off the beaten track...
I'll leave it to Jack to tell you about our latest ghost hunting adventure at the Junction Hotel in Thames (established in 1869). He came up with a suitably spooky opening sentence for his blog post on the subject during the drive home. You can read all about it here.
What I'd like to show you is the stash of vintage bits and pieces that I found in three separate locations yesterday: at the Thames market, at Paeroa and at Te Aroha.
A cheerful monkey, complete with banana, knitted by a Nana who has a stall at the Thames market. We've called him Artie, short for Arthur, named after Arthur Waley who translated the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West (aka Monkey). Artie sat with me in the front seat on our road trip and had a very enjoyable time of it, as you can tell by his wide woolly grin
And how about this dear little "handky"tidy. I've always said "hanky" but I suppose that the short form of handkerchief should actually be handky. So much work goes into producing these small domestic items. I wonder if they were actually used.
I've been looking for a pair of genuine leg warmers for ages and I found this jazzy pair in a vintage shop right at the far end of town in Paeroa. Am I brave enough to wear them? You bet! 'She's a maniac, maniac, on the floor...'
What a good haul!