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The snow dog

Posted by on Feb 1, 2013 in Cottage tales | 11 comments

The snow dog

Do you remember that I mentioned that I was selling my vast lead toy collection? We suddenly needed to raise money fast on a monthly basis to repay an outstanding debt. And we did it, working together, we paid off that debt over the five month designated period. I can’t tell you the relief when I finally paid the last instalment in early December. We were free! I am continuing to sell my collection – it is very large – but I’m buying as well. Adding to my core collection and selling on the other pieces. I’ve discovered that I enjoy...

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Thank you. And a few thoughts on love.

Posted by on Jan 21, 2013 in Cottage tales | 37 comments

Thank you. And a few thoughts on love.

I just wanted to thank every reader for checking out my last two posts. Readers are essential life blood for a blog. They keep a bloggers heart pumping. I also need to thank all the readers who have made a comment on my last two posts. Initially I tried to answer each one but I quickly realised that I was getting out of my depth. I just had too much going on to give decent replies. Many apologies. You comments have been a godsend. They make me think, give me courage and hope. And they often make me cry. Your thoughts and genuine goodwill have...

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First new steps

Posted by on Jan 15, 2013 in Cottage tales | 52 comments

First new steps

Danny has been back for a few days to sift through his stuff. It’s always good to see him. He brings me tea and perches on the end of my bed and we chat about our old points of contact on the Internet. The CSH forum, the blog and eBay. At the end of the day he returns to his new place in Ipswitch. He’s getting fit. Walking, walking and walking. He’s even invested in a pair of hiking shoes – attractive trainers. He is looking good. I remember that before I met him that this was his pattern. “I want to get into shape.” He explained....

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Our hearts are so precious. They need to be cherished.

Posted by on Jan 6, 2013 in Cottage tales | 112 comments

Our hearts are so precious. They need to be cherished.

Danny and I are splitting up. It’s very painful and I’m feeling so sad and desolate. We have been together for 15 years. We were always good friends. He has never ceased to be a fun, intelligent and charming companion. He has shared so much knowledge. He always surprised and entertained me. He also loved my Min Pin dogs. Scorned by so many in the past. Unfortunately physically I could never be the slim, svelte lady that he really wished to have on his arm.  And there’s the rub for both of us. It has been hard for me to look in a...

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Pink

Posted by on Sep 10, 2012 in Cottage tales, Flowers | 32 comments

Pink

A few years ago, when I was a decorator, I’d often receive a particular phone call. It was generally the same request on those occaisions. “I have a little girl and it will be her 5th (6th, 7th) birthday soon. She loves the colour pink. That’s Sindy Pink, do you know the colour? Would you be able to paint her bedroom on such a such a date so that when she comes home from school it will be the colour that she loves?” I managed it every time that there was a request. Even knew the colour number by heart. Going up the house, paint pots in...

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A month in the country

Posted by on Sep 6, 2012 in Cottage tales | 27 comments

A month in the country

I didn’t plan my month in the country. At first I just wanted to take a few days off from blogging. Then it became a week – two weeks and more. Then I decided that I’d take the entire month off. August 12th this year was The Cottage Smallholder’s sixth birthday. Six years of blogging, finding new friends and learning. Blogging ultimately means shifting stones. There’s no point in just being a town crier. When I started blogging I had no advice, no map or planned route. I had no idea that there might be treasure involved. I’ve since...

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I never, ever thought that I could get angry with a chicken

Posted by on Aug 4, 2012 in Chickens | 23 comments

I never, ever thought that I could get angry with a chicken

But I did. I was so angry with Hope that I wanted to rip her apart with my bare hands. Hope has been toying with being broody all summer. She’ll sit for a day or two and then decide she doesn’t want to sit on eggs any more. If a hen stops being broody there are various tricks that you can do – such as putting her in a dark box for a day or so. If you’re going to try this don’t forget to give her food and water. Hope would have nothing to do with a dark box. She screamed and screamed until I felt sorry for the rest of the flock and...

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Vintage Britains Lead Toys and more. I am selling my private toy collection on eBay!

Posted by on Aug 3, 2012 in Cottage tales | 16 comments

Vintage Britains Lead Toys and more. I am selling my private toy collection on eBay!

So what did we do when we took a holiday break recently? Well we stayed in Cheveley, which was good as the weather was so hot that it was just like being abroad. It was really too hot to work in the garden so we decided that the time was right to set up my vintage toys eBay shop to start selling my vintage toy collection. Actually this is not just a shop, it’s an emporium. Unless you know me very well you wouldn’t guess that I’ve invested a lot of time, money and energy acquiring a substantial collection of lead and other vintage...

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