Monday, 28 May 2012

Sun Good Times and Avington Brocante

Oh my goodness,  it seems ages since I wrote my blog, but the past week has been so busy full of everything that I love, sunshine, friends, great food and beautiful places to visit.

My little laptop has been laying there feeling so neglected, but then that’s what happens when you are enjoying yourself.

Wednesday saw us wending our way down to the South of England to stay with my very very best friend, lovely day spent with her grandchildren and Emma who has just opened this lovely shop in Bishops Waltham, if you are ever in the area give it a visit it is definitely worth it.

Thursday dawned to the most beautiful day and after breakfast in the garden we set off to Avington Court for the Brocante Fair, a superb location and with the sun it was idyllic. 
The stalls were well the only word to describe is beautiful full of everything that I love. 
 Betty and Violets stall absolute gorgeous

Hesta's stall such great finds
 Lizzie was there and loved this photo that I took of her outside her great stall full of French finds which she had brought back from a recent trip. 

Then off to Alresford for lunch and a walk around this lovely village and to the water meadows which is famous for its watercress. Such pretty houses and the Mill cottage which goes over the river

 Lovely clematis

Booked our holiday off to a part of France we have not visited before Biarritz
Cheap flight, lovely chambre d’hote can’t wait only 2 more weeks to go and guess what I have booked an empty suitcase to take with me!!! Hoping there will be lots of flea markets to visit.

Wednesday I have a Fair in Bideford, I was asked to do this one its an antique fair so not too sure whether my stall will fit in but was assured it would be fine, and the BBC are there filming Antique Road Trip!! Don’t think they will get any bargains from me!

Have a great week and hope the sunshine stays for a while (doubtful though!)


  1. What a shame I missed you, Jill. I was told to look for a lady with a large camera and pretty hair! Wasn't it wonderful? Did you buy anything? I used to go to a lovely shop in Bishops Waltham which sold vintage French things but they closed and another lovely clothes shop at the top of the street which also closed down so I haven't been back there in a while. When I do go I shall look out for this shop you mention.
    Ruth x

  2. A delightful post and what a wonderful week

    Enjoy your vacation in France.I will be looking forward to reading about it


  3. The stalls are beautiful...makes me want to jump on a plane!!!
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful day with us!!
    Chris :o)

  4. Une brocante dans la campagne anglaise, mon rêve !

  5. wow it looks so fabulous! i wish there were more fairs around my area :(

  6. I love your blog Jill, I always come to visit
    and I love the 'England, Your Photos
    are wonderful.
    I know Lizzie and Jo, have two very
    nice with beautiful stalls.
    Susy Love x

  7. What some pretty pictures Jill, it looks like you had a great time. I wish I'd been closer to that fair, it all looks so pretty.
    Enjoy your week,
    Essie x

  8. Great photos Jill.. you have captured the mood exactly! xx

  9. What a nice week you had! No wonder it was more worth living than sitting by your laptop - but thank you for sharing it anyway!

  10. Looks like you have been having a lovely time, what lovely photos you take.

  11. Just catching up as my laptop has been neglected with this gorgeous weather too.
    What a fabulous Fair...I would have been in heaven wandering round those stalls, they all look so wonderful.
    Good luck with your Fair.
    Julie x

  12. It was lovely to meet you and your photos are gorgeous. It was such a beautiful and inspiring day and full of the most gorgeous things for sale. I am hoping to have a stand at Village Vintage so hopefully see you there.
    Jo xx

  13. Hi Jill,
    I'm so jealous, I was going to go to the Avington fair but something came up and I couldn't so thank you for all your lovely photos, made me feel like I was there...
    And what's this? You're doing another fair? To think that it wasn't that long ago when you were worried about your first one. You'll be doing them with your eyes closed soon.
    Good luck, not that you'll need it with your gorgeous stuff.
    Joasia x

  14. Well Jill you have just described my perfect day, such gorgeous weather and beautiful place

    All my best


  15. That looks like a superb Brocante Jill. I would be wanting to buy everything in sight!

    Lizzie's blog is lovely - what a great idea for a blog.

    I know you love France just like me, and you will not be disappointed with Biarritz, it has something of a faded charm about it, in a totally good way if you know what I mean!

    Maybe we will see another post from you before you go? In the meantime have a great weekend, let's hope the sun makes an appearance again!



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