Sunday, 7 November 2010
Discovering Reclaimed Treasures.
Yesterday was meant to be a day of cake, gossip and shopping with my two best friends.
My oldest and bestest friend Jenny has M.E. It has been horrible to watch her suffering from such a debilitating and still largely unaccepted illness. My bright, bouncy and energetic friend has been reduced to a pale & exhausted bedridden shell of her former self. She has battled with a variety of horrific symptoms for over 2 years now and yet rarely lost her good humour which has only made me love her even more. This year she has had some terrible weeks and yet she has been slowly improving after each relapse, enough for us to venture out and about into the little cotswold town she lives in.
Only a year ago it had a vibrant little high street but now the decline is sadly apparent. You know it's bad when even the charity shops have closed up and gone! Somewhat disappointed we were heading in the general direction of home when we spotted a shop saying 'Aston Antiques' with it's door invitingly open. It didn't look like your usual antique shop so we decided to take a look and here is what we found!
The most delightfully disorganised reclamation yard full of household objects from eras gone by.
The guy who ran the place was lovely and told us how it all started with a collection of Victorian fireplaces and their tiles,
These are the ones outside waiting to be restored.
He then got a thing for doors and door handles.
He kept them all at home until his wife mutinied and he had to find somewhere else to store them and the yard was born!
We had a lovely time poking round and discovering the weird and the wonderful.