Walking The Dog.
It's what's kept us going these past few months.
Not just the walking though.
It's Elsa's antics and joie de vivre that's kept us entertained.
(All the sweeter as when she was a few months old, we almost lost her.
A grass seed went into her leg...and migrated to her spine.
She was paralysed for a while.
The vet wasn't sure she would pull through the operation.)
It's kept us from screaming.
Both at the world and each other.
We are incredibly lucky living where we do.
Arundel is a picturesque town on the south coast of England.
It has a history that dates back to Roman times.
The small market town boasts among its attributes,
a castle, a cathedral, and a river meandering through.
If you want to see more about Arundel follow the link below.
(Ignore the part about the festival start,
it's a post from a while back.
Clearly, there won't be a festival anytime soon.
It's sad as its the high spot of the Arundel year.)
The countryside is breathtaking.
We have the most beautiful walks
in the surrounding area.
I've been exploring more paths on our doorstep.
If you love the English countryside
you might like to take a look.
There is a lovely walk from Arundel to the small village of Binsted.
When I first started the business I rented a workshop on a farm in Binsted.
It's the most picturesque, very English village.
My American customers used to love coming to my hideaway studio.
It takes you through beautiful woodland.
I always wondered why the pond along the way was called The Madonna Pond.
Now I know why.
Heres the map, although on that day we wandered around
a bit in the woods finding new paths.
If you're interested to see more of our country
walks we usually post them on our FB page.
Well, I say we...Elsa still hasn't got to grips with it.
I think it's the keyboard she finds hard.
In our Arundel warehouse/ showroom, our collection consists of
English & French antique furniture.
details of all our collection can be found on
But it's not all we do.
We source down at heel antique and vintage furniture,
pots, boxes, bowls, and give them a new lease of life.
Thankfully, we have a studio at our home in Arundel.
It sits snugly at the end of the garden, down by the River Arun.
We have been able to work on pieces while the shop is closed.
Me, listening to audible books while I paint.
Elsa feels she can help sell our products.
(That was an old battered tool box that was on it's way to the tip)
This also was destined for the rubbish heap.
It scrubbed up rather well.
Decoupage using 19th-century images.
Then finish off with an aging wax.
Buff it to a sheen.
English Victorian bamboo is one of our specialties.
The bamboo starts off something like this.
Made in England circa 1880, these little tables have done well to survive.
this cabinet started like this...
and ended up like this
Suffice it to say, we enjoy what we do.
We had been working on the look for 18 years.
It's a look that eventually got us noticed by Liberty London.
Goes to show.
Anything is possible.
Behind the Co-op and chip shop, down an alley, in an old warehouse.
to one of the most prestigious shops in the world.
When they phoned in 2016 I thought it was a friend playing a joke.
But we ended taking over the 4th floor of the store for 18 months.
we do in Reclaim Magazine,
out on the 20th of this month.
web address with all links
And wherever you are,
however you are coping