Friday, 10 December 2010

Still Life with Tunnocks

I know it's a bit late for the frosty pictures, but I've just got around to uploading these, and thought I'd share. These were taken from the bedroom window. 
This was a day later when the sun was shining and making the treetops sparkle like Christmas cliches.
What with the weather and all, it's felt very Christmassy, and last weekend we went to a few Christmas fairs, and then popped in to see a craft fair at Ashton Court. In the park there, they have deer, and from a distance, I think you can pretend they're reindeer...

We've also had the fun of starting our advent calenders. Unfortunately, I went shopping a bit too late, and I couldn't find a nice one that I liked. So I ended up with this one.
I got it from a pound shop for 38p. Even in a pound shop, they didn't have the nerve to charge a pound for it. They didn't even have the nerve to charge 39p for it. Just 38p. 38p's worth of fun. It is huge - about two feet tall, but the art work is possibly the worst drawing I have ever seen. It's so bad, it made me laugh, which is why I got it.

I wondered if it had been drawn by a child, but I don't think so.  And why is it such a complicated cut-out shape? Look carefully - the outline of the clock actually bulges out around the figures on it.

Look at the creature below. Is it a monkey or a bear? Why is there a lump of wood behind his head?
The drawings inside the windows are actually quite normal, which is a slight disappointment.

And my last piece of random nonsense - a photo I took at snack time in the afternoon, a visual poem in praise of Tunnocks Caramel Wafers. I particularly love that on every packet it says that they make 5 million of these wafers every week! Five million??? I can account for part of that, but who is eating the other four million?
Winter Afternoon or Still Life with Tunnocks

Oh, and a quick, very late reminder that I will be selling at the Folk House on Saturday 11th December!

8 comments:

GardenofDaisies said...

Oh yum, those sound good. We don't have Tunnocks here. And I like your little Scottish dancer in the tartan kilt.

Naturally Carol said...

Do you think there will be a market for particularly bad asian kitsch in the future? lol...it will probably be like 'made in Japan' used to be, which is now popular! I used to hate kitschy stuff when I was younger but recently have discovered I can laugh at myself and have pink flamingos in the front yard, a ceramic rock under a tree and a nz pukeko (also ceramic) walking under the shrubbery!

Menopausal musing said...

Lovely to see the deer at Ashton Park. I went to Bower Ashton for three years and used to love to watch them from the window,particularly when the park ranger used to take the food, it was wonderful. LOVE your advent calender, so bad it's GOOD! Tunnocks a firm favourite in this house too..........

BusyLizzie said...

Fab frosty pics! That advent calendar is totally brilliant, I wish I had seen it...I could have bought it for my niece and nephew to wind my brother up!!! Hee hee. Have a good day selling today. xx
PS not guilty on the tunnocks.. I don't like them!!

The Vintage Gardener said...

We manage a packet of Tunnocks a week, but as for the rest, we can't vouch for those!

Jane Housham said...

That Advent calendar is a real find. They must have tried quite hard to make it so bad. We had the opposite thing in my house -- we forgot to buy the kids a calendar each (up till last year I toiled to make them myself but they decreed they were too old for that now and would 'just have chocolate') so on Nov 30th I rang my husband at about 6pm and said could he pick up a couple on the way home from work in London. He only ******* got them Godiva calendars at about £20 each!!!! He said there was nothing else left. I am a bit jealous, to say the least.

Ticking stripes said...

I too pay homage to Tunnocks - last week I found a card on etsy showing the chocolate teacake and had to buy it. You never even see adverts for it - why would they need to!?

Janey said...

Re "... the sun was shining and making the treetops sparkle like Christmas cliches":
When it is not just frosty treetops, but little piles of snow instead, each different type of tree has a different shape to the snow piled on its branches. And it also looks marvellous when seen against a blue skydrop.

from Janey in snowier Canada