For Sale – Good Quality Kitchen Worksurface.

I would describe it as a brown laminate granite worktop.
One complete – 3 m x 60 mm plus one section 125 x 60 mm plus one section 65 x 85.  Solid, good quality, never been used.  the 3 m x 60 mm still has its plastic outer on it.

If  you had the right area – brilliant for a kitchen.  Otherwise equally brilliant for a workshop, counter, etc.

If you want more details – ring us on 01297 23826

Obviously quite heavy – now residing at EX12.



Winter Opening Hours

Christmas has come and gone and as a family and also a business we had a great time. Over the years  we have got to know so many interesting people  and gifted people.  “know” is mostly by email long standing over the years.  So thank you and have a good 2018

Great food – thank you to The Harbour at Axmouth for a brilliant Christmas Eve lunch.  8 of us and as I said good food and a reasonable price.  Great staff and comfortable surroundings.  We could even look through the window across to Axmouth Church and (perhaps?) remember what Christmas is meant to be about.

Lyme Antique Centre is also now on Winter Opening Hours.  Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday:   11 to 4.30.  The dealers areas are interesting – nice to have a delve in.   And you could combine a visit with a brisk / bracing walk along the Esplanade or across the beach.  (Have attached a family photo of some of us doing just that.

The Vintage Shed at Colyton (by the Tram) is open 7 days a week 10.30 to 4.  Phone number is 01297  599121 .  There is a lot in there – great variety – well worth a wander.  Lots of parking and tea/coffee/cake etc at The Merchant Tea Rooms in the middle of Colyton (Tel: 01297 552455), The Garden Centre (just round the back of Colyton or if you want a pint or a glass of wine try The Kingfisher in the centre.

Stanley No, 10.1/4 Carriage Maker’s Rebate Plane and an excellent Sash Fillister

The Stanley 10.1/4 Cariage Makers Rebate Plane is in excellent order  although a section of the base of the handle has broken off (pics on the site). It has a goood length original blade and 95% of japanning remains.  It is an above average example of this plane type.  See furthr details on the secondhandtools website.w461en

and then there is the Sash Fillister in excellent condition..  Marked Buck London Improved.


For more details of these planes phone us or just look at the secondhandtools website.

Langton Long, Driftwood Horses and all that.

We went out to Langton Long on Tuesday to buy tools – as we do. A very large converted circular stable block in lovely grounds at Langton Long.  Again a lovely lady, a beautiful apartment,  It was very spacious and gracious.  But the amazing thing was that the stable block had once belong to a large country house,  Langton House,  but the house was demolished in 1949 (blown up) because no one had a use for it.  The kitchen wing, The Brew House, the South block, the stables, etc., are still there but not the house.

On the way home we went into a pub for lunch and standing in the garden were two full size driftwood horses. Wonderful sculptures – probably expensive.  2017-07-25 13.23.48

It was a hot day and they obviously needed a drink and a nibble.  Had a a lovely day out  (but on business) but it was hot and I was glad to sit in our garden for a cold drink.

We went to Tolpuddle.

It was a lovely weekend last weekend and we decided to go to the Tolpuddle Festival. (Sunday 16 July).  Brilliant weather, masses of people, great bands  good food (the Village Hall committee did a fantastic job – cakes, sandwiches, quiches, flans, salads (fund raising for the village hall) – and of course there were excellent food stalls in the fields themselves.

Perhaps you don’t know the story of Tolpuddle so I am quoting here  “
Loveless and five fellow workers – his brother James, James Hammett, James Brine, Thomas Standfield and Thomas’s son John – were charged with having taken an illegal oath. But their real crime in the eyes of the establishment was to have formed a trade union to protest about their meagre pay of six shillings a week – the equivalent of 30p in today’s money and the third wage cut in as many years.
With the bloody French Revolution and the wrecking of the Swing Rebellion fresh in the minds of the British establishment, landowners were determined to stamp out any form of organised protests. So when the local squire and landowner, James Frampton, caught wind of a group of his workers forming a union, he sought to stamp it out.
Workers met either under the sycamore tree in the village or in the upper room of Thomas Standfield’s cottage. Members swore of an oath of secrecy – and it was this act that led to the men’s arrest and subsequent sentence of seven years’ transportation.
In prison, George Loveless scribbled some words: “We raise the watchword, liberty. We will, we will, we will be free!” This rallying call underlined the Martyrs’ determination and has since served to inspire generations of people to fight against injustice and oppression.
Transportation to Australia was brutal. Few ever returned from such a sentence as the harsh voyage and rigours of slavery took their toll.
After the sentence was pronounced, the working class rose up in support of the Martyrs. A massive demonstration marched through London and an 800,000-strong petition was delivered to Parliament protesting about their sentence.
After three years, during which the trade union movement sustained the Martyrs’ families by collecting voluntary donations, the government relented and the men returned home with free pardons and as heroes.

We spent about four hours wandering around the fields of people.  So many Union Stands. singing, and then a long procession.   And we met Jeremy Corbyn as he arrived . Nice low profile man.  But made a brilliant speech at the end of the procession.

I think there is a lot that is relevant in the Tolpuddle rebellion.  In those days an 800,000 petition was amazing.  Perhaps there is a message somewhere in all this for us.