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Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Arundel Festival, Elsa & a Bit of Upcycling

Arundel Festival

A few snapshots of some great moments from past festivals.
It all kicks off again this Saturday.
18th -27th
Heres the link for all things festival
and a link to more about Arundel
and the festival.

The Gallery Trail looks exciting this year.

Now in its 30th year.
The first ever walk around art trail.
Thanks to an inspirational thought from weaver/artist Ann Sutton.

Private views of many of the artists are on Friday.
Always a lovely evening.
I've sprained my foot, so I hope I manage to hobble around.
Little glass of wine MIGHT just help.

What have we been up to?

Arundel Eccentrics have had a rather trying month.

We have an 11-month-old puppy, Elsa, who we almost lost twice.
A grass seed went into her leg. 
It wasn't found.
Normally they migrate and come out through the skin, somewhere else.
I'm no expert.
But, oh no not this one. 
It migrated to her spine.
We were devastated.
The surgeon told us her chances were slim.
But she came through the op.
And when infection set in afterwards, they said she may not last the week.
Customers came in to find out how she was doing.
Locals stopped us in the street in Arundel to enquire.
Even people we didn't know followed the story.
They came to the warehouse eager to see Elsa. 
She's become quite a celebrity.

Why am I telling you all this?
And how is it relevant to our antique business?

Well, it's kept me housebound for a while.
So, I got on with all the upcycling work.
Cut out decoupage while sitting by the huge crate we had borrowed from our vet.
Watching over the poorly pup.

Been busy upcycling.

And where it's wonderful if the original can be retained, the 
Victorian bamboo pieces we find are often way past their prime.
So...we take them to our Arundel studio, which sits at the end of our garden by the river Arun.

First, we sturdy the wobblers.
Take away the ripped rattan with 100 years of dust.
Worm them.
Clean the bamboo and polish it.
Put on a new board so we have a flat surface to work on.
Paint, decoupage, varnish and finish.

And oh! yes, it's many hours work.
But thankfully we love what we do and are passionate about giving these battered pieces a new lease of life.

Worth it?
Well, I've put a couple of before and after photos.
I'll let you be the judge of that.

The finished articles have wound up in some pretty posh magazines and shops in both the UK and US.

I've just finished revamping this cabinet

This is how it started

I put off starting it 

It was in such a mess

Scrubbed up ok though hey?

We do have other antiques. It's not just the decoupage pieces.

We have French and English

latest antiques are on our site on The Hoarde

And Elsa?
She is amazing.
Growing stronger by the day.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Arundel Festival Starts Saturday

Arundel Sussex England

It’s not only the castle dominating the skyline that makes Arundel so special. 

Nor is it the cathedral that towers majestically over houses built by Napoleonic prisoners of war. 

Or the river that meanders through.

It’s not the many gorgeous shops, restaurants or pubs.

 Or the walks that lead you mile after mile into places with the most spectacular of views.

Found this lovely old book in a junk shop

Where you can sit on hilltops far from the madding crowd and just catch your breath.

It isn’t the history that dates back to Roman times or the streets that feel like a film set. 

Or the locals, many of whom are artistic, musical or just nicely eccentric.

Notice the drummers Westie dog to the left.....A party in the Old Jailhouse High Street

It’s not the Festival alone with it's10 dizzy days of art, music and fun. 

Or the serene setting for boating, wildlife and picnics that is Swanbourne Lake. 

It isn’t only the Wildfowl Trust, Arundel Museum, swimming lido,

 ghost and walking tours and music in the old jailhouse.

It’s that whole package and so much more besides.

Arundel is unique. For more about the town, its people, 
many attractions and history go to:

and do take a look at this beautiful video

by a young man who was brought up in the town.

Now a filmmaker

Arundel Festival

Only another few days and Arundel Festival kicks off once again.

18th -27th August

that's Nass............... he ran the festival 10 k last year to raise money for the niece of one of our American clients.

 go to

for all the listings

Abba on the Hill is one of our favourite events

and of course, a huge part of the festival is the art trail.

Now in its 30th year.

I exhibited on the very first.
My name was Borley in those days.

And I actually exhibited photography.
Can't paint for toffee.

It was the first ever walking around art trail in the world.

It's a brilliant chance to find beautiful artworks in a myriad of mediums.
Have a snoop into some pretty magnificent homes.
And explore the town at the same time.

Check out this video, on how it all started.

We won't be exhibiting this year.

Because my lovely son Jay and his family are coming for the festival.
All the way from California, where he is a menswear designer.

By the way, he studied for his menswear degree locally.
Northbrook College was the second college in Europe to run the course.
pack those suitcases Jay and Krista

They can't wait.

Nor can we.
We want to spend as much time with them as possible.

Have a great day