Friday, 25 November 2011

Barter - alive and well in The Vale

My good friend Jill came over yesterday and we had a wonderful barter with our cup of tea! I had a new waxed kagoul  (like a Barber type thing ) which was an unwanted present. She had been giving a huge pile of  linen, so barter was the order of the day. The linen is the finest quality I've seen, really top of the order stuff; it feels beuatiful in the hand, has a good weight to it and came in the most gorgeous retro ice cream colours; mongrams, embroidery and the neatest sheet patching I have ever seen. The sheets and pillowcases had obviously been very well used, but it's testament to their quality that there is still so much life left in them. I'm not sure what I will do with them, but would like some as pillow cases, with fine hand made edgings I think. In the meantime, it's neatly folded for careful storage - which leads me on to the first pic in the mosaic up there ^  I was thrilled to get some of it in a  Galaries Lafayette bag, celebrating 100 years of this iconic Paris shop.  A visit to the shop was one of the highlights of my college trip to Paris away back in 1980. I love the connectedness of stuff, people and happenings :)

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