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My successful auction bid

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While we were in Cornwall & Devon last week, we had one rainy morning and decided to attend an auction. A new event for us, not exactly ‘Bargain Hunt’, more of house clearance!

I was outbid on a large stone duck ornament, but was successful in my bid for this birdbath.

Having bought 3 plants over the short break, OH said if I bought anything else, I’d have to get a train home, as running out of space in the car!

Oh, forgot to say how much it cost. £20 plus £2 commission, which I certainly think was a bargain. The stone square beneath, which is made up from four heavy pieces, was kept from last year, when we had the garden make-over, as OH said it ‘might come in one day’! Well, I think he was right, it fits perfectly.

I’ve cut a lawn edge to it, plan to fill the circle with flowers later and OH has already placed some ornaments on the base. It was worth driving it all the way back from the West country!

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It looks like its been there years Shirley, a very good buy I would say, perfect addition to your garden.

11 Apr, 2011

 

I had one like that but the actual birdbath was a different shape, more flat. No more unfortunately.
But that is a bargain I would say Shirley, and really looks good in place. Clever girl. Never been to an auction.

11 Apr, 2011

 

Thanks, Gm, a very fat Pigeon has found it already! ..... Cinders, that's a shame. Did it break? The auction was nothing like I expected it would be. Very quick going through each 'Lot' and, at one point, OH almost bid for something by mistake! Serves him right for scratching his face just as a bid was going on ... lol!

11 Apr, 2011

 

Well it got a bit old, and was accidentally knocked over. The birdbath part smashed, the other bit gradually got demoted and in the end I think that got broken. But it was lovely in its heyday. I am sure you will get a lot of pleasure from it Shirley.

11 Apr, 2011

 

Youv'e got a great bargain there Shirley, have you seen the price of them in GCs!! Its a really, really lovely Birdbath and go's brilliantly with your stone square, Well Done..

11 Apr, 2011

 

Oh hello Ydd, how's your planting coming on? Good thing OH kept that stone square! ... Having read Cinders comments, I think we should cement the plinth and the bowl together!

11 Apr, 2011

 

Your bargain looks great Shirley, I like the addition of the blue urn and the tortoise.

11 Apr, 2011

 

The one addition now is Megan, our cat, who seems to think she'll catch a bird if she sits there long enough! Grrr ... more ornaments should do the trick ... lol!

11 Apr, 2011

 

Well done - it must have been exciting "winning"! It fits so well, it was obviously meant for you.

11 Apr, 2011

 

That's a really nice bird bath Shirley and well worth the money. You've obviously got an eye for a bargain.
Hope the birds start to use it soon.

11 Apr, 2011

 

Nice buy :)

11 Apr, 2011

 

Bargain! would cost a lot more in a garden centre!!! looks lovely there.

11 Apr, 2011

 

Sheila, we needed our wits about us as the auctioneer was whizzing through the Lots! ... Mariek, not bad for £22! ... Glad you like it, Hywel. : o ) ... Thanks, SK, lots going on in the garden right now, all shall be revealed later ... lol!

11 Apr, 2011

 

I think you did very well...a good buy.

11 Apr, 2011

 

I absolutely love it Shirley...and what a bargain too. It looks just right in the stone square. :o)

11 Apr, 2011

 

Hi Paul, not seen you in a while! ... Thanks, Sandra, I'm so pleased with it and the money I saved went on, wait for it, plants! lol! : o )

11 Apr, 2011

 

No, don't spend too long on pc now...in fact I go days without using it at all...effects my Fibro Myalgia if on tyoo long! I just pop on here and another gardening website now and then!

11 Apr, 2011

 

Yes, I remember you mentioned that before. Good to see you (and your mug) again! : o )

11 Apr, 2011

 

great buy and it looks just right "at home" in your garden,

11 Apr, 2011

 

That was a good bargain Shirley, love the bird bath i was looking at one in GC the other day just plain & not a patch on yours for £25.bet your pleased as punch with it..get a sign on it " Pigeons keep off "lol.

11 Apr, 2011

 

That is great,Shirley..and a smashing bargain..I bet you were well pleased with your bid :o).I have never bid at an auction..I bet its quite daunting..it looks good,where you have put it too..:o)

11 Apr, 2011

 

Thanks, Helen : o ) ... Joan, off to write a sign next! ... Bloomer, there was a lovely chair I would have bid for, shame we have no roof rack ... lol! Not really daunting, just have to be very careful not to scratch your nose, looks like you're making a bid : o )

11 Apr, 2011

 

looks just right in there ~ well spotted.

11 Apr, 2011

 

Thanks, Sticki ......

11 Apr, 2011

 

What a bargin you had.and it looks lovely in your garden

11 Apr, 2011

 

Thanks, Cmsue, we loved it in your part of the country last week. : o )

11 Apr, 2011

 

Well done it looks great fit s in nicely with your theme through the arch bargain too

11 Apr, 2011

 

Good on you, a bargain I would say......goes so well in your garden.

11 Apr, 2011

 

always great to get a bargain, and a very nice bargain, I must say!

12 Apr, 2011

 

Fantastic love it.

12 Apr, 2011

 

Thanks for all your comments, Ladies. : o ))

12 Apr, 2011

 

I bet you came away from the auction with a big smile on your face, I know I would have done.

12 Apr, 2011

 

Still smiling ... : o )))))

12 Apr, 2011

 

I would be too!!

13 Apr, 2011

 

The bird bath is lovely, Shirley ...
... and the paving fits perfectly...

..looking forward to seeing you and OH on TV ...
... on Bargain Hunt ...
... a winning team for sure ...;o)

13 Apr, 2011

 

Lol, Terra, I'm so pleased with it. Since Monday, we've had some more garden work done, not without problems though and I'm fed up with moving plants around to my 'holding bay'! : o ((

13 Apr, 2011

 

What a bargain that was well worth the money, and it fits perfectly in your square, I wont through anything away if I think it might come in handy and that certainly has. You did better with your auction bid than I did with mine !!!! but thats another story.lol

14 Apr, 2011

 

Now you have to tell me the story ...... : o )

14 Apr, 2011

 

and I want to hear it also. lol. I bet there will be others that want to hear all about it too.

14 Apr, 2011

 

lucky you shirley, i love it, well done on the winning bid, a bargain i thinks, looks great and the base adds to it perfectly :o))

15 Apr, 2011

 

Thanks, San, just need to keep those fat Pigeons away! : o )))

15 Apr, 2011

 

Well !! I bought a Radley bag off ebay a bargain I thought at £28 !! its only 9"X5" lol its lovely brandnew Im giving it to one of my grand-daughters for her birthday next week! one day maybe!! but I cant spend over £100 on a handbag without feeling guilty!!

16 Apr, 2011

 

I've no idea what a Radley bag is!

16 Apr, 2011

 

.Designer bags,Shirley..very nice,but cost the earth..they have a little dog motif on them..I have one,which my daughter bought me.....not a bag.....but a bus pass holder !!! Lol.

16 Apr, 2011

 

Ah, you're educating me on your return from gallivanting! How very kind of your daughter ... lol! I've not looked in on GoY this evening until now ... 11.30pm ... will check later. : o ))

16 Apr, 2011

 

a true bargain..there is a builders reclamation yard not far from me and there are similar ones there, in fact not as good, for up to £100. It looks made for the spot you have placed it too..excellent

17 Apr, 2011

 

Oh thanks, Skipscandal, seems like we really got ourselves a bargain! : o )

17 Apr, 2011

 

Great bargain- looks perfect there! :-)

18 Apr, 2011

 

Thanks, Red aly, a pair of Pigeons were on it this morning, not in for a bath, just checking it out! : o )

18 Apr, 2011

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