Monday, 26 February 2007

New Shoes

A 'girl' can never have too many shoes so I thought I'd let you see my latest acquisition. I saw these in the window of a wonderful antiques shop in Petworth (West Sussex) and just had to have them. I've been caught out too many times procrastinating then going back to find something's been sold so before I could think of all the reasons why I didn't need them the deal was done. And when did a woman ever buy shoes because she needed them? I wonder who they belonged to, they are a size 2 or 3 I should say, so for a very young child.

I have put them on the mantlepiece for now so that I can keep looking at them. Hope you like them too.

Thursday, 22 February 2007

I bought this old (and rather tatty) picture in the local Sue Ryder shop yesterday. I have seen this poem before but thought I would share it with you as I think it is lovely. It was written by Wilbur D Nesbit (1871 - 1927) and it is obviously has the similarity to Kipling's 'If' poem written in 1895 about Man. I have copied the poem below and would be interested to hear what you think.


If you can smile, and share another’s gladness
Though yours may be denied, and still rejoice;
If you can bravely face regret and sadness
And let no bitter accent tinge your voice;
If you are free from bias and fault-finding
And make your creed the olden Golden Rule;
With neither fear nor doubt your vision blinding,
Can live each day serene, and sweet, and cool –

If you can bar out envy from your spirit
And keep the little jealousies away;
If when some gossip starts, you do not hear it
Unless at once you rise and ask fair play;
If you can let good sense determine pleasure,
Can look upon yourself with honest eyes;
If you can give your full friendship in full measure,
And find your life the stronger for its ties.

If you can desire below your duty
And find in work and study much of joy;
If you can turn from artificial beauty
To that real charm which never needs alloy;
If you can help where you know help is needed,
And even make your silence sympathize;
If you can let unkindness go unheeded,
And always see God’s sunshine in the skies –

If you can fill your soul with gentle kindness,
And hold your faith no matter what may come,
Let neither greed nor pride blight you with blindness,
Nor self-love all your finer motives numb;
If you can love, and hope with rare believing,
Can shun the dross, and ever seek the worth,
Then you will find life’s fabric you are weaving
Means Womanhood – God’s greatest gift to earth.
Wilbur D Nesbit

Thursday, 15 February 2007

I'm New Here

First of all 'Hello' to anyone who reads this. My name is Ruth and I have been meaning to create a blog for a very long time so, at long last, here it is.

I really enjoy reading other vintage blogs, touring around from people's favourites to others then realise I've lost all track of time becoming so involved in other people's lives.

I live in Hampshire with my husband and 17 year old son and reading vintage blogs is one escape from conversations entirely focussed on football and cars. My 22 year old daughter recently left home but fortunately she regularly comes home for girlie chats.

I have a website if anyone fancies having a peep and I run this with my friend Jane (I'm the one on the left). This photo was taken at a recent antiques fair that we did together.
I think this is enough for my first blog but I hope to keep publishing.....