|The Market Square In Olney|
I suddenly realised that I have not posted for 12 days! The reason being the redecoration of our kitchen that is nearing completion. I started on Easter Saturday and thought I would have it done in a week, I have seen enough of 'Eau De Nil'. I did manage to take a day off to visit Olney and the surrounding area to put up some posters for the forthcoming 3rd Olney Fair.
|St Peter & St Pauls Church Rooms|
Saturday 12th May 11am-4pm
The fair will be taking place in our new home in Olney, the lovely Church Rooms of St Peter & St Pauls, situated on the corner of Church Street and Bridge Street, just yards from the busy Market Square. There will be twenty stalls selling original vintage homewares from the 30s-60s, handmade and ephemera. Many of the stalls from the previous Olney Fairs will be there as well as a number of new sellers. Tea and handmade cakes will be served throughout and the music from the 20s-50s will complete the ambience. It is a bit like stepping back in time. The fair will be starting one hour earlier than usual and the doors will open at 11am.
|Emmaus In Carlton|
Before arriving in Olney I called into Emmaus for a cup of tea, for those of you who have not visited before they have a nice cafe, sell second-hand furniture and electrical items, have a boutique of old clothes and a duck-pond.
|Long Necked Runners At Emmaus Village Carlton|
The wonderful thing about Emmaus (http://www.emmausvillagecarlton.org.uk/aboutus.html) is that the whole community is run as a social enterprise supporting people who have previously lived without a home. I left a poster for the Olney fair in the lobby of the cafe, it is a great place for lunch or afternoon tea.
I visited the Nest at No 9, the ladies who own this lovely shop are always happy to support the fair and I found a lovely birthday card for my daughter. The Nest is well worth a visit for beautiful gifts and vintage and contemporary furnishings and accessories for the home.
|The Nest at No. 9 The High Street Olney|
I thought the window display looked great, yesterday I listened to someone on Radio 4 asserting that the quality of window displays does not influence sales, however I think the opposite, some shops invite you in and cast their spell on you.
|Sorry About The Reflection|
I also liked these 'flash cards', found inside the Nest at No. 9, (http://www.thenest-atno9.com/).
|V Is For Vintage|
Whenever I am in Olney I always call into the Olney Deli which you can find on the Market Square. The proprietors always display our posters and we are very grateful as it is such a busy place. They sell some lovely handmade foods to take away as well as providing lunches, teas and cakes.
|Apple Pie & Jersey Cream|
I will be returning to Olney as the date of the fair gets closer, it is a lovely place to visit and I always need very little encouragement to make the short journey down the Bedford Road from Northampton. I left Olney via the road for Milton Keynes and stopped off in Stony Stratford for more 'postering'.
|G dad's Collectibles In Old Wolverton|
I arrived in G dad's in Old Wolverton (www.gdadscollectables.co.uk/) just before 5pm, thinking my luck was out again as the last time I visited it was a Tuesday, the day they close. I was made to feel welcome and the owners found time to offer me tea, I spotted this collection in one of the cabinets.
|Vintage Bottle Stops|
I headed back to Northampton looking forward to returning. I will be posting again soon with news about the Olney Fair, The Vintage Festival at Boughton House and other 'vintage' events in the forthcoming months.