I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson







Wednesday, April 1, 2015

More Oystercatchers




Hi everyone! It's April! The big scary trucks have gone. [I think]. The piping plovers should arrive this week, now that things have quieted down.



I know, I suppose, that the big trucks perform a useful task, cleaning and smoothing the beach, but their presence is kind of intimidating. They go back and forth, at high speeds and I don't think the drivers really look out for or expect people to be walking around the beach when they're working. And I don't think I could outrun  them. Squish! Ooops?



The oystercatchers don't like the noisy trucks either. You may recall I said that once they arrive they rarely fly, but on Monday they were whirling around in the air, quite upset. They wheel out over the ocean, squawking loudly, but not louder than the trucks.














Back home the pink sparrows are back. There's always six of them, and they perch in the ugly locust tree every spring. I don't know if they nest here or move on , but they come every spring. (Yes I know, they're house finches, but we've seen them for years and call the pink sparrows anyway.)


Mr Mockingbird is looking handsome. I hope he finds a mate this year. I see him peeking out of the rhododendron near my front door.



The ice has melted on the koi pond....


All nine of the fish are there and moving around more. Most are orange, one is polka dotted, one is mostly white. I'd guess they're maybe 8" long?


And one tiny guy is, um, I think---a  goldfish! He never gets bigger, but he seems happily adjusted to life with the big guys. [orange dot, just above center/right]


I never see the owners of the koi pond. Mo and I just peer into their yard, fascinated. Maybe they're summer folks? Or work in the city? Too bad they never get to enjoy their beautiful koi and pond



Any signs of spring in your yard? Robins and snowdrops? Crocus, daffs?



See you soon!

love

lizzy

gone to the beach











Sunday, March 29, 2015

The First Flea!




Hi! I got an unexpected treat today---the outdoor flea market opened early!
Usually it opens the first weekend of April, but that will be Easter Sunday and Passover so the organizations that sponsor the flea are observing their holidays: no flea. Instead the market opened today! I'd been watching the market website and no date was yet announced, but late last night I had the idea to to try the Lions Club site and there it was---March 29, Opening Day!

crapola under the LIRR train trestle. Yay!

Of course it was still snowing last night. And today when I got up early with Mo the temp was 27* with a 17* windchill. Not very Flea. We went back to sleep. But later it was so sunny and bright, though cold, that I decided to drive over and check things out.
A good dealer turnout!


Even the hot dog man was there.


This dealer had the best treasures by far, I saw so many things I wanted on his tables.


The bright sun made it hard to take photos. He had a wonderful green fishing float.



A shabby , rusty, white painted Eagle, for quilt applique inspiration. Note how his ribbon wraps around his wings and flutters out to the sides! I think he was a doorknocker.


And these cool letters.

A sign with "my name" [my etsy  /eBay seller name] on it!


And he had this big collection of perhaps-vintage chocolate molds! (They were very shiny.[?] ) Really great figures. I didn't get pictures of the hen or the cat or the bunny with a basket cart that I wanted.





Even the tin box with the small molds was great.



They were VERY expensive. And since I hadn't planned ahead I had very little cash. I couldn't afford any of the larger figural molds.


But how could I pass up chocolate hearts? I always buy heart molds, tin or wood, or cooky cutters.



And we haggled a bit so I could bring home a bunny or two.



These are the little molds for foil wrapped chocolates probably. See how shiny they are? i'd hate to pay collector prices if they're recent and I could buy them at the kitchen supply store for .99 cents

outside

inside
I thought this bun had a basket but now I'm gonna guess a bunch of carrots?
Back home I dug out my two partial Easter molds. Both are eggs. A running rabbit and a rooster. They came with a batch of tin cooky cutters, I've had them for years.






So now I have a little collection going!


For now I just put them in a mulberry Staffordshire dish, to enjoy.



In retrospect I should have bought ALL his molds, as besides Easter motifs he had wonderful Santas and a large, standing, 3-D turkey. I think I could have bought them all for about 200.oo, though the man was a bit grumpy [long cold day?] and wasn't very much of a bargainer guy.

I told him maybe next time. Because now I really really want the Santas! Think how cute they'll be on a tiny Christmas tree in my kitchen next winter.


At another booth I bought a few utensils.


A very large scalloped spoon, what I call a mashed potato serving spoon. I'll use it to scoop up my lavender filling for my sachets. (The new batch will be lavender with lemon verbena and bergamot! So springtime-y and sweet!)

And a knife to experiment with, maybe the handle can work for another velvet strawberry pincushion?


Besides the molds: What Didn't I Buy ?[ sometimes my favorite part,lol]:
-a blue and white transferware plate, Bicentennial, flower border with monuments/ buildings and Revolutionary War soldiers marching with an American flag. Oddly with many stars. From 1976, of course.  English.
-And a vintage souvenir plate, pink lustre glazed china with pierced rim and tacky map of Cape Cod! I loved it!
My mother's spirit whispered in my ear, "Absolutely not!"
Then she added, "And don't buy the Land's End or Chico's pink capris either! Grown up women do not wear pink pants!".
(''Maaaa! Not now!")

I had to hustle home because I hadn't made a playdate for Mo. He was miffed. We took a long walk and visited the koi pond. It's been frozen solid, but a patch melted and there they were! The big orange koi, swimming happily under the ice.



Do they, what?--hibernate? I was so happy to see them. Mo was not impressed.




Sooo...whatd'ya think? Get the molds next time? Sell the dupes, extras, and  oddballs on eBay? $$$?



love

lizzy

gone to the beach...