Monday, 11 July 2016

Summer essentials.



I used to buy these old fashioned food covers at UK Jumble Sales or Boot Sales, they were sold for almost nothing. I'd buy every one I saw; I imagine they are from the 1950's.

These days they would probably be classified as 'Kitchenalia' and have crazy price tickets.

They've just been given a refreshing coat of 'Wimbledon Green' spray paint, and are ready for use again.

No Wasps on my Ham Sandwiches, or my slice of Battenburg Cake; thank you very much!




43 comments:

  1. You must eat a lot of meals outside by the pool....I certainly would, if I were you!

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    1. We eat outdoors all the time in summer. One of life's pleasures.

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  2. These are just the best, who wants bugs on their food. Love the color.
    Yea for Andy great match.

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

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    1. I'm afraid I was watching the Cycling (The Tour de France). I left Lady M to watch the Tennis.

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  3. I wouldn't be without mine - used all the time in summer.

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    1. Do you have the metal ones like these?

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  4. I think they are both metal - one seems to be stainless steel - modern ones not like your lovely old ones.

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    1. They do rust, hence the annual face-lift.

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  5. They are so useful. I've got a 'modern' metal one. Yours look much nicer. Food cover envy!

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  6. How come we love so much (i do) almost every thing from the 50th?

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    1. Those of us who lived through the 50's look back with nostalgia. Things were made to last, and had a practical aesthetic about them.

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  7. There were also those ones that operated like an upside down umbrella and were plastic. They weren't as nice. x

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    1. I've had a couple of those and they broke as quickly as an umbrella.

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    2. I still have one like an umbrella. It's collapsible, and rather the worse for wear, but still does the job !

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  8. I have one of these Cro. An old metal one, which is beginning to slightly rust. It never occurred to me to paint it..what a good idea.

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    1. Spray paint is the best, it doesn't fill all the tiny holes.

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  9. Look out for the ants that might attack through the holes in the table!
    I have a lacy thing with beads dangling on the edge for the tops of basin or jug.

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    1. After a good friend died (very young) I was asked if I would like something of hers. I chose one of those lacy things with the beads.... now I can't find it anywhere.

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  10. Love them. We have a modern one, white from Ikea a few years ago I think. I occasionally see them at brocantes and thought them to tatty to buy, never thought of painting them, great idea.

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    1. I find these more pleasant than the modern ones; they appeal to my love of things 'old'.

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  11. I have these metal ones. My mother used to pick them up at auction for next to nothing. I rarely use them. We dont get many flies in this house. I used to get loads at the previous one. Maybe this old 17th century place is too cold for them indoors in summer.

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    1. I've just been trying to pick the last of my Cherries from the top of a step ladder, and fell off right from the top. I'm now in pain all down my left side. Thank god I didn't break anything.

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    2. Have a glas of red as it is now midday for you and lay on the couch for the rest of the day. No gardening and no cooking. Lady M to the rescue. Take care.

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    3. I'm hobbling and in pain.

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    4. Go and lay down and have a nap. It is hot here today. Lovely breeze. Lovely sunmer.

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    5. I did just that, and both Bok and Freddie came to join me.

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  12. They range from 4 to 8 pounds here, with many having flowers or bees/dragonflies stitched into the holes. Good idea when there is a cat about too x

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    1. I think I've seen those; they must still be made somewhere.

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  13. We have some of those lovely folding fabric netting ones with bamboo bases that we bought at French mmarkets. I keep mending them, so we are probably ready for another trip to France to buy more.

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    1. I've seen those on sale in Blighty; save your Euros.

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  14. I thought your pool had been invaded by a giant jellyfish in the small photo. They make hats for bald men in the same sort of material - also to keep the flies off.

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    1. I take a six and seven eights, these are at least seven and a quarters. Better as fencing face masks methinks.

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    2. A sailor leans over the rail and calls to a sailor in the water, "Capsize?"
      The sailor in the water calls back "6 7/8."
      Battenberg cake is more satisfying.

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  15. Did you have to mention Battenberg cake? It is my downfall.

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  16. I agree with you about appreciating lots of stylish functional items from the 1950s, the time of my childhood.

    Sometimes, current reproductions of such "retro" things are almost as good as the originals. You are clever to freshen up your mesh covers with the spray paint.

    Hoping you are recovering from the fall from the ladder.

    Best wishes.

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    1. Post war design was functional and solid; no frills. That's probably why I like it.

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  17. All mine are wooden framed ones bought in French street markets. They are foldable and work very well. Of course they are never used for outside eating: this is the Hebrides after all!

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    1. Liberace had outdoor central heating, and that was in California.

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  18. I bought one from sainsburys with flamingos on it
    £ 3.50

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    1. Being me, I'd probably have those Flamingos off in an instant.

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