With the madness of Christmas preparations upon us I fancied a change from the huge displays of the department stores in town and took a drive out to Hungerford, a small historic market town.
Instead of the usual stores the high street is home to small independent shops, cafes and antique shops. The quaint old buildings are decorated with beautiful wreaths on the doors, simple lit Christmas trees and tasteful displays, one that particularly caught my eye was the florist and it smelt like Christmas as you walked by.
I love to wander around the antique shops because you never know what you may find, as the old saying goes “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”…
When I lived in Japan I enjoyed going to the flea markets to hunt for containers that I could use for Ikebana and silk obi to use as wall hangings, now back in the UK some of those items are real treasures to me.
Today, I could have easily spent a small fortune but like my mum I do like a bargain, so I restrained myself and with a budget in mind I was pleased to find a single stem vase and a pretty coffee cup and saucer, perfect for a shot of espresso. Happy with my new old things it was time to go and pick up Little Miss before I knew it.