Antiques Hunting at Battlesbridge, Essex

Despite the fact I am currently sort-of-homeless, flitting between K’s and my mum’s, I have always had an interest in interior design.  I believe your home should be a reflection of the person you are and I’m forever dreaming about what my own little abode is going to be like when I finally get myself out of the situation I’m in at the moment.
I posted a little while ago and said that I would be throwing little homewares posts into the mix on my blog now I’m in the latter half of my debt clearance and that little bit closer to having my own home again.  As I said, I’ve always had an interest in bits and pieces for the home but it’s always been a painful reminder of what I lost and therefore I haven’t wanted to blog about it, but that’s all changed now!
Although I like little individual, quirky items, I can’t stand clutter so I won’t be filling it to the brim, but as and when I do have my own walls and roof again, I can’t wait to fill it with items I find beautiful and meaningful.  Once of the best places I like to go for inspiration is antiques markets; they are full of wonder and excitement for me as I walk around oohhing and ahhing and making a shopping list in my mind.

 

We have a fair few antiques markets in Essex and one of the best is in a place called Battlesbridge, situated in and around an old mill, it’s a lovely location.  Just recently, K and I decided to pop down there for a mooch around and to see what they had.  We weren’t going to buy anything, but just to have a look – browsing antiques markets is definitely my idea of fun!
Here are some of the things I fell in love with:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honestly, I could have spent a small fortune!
I definitely need to start a scrapbook of ideas for my future home, just to be sure that I don’t forget anything and to keep all my inspiration in one place.
Do you love antiques markets as much as I do and love the idea of giving a loved item a new home or would you rather have brand new and modern pieces to decorate your living space?
LilliesandLove xx
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Windmill Appreciation – A Day Out With My Dad

I just rediscovered these photos on my phone and thought I’d put them into a little blog post as it was a lovely day that I definitely want to remember.

Back in the summer, I had a dad-and-daughter day with Papa LilliesandLove and we decided to go and visit an old windmill which was open to visitors for the day.

Windmills are such beautiful structures and so many of them are being left to decay and ruin; I think it’s a real shame, so a donation to have a look around inside seemed like a great way to spend a lazy, sunny afternoon with my Dad.

This particular windmill is no longer in use, however, it does still function so they use it a few times a year to ensure it doesn’t stiffen up and, by all accounts, it still creates good quality flour!  I know it’s stupid, but I still find it astonishing that over 100-years ago people built these mills with their intricate systems of lever, cogs and pulleys – I wouldn’t be able to do it, that’s for sure!

 

 

I know life moves on and so does industry, but it’s such an awful shame to see wonderful buildings like this being left to fall apart.  We should preserve as much of our heritage as is possible – traditions, countryside and buildings alike – as it is all so special and helped us on our journey to become the people we are today.

 

A beautiful building and one, I hope, donations will keep in good order for many years to come.
LilliesandLove xx
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