|Simon on his 1952 Ferguson tractor|
So, over Easter weekend I went back to the Shire to visit the Hobbits. In other words, to visit mum and her partner, Brian, in rural Norfolk. I really enjoyed it, and being at the farm made me think a lot about what I love about vintage. The farm has been in Brian's family for over 200 years, and mum brought all sorts of old bits and bobs from my family to it. It was really enjoyable seeing things like old books and even cutlery again, remembering them from decades ago and enjoying using them again. Mum has also collected things, such as an absolute forest of pottery with woodland animals on. I love vintage things because they have a sense of time, and with that comes a sense of stability. Vintage items feel as though they have more connections.
Oh, and I learned a new bit of Norfolk dialect: dillum. And when I asked what I dillum was, I was informed it's "'alf a wuss". So now you know!