DSC_0621I have been shopping for a special celebration.  I found some lovely things not least the soft apricot coloured mallow, (Sphaeralcea ‘Childerley’), which has grey, green leaves and is good for a full sun position.  Orange brick backdrops can be tricky for planting but apricot/grey/green is a spot on combo so I know that this plant will look lovely in its final space.

DSC_0622Of course it is a given when shopping for others that you chance upon something for youself.  In fact shopping is no fun at all unless you bring back an item or two that stays with you.

brades catalogueI found a vintage Brades trowel and hand fork.  Made from steel with wooden handles, probably in the 1920s or 30s, they are both well worn and homely. The Brades trademark was established in the early 19th century by William Hunt who built a forge at Oldbury near Birmingham.  Ultimately the company was bought and subsumed by Spear and Jackson in the 1960s.

I don’t need another trowel or fork as I have several pairs of sturdy stainless steel ones.  However at £4 each the Brades hand tools didn’t break the bank and I thought they needed to be set amongst working tools rather than languishing in a bric a brac store.



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