Sunday, 21 August 2011

Staying Local

Vintage catsuit (£6.50, eBay), 1950's bag (20p, car boot sale) and scarab pendant (£1, car boot sale)
 
We had grand plans for last night but they went pear-shaped and we ended up down the local instead.


We've got two pubs within five minutes walking distance from home and last night we paid The Wheatsheaf a visit.




There's been a public house here since 1535. According to local records the current building has been trading as a pub since 1801, originally it was unnamed and known only by a picture of a greyhound, becoming The Wheatsheaf in 1812.

Last night's ale was Wye Valley HPA. Cheers!

The pub's had several incarnations since I started going in my teens. Originally a traditional back street boozer complete with horse brasses, mild ale and a darts board, during the early Nineties it became part of the Firkin chain, changing it's name to the Flock & Firkin selling watered-down lager to a banging Brit Pop soundtrack. In recent years it's back to being known as The Wheatsheaf, become a free house and now sells a tantalising array of cask conditioned ale with live music every weekend.

Liz (left) wearing a Dollyrockers maxi, me in a Lady Monaco jumpsuit and Liz (right) in a duck print maxi
How loud do we look? Our vintage prints are positively deafening.

Liz's insane duck and fish print frock
The lads scrub up rather well.


What a happy bunch.

Adrian's Liberty shirt's groovy fish print

Liz and Adrian

Liz and I have been friends since we were five but nearly forty years on we still find plenty to talk about.


After a couple of pints I went on to halves to make room for curry.


I know some of you like a bad ass biker as much as I do. The local chapter of Hell's Angels were in last night and a couple were more than happy for me to take their photos. This is Dave.


I forgot to ask this chap's name, sorry.


Our town might get some bad press but I guarantee that you won't visit a friendlier place. We had a laugh with these guys whilst Jon was having a smoke.


We had to pop to the offie (off-licence) for some booze to take to the curry house. £10.50 for three bottles of Blossom Hill? A bargain if you ask me.


This is our new favourite Indian restaurant. The food's excellent and cheap,the building's Georgian, it's only a couple of minutes walk from the pub and the off-licence is opposite, what's not to love?


Can you see why? Yum! Vegetable Rezala for me (chili hot).


Chicken Madras, fish bhuna and chicken & mushroom saag for the carnivores.


The decor complimented our outfits.


Cheers!

Classy!
Hope you're having a happy weekend.

75 comments:

Pink Poppy said...

Fab outfit Vix! The curry looks lovely. I haven`t been out for a curry for ages.
Dx

Pink Poppy said...

Fab outfit Vix! The curry looks lovely. I haven`t been out for a curry for ages.
Dx

pip a la chic said...

That's so amazing you and Liz have known each other since you were five. My best friend Stefanie and I have known each other since we were five as well!!
Looks like you guys had a awesome time. I love the last photo of you xx

Misfits Vintage said...

Oh you three gals look AMAZING! I LOOOVE your jumpsuit and both Liz's fabulous maxis and don't those boys scrub up a treat? What a lovely night - I can't wait to join you!

Lovemaxis, Sarah xxx

sacramento said...

You have to take me round!!!
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VintageSweetheart said...

I love those loud prints especially the one with the ducks! You've gotta love a pub that's walking distance from home.

E :)

Make Do Style said...

Love the clothes matching the decor!! Bad ass biker photos are fab too. xx

Rebecca said...

So, did the three of you consult on your color and patterns - or did it just turn out that way???

trashsparkle said...

I was thinking exactly what Rebecca was - there had to have been a phone call or two about the frocking co-ordination!

Can't believe, after all the booze, that you're up'n'about and compiling a whacking long post like that! Walsall's Trade Ambassador - you're doing a grand job for the town xx

Heather said...

Hahaha your cheeks look a little rosey in the last picture is that from the rosey wine :) ~Fabulous dresses OH you make me want a vintage outfit so bad lol!! There are Hells Angels there really?? We had a huge gang in California where I used to live they weren't friendly though. Looks like a wonderful time. There is a very large Indian population here I am not sure if I told you that?? So I am just loving all the Indian food thats pretty much all we have been eating. I am really enjoying it. And the grocery store near our house the whole back of the store is the beautiful Indian clothing frocks, tunics and scarves all embroidered. It is going to make it very hard for me to stay focused when I am getting the groceries...Ok enough rambling on from me~Great pictures & fabulous Outfits ~Love Heather

Ronnie Rabbit said...

Where do I start, so many lovely photos. You all look amazingly colourful in your dresses, and I love to see men wearing waistcoats. Your local looks like it has the most comfy sofas ever. News and Booze- what a brilliant name for a shop. As for your meal, its made me so hungry just looking at those photos. Another brilliant night out then :)

Vix said...

@ Trashsparkle & Rebecca - totally unplanned, I think we spend so much time together that we're on the same wavelength. x

Ginger said...

looking great.!! can you post a pic of u when u were teen. just like that :)

Natalie Leung said...

great red dress, absolutely stunning!

natalie
http://lucyandtherunaways.blogspot.com

E is for Eleanor said...

Haha! Loved this post, so great to see what other people get up to at the weekend. xx

China In Your hands said...

What a lovely account of your night out, the local ones are often the best. Looks like you all had a great time.
I love that catsuit! Looks like it was made for you. The mix of prints with your friends all look great togther and the guys scrub up well too. What a lovely crowd of friends you have :o)

Maruschka said...

great outfits vix. looks like you had an incredible weekend

grunge-queen said...

You are Queen of the retro pantsuit, Vix, you wear them so well - and I don't think I have seen a more stylish group of friends!!

Penny Dreadful said...

You girls look amazing together, what a groovy trio xx

Mum said...

Everything within staggering distance - brilliant.
Love from Mum
xx

Kim said...

Look like a great time was had by all - don't you all look fantastic too! Enjoy the rest of your weekend xx

VainGlorySinner said...

That looked like a perfect night out!

The pub looks welcoming.. I love a good old pub! The curry looks delicious and the company looks fun!

My mums current BF is a biker.. bald head, beard, tattoos, band t-shirts, leather jackets and multiple bikes.. bikers always seem so jolly and up for a laugh!

I have never seen Pyf in anything but combats, band t-shirts and black hoodies.. he's very much a metal head.

You and your friends look gorgeous!

I really fancy a curry now! xxx

the gardener's cottage said...

you and your friends are so beautiful and it looks like you guys had a great time. love that you can walk downtown for an evening out. that's so nice.

xo
janet

Alice said...

Vix you really do have the best time. I adore you and your friends clashing prints, they are by far fabulous. And the pub and curry makes for a great night out xxx

Miss Piggy Bank said...

I am enjoying your recent local blogs, do you remember when the wonderstuff sang at the wheatsheaf ? i'm going back so many years now when it was a bit of a grunge pub, my friend was into grunge and I used to have to go in with her !! i used to like balloons now known as shimla peppers.

LaaLaa said...

Lovely night! We've eaten in that restaurant before. It'd be funny to bump into you. xx

LUCEWOMAN said...

You're living life to the full and the happiness radiates through on this blog. You and your friends look stunning, and by the look of this post you bring out the best in those you meet too.

YvonneSedition said...

You all look fab and so lovely! I really miss a good curry, I've yet to find one here. I could try to make it myself but it's not going to be the same... I don't know if I'd even be able to get the right spices!

Faff said...

Wow, so much pattern, awesome! Loving the semi drunk pics near the end hehe :)

adoreabubbles said...

Everyone looks stunning!

Rose&Bird said...

You look great together - I love Liz's fish print frock, did she and Adrian intentionally choose fish prints?!
Your catsuit was a complete bargain too.

Looks like you had a great night out. Yesterday was spent cleaning and gardening, but we had some friends over for a buffet lunch and we managed to sit in the garden for a while too x

Perdita said...

Nothing better than a pint then a curry, delish. Love your co-ordinatedly-clashing dresses, the patterns are all so fab I can't pick a fave!

señora Allnut said...

All of you look stunning, what a fabulous bunch of printed and colorful dresses!, you were so damn elegant! (and boys were handsome too!)
And so funny to watch your local weekend activities!!
besos

Dash said...

Looks like another fabulously fun evening you three girls look gorgeous together in your outfits.
XXX

La Dama said...

Amor,
You damas look so gorgeous in your matching outfits. you match the yummy curry as well.
love the fotos of you chatting with your lovely amigas.
ooooh bikers rule!

Rachael said...

that is a bargain and a half on the blossom hill - totally a gorgeous gorgeous wine!

Tanvi said...

Absolutely LOVEE the last shot. You look so cute there. It is hard to decide which print I like the most. But all you ladies are looking fabulous.

That food also looks delicious ...

♡ from © tanvii.com

Helga! said...

OMG you three lasses look the frigging bees knees!!! Those frocks are TOO DIE FOR,and I'd been there,I'd have been all over you gals like a rash!!! Those lads of yours ain't half bad either!!
That Indian looks heavenly!! MMMM!
Lovely crowd at the pub,that bloke with the huge beard looks like a right sweetie!
Hurrah!
Skype ya later!
Love YOU!!!
Helga xxxXXXxxx

The Brunette said...

Such lovely photos you are extremely photogenic. All you ladies look lovely xx

Sophie said...

I love all your outfits, could not possibly choose a favourite! I always get such a craving for curry after you do a post. Luckily I have got one planned on Friday, I am planning a feast!
Sophie
x

Aquí said...

such a great post! First, I really love little tid bits about the history of all the local buildings in your area! Really cool about the unnamed spot identified by a greyhound! I love that! Next, you ladies all look smashing there together in your brightly printed frocks! Looks like such a fun evening!

Aquí said...

such a great post! First, I really love little tid bits about the history of all the local buildings in your area! Really cool about the unnamed spot identified by a greyhound! I love that! Next, you ladies all look smashing there together in your brightly printed frocks! Looks like such a fun evening!

pastcaring said...

Hi lovely Vix, back from our week away, I've missed you! Catching up on all the week's posts from my favourite ladies.
You and your band of stylish buddies must win the prize for Walsall's Most Glamorous Beautiful People! You always radiate happiness, warmth and friendship. Curry looks pretty good too!
Gorgeous frocks, girls xxxx

WeShop said...

Looks like a brilliant night. We went along to my local Indian place on Fri night. First time I've been there in about 4 years. Food was good, service a bit ropey! Not BYOB unfortunately but still good value for money. xx
We Shop Therefore We Are

simplyvintage said...

What a fantastic night out - looking great, good beer, cheap wine, curry and the company of good friends, what more could you want? xxx

HIPPIEBOHORELOADED said...

you all look greeeaaat in your maxi's, ladies :D

Kezzie said...

Haha, I've never seen you drunk before!!!!!! SOunds great fun!

Jules said...

gorgeous dresses there - I especially love yours Vix!!

looks like u had a great night anyway!!

jules @ a bit of jules

Frocktasia said...

Dearest Vix,
Wow,what a trio of vintage vixens you chicks make.
That jumpsuit is so fabulous, you've inspired me to dig out my jumpsuits now...haven't worn them for a while.
I love the duck & fish print halter frock, that's right up my street.
Adrian's shirt is a total triumph too, well done that man!
I get very excited when I see a guy who is NOT wearing superdry, Gstar or some dread-awful teatowel check shirt....or baby pink, I can't handle guys wearing baby pink, especially if they also happen to be an estate agent or a city banker...the stuff of nightmares, muhahaha!
Lot's of love,
Jennie
xXx

Bonnie said...

Vix, I love when you chronicle your nites about town, I just love the slice of local life. You ladies look great in your maxis and the gents are looking pretty hot too! News and Booze? I love it!

PS - new season of Anarchy starts soon!

WendyB said...

Love that you had biker photoshoot.

Judith said...

It looks like you had a fabulous evening. The vintage prints scream a good time.!

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Ofelia said...

What a fantastic evening; the food the drinks, the outfits, the company and your town are all the necessary ingredients to have a brilliant good time!

Terri said...

I'm loving the wild prints on all three of the ladies! Amazing, that the same building can stand for so long...and only convinces me that things in the USA are often built to be destroyed.

Shybiker said...

Great wild prints!

OP SHOP MAMA said...

Yip that's classy that last shot! I know I have a few shots of me street skulling - doesn't everyone? You actually look gorgeous in your one, that's the difference!

RETRO REVA said...

Marvelous frocks my love!
You all look fabulous :)
love
Reva

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

Holy hell you would have been the most gorgeous bunch of mates out on the town that night. You girls in your A.MAZING dresses and your jumpsuit - flippin' gorgeous hon!!! The food!!!!!!!!! The locals!!!!! What a night - thanks so much for taking all those gorgeous pics lovely xoxoxoxooxo

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SabinePsynopsis said...

Aaahh, you girls are all looking so fabulous (loud at its bestest!) and everyone's having so much fun. Being from 'ssee continent' I'm still struggling with the concept of the pub - but with you guys I would definitely go! xoxo

Kelly said...

Vix, you and the girls look gorgeous!
Your hair is looking particularly lovely, and I love your dress.
Nothing suits me better than a few pints and a curry, and with great friends it makes a great night.

xx

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

love this post - you girls look amazing. And you can't go wrong with a place called Nessa's ;-)

Rosalind said...

I love the way you spin a story about your outings/socialising/friends/encounters. I think I'm beginning to think of you as 'amazing catsuit woman' - I mean: how many fabulous catsuits can one woman own?? And here's yet another one! What a dash you all must have cut wandering along the pavements together - three seriously stylish couples.

DearHelenHartman said...

Another wonderful visit! You look fab, natch but your friends also look like models for a mod fashion shoot (where are me and my friends look like targets for a turkey shoot).

Loretta said...

You look gorgeous in that outfit! <333

www.loretta-blog.blogspot.com

CameronPoe2409 said...

It looks like you had the perfect night out! You all look fab. xx

Fashion Tales.... said...

Love that fish print, You all look like you had such a blast dear. And the food looks delicous. -xxoo

triskelos said...

What a great night out you've had)) The pub is so cool)) You girls looked fabulous in your bright dresses (and a jumpsuit))
Also - I like that biker guy) He looks like a character from Sons of Anarchy))

http://tri-skelos.blogspot.com/

AMINTA said...

Wooow your catsuit is jus perfect!! Love the print and colour !! you have an amazing hair dear... I found you through Mis Papelicos blog and Im following now !!

Kisses from Spain!
amintasfashion

Little Blue Mouse said...

I would never have known that was a catsuit. You all look great!

The food looks delicious.

That girl Saadiya said...

LOVE the prints on your dress! :)
xo

Sarcastic Bastard said...

What a cute group of friends.

Love you, Vix!

Miss Claire said...

Vix, you and your friends are so damn gorgeous, I'd love a night out with all of you! Sounds like such fun. And there always seems to be curry involved!

I love all of the frocks Xoxoxox

Charis said...

Love your catsuit! Planning on convincing the other half to buy me a curry tonight ;)