Monday, June 27, 2011

June - A Busy Month Of Antiques Shows -

Holly Lane Antiques began this June at a new antiques show for us - the Cape Cod Antique Dealers Association Annual Spring Antiques Show at the Heritage Museum at Sandwich Ma on Cape Cod.

This was a beautiful show on a beautiful day in a beautiful place. I felt like I was on a wonderful vacation!

The show was well attended and we were happily surprised to be reacquainted with a former customer who is an early English White Ironstone collector.

We stock hundreds of items and there are always favorites. At this show - one of our favorites - this very special flow blue platter found a new home. It is always bittersweet to part with "the favorites" but knowing it will have a special place with its new owner eases that a bit. This piece will proudly take its place over the fireplace to replace one that was broken.

We look forward to participating in this show again next year and returning to the Heritage Museum to explore its wonderful gardens very soon.

Living in New England we realize the weather is not always our friend. Antiques At Elm Bank is a unique Antiques Show in that it takes place on the grounds of Massachusetts Horticultural Society at the Elm Bank Estate in Wellesley Ma. This is a most outstanding venue for an antiques show. The white tents full of antiques set amongst the beautiful gardens is a magical setting - even in the rain ?!?!

This is a two day show with a day of set up before. It was quite hot and humid for the set up and then rainy and cold for the show days. The weather did improve a bit on Sunday with just heavy drippy mist instead of real rain. The gardens were still beautiful and the tents were still full of antiques - though a bit damp - as were the dealers. Many of the people still came not wanting to miss this special event and it was enjoyable as always to share our treasures with those who visited our booth.

There was a new garden across from our booth that was amazing to look at - remembering that last year it was just piles of dirt in process and the previous year a parking lot. If anything can make up for a rainy antiques show for me it is being in beautiful gardens.

On the third weekend in June we participated in the Grafton Historical Society Antiques Show on the town green in Grafton Ma. Again we spent the week previewing the weather forecast. Thunderstorms were predicted but it was a perfect day without a raindrop to fall. This was a true community event - for along with the antiques - there were the local church women with their most special pies for sale and the boy scouts ready to lift and carry and help in every way.

A most enjoyable day spent in the midst of great community spirit!

Last Saturday we were scheduled to be at a show at Brewster on Cape Cod. When we checked the weather forecast at 4 am we found severe caution warnings with dense fog and zero visibility followed by thunderstorms. We decided against driving for a hour and a half in such weather to participate in that outside show.

We are now preparing for our close to home show this weekend in Tiverton Rhode Island at Tiverton Four Corners on Saturday July 2nd. This is always a wonderful well attended show with everyone in high spirits for the holiday weekend.

And then we will be back at Brimfield - July 15 and 16 - at J & J Field.

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Taking Time To Enjoy ---

I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.
~Edna St. Vincent Millay, "Afternoon on a Hill"

A Tour Of Garden Club Members Gardens - A Special Day!

The weather continued to be foggy - drippy - rainy - but as one commented - the flowers look their best in this type of weather. And they did!

Four beautiful gardens hidden away down a lane way - behind a stone wall - on the edge of a meadow - behind a cottage. So much inspiration - so much joy!

If you've never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in spring bloom, maybe your soul has never been in bloom. ~Terri Guillemets

Flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity. ~John Ruskin

Summer set lip to earth's bosom bare,
And left the flushed print in a poppy there.
~Francis Thompson, "The Poppy," 1891

Earth laughs in flowers. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Hamatreya"

This was indeed a special day spent with good friends in beautiful gardens!

Now it is time to return to working in my gardens of both flowers and antiques.

Searching for new antique treasures and participating in a full schedule of summer Antiques Shows take me away but it is always comforting to return to my special place in my gardens with my flowers.