Sunday, 10 March 2019

A Filly At The Races

It's been a quiet start to 2019 in terms of getting out and about.  I have a couple of events coming up that I've been putting money aside for, and of course the weather, barring one glorious week in February - which I hope wasn't the extent of the good weather for this year - hasn't been conducive to spending time outdoors.

Nevertheless, last weekend I headed over the Chester Racecourse for one of their vintage fairs.With the wonder week of February behind us, it was a return to dismal grey clouds and smatterings of rain across the north-west (and world, it felt).  Undaunted, I slipped into stockings, heels and a vintage outfit and, just an hour or so down the motorway, found myself at the racecourse.

The rain, of course, was already there, making it a very quick dash to The Pavilion - the new events room.  So much for hoping to get some saucy photos outside.

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Vintage Fair, Chester Racecourse.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Vintage Fair, Chester Racecourse.
Thankfully, inside awaited a warm welcome and warm temperature.  Time for some old-style browsing.

The quality of items on sale at the various stands was very high - too often poor quality stuff is passed off as vintage, and I certainly whiled away a few hours browsing though the various bits and pieces.

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Vintage Fair, Chester Racecourse.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Vintage Fair, Chester Racecourse.
 A fabulous hat display caught my eye.

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Vintage Fair, Chester Racecourse.
 I tried on a few and found a glorious leopard-print 1950's pillbox hat.  Monroe-vamp, indeed.  A little haggling later and it was in my bag.

Some gorgeous vintage leather luggage caught my eye too.  Top-quality leather, beautifully-crafted - genuinely the kind of thing they really don't make anymore.

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Vintage Fair, Chester Racecourse.
 They made me think of summertime trans-continental drives, a silk-stocking clad mistress and handsome be-suited gentleman lover wafting through France on their way to some fabulously decadent resort on the Côte d'Azur or Italian Riviera.  I'll buy the cases if some lovely gent wants to supply the car...




Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Derby Bentley - not at the Chester Racecourse, sadly.
I continued my way around the fair, browsing through lovely mementoes of past glorious decades, but there's still not much I need or really desire (Derby Bentley aside) at the moment - and my money is needed for more pressing events.

Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Vintage Fair, Chester Racecourse.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Vintage Fair, Chester Racecourse.
Dexi Delite South Manchester Escort - Vintage Fair, Chester Racecourse.
Just after lunchtime I was done, and it was time to say goodbye to dreams of a 1930's summer at St.Tropez or Portofino and head back into the north-west rain of a dismal February.

A lovely little morning out, though, and I'm already hoping for a lovely Spring.


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