Friday, November 21, 2014

A Book Story

This is one of my favourite finds in quite a long time...a 3 volume leather bound set, first edition 1803









These books were an amazing chance find. About a week ago we travelled to the Barossa Valley outside of historic town of Kapunda to a fabulous and enormous( the driveway was at least a mile) merino stud station called "Anlaby" built in 1839, which I am quite besotted with. It was owned by one  of the richest families in South Australia and all it's personal possessions were sold off and now it is being restored by the new owners. We bought a signed copy written by the new owner. We couldn't go inside as it was an open garden day but we pressed our noses on the leadlight glass and could see the beautiful panelled library....sighhhh......





Jump forward to this Sunday and to the Adelaide Hills and driving randomly around and we saw a collectables shop...couldn't find anything...walked out turned my head to the front window and spied some old books. If you have been following me for a while you know I love antique books. I purchased them and as the guy was wrapping them , he took off the tag to throw it away and I just caught the words....".from the original Anlaby Library"
 I can't believe it...what were the chances!!!








The restored head gardener's cottage .....I wish I had taken more pics of the property....the walled garden. the haha, the mushroom house,the conservatory...







gorgeous page edges




pull out illustrations



It has a plate in the front E. Powell



I read the first few pages of Volume 1 and the books to be published needed donations from wealthy people in 1799 e.g The Duchess of Devonshire and they are listed in the front and I found E. Powell listed




And published in 1803....to Australia.....a South Australian sheep station and now on my shelf!

In the garden this week

It is so hot the Spring roses are almost finished

































ripening  nectarines,pears,apples,plums










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Denise inVA

Friday, November 14, 2014

Wall Art

We took a trip to our favourite country town places to find treasures this week. Mr VL fell in love with these 2 old paintings



They are oils on board, probably Victorian and have brass plaques " Evening in the Highlands and "Morning in the Highlands"They would of course have brown frames but at some stage been painted with a " French shutter" shade of blue.








We haven't put them up yet and still deciding where they will look best


 A year ago I fell in love with this heavy cast iron wreath to hang on a wall,
 from France which was too expensive ...it was on display again reduced by 70%









My other find was an Art Deco era Diana Ware glazed vase in the most gorgeous colour. It perfect for my pink roses













I also picked up a couple of goodies from the local charity shop

 A $2 cushion


Brand new shoes for Christmas day....$2



 roses massed along the back verandah








Green fields turning to gold




potatoes,rhubarb,tomatoes,beans,lettuce


heads down bum's up















The house is filled with fragrance







really Mum....another photo!


Linking up with 

The Dedicated House
Knick of Time
French Country Cottage
Ivy and Elephants
Shabby Art Boutique
Chic on a Shoestring
Country Farm Home
My Romantic Home
Sir thrift-a-lot
Rose Vignettes
Rooted in Thyme
The Charmed Home
Elizabeth & Co
Finding Fabulous
A Revisionary Life
Thoughts from Alice
Woman in Real Life
Denise inVA