Thought these would get your attention...aren't they great. I grabbed them (quickly) from the local Vinnies while I was waiting to pick my daughter up from the traino (very thoughtful of Vinnies to be in such a convenient location...I can pop in most afternoons!)
I'm not sure how old they are? They're plastic and I paid fifty cents for four of them.
Before I show you more of yesterday's treasure I want to say that I have never been sailing or on a ship of any kind...the closest I've come, is catching the ferry to Rotto (Rottnest Island home of the Quokka and 19 kms off the coast of Perth) and to the zoo in South Perth!
But having said that I could not leave these behind when I saw them...
Old jigsaw puzzles of sailing ships, framed and named. Would you have resisted their charm? I think they would look cool in a bathroom or beach house (if you're lucky enough to have one...)
Have a closer look
Built in Germany in 1926. Given to USSR as war reparation in 1946. She is still the largest traditional sailing ship in operation btw.
the Gorch Fock
(rather an unfortunate name don't you think?)
She was launched in Germany in 1958.
the Nippon Maru 1930
known as the "swan on the pacific" very romantic.
She was a training ship for novice sailors.
And the last ship off the dock
the Unicorn USA
Built in Holland in 1947 and now sailed by teenage girls and women as part of the sisters-under-sail leadership program.
(you can learn about all sorts of irrelevant stuff on my blog in case you didn't already know...)
I think it's lovely that:
a) someone has had the patience to finish these in the first place and
b) they've taken the time (and had pride in what they'd accomplished) to have these mounted and framed.
That's why I bought them...
I also bought some prettier stuff like...
And some practical things like
nearly time to plant this years crop of garlic btw
70's pot holders made in Japan
And how's this for the perfect tea towel to end today's post?