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Wednesday, 03 May 2006
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Spotted lying on the pavement outside the cornershop in Oxted.

The award joy apparently concerns the Campaign for Real Ale guidebook listing local Oxted pub The Royal Oak in their latest guide book.  It was probably a slow week down at the paper, or else this counts as an advertising feature.

Posted by bigblue on 03/05/2006 at 08:40 PM
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Tuesday, 02 May 2006
Miss Print

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This is a quality hand-printed silk lampshade, from Miss Print, as seen at the By Design exhibition at Grace Barrand.

Miss Print is a mother-daughter business, drawing inspiration from a variety of sources, including 1950’s design and illustration and natural and organic influences.

Posted by bigblue on 02/05/2006 at 09:28 PM
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Elsmore Green

Elsmore Green

This is in answer to Tweedle Dee’s question.

Posted by bigblue on 02/05/2006 at 08:47 PM
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Monday, 01 May 2006
Magnolia Tree

Magnolia Tree

The magnolias are in bloom at the moment, a sure indication that spring is here. In a couple of weeks it will all be over, with the spring blossoms having passed.

The Royal Horticultural Society has some advice about pruning magnolia trees.  If done at all it should be done in summer.

Posted by bigblue on 01/05/2006 at 09:47 PM
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Sunday, 30 April 2006
A coach

coach

I was out walking with Miney and Meanie this evening when we saw this coach from Skinners of Oxted come past.  It reminded me of one of those caterpillars with the eyebrows.  Skinners is a family-run coach business, based in Oxted.

Posted by bigblue on 30/04/2006 at 10:37 PM
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Grace Barand

Grace Barrand

Another photograph from the By Design exhibition at the Grace Barrand Design Centre. This is where I normally get my caffeine fix on a Saturday morning while Miney is down the road at SESAY rehersals.  And lately I have been using shots from my mobile phone to build up composite “panoramas”, with mixed results. 

I think one of the problems with the above shot is that I moved around a bit too much while composing its parts.

Posted by bigblue on 30/04/2006 at 02:51 AM
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Saturday, 29 April 2006
Berry & Sons in 1904

Oxted Corn Stores

This is the photograph of the Oxted Corn Stores building taken from The Homeland Handbook for Oxted, Limpsfield and Edenbridge (1st Edition, 1904), which I referred to yesterday.

Posted by bigblue on 29/04/2006 at 01:21 AM
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Thursday, 27 April 2006
Oxted Corn Stores

Oxted Corn Stores

This is the former Oxted Corn Stores building in Station Road West, Oxted, Surrey.  Another name on the building is Berry & Sons who may have been the original owners.

According to The Homeland Handbook for Oxted, Limpsfield and Edenbridge (1st Edition, 1904) Berry & Sons were corn, coal and flour merchants, railway carriers and contractors.  This was their building next to Oxted Station.  They sold anthracite pea nuts for radiant stoves, linseed and cotton cakes, artificial manures, hay and straw, peat moss litter, dog biscuits, linseed, birdseed, poultry food, game meal, silver and other sands, manure, wood, gravel, peat, rock and agricultural salt.  At their premises at the Post Office, Limpsfield, they advertise themselves as Bakers and Confectioners.  Their full-page advertisement has a photograph of this building with a horse cart and a carriage outside.

Today the building is occupied by several tenants:

  1. The French confectioner L’Orme de Gisors (this roughly translates as the Gisors Elm Tree, Gisors is a town in Upper Normandy, France.  Her products are flown in from France.
  2. The Oxted Design Studio, which seems to sell kitchen units
  3. Finishing Touch, a dry cleaning business which has recently moved out leaving only a We Have Moved sign in the window
  4. The dental surgery (upstairs) which has likewise recently moved to bigger and better premises, leaving their old sign behind them.
Posted by bigblue on 27/04/2006 at 10:58 PM
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