? He is good! Until now, we’ve never had a good way to store the leftover pie … I just couldn’t part with the $26+ for a new Tupperware pie-keeper, but I really wanted one. So when I found this vintage one, old but still in perfect working condition, I picked it up for $2. And it has already been put to use because Nick made a quiche on Friday.

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Check out these old advertising photos for Tupperware. (I’ve never been to a Tupperware party myself but my first job out of university was a short stint working at Tupperware’s Canadian head office, so I have a bit of a soft spot for the stuff and never call just any plastic storage container ‘Tupperware’, although many people do!) See the pie-keeper there? That lady got it for Christmas! Nice lol. I see it’s also good for storing cupcakes.

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After more than 60 years, they’re still in business. Their site is here – Tupperware.

Yes, I did move away from the kitchenware area long enough to find this lovely piece of 100% cotton flannelette fabric. It’s a discontinued print called Primitive Courtyard by Lisa Seely, for Northcott fabrics (all that info was included on the edge of the fabric). It’s a big piece of brand new material … obviously someone was going to make some pjs but didn’t get to it. While a ‘country kitchen’ look isn’t usually my thing, I think the print is really cute. I plan to make myself a nice cozy (indoor) shawl to use when reading or crocheting in bed, ’cause those nights are a getting cold.

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That wraps up the purchases during this little thrifting trip.

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By the way, I was at the hospital for a follow-up visit with the surgeon on Friday and she said I could begin transitioning to wearing a normal shoe again. Woot … I’ll be dancing in no time!

Thanks for taking a look. I wish you a great Monday and excellent week to follow.
xo loulou

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