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Local Vintage Fun – The War Room @ The Churchill!

Oh my, this is just too exciting!

We have a genuine vintage inspired event here in Alderholt on 23 February at 7.30 – get your dancing shoes on and hit the Churchill Arms for their fabulous Blitz NightThe War Room

Not only is this the fabulous opportunity to break out your red lips and nails and those gorgeous nylon stockings, but it will be a chance to put on your dancing shoes on.  We are incredibly lucky to have breakthrough act Public Service Broadcasting who were recently featured on Lauren Lavernes BBC 6 Music show and will be releasing their debut album on May 6th.  They have also been championed by other BBC Dj’s like Steve Lamacq and Stuart Maconie as well as being named as a 2013 up and coming act by Time Out.  Genuinely not to be missed.

  Click on the poster for a taster of their brilliant track Spitfire!

Signal 30 Tour

They will be supported by Dare to be Charlie who have a great track record, check out their website here.

There’s loads more information as well as fab 40s styling ideas that I’m glued to on the Churchill Arms Website – I’m currently beavering away on a lovely snood especially for the occasion – check out this fab blog to give you some inspiration

Great Blog with links to snood patterns and other 40s ideas.

The Churchill Arms Website will give you all of the up to date information and the event facebook page  is also a mine of information and even if you can’t make it please join and share the event.  Tickets are just £10 in advance,£12 on the door (or £8 if bought in advance in the pub!!) and here’s the link  .  It really is going to be a fantastic night!

It’s so brilliant that something new and different is happening in Alderholt please support it and come and have fun.  I’m so looking forward to catching up with everyone in all their glamorous glory!  Do come along!

Keep the vintage love xx


Dig for Victory 1940s Weekender

Check out this fabulous FREE event near Chippenham if you’re at a loose end this weekend!  There is everything from re-enactments to dance lessons and fashion shows on offer.  Looks absolutely amazing!

Check out the website for more info

Keep the Vintage Love xx


Happy New Year

Like father like son – Christmas night

We are all a bit festived out to be honest but what a fantastic Christmas we had!  Sometimes it’s the way that things are great if you’re not really in the mood or looking forward to them and so it proved this time…

It was a quiet Christmas Day full of a lot of food, some pressies and some dog walking.  Tom was so excited it was truly magical.  We’d been to the crib blessing at the village church the night before clutching his homemade angel for the crib, put out the mince pie and sherry for Father Christmas and sprinkled some nursery made ‘Rudolf food‘ along the path the night before and we thought he would burst but he was up at a reasonable time and bouncing around until his brother surfaced.  Every present was an absolute delight, even to the teenager, a proper win!

The big family thing was saved for Boxing Day and so it was off to deepest darkest Winterbourne Stickland for a feast of gargantuan proportions thanks to my parents.  Much fun was had by all with this years must have secret santa present – a pack of fake moustaches.  I think you’ll agree that we all look amazing!

The teenager and my nephews all 'tached up!

My favourite was doing a Freda Kahlo impression wearing these as eyebrows, luckily no-one got a photo of that!

Eh gringo

Christmas formalities out of the way we all piled into the car, dog and all, to hit the mean streets of South London for a visit to my lovely sister in law.  I’m sure that there’s little that’s more of a shock to the system after a hectic and alcohol full Christmas than a large family arriving and taking over your house but they took it well and we had another family party with Mr M’s London based relies while Tommy got excited about every train that passed along the line behind the house.

Highlight of the week was a trip ‘up west’ to watch Priscilla at the Palace Theatre complete with dinner.  What a night, I can’t believe this show is closing, it’s fabulous from the descent of the massive disco ball at the start to the glitzy finale.  We had incredible seats which gave us all of the best views.

Camera’s were prohibited but here’s me camping it up big style before the curtain went up and the teenager doing the same when we got in.  

All in all a brilliant week, there’s a New Year on Sunday 2012 sounds so futuristic.  I’m not sure what it will bring for us but I hope that it brings everything for you that you wish for yourselves.

Keep the vintage love xx

Of decoration woes and big band sounds

Last week I was all a bit AARRGGHH.  In my usual slightly foolish style I had bitten off more than I could chew and was feeling the strain.  As always I felt a bit ridiculous after the event for getting so stressy but I never learn!

Anyway the cause of the concern was decorations for the Village Hall Big Band night with Salisbury Big Band which on top of all of the kids Christmas activities and my list of projects to finish was just a bit much.  I had to make table decs and a garland for the stage.  To cut a long story short the table decs were a bit of a let down being neither big nor impactful enough especially once the lights were down, the garland with the help of brilliant multitalented knit and natter guru Daisy was the subject of a lot of positive comment!  For my first attempt I was really happy with it too.

Stage and Holly Garland

On top of that I can use it tomorrow night when I have to decorate the house for the Wander of Wonder – an advent event for local children that I’m helping out with…

Exciting things for me about Saturday night (apart from the really fantastic band) was a new dress courtesy of Ebay and a new necklace – a pressie from Mr M and one I’ve been wanting for ages made by my lovely friend Miss Mary Elliott.  Check us in this photo taken by Greg Patterson Photography at the band night.

Scrubbed up and with a fab new necklace!

I suffered on Sunday and due to teenagers love life we had to be in Bournemouth on Christmas parade day.  Photos in this case speak louder than words….

Hangover busting fry up

My boys and a dog

Keep the vintage love xx

Feeling Festive!

Well excitement!  I had School Governor Training at Teenagers school last night, it was very interesting and important but not the most fun ever….I had at least two much better offers including knit and natter with the totally lovely group at Sandleheath but duty was calling.  Mr M had the best idea though and when I moped in at 8.30 we shot off to Pokesdown to see the Christmas tree.   What a lovely evening and there were still lots of people around by 9pm although we had obviously missed the childrens activities and carol singing.

Betsy from Happy Days Retro Vacations was totally gorgeous!  They are just down the road at Horton (near Wimborne) so I think I’ll be donating my house to the next set of people that come to stay and heading down there instead!!

Beautiful Festive Windows from Fishee Designs and Love from Hetty and Dave

Emily from Poppy Meadows was there in a incredibly pretty embroidered dress.  As well as having a lovely chat I got very excited by the new collars on her stall!

 The Tattoo Parlour Cafe was the venue for a market and these were two new fab sellers to me.  Top is some highly desirable owlie cushions from Vintage Mardle and below are the amazing Christmas decorations from Spandangly.   We really really wanted the plastic spice rack you can just see at the back of the Vintage Mardle table but since our caravan project is going nowhere we sadly had to leave it.  As for Spandangly, everything was gorgeous and glittery but the music notes particularly caught the eye!

I was trying to keep a tight rein on my cash (by taking no cash with me!) but I had to have this beautiful festive wreath from this lovely lady who I almost went to school with (10 years apart!).  We also bought a Christmas pressie from Emily and a fantastic charity calendar from the lovely girls at What Alice Found.   This is sold in aid of the Wessex Autistic Society and is full of lovely vintage inspired piccies  from in and around Bournemouth so do snap one up if you can.

Charity Calendar

A fantastic love filled evening and it’s great to see so much commitment by local people to their area.

Well done Pokesdown and keep the vintage love xx

Pokesdown Christmas Shopping Event 24 November 2011

If you are in or around Bournemouth and at a loose end this evening please check out this fabulous event.  A number of the lovely exhibitors from our Vintage Fair will be here, including Poppy Meadows and all of the shops on Christchurch Road.

Here’s the line up!!

To celebrate the arrival of Pokesdown Green’s very first Christmas tree with lights, and to launch the Thursday evening late night shopping in December, Pokesdown is having an evening extravaganza filled with family fun and festive cheer.

Alongside the switching on of the green’s Christmas tree, there are shops open until 9pm with the Tattoo Parlour open until 10pm.

There is a collection of independent traders offering gifts at The Tattoo Parlour, in a one off Mall style shopping experience,

Carol singing around the Christmas tree,

A treasure hunt for families between Pokesdown green and Parkwood road (entry is FREE and there are delicious treats for successful participants)

Magicians, musical serenades and unusual show stopping artifacts will amaze and astound you!

All of the participating traders will be providing their own special offers, treats or activities providing you a veritable feast of festive cheer.

From 5.30pm there will be Childrens’ Activities including decorating the Christmas Tree, Carol Singing and a ‘Pokesdown Trail’ plus lots of Treats and Christmas Fun.
Local Traders will be extending their hours, with many offering Events and Special One-Night only Deals. The Tattoo Parlour Café plays Host to An Independent Traders Fayre which will feature Vintage Clothing, Crafts, Cupcakes, Silver Jewellery, Leather Handbags, Scented Candles, Hand Made Christmas Decorations and Much More!!
There will also be an opportunity to sample Holistic Massage and Eyelash Extensions, as well as Body Jewellery and Tattoo Consultations by Scribe Tattooing plus Festive Food and Drink and a variety of Fabulous Entertainment.
Come along and see what Pokesdown has to offer this Christmas.
This is the first event of it’s kind, DON’T MISS OUT!!!

Big Band Glitz and Glamour


Salisbury Big Band are coming to Alderholt Village Hall on 3 December and bringing their range of mid-century tunes with them.   There will be everything from Sinatra to Glen Miller to enjoy along with a free glass of something fun and fizzy.

The hall will be glammed up for this fantastic evening and it’s definitely a posh frock occasion!   Come along, enjoy a drink or three and a bit of a boogie if you’re feeling energetic.

It’s only £10 a ticket and you can even fill a table of 8 if you would like, perfect for a Christmas Party.   Tickets are at the Alderholt Post Office but message me if you would like to buy a table.

Keep the vintage love xx



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