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There are some toys that are frankly too good for children, and this 1930’s painted pine pony is one of them. I’ve had a thing about vintage toys ever since a good friend of mine bought my children Forties puzzles for their christening presents. I thought it was a really inventive idea to buy something they could relate to as children and keep as an adult.

Anyway, this lovely nag is from LASSCO 3 Pigeons in Milton Common (by Junction 7 of the M40). If it hasn’t already been snaffled, it costs £145, though I dare say you can have a haggle. I also loved this bell set – very Downton don’t you think papa?

After a mooch around I ended up having a coffee with the lovely Jo who runs Feline events  in Oxford at the LASSCO cafe (below). The coffee shop has had a little festive rejig and looks fab. Hankering badly after that chandelier too!

LASSCO 3 Pigeons, London Road, Milton Common, Oxfordshire OX9 2JN
Tel: 01844 277188. 

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