Sunday, 30 October 2011

Enamel sign giveaway

The lovely people at Ramsign contacted me recently to see if I would be interested in giving away one of their enamel signs to my readers.  After looking over their products I'm really thrilled to be hosting this giveaway.  Ramsign are a Danish company who sell beautiful hand-crafted porcelain enamel signs that would add a vintage touch to any home.

Ramsign have offered my readers the chance to win one of their classic house numbered signs.  If you win, you'll be able to choose from any of their five different styles of house number (from one to five digits).  They will ship it out anywhere in the world for free, so international entries are welcome.


The rules
To enter, just leave a comment on this blog with your email address.
[+1] For an extra entry, tweet about this giveaway by pasting this into your tweet: "Enter @ohsovintagecouk giveaway and win an enamel sign from Ramsign"
[+2] For two extra entries, blog about this giveaway and link to the Ramsign website.  Make sure you leave me a comment to let me know you've done so.

The giveaway closes at midnight (GMT) Monday 14th November.  Good luck!

Monday, 17 October 2011


We have just returned from a week's holiday in Northumberland and what a stunning county it is!  We stayed in a really pretty cottage in the Breamish valley.

Being National Trust members we visited a lot of their properties to get our money's worth of the membership fee!  This is Dunstanburgh castle which is on the coast.

We also visited Wallington and Cragside.

These two houses had amazing kitchens; these are always my favourite rooms as I like to look at all the items of cookware and kitchenalia used in bygone days.

 An early dishwasher.

I just love this cabinet of moulds.

We also visited Alnwick Castle where some of the Harry Potter films have been filmed.  It is the home of the Duke of Northumberland and is crammed full of beautfiul and priceless treasures.  Sadly photography was not allowed.  We had lunch in the Treehouse restaurant which was novel!

 We weren't able to do or see as much as we'd hoped as time ran out but we will definitely return.  The scenery is breathtaking and the locals very friendly.

with the odd exception!!

Monday, 3 October 2011

Ashes to Ashes

What stunning weather we had on Saturday when we visited what has to be one of my favourite places in the UK - Daymer Bay in north Cornwall.  This is where we laid Mum to rest and where she requested in her poem.

Just ten minutes walk away is St Enedoc church where John Betjeman is buried and I went in there to say a prayer for Mum.  It was decorated for Harvest Festival the next day and was looking so lovely.

(From the 16th century to the middle of the 19th century, the church was virtually buried by sand dunes.  To maintain the  tithes required by the church, it had to host services at least once a year, so the vicar and parishioners descended into the sanctuary through a hole in the roof. By 1864 it was finally unearthed and the dunes were finally stabilized).