Interesting Find of the Week – A Tilley Hendon Floodlight Paraffin Lamp

During the Second World War many small, temporary airfields were set up throughout Britain. Planes, equipment and men were kept mobile, moved to where they were needed.

Tilley & Co. manufactured paraffin lamps in their Hendon factory which were easily lit and extremely mobile and during the war they made their innovative large floodlights specifically for these temporary airfields. Planes could land safely on runways in fields lit either side by these strong floodlights.  

After the war the spotlights were still produced as work lamps for the domestic market, alongside their other domestic ranges. 

We love our job! We've never had one of these large lamps in store before and certainly not seen one that was in use until fairly recently... 

It could be cleaned up - or left as it is.

It could be wired as an electric lamp (at the time of writing Vinterior have a pair of these lamps fixed on non-original tripods for sale at £995) or you could run it on it's original fuel of paraffin. 

We're not planning to do anything to it because the next owner can have the pleasure of deciding how to treat it. Could that be you?

To see a refurbished Tilley Hendon Floodlight in operation watch this YouTube film (third party site):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hqADI7gzZ0

Bazaar; we work the way we live…

Practising what we preach...

We know of several people who make a good living recycling, refurbishing and restoring vintage and antique furniture - but then furnish their homes with the same Ikea furniture as millions of other people across the globe. For us though, our work isn't just a job, it's an extension of the way that we live. 

Matilda is a beautiful Himalayan bunny and she and her big sister Rosie have been part of our family for 5 years. They live with Henry, a very distinguished lop-eared young gentleman of 2 years who sports gorgeous mustachios and grunts rather loudly if they dare to get between him and his dinner.

The three share a rather swanky bedroom - risqué I know! - of a converted antique gramophone cupboard. We bought it originally hoping to restore it and have it playing at our wedding last September but finally admitted that the mechanisms were beyond repair. We stripped them out completely and they went to a steampunk gentleman who will use the wheels, cogs and trumpet to create steampunk art. 

We cut a hole in the side of the cabinet as bunnies like to have 2 exits from any space in case of predators and the front sound grill serves as another exit. It's also a great viewpoint of the whole of their bunny mansion, a rather large brick shed in the garden at Robin Cottage, our lovely little farm cottage amongst the trees.  

    

So there we are. Even our bunnies are part of our recycle, repurpose, refurbish, re-love ethos...

Does it reach every part of your life?

 

Caring for Vintage Textiles – Bazaar Tips & Tricks Series

Our New Tips & Tricks series of Blog Posts is designed to help you create a simpler life and incorporate vintage and antique pieces into it.

We're sharing what we've learned ourselves and also where we turn to when we don't know the answers! 

We’re often asked for information on how to care for various types of antiques and vintage pieces but, despite gaining a lot of knowledge over the past few years, we can’t really be experts in everything…

Instead we’re becoming rather good at finding the right experts to get the information from.

So here is some of the information you might need to help you care for vintage textiles, from the people that really do know best..

Caring for Vintage & Antique Quilts

Caring for Old (& New) Welsh Blankets

Caring for Vintage Tablelinens & Clothes

Preventing & Getting Rid of Moths

Hopefully these various experts will help you feel more confident about keeping and buying vintage textiles for your home and in your wardrobe. 

We're glad we could help!

Get Ready for the Harvest

Get Ready for the Harvest

The farm is just beautiful right now, our first summer here.

The whole place just ‘smells’ green and it looks lush and full. Young christmas trees have lime green needles at the tip of each branch.

Where the farm is a little wilder, beneath the slow-growing trees, are tangles of brambles. Many of the flowers have been and gone and already a few of the tiny little tight blackberries are beginning to form.

Thousands upon thousands of them.

I can’t wait until the berries are ripe and luscious. My ideal late summer afternoon would be meandering around the farm carrying a wicker basket, collecting blackberries for...well, for what? I love a simple fruit salad, and a crumble. (Maybe there should be a floaty linen dress involved too? And definitely someone taking soft focus photos. And a straw hat. But I digress...)

But there are going to be a lot of berries on the farm. Maybe I ought to preserve some of the fruit?

It's a long time since I made jam or preserves of any type but I think that I may make a real effort this year. After all, fruit grown in and around our home will taste better.

 

 

In the hope of creating something to be proud of (and something that my family would be happy to actually eat) I treated myself to a new book, part of the Do series.

 

Do Preserve is co-authored by Jen Goss who lives not very far from us in West Wales and whom I thoroughly enjoy following on Instagram - @ourtwoacres .  The book itself is beautiful and easy to follow for amateur cooks like myself - I seriously recommend it to anyone who would like to take advantage of nature's bounty! 

 

 

Okay, so let’s assume that with the book's help I manage to make some wonderful jams from the berries around the farm and that its good enough for my family to eat. Well, I want to make it look as good as possible in the jar too, don’t I? After all, if it’s tasty I might want to gift a few jars too! Luckily I found this wonderful little tool online…

If you click on the label that I designed using the 'labelizer' it will take you straight to this lovely little tool where you can create your own labels to print.

So now we're all set.

The berries are coming on, I have my recipes at the ready and now I can print my own label to make the preserves gift worthy. All I have to do is be patient and wait for the sunshine to do it's job...

I'm not good at patient.

But I can try...

 

 

Children’s Vintage Fete at the Bazaar – Fri 28th July

 

Last year we ran a very small children's fete as part of Civic Week in Narberth - a week long festival celebrating everything about our wonderful community.

We were truly astonished at just how many children had never hooked a duck, bobbed for apples or made paper aeroplanes!

We resolved to make our little event an annual one, each year adding another couple of vintage activities and each year supporting a local children's charity. This year profits will go to funding new books and activities specifically for children at our local library, recently saved from potential closure by the community.

2016

Our 2nd Annual Children's Vintage Fete is now almost upon us! This Friday (28th July) encourage your under 10's to ditch the screens and enjoy a range of traditional games including hook a duck, tin can alley, apple bobbing, hula hoops, darts and more? Let them enjoy a range of vintage games that you may remember from your own childhood! 

We've added more activities this year and now, when you buy a £2 wristband so your child can play all the games, they'll even get lemonade and a hot dog included in the price!

You can buy a wristband in advance at the store - that'll help us work out how many hot dogs we'll need. But don't worry - you'll still be able to join us and buy a band on the day.

Oh. And just in case you were worried? We've got marquees just in case we get 'liquid sunshine'...

Bazaar Workshops & Exciting Times!

Welcome to the Wonderfully Creative Space that is the Bazaar Workshop

Our creative space is finally cleared, tidy, painted, furnished and already proving to be everything that we hoped it would. 

Okay, so it took a while. But Rome wasn't built in a day...

We've already held several workshops, as well as introducing a 'paint-along' drop-in session for those wishing to create their own chalk-painted furniture masterpiece but wanting the support of a professional while they do it. There are several workshops already available over the next few months, including a repeat of our popular linoprinting workshop, potted hares (Intrigued? Head to our workshop booking page for more information....), tie dying workshop as well as an Italian papercutting workshop and a chair painting workshop!

Bazaar Workshop - Linoprinting

This workshop, led by experienced tutor Debs, allowed complete novices to understand the linoprinting process, taught them the skills to cut their own linoprinting block then see their finished print in the form of a greeting card!

Hosted by Bazaar Workshop - FoxyPheasant's Chalkboard Workshop

This introductory workshop gave participants the chance to discover how chalk paint can be used to transform an otherwise boring piece. The excitement when the gold paint came out was a joy to behold!

Bazaar Family Workshop - Christmas Wreath

It was lovely to see several generations getting creative together over our three Christmas Wreath workshops. Children, parents and grandparents worked together to create a unique wreath to take home, as well as lots of lovely memories.

We're hoping to add even more over the next few months and develop a full year-round programme of creative activities for the whole family! Visit our workshop page to sign up to our newsletter to find out about upcoming workshops or keep checking to see what's available. All our workshops are bookable online.

If you're coming quite far for a visit we may even be able to help you find accommodation - get in touch.

 

 

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Getting Festive

Today our beautiful Bazaar is 6 months old!

I can't believe how time has flown. So much has happened. The store opened. We got married in September. Now it's December. It's starting to feel quite festive around here. Not least because we moved home to live in a beautiful little cottage on a Christmas Tree Farm. How amazing is that? Beautiful frost covered trees surround us; at some point Damian will get annoyed when I ask him to stop the car so I can get another picture...

Our first Family Workshop is to be held soon. We're making wreaths (and wonderfully festive memories) with parents, grandparents and children in two sessions on 11th December. Already the afternoon session is booked up but there are a few spaces on the morning session if anyone wishes to join us. (It's bookable in the Online Store).

The store smells of cinnamon, oranges and pine. Our new Christmas card range is selling like hot cakes. There are old classic festive songs playing and rumour has it, that if you're lucky, you might get to watch a flickering vintage Christmas film while you're here.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

 

Bazaar News – An Exciting Collaboration!

Damson & The Welsh House arrive in the Bazaar!

If you're interested in beautifully simple interior design and live in Wales then Damson (as in Damson & Slate) and The Welsh House (owned by Dorian Bowen) will both be very familiar names...

In a unique collaboration Damson & the Welsh House will be bringing their blended styles to the Bazaar.

Hilary Lowe has many strings to her bow and, with this collaboration, is now adding another. As a stylist she created for some of the best known home & lifestyle glossy magazines before creating Damson & Slate, designing and sourcing the best and most covetable of Welsh blankets, throws and home accessories. 

Dorian Bowen originally trained as a Chartered Surveyor, but left his twenty-five year career in London to return home to Wales. The Welsh House is now his journey from modern lives back into the heart of nature. His painstaking renovation and reinvention of three dilapidated cottages in the beautiful Welsh countryside, each created with a passion for architecture and an obsession for detail, now offers the perfect destination for those in search of a getaway where the focus is on slowing down and enjoying the rustic charms of a simpler way of life.

Damson (Hilary Lowe)

'Wild Garden' printed linen cushions. The design is taken from a watercolour by stylist Hilary Lowe's paternal grandmother - Hilda Kathleen Lowe 1902 - 1996. Born in Tiensin, China, her paintings were influenced by her surroundings and the style of brushwork in China. The fabric is truly stunning, vibrant and unique.

The Welsh House (Dorian Bowen)

An authentic reconstruction of the legendary house built between sunset and sunrise: the Ty Unnos (One Night House).  This cottage re-captures childhood memories of a simpler way of life.

Internally the cottage has been furnished with traditional Welsh antiques inspired by Llainfadyn, a slate worker’s cottage from North Wales relocated in St Fagan’s National History Museum. The only truly modern element is the bathroom!

The Bazaar is very proud to be able to offer a place for these two creatives to blend their unique sense of interior style and create something very special here in Narberth.

 

The first 'look' created at the Bazaar by Damson & the Welsh House is based on Vita Sackville-West's gardens at Sissinghurst. This features the launch of the new textile range from Damson & Slate, based on artwork by Hilary's grandmother.

Bazaar News – A fresh trader!

We'll keep it simple.

Because we think the image speaks for itself...

Head down to the far end of the Bazaar and you'll see the new trading space taken over by Busy Bee Antiques. (Yes, we know, there's a lot to get distracted by on the way).

We don't need to say much really; the image above (of just a portion of their current stock) says so much!

Traditional country antiques with a side order of quirkiness.

 

 

A perfect match with the Bazaar, don't you think?  

In the Picture...

though we don't know how long these pieces will last...

Large pine pot dresser

Pot bellied graduated pewter mugs

Cricket score numbers (available individually, whilst stock lasts)

Copper Lantern

Vintage Fishing Float

 

Traditional Welsh Cawl – what’s YOUR favourite recipe?

Every country has its own national dish. Each dish reflects the culture and geography of the land. Wales has beautiful, rolling countryside, often populated with hardy flocks of sheep, and, yes, let's face it. It often rains...

Our Welsh national dish is cawl. It's a hearty stew of vegetables and usually, lamb. Perfect warming food after a walk in the hills or across a windswept (but beautiful) beach. Perfect for a hill farmer, or a fisherman and just about everyone else!  

 

Traditionally, Cawl is eaten with a handcarved wooden spoon. The spoon has an especially deep bowl to capture the chunky vegetables and tasty liquid... Antique cawl spoons are becoming more and more difficult to source as their simple charm and warm patina created by years of use has become well-loved.

 

Just like the myriad of environments found in Wales, there are a myriad of different recipes for cawl.

Many are handed down, generation to generation. Each cook might add a little touch of their own but the basics remain the same.

We would like to create a library of different cawl recipes, old recipes, new recipes, family recipes, pub recipes, chef's recipes and family recipes.

We want your mother's recipe. Your grandmothers. Your neighbours'.

Use the comment box below to send us your recipe.

Please remember to leave your name.

Alternatively, you could email us on:

cawl@oldhatbazaar.com

Never made Cawl?

You could start with a recipe from one of your favourite celebrity chefs...

Jamie Oliver's Cawl Recipe on jamieoliver.com

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Elisabeth Luard's Cawl Recipe for The Western Telegraph

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Hairy Bikers' Recipe for Cawl on BBC Food

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We're looking forward to hearing from you.

Later on, we'll let you know what we plan to do with the recipes...