The day started out pretty ordinary, we locked ourselves out of the house. It went something like this; the Mr went through the back door, stopping to admire his pizza oven (yay, its finally built, pictures soon) and I went the front way to look at my newly weeded garden, meeting at the car.
"Do you have the keys?" he said,
“No, don’t you?” I asked.
“God damn it we will have to break in!”
It was surprisingly easy….shhh don’t tell. We lifted India through a window that was not locked luckily. She was very excited and is going to tell the story for news on Wednesday.
Anyway, it turned out to be a blessing because as we were running late, I had to drop the Mr at work so I took a trip to the tip shop at lunchtime.
On my first round (only half way through the shop) I found the table below which I was excited about, a few picture frames, water colour painting, the small suitcase and bits and bobs which I paid for ($30) and took to the car. After returning the trolley I had a nosey out the back and a new trolley load had just arrived inside the door. Mostly full of rubbish, the handle of the bat* took my eye, and a little rummage later, I found the mirror!
At first I thought it was rubbish until I turned it over and gave it a second look; it had beautiful hand painted flowers and little butterflies and sweet shelves with old hinges. It is made from Papier-Mache that is lacquered , or Japanned, and is late Victorian.
I could not believe my eyes. I quickly went to pay. On the outside I was being all cool, calm and collected, while inside jumping with joy. What? This old thing? Its just a mirror. $10 later (purchase of mirror, bat and CD) I was on my way. I raced to the car, called the Mr straight away and said that I found my Christmas present and sent a photo through.
I listened to the CD, best of the 80's, on the drive back to work (2 ½ songs)…today could not have turned out to be a happier day!
* The bat is a Rich Rollins Little League baseball bat (Canada) that I need to investigate a little further, circa 1960's I think.
Sorry for the grainy photos, my camera needs charging so I used the phone, oh, and the mirror and table need a good clean. Thanks for stopping in, Tam x