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Old charm and Easter wishes

MTarrant, 2I’ve said before here that I love old graphics and amongst other things have quite a good collection of old postcards.  I think it was such a charming practise, to send one another postcards, not just to wish seasonal greetings but even just to say hello, enquire after someone’s well-being or express how much you enjoyed your recent get together.  For me part of the joy of collecting postcards is in reading those lovely messages on the back.  It’s such a shame we no longer take the time to do this – emails and texts just don’t do it for me and certainly won’t stand the test of time.

Interestingly, many of the great illustrators were women, at a time when most of us imagine that women were very centred around the house, bringing up baby.  The graphics here are by well-known illustrator Margaret Tarrant.  Her work is much more detailed than the cards I usually collect but I love it all the same, probably because it reminds me of book illustrations from when I was a child. (There again, Sponge Bob Square Pants can’t hold a candle to these beautiful old illustrations, which were pieces of fine artwork in themselves).

I’ve picked the one below because it has an Easter feel to it and I’m wishing friends and contacts here on the web a very safe, happy and peaceful Easter weekend.  Whatever your faith, may your God go with you.

M.Tarrant, 1



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Easter wishes

Wishing all my friends and contacts here on the web a very happy and peaceful Easter weekend.

Antique Easter postcard


‘I’m sending you a message,

Wishing you every good,

May the fairy-folk work overtime,

To bring you all they should.’


Antique Easter postcard, c1900-1910

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Displaying plants

Pretty platesPlant pots inside the house need to stand on non-porous trays, plates or saucers.  Be warned that terracotta and un-glazed saucers sold at places like garden centres and DIY superstores may look nice, and may match the pot that you have bought, but because of their porous nature will allow moisture from the plant to percolate down onto your nice coffee table, leaving water damage!

Plastic trays are the obvious solution but they don’t look very nice.  A cheap alternative is to buy a selection of old plates from places like junk stalls and charity shops. Pick ones with pretty edging for a rustic, cottagey feel.  However, be prepared to sacrifice these to your plants because over time water ‘etches’ into the pottery glaze and the face of the plate will be ruined.

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