Friday, 10 June 2011

Displacement Activity

What I might have done on a day like today is wander the house forlornly, nibbling on anything I could find with no nutritional value whatsoever, making constant cups of tea or coffee till the caffeine made me buzz,  picking things up and putting things down and generally worrying for Britain. 

But today, my good friend Jane took me in hand after I got back from the hospital, having left Mr U-t-B about to don revealing gown, anti-embolism stockings and paper knickers - oh the indignity!

Jane and I went to a local garden centre and had a lovely slice of coffee cake and a cappuccino, then mooched around the plants and the gifts till it was nearly time for me to make a phone call and find out how the operation had gone.

And I am very pleased (and relieved) to say that it has apparently gone well.  I can't go to see him (or rather there's no point, as he's 'heavily sedated') till this evening, and then I will hopefully learn a bit more.  But we have got over the hurdle of the operation itself and I am really hoping that my lovely husband will now have a smooth recovery and soon be back to his normal, active self!

With the majority of the time between half ten and one o'clock spent in the garden centre, it was rather unlikely that I would have left without a small purchase or two - retail therapy and all that...

Sadly I cannot reveal what is inside this bag as it is a certain somebody special's birthday soon, and if I can bear to part with it, this might be part of the present.

I have remembered to take photos so I can show the contents later!

Then I found some great greeting cards.  I don't know about you, but I always struggle to find good cards for boys and men.  So the range by 'Armed Forces Art' ( is a great discovery.  Here's an example I bought...

The website has lots of other vintage-y items - well worth a visit!

I also found the 'Vector' range from 'Abacus Cards'  -

'Celebrating the golden age of planes, trains & automobiles, Vector is based on 1920’s & 1930’s vintage travel posters and other classic art deco advertising material'

Right up my street then!
Here's one of the ones I bought...

I think that the website is more of a trade one, but tracking down a local supplier would be worth it for any vintage lovers.

Last but not least a bit of cheap frivolity!

Five pretty, polka-dotted plastic windmills!   I think I'm reverting to childhood!


  1. Hi Alix. Glad the operation went well, that's one hurdle overcome. Sounds like you had a busy time at the garden centre and the contents of that plastic bag have got me intrigued x

  2. Glad the operation went well - I think you deserved some nibbling! Love those vintage images - thanks for sharing, I think I'll pop over and take a look.

  3. Hi - glad the op went well. Good on your friend for distracting you! Have a good weekend. Abby x

  4. Hi
    Glad the operation went well and I wish him a speedy recovery.
    Have a relaxing weekend

    This is my 3rd attempt at leaving a message.......
    blummin' blogger up to it's usual tricks!!!!!!

  5. I'm very glad that all went well with the operation and you are forgiven your one moment of retail madness...those windmills are quite charming and I would have bought some too. Lots:)

  6. Hi Alix, so glad the operation went well. And how lovely to have a kind friend to take you in hand and support you through those anxious hours.
    I wish him a speedy recovery.
    Love the look of the Vector cards - they look classy and vintage.
    hope you have a good weekend and get hubby home ASAP.
    Gill xx

  7. Glad everything went well. What a good friend for providing such a lovely distraction. M x

  8. Hope your husband has a swift recovery. Those cards are really lovely!

  9. Hi Alix,

    So glad the op went well, it's a worrying time until you hear those words, "He is ok"
    Have a good weekend and Mr U T B will be home before you know it and back to normal,
    Love Andrea x

  10. I was expecting a photo of revealing gown & paper knickers! I am so glad things have gone well for him, hope he recovers quickly. I love those windmills! xxxxxxxxxxxx

  11. So glad to hear that the operation went well, and do hope that your dear husband has a swift recovery ~ strength and blessing for you as you care for him too. How lovely that you were able to have a special time out with your friend, and that you were able to find such wonderful cards ~ yes, 'manly' ones are always hard to find, so thank you for letting us know of these suppliers! Have a great weekend, Love Brenda

  12. A garden centre is the perfect way to distract you. Hope all well x

  13. Dream on Tracey.

    Mr UTB ;)