Not so sure I had put it up brilliantly either! My best mate's son inspected it - he has been camping most weekends for years - he is a total expert and gave me marks of 4/10. Not sure it was quite that bad myself but there you go. It kept our son dry in it for one night when he slept out anyway!
So next thing I know, Steve has been browsing ebay, preloved etc and found a 4 berth tent at a reasonable price and not too far away and would also be good for us to use anyway. So, off we all go in the car, collect said tent and then return for another trail run of putting up this tent in the back garden to make sure its ok!
So Friday came along and after dropping our son at the childminders off we set for Derbyshire. Found it easily enough, beautiful grounds. After helping get the stall set up, off I went outside to get the tent up and went fine! Hooray. So I set off home, bidding Steve farewell until my return on Sunday. Glad that I indeed was going to have a lovely warm bed that night.
Well the tent was still up and it was hammering down with rain as I pulled up outside the tent about 8am Sunday morning. Steve was still inside, looking like he was on a water bed - the double air mattress was like a giant marshmallow but not white or pink obviously! Apparently in the early hours he heard some sheep nearby baa'ing. It got louder and louder - he said that in the end he thought the whole tent was surrounded by sheep ha-ha. What a thought eh?
Anyway, all is well that ends well. I will be back with you very soon for the next blog which is about criminal collectables!
Love the Mrs
Morning people, its a glorious sunny day with pure blue skies. Makes you feel glad to be alive doesnt it? Steve would prob say no though lol. He prefers the darkened world. Been busy few weeks, having done Kniver fair, and this last weekend Kedleston Hall antiques in the park as well. So its been a while since my last blog. Kedleston was a 3 day fair and to cut down on me driving backwards and forwards for 3 days Steve came up with the great idea of camping there in a tent. Steve used to do a lot of cycling in his younger years and with having been in the forces too, living rough and camping are certainly not strange concepts to him (apparently lol) He was going to borrow a tent off his sister first of all. We got it home and I had a go (tent novice I am, well I did help put one up in the girl guides but that was about 25 years ago now!) at putting it up in our back garden first to test it and make sure it would be ok. Oh My God, what a laugh we all had. It was a tiny one man tent. There was no way Steve was gonna fit into there? Unbeknown to me Steve had been watching from the window as my son and I figured out how to put the tent up - he was belly laughing as he came outside. He tried to get in it, our son crawled in after him. I was nearly wetting myself laughing soooo much. There is a hilarious video clip showing you Steve trying to get in and out of this one man tent! If I can, will upload it soon.
Dear Blog readers,
Sorry its been so long since last my blog, life as ever just seems non stop, busy, busy, busy. Last weekend Steve had a stall at the local Rugeley Charter Fair and to go along with the fair's medeival theme took along some of his medeival style items. We were lucky with the weather as it stayed dry but my god it was sooooooo windy that some stalls had to pack up and leave but Steve stayed and was pleased to meet so many locals, and so had a good day. The sun did shine but sun + wind = Sunburn so poor Steve came home with a red face that day.
This weekend on Sunday Black Fish have a stand at the Kniver Antiques Fair held at Kinver Leisure Centre, Enville Road, Kinver, West Midlands, DY7 6AA. Kniver is a lovely picturesque village, ideal for a sunday stroll around an antiques fair. For more details see our events page.
Then at the end of June Steve will be camping out (literally! in a tent) at Kedleston Hall in Derby to do a 3 day fair. Its a gorgeous setting and run by the same people, Jaguar Fairs that ran Shugbourough's antiques in the park that we did in March. So he is looking forward to that. So I am lol peace for a few days haha.
So that's what has been happening so far but more exciting is that we have a new special collection to sell. Collectors will tell you that once you start just like tattoos its addictive. From kitchen wares and collectable toys to films and sports, everything and anything is collectable, not more so than memorabilia. Sport memorabilia is extremeley popular, especially football. Football is the most popular sport in the world, and pre 1950's football memorabilia is even more popular.
We have a Stoke City Football Medal Collection for sale that belonged to the late Charlie Wilson. A footballer who started his career a by being signed at Tottenham Hotspur, before transferring to Huddersfield Town where he was part of the Herbert Chapman's team (three successive Division 1 Championships) before being transferred to Stoke City where eventually due to injuries he moved into non league football playing for Stafford Rangers. Later he became a landlord at a Stafford pub, the Noah's Ark before his death at the age of 76 years in 1971.
Charlie's football performance record reads as follows;
Record - Tottenham 27 goals in 55 league appearances, Huddersfield 57 goals in 99 games and Stoke 110 goals in 156 appearances.
What a fabulous piece of local Staffordshire football memorabilia and love the fact that its a Staffordshire local business - us, well Steve lol at Black Fish thats now in a position to sell this epic collection.
The first medal is from 1926/1927 League Championship medal Division 3 Northern. The second is 1928 Norfolk and Norwich Hospital Cup. The third is from 1929 Norfolk and Norwich Hospital Cup. All the medals are 9ct Gold and enamelled and are for sale at the competitive price of £4750.00. If anyone is interested in genuinely viewing these medals with a view to purchasing them then get in touch as viewing is by appointment only as they are not kept at our shop so notice is required.
Love the Mrs
I am the owners other half. Steve runs Black Fish Collectables, I am his mad accident prone nutter wife - Gill. We live with our 1 dog and 9 year old son. We have mad passion for old things and weird things.