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Saturday, 15 February 2014

Valentines Day, New Babies ( not mine) Spring Around the Corner

our new granddaughter...Everly Harper Borley
Gorgeous hey?

Good Morning
Arundel Eccentrics Antiques
The Old Brewery Antiques Warehouses
just behind the Co-op in Arundel.

You will find three antiques companies
 in their own large warehouse showroom
in what remains of the 19th century Arundel  Swallow Brewery.

This is us......

We may be hidden away but with one or two
 exceptions we have the largest shops in Arundel.

Wander down the little alley
or twitten as we say in the south
next to William Hill.
Turn left and et voila there we are.
Starting with French Loft.
We are at the other end.
Arundel Eccentrics and Nass Interiors.

Our new grandchild

Is a week old....

Is a few thousand miles away in California
 and sadly it will be some while before we can get to see her.

She is beautiful, of course.

We are getting regular photos  and updates.
Thank goodness for FB hey?

the guard

Nothing very much to do with Arundel.

Nothing to do with Antiques.

Just a few bunches of flowers to remind
 us that Spring isn't too far around the corner.

We are all under so much rain here in the UK.
Very much looking forward to the Spring

Did you have a good Valentines Day?

Nass although he would tell you otherwise is, or lets say can be, a true romantic.

Not that we always celebrate Valentines,
we had a quiet evening in with risotto and a bottle of wine,
 this year, but some years we do.

One year our favourite restaurant, 
Paperdelle's, was completely booked solid 

The restaurant is now owned by Clive, 
Bruno's son, and has spread 
beautifully to provide 
Osteria downstairs.

In those days, it was just the upstairs.

Beautiful and very Italian, 
 small, gorgeously intimate,
and booked up quickly.

On this special evening it was fully booked.

Nass had a quiet word with Bruno, 
who was a friend of his.

They lugged a small table down
 into the middle of the High Street, 
and parked it next to the bench right in the middle.

There we sat, complete with candles, wine, and waitress.

Wrapped up against the cold, of course.

Never the less,
a memorable evening hey?

 Chelsea Flower show

 I took  all these pictures at Chelsea Flower show.

That's why the flowers look so perfect.

I would like to say they were all from my garden , but they aren't.

If you are a visitor to the UK, its well worth trying to go.
Even if  you're not a visitor, it's still worth going.

Tickets ain't cheap.

Queues are extraordinarily long.

The crowds will jostle you.

Your feet will ache no, throb.

But, the ambience of the place
The  inspirational ideas you will go home with.

The memories of an idyllic day, in a very English setting.

Oh Lor I can taste the Pimms already........... 

One other Valentines day, 
I was working as a vegetarian chef 
at West Dean College.

Ever been?

Actually, all irrelevant to the story, 
but they have the most beautiful Victorian Gardens there.

I used to work with Eric, the head chef, 
and we would regularly trundle over to the gardens, early in the mornings, 
and pick produce that would go in to my veggie dish of the day.

  I know I am going off on tangents, 
but humour me, if you have time
 and just for sheer interest sake, 
check out their site.

Salvador Dali was a regular visitor 
when it was owned by
Edward James, 
who sponsored both Dali and the artist Magritte.

You will still see paintings in the house and 
even a Dali plastic tree in the grounds

It's the most wonderful place to visit, or study, or work.

Anyway, the reason I mentioned
 it ..... the long hours, 

split shifts,

long drive,
twice a day.

 I would return home, 
late and extremely tired.

On one particular Valentine's evening,
Nass had prepared a meal  ready for
when I arrived home.

Well, it smelled so.
The table was laid ready,
my son Jay was still at home then
and was ready to wait on table.

I was exhausted, but when Nass suggested
 going for a drink before dinner, 
 I thought I should, as he had gone to so much trouble.

He suggested going to see Bruno, at Paperdelles, for a glass of vino.

They'll  be busy and booked solid.

No...he was determined.

So..we went and he suggested we sat in the corner table, with a 
 sign on it.

"We can't sit there, its reserved"

" Yes we can, I reserved it"

"Well, what about the dinner at home?"

"I just fried onions to make it smell"

The aperitif was ordered and arrived, brought by a chuckling Bruno.

Then, I noticed in the middle of the table a beautiful, small, heart shaped box.
On opening it, there were hand made chocolates, inside.

Now, I KNOW what you are thinking,
because I thought the same!

After dinner, I munched my way
 through ALL those choccies, 
which is something I NEVER do.

No, really, I am a one at a time ..savour it..person

Not a ring in sight!
Nass laughed like a drain,
(whatever that means)

" You thought there was a ring in there"

" No, I didn't"

We DID eventually get engaged.

Just not that night.
Apart from that and the feeling of nausea after all those chocolates,
it was the perfect
Valentines Night out.

SPRING AND SUMMER...Just around the corner

Have  a great day



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