Roving Reporter La Reine’s Hungarian Bathtub Herb Garden

THE ANTIQUES DIVA™ TOURS – CLOSED FOR ANNUAL VACATION DURING AUGUST – REOPENS SEPTEMBER While my tour guides are taking a much needed holiday and I’m away for the month of August sipping champagne at sunset on a Mediterranean Cruise (after taking a driving tour of Italy), I haven’t forgotten you, my loyal readers, in my absence. August 2008 you’ll enjoy a multitude of guest blogs, pre-posted light blogs and miscellaneous reader questions. Don’t worry, I’ll be back with more great addresses and shopping tips this fall! All email inquiries or posted comments will be responded to come September!

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top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Roving Reporter La Reine emailed a few weeks ago with a sensational idea! She’d recently moved into a penthouse apartment in Manhattan and was looking for ways to decorate her huge wrap-around balcony. While surfing the net, La Reine discovered a vintage Hungarian Baby Bath Tub at Garnet Hill and decided that it would make the perfect home for an herb garden! Apparently it was a limited item as I can’t find this item for sale on the Garnet Hill website anymore, but regardless of where you buy your baby bath tub – the idea is a sensational one! As I have a roof-top terrace as my back yard, I am always searching for planters and this photo has me rethinking how I will go forward with planning my plantings this fall!

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Repurposing antique and vintage unique objects such as bath tubs, or lobster pots, or any number of things, are an excellent way to make a diva-worthy eye catching display
! Do you have a diva-worthy idea that you would like to share with Antiques Diva readers? If so, email me at to:theantiquesdiva@yahoo.com”>theantiquesdiva@yahoo.com

Until next time,

The Antiques Diva™

Reader Question – English Country Fairs and Antique Markets

Dear Antiques Diva,

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>You recently posted some brocante dates for Holland and France. Can you recommend a similar list for England? I love watching BBC television for their decorating and antiques programs. I would like to visit an antique fair and country fair while touring the UK this August. My husband is English and thus far each trip across the Channel has been to visit his friends or family in Somerset. This year for our holiday I convinced him to take me on a tour of his home land so I can visit the sites we see on TV. This will be our first “holiday” in the UK. We’ll take the ferry from Calais and as my husband phrases it, “We will peter around for 4 weeks.” He’s setting the itinerary but do you know of a good antique fair we could visit?

Your advice is appreciated.

Marie-Claire
Deauville

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Bonjour Marie-Claire,

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>You are a lucky lady! Not only have you married an English man (I’m a pushover for those sexy British accents) but you have family & friends to visit in Somerset whenever you want. I suspect you’ve read every to_you/2003/09/jane_austen.shtml” target=”_blank”>Jane Austen novel there is and I imagine you call “ton marie” Darcy every chance you get! Nevertheless, I can understand you wanting to get out and see more of the countryside. Jolly old England happens to be one of my favorite places on the planet and if I weren’t taking a driving tour of Italy before hopping on our Mediterranean Cruise this August, I might have major envy over your travel plans! You must let us know where you went and what you did when all is said and done!!

As for antique fairs, again lady luck has smiled down on you as August in England is smacked full of great antiques fairs and country fairs. And (again lucky you) I just met up with my good friend The English Rose who was taking a long weekend in Brussels last weekend on her quest to visit all the European capitals. While there, The English Rose loaded my arms with a stack of English magazines and in that stack happened to be the latest copy of BBC Homes & Antiques.

All your answers come from this August 2008 issue – so you might want to bid The English Rose a quick Bonjour & Merci while tootling around the countryside!

Cheerio Mate!

The Antiques Diva™
(with a little help from her friend, The English Rose)


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International Antiques & Home Show
5-6 August, 2008 at RAF Swinderby in Lincolnshire

Newark International
7-8 August, 2008 at Newark & Nottinghamshire Showground in Winthorpe

Bowman Fair
8-10 August, 2008 at Bingley Hall – Straffordshire Country Showground

The South Cotswolds Antique Fair
8-10 August, 2008 at Westonbirt School

Affordable Ceramics & Decorative Arts Sale
16-18th August, 2008 at Dreweatts Auction House – Mansfield Road, Nottingham

Chatsworth Country Fair
29-31st August, 2008 on the grounds of the Greatest of the Peak District’s Homes