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Welcome to the programme that loves to rumage around your home looking


auction to sell so that you can raise funds for a special project


or treat. It's not often I find myself in


such remote and spectacular scenery as this. So it's going to be


interesting to see what turns up when we begin our search for Cash


Coming up on Cash In The Attic, a magnificent 18th Century Portrait


sets its sights on a trip to auction. I've known it all my life


but I used to dislike him because his eyes followed me in all


directions. Persian pottery gets a weighty valuation. Put that down,


it looks ever so heavy! Dear me! A night on the tiles!


And, might there be a reason to celebrate following a day in the


sale room? Incredible! And, that's just a taster. There's


plenty more excitement ahead before the final fall of the hammer. Today,


I'm Suhr surrounded by the mountains of Perthshire in Scotland


artist Fiona Martin was born in Dundee. After a long career


teaching French, she met and married Daily Mail, a vicar with a


real passion for music. -- Dale. They set about building their dream


home in the heart of Scotland. Dale passed away before the house was


completed but Fiona is still here, keeping herself busy with her


painting and gardening. Fiona has three children from a previous


marriage, plus five grandchildren, including Charity, who'll be


helping us with the rumage today. Hi-fi owe that and Charity.Ic see


why you like to spend time in the kitchen, you have stunning views.


Lovely place to come and spend time with granny isn't it? Yes. Do you


use the lake a lot? We visit every year, yes. Tell me why you have


called in cash in the attic? have seen the garden, it's on a


slope and I want to be able to mow it as long as possible so I want to


get rid of the steepest part of the lawn and plant it up with some


really nice shrubs and flowers. want to make it manageable? Yes.


you can sit out and enjoy the view? Absolutely. How much do you think


this will cost? Well, I would like to think I could make �1,000, but


if I could make a bit more, I would be delighted. Paul Hayes has a


great eye for antiques. I think he's going to have fun today


helping us find things that we are going to take to action. Shall we


go and find him? Not only is this a lovely house in an amazing location,


it also seems to be full of antiques and collectibles. Our


expert Paul is already a picture of activity.


Hi, Paul. How are you? All right? This is fi you that and who are you


gazing at? -- Fiona. Who is he? have always referred to him as


Bonny prince Charlie but I'm not sure. It came from my mother's side,


probably from my grandfather. It was hung on the stairs in the house


when I was a child. I've known it all my life, it used to frighten me


because his eyes used to follow me in all directions. He looks a young


Bonnie prince Charlie. It could be him. It looks amazing. When you


look at the late 1600-1800s, it could be. Do you know anything


about it or who painted it? There is a catalogue which exists and


it's in that cupboard there. It dates from 19 22. This one? Yes.


Look at that! When it was sold off. As far as I know, this was in the


family before 19 22. A lot of the stuff my grandfather had was sold


off and various members of the family bought it back.


It says oil painting in gilt frame by Godfrey Kneller. Who do we know


about him? He's one of Britain's best known paintings. He painted


all the Royal Family and the parent people of the day. So earlier than


this, he was doing people like Sir Isaac Newton, the Hampton Court


beauties, all the ladies in waiting at Hampton court and all the


Monarchs. Bonnie Prince Charlie would have been one of the ones he


did. He's tremendously famous, absolutely first class. So if it's


genuine, what period are we looking at? Late 1700-1720, that sort of


time. Are you able to put a value on it? Unfortunately, I'm not. What


I would like to do is to get someone who specialises in that


period to authenticate it. If it's right, it's a masterpiece, a very


good picture indeed! Which we would then be able to take to action?


You don't want him in the house any more following you around? I can


live without it. Well, what an intriguing start!


We'll get to work finding out more about that enigmatic 18th Century


Portrait, but for now, we still have to find �1,000.


This is a very orderly but characterful home which almost


invites us to rumage through its many rooms and countless nooks and


crannies. It's not long before granddaughter Charity unearths her


first item. Paul, look at this. Where are you?


Ah. Now then, here we go. That's nice isn't it. Does it belong to


your granny? Probably my great, great grandfather, Thomas McKenzie


and I think it's been passed down the family to my great granny, then


grandma. A family heirloom? I think so. Chances are he was out in Japan


or the Far East about 100 years ago I think. This is maybe 1870, 1900,


that time. The Chinese had the secret of making blue and white


porcelain earlier than we had, something like 2,000 years and


Japan were a may skpwror manufacturer of this vase about the


turn of the century -- major. It has an off white almost blue colour


to it. When the ash tist would paint this, it goes on black --


artist. When it gets fired, it turns blue in the kiln, but it's


very difficult to get the correct shading. It ranges from an almost


black to very light blue. It's instantly recognisable but its


orange peel effect, it has a bluish tinge to the porcelain and can you


see the pit marks? Yes. That tells me it's a genuine typical vase of


the 19th century. Do you recognise that flower? No. It's a


chrysanthemum and that's the national flower of Japan,


representing peace and harmony, so it's often depicted on porcelain of


that period. It's a nice item. If I said around �100, how is that or


�150, sound all right to you? Shall we send that one to auction?


Yes. Do you know any Japanese? Thank you very much. Thank you Paul,


that's �100 into our pot. But we still have a long way to go if we


are to reach �1,000 for Fiona's garden make-over. I spy this rather


grand pair of Victorian Bali twist walnut candle sticks. Belonging to


Fiona's late husband, they were made in 1851 for the great


exhibition held in Crystal Palace. These have Ivory embellishment


September into the mounts and Paul thinks they should get more of a


fliblger of interest at auction -- flicker of interest. Now then,


Fiona, he is nice. Isn't he? Where has he come from? Grandfather was


an avid collector and these were the things he seemed to like to


collect. He had a really good eye actually. Did he buy from auction


houses or country sales? I honestly don't know where he got them from.


I imagine, it's a French name... You are right. A famous French


manufacturer made this, but this could have been bought in this


country when it was imported and exported all the time. What he was


famous for were animal studies, equestrian and those sorts of


things. This is a sporting Dane. I love the fact that he created and


captured good movement. Whereas stoic and posed animals were made,


he captured them mid flight, if you like. This one looks as though the


dog is about to catch something on a hunt. This is a bronze item, it's


beautifully done. Bronze is distinctive. Shows through almost


like a brass colour. Is that the original base? Should it sit on


something else? It had a wood base and over the years that's


disappeared. The bronze itself is still in remarkable condition, it's


lovely. It's not sentimental to you? I do like it very much but I


can let him go because I've got his big brother. Really? Yes. A


slightly larger one. A lovely 19th century example here. It could be


used as a desk ornament or paper weight, but if I said a couple of


hundred? What, never! For that little thing? Yes. Good grief!


Will Paul's high hopes for the bronze dog lead to an exciting


result on auction day? 80 - 5, 100, 130. A thrilling day still to come


in the sale room. With all that snow outside, it's


feeling cosy in here, but let's not get too comfortable, still lots to


do. I have a feeling we have a pretty fair chance of finding more


treasures and, sure enough, Charity's rumaged through the side


board and turned up this 18th century brass snuff box which is


ingraved with what looks like tavern scenes. Snuff boxes are now


largely a relic of a once popular practice which was fashionable for


gentlemen to have in the 199 centuries. Fiona bought this a few


years ago and there is a keen collector's market for examples in


good condition. This one has a faur bit of wear and


tear but Paul's estimate of �60-�80 is not to be sneezed at. -- fair


bit of wear and tear. Wonderful to be here in your sitting room


getting the benefit of the amazing view. How did you come to build


this house? My husband was taking services in the little church up


here and we just fell in love with this area and saw a plot for sale


and bought it. We sold our house, moved into a


rented house and oversaw the building. Sadly, he didn't live to


see it? No, he died in the August. I moved in the November and he had


died in the August, so yes, that was sad. But he saw it growing so


knew what it was going to be like? He was very enthusiastic about it,


very much looking forward to having a grand piano with the good


acoustics in the hall, but it didn't happen unfortunately.


did you meet? Through a match- making friend. A second marriage


for me. I'd been on my own with the children for three years and this


friend was determined I was going to meet this vicar in the dales and


I kept ducking the issue and trying to avoid it. Several dinner parties


were set up and I found excuses not to be there. Eventually I gave in,


met him and we just hit it off. was whirlwind, wasn't it? I suppose


it was, we met in February and married in November so we didn't


hang around. I think neither of us could face travelling another


winter. The road up from where I was living near Darlington was


horrendous so we decided we'd stop the travelling and just live


together. Officially. Legally! Well, I'm sure that Dale would have


been proud to see how things turned out for Fiona and this lovely home


he helped her design. Time moves on and there are still plenty of


special pieces to discover. Fiona's browse through her book shelves


result in this 1910 edition of the Rubait, written by an 11th century


poet, Omar Khayam. They've proven consistently popular since they


were rewritten. This edisis in good condition and could make up to �100.


Paul, have you got Charity with you? I have. Come and take a look


at this. You know what that is? Straightaway, yes. Do you know?


tea caddie. Bet your granny never made you tea out of that, did she?


No. Where did it come from? It was my great grannies and they used it


for tea in the house when they were using gas lamps. I think it's been


passed down to my grandma. This is beautiful. Made from rosewood and


it's distinctive and popular at this time with its black band that


runs through it. Can you see that? Very distinctive grain and


beautifully done. This was made about 1800-1820 and it's a Regency.


The whole shake is a sarcophagus shape, popular at that time and


it's been inlaid with mother of pearl and someone would carve out


the shape and reinsert the same shape in morbt of pearl to get that


wonderful design -- mother of pearl. Tea was expensive so they kept it


locked away. That would stop any butlers or maids in the house


helping themselvess to your tea. In the compartments, you would have


the black tea and the green tea and they could be blended. Sometimes


you would find these larger with a mixing bowl to blend the tea


together. How much do you think we might make for it in action? It's


in remarkable condition -- action. They split at the back sometimes,


but this is in lovely condition and it's 200 years old and almost as


new. I think that would go for �150, maybe �200. Sounds good. When you


think that nowadays we probably keep tea in a tin tea caddie, but


they put such care and love to produce such a beautiful thing.


Exactly. Wonderful. That will buy a few plants for the garden, won't


it? Shall we continue looking. That gives us an impressive estimate,


but still plenty of work to do. Fiona's search through her dresser


unearths this eye-catching set of six hand printed comport plates.


Paul thinks they could be Minton who were the most popular suppliers


of dinner wear for Embassies and heads of state. These always prove


popular at auction and with this floral pattern set from 1890, we


think it could serve us well at �50-100. Meanwhile, Paul's quest


for collectibles draws him to this pair of miniatures which belonged


to Fiona's grandfather. They're dated 1780 and are an early example


of fine Jas ter wear, a type of unglazed stone ware first


introduced by Wedgwood -- Jasperwear. Miniatures like these


were popular in the 18th and 19th centuries and still command high


prices. Paul puts a �100-�150 estimate on them.


Fiona, you have wonderful paintings all over if house the house, but


there's no mistaking the artist here, because it's you, isn't it?


Yes. How long have you been painting The last ten years on and


off. A very talented family. You sing in a choir, don't you? In the


local community choir, yes, which is just for fun. I'm strictly a


back row singer. Charity's the soloist. Yeah. I was in a cathedral


choir and then I'm in a chamber choir and girls' choir. Tell me


more about your gardening background? Your father was a


horticulturalist? Yes. So when you do it, what exactly are you hoping


to put in it? You have said you want to make it more manageable. In


what way? My problem is that it's on a steep slope and the lawn is


very difficult to mow in places so if I could get rid of the steepest


parts of the lawn, plant it with some interesting shrubs, perhaps a


weeping willow, and make it generally more manageable. So the


whole plan is to make this low maintenance but lovely to look at?


So I can stay here as long as possible. What a great idea! Yes.


We'll do our very best to ensure that Fiona achieves her glorious


garden. But there's no time to warm ourselves by the roaring fire if we


are going to reach that �1,000 target.


I'm fascinated by this collection of gold jewellery. There's


Victorian lockets containing a picture of Fiona's father. They


were popular keep sakes in the 19th century and although mostly worn


around the neck, they could form part of a charm bracelet. Two gold


rings too, one of which is of Irish prove innocence, plus a pair of


cuff links which belonged to her late husband. Fiona, a lovely old


clock. Where's this come from? don't know a lot about it. It


belonged to my cousin who I think inherited it from our mutual


grandmother. But I can't tell you more than that at all. I never saw


it working until I got it and I got someone to look at it and got it


started. They are quite temperamental, they have to be on a


dead flat surface, otherwise there's a problem. Yes, I noticed


that. It runs off a pendulum. You have two winding holes, one winds


up the clock mechanism, one winds up the strike which will strike on


the hour and the quarter hour-and- a-half hour. What happens, I'll


show you on this, you have two compartments, one there, and one


there with the ratchets on. There is a coiled spring. As you wind


from the front, the springs get tighter and then the pressure then


is allowed to release very slowly and that's done by this anchor


escape there which rocks back-and- forth and lets one cog go at a time,


driving the whole motor. A complex movement, but by the time this


clock appeared, it was everywhere, the standard system. It has to be


dead, dead flat. Made by a firm called ElKingtons. Heard of them?


In connection with silver plate? Yes. Solid silver items, they came


up with cheaper methods. They were based in Birmingham and moved into


clocks. You've got an 100-year-old clock, this is a collectible maker.


If I said around the �500 mark? really?! Yes. I am amazed. Goodness.


How does that sound? Amazings. think it will do well. Gosh, far


more than I thought. Great. What a terrific amount and timely too as


we approach the end of our rumage here today. We'll need one last


push as I'm determined to find as much as possible. Fittingly, it's


the lady of the house who's really on the ball today. Paul, come and


tell me what you think of this? Let's have a look. Is it heavy?


is. Wow ck, look at that. wonderful. Lord above, where have


you been keeping this? It's been anywhere and everywhere. In


wardrobes, under beds and it's not the sort of thing you just put in a


drawer. Where did it come from? of a fire place actually. There


were seven tiles all together, that was the central one, three up each


side and features in the same catalogue as the picture we looked


at. I inherited this one plus another one and a procken one which


I sold -- broken one which I sold probably 20 years ago. An amazing


piece of work isn't it, Paul? Tell us about it? That was done in Iran,


hence the Persian connection and you are looking at well over 1000


years now. One thing I can gather from the colour from this is that


they only ever used seven primary colours and yellow was one of the


last colours introduced so this could be 18th century, probably not


earlier. It's not a strong yellow is it? No, but what a wonderful


thing to have, part of a structure. It could be an entrance to a


different room, sometimes they had grand appearance entrances. This


type of pottery you will find from this area very much in transcript


or in a wonderful gee metric design, rather than depicting people or


animals. Any idea where it could have been made? Iranian, Turkish,


it's not Muslim or Islamic because they don't depict the human form or


animal form, they only use the geometric designs. What do you


think we might get at auction? Never handled anything of this size


at all or this style of pottery and it needs a bit of further research,


but to get it into the action, if I said between �300 and �500 and if


we can get someone to have a good look at it, that sounds fine.


a starting figure... Do you want to put that down Paul because it's


ever so heavy. Yes, please. Dear me! Feel like I've had a night on


the tiles. Starting figure, �300 the lowest? Yes, the lowest at


least. If we take the lowest estimate of everything Paul has


looked at today, you want to raise �1,000, but I think we could make


as much as �1,690. Wow! That's all right. Hey! And because we've still


got a question mark over Bonni Prince Charlie and the tile, it


could be considerably more than that and you may end up with a


hanging garden of Babylon out there!


That would be super. Well, we've had a great time here


in chilly but beautiful Perthshire and managed to find some quality


items to take to auck147. -- action. That bronze dog was passed on to


Fiona by her grandfather. Then the Regency rose tea caddie


shouldn't prove too much of a strain for the bidders. I'll bet


the Victorian mantle clock will strike the right note in the sale


room and take us to our target. Still to come:


Some of the heirlooms prove rather more difficult to part with than


she anticipated. Do I suspect second thoughts? Just a bit. It was


my mother's and I'm fond of it. While some prove to be more


valuable than she ever imagined. should have treated them with more


respect! Will she be able to achieve her horticultural dreams?


Find out with the final fall of the Scholl... I mean gavel. -- shovel.


We really had a wonderful day at Fiona's home in the beautiful


setting right on the edge of a loch and found some fascinating items


which we brought just a little bit further south to sell here at the


auctions in Edinburgh. She wants to raise �1,000 so she can make her


garden that little bit easier to handle. So, as you can see, the


weather has certainly warmed up a bit, so we are hoping that the


bidders are going to be on fire when her items go under the hammer.


One man whose presence I can always count on, come snow rain or shine,


is Paul Hayes. But should I be concerned that he's reaching for


the bottle already? I know he's been consulting with the fine arts


specialists about the portrait so I hole he'll be able to give us some


good news. Hello Fiona. Where is Charity? She couldn't get away from


school, I'm afraid. This is my friend and neighbour maifrplt


presumably you are very familiar with this? Oh, yes, and I missed it


on the wall when I was at Fiona's house yesterday. I don't think he


looks frightening now he's done here. Looks a bit more human. What


did the experts say, Paul? It turns out that it's not a Godfrey Kneller.


They could print whatever they liked in the 1920s, so that is not


genuine. The auctioneer's done their homeworks and had two experts


look at it and it's 18th century Italian school, an Italian


aristocrat. One thing they told me which was amazing is, the canvas


has been cut down. Where's hiez right hand gone, unless it's behind


you, Angela, watch him! -- where's his hand gone. It was a larger


canvas. As an 18th century, they put an estimate of between �800 and


�1200. Would you let it go at that? A reserve of �500, I wouldn't want


to portray an aristocrat for anything else. But you don't want


to take him home? He'd come home at less than �500. Who knows he might


be going back to Italy, you never know. We don't have to go that far


right now, just over there to take our places to get ready for the


start of the action. As the auction gets under way, firsts is that set


of six hand painted comport plates dating from around 1890. Paul


thoughts they could be Minton so fingers crossed for a decent result.


30, 32, 35, 38, 40, 42, 50... Anyone else want in at 55? Five


over the lowest estimate. That's fine. That is a tasty start to the


auction. Lit's hope we can continue in that vain with this elegant


Oriental object about to go under the hammer now. Paul valued this at


�100 to �150, you have put �150 reserve on it. Are there second


thoughts here? Just a bit, it was my mother's and I'm fond of it.


Start me at �100, 50, 50 bid, 55, 60, 65, 75, 85, 90...


That's the bottom of my estimate there. 95. All out on the right at


95. Any advance? Not sold. Let's not be too downhearted because it's


still early in the sale but it just goes to show that no matter how


attractive the piece, sometimes the right bidder isn't in the room.


Next up, the lovely pair of Victorian walnut candle sticks.


Great exhibition piece there? bids on them. Gieming to start them


at �120! -- going to start. Wow, amazing. 170, 180, 200, 220240,


260,... 280, 300... And they haven't finished yet. Away in the


distance at �3 20 any advance on this lovely pair of candles. �32 0.


Amazing! Terrific. Pedigree you see, beautiful craftsmanship and the


great exhibition. That's it. should have treated them with more


respect. Amazing! �2 20 over Paul's upper


estimate. I wonder if this item will do as well. The tea caddie


handed down to Fiona from her grandfather. Tea was expensive in


the 18th century. Let's hope this piece is as highly regard today.


�100, �80. A bit cheap this. �100, 110, 120, 130, selling all the time


at 130. Selling all the time at 130... A lit t bit more. Selling at


�130. There we go. That's OK. God to see Fiona staying positive and


that is a respectable amount. After a 129 stuttering start, thingss are


beginning to look up. It's an old book and nobody knows when it dates


from, but it was very popular in the late 19th century. 30 bid, 30


bid, A couple of people here wanting it. 60, 65, 70, 75, 80 with


the lady at �80. Anyone else want in? Very good.


Terrific. And �5 over the lowest estimate. I do enjoy seeing bidders


battling over one item. Let's hope there's more of that to kofplt


Kshksh come. The highest price ever paid for a snuff box at auction was


almost �800,000. This brass example might not have quite the same


pedigree, but you never know. The snuff box that's about to go under


the hammer is one that you bought under the hammer isn't it? Yes, I


did. I had one and sold it and missed it so when this one came up,


I couldn't eresist. �60... All out in the room at �60. That's great.


Bang on Paul's lowest estimate and a �10 profit for Fiona to boot.


I'll tell you how much you have made at the half way stage because


you want to raise �1,000, don't you? I reckon that you have made so


far... �6 45. Gosh, that's good. Amazing. Not bad considering we've


got... We didn't sell the vashes. Which you are taking home with you


and you have the wonderful Persian tile still to come and the painting


-- the vases. We are going to take a half time break and we'll come


back for the second half of the auction.


If like Fiona you are keen to raise money by selling at auction, bear


in mind that there are charges to be paid, check in advance how much


commission you have to pay. Before we know it, our next lot is about


to go under the hammer and it's that varied collection of gold


jewellery, including the Victorian locket and cuff links which


belonged to Fiona's late husband. She'll also thrown in a 1960s watch


for good measure, so she must be feeling generous. �35..., 40, who


is going on, 45, 50, 55, 65, 70, 75, 8, 80 on the left. Great. �80. At


�80, 527... That's all right? were on the button there, Paul.


Another good result putting us closer to the target. Fingers


crossed there will be animal attraction for the next impressive


piece. The 19th century bronze sculpture of a dog that's been


valued at �200 to �250. I chatted to the auction eesh and I might


have a bit of news, she might have been thinking that I overegged this


one. It's showing my love of dogs! �290 the bronze model... She likes


it. �100 for it. 50 bid. 50! 55, 65, 75, 85, 95, 100, 110, 120, 130, 140,


150, selling all the time at 150 on my left at 150... Happy with that?


Anyone else want in at �150? think that's fair. I'm not


disappointed. That's great to hear and hopefully


we'll be able to make up that �50 before the end of the sale.


I wonder if our next lot would be the one to do it.


The auction house have had a lot of interest in this next item coming


up, the huge and very heavy Persian tile that we looked at. Very nice


indeed this. Likes this one. A lot of interest in it and I'll start it


straightaway at �500. Start at �500! 550, 600, 700, 800, 900, 950,


1,000... What?! �1,100.: they love it. � 1,200, 1,300, 1350, 1,400,


anybody else want in at �1,400? �1,500, 1600, 1700, 1800, 1800, on


the telephone at 1800. Selling on the telephone at 1800. That's just


incredible. I wouldn't have believed that. I've been tripping


over that because it was sat on the floor and I didn't know where to


put it. Wow! Never said it before but that's a whopping �1,300 over


Paul's upper estimate. There seems to be a real bidding war over that


Persian tile which is wonderful for us and takes Fiona well over her


original �1,000 target. But there is still more potentially valuable


items to come, such as this late 19th century mahogany mantle clock


with 2 silver dial by makers Elkington & Son. 100, 120, 130, 140,


150, 160, 200, can I tempt anybody else at �300 now? Fiona is keeping


positive and so she should be because �300 is a decent amount and


I'm sure it will go a long way in the garden of hers. Two items that


the auction eesh is quite excited about. The two silhouettes


portraits, the cast ones made by a company in 1795. Do you know


anything about the makers? I only know that he invented paste that


looked like marble. One of them is his wife so it's the wife of the


maker. �200. �100 bid. 140, 160, 180, 200, 220, 240, 260, 280, 300,


320, 340, 360, 380... Gosh. Went up very quickly. 700, 750, 800, 850,


850 would you like in on the telephone at 850, selling on my


right at �8 50. Incredible! Just when we thought it couldn't get any


better... That pair of miniatures performed brilliantly in the sale


room. This roller coaster of an auction


is approaching the end, but not before the sale of the fabulous


portrait which, until today, Fiona thought might have been of Bonni


Prince Charlely. A lot of people have had interest in it and now


that we have realised it's not the original, �500 is the reserve on


it? Yes, I put �500 reserve on him because I wouldn't want him to go


for less because I would feel like I betrayed him. We start at �500,


�5 50, 600, 650, 700, 720 780... 800 is what we said. The top


estimate. 880 in the room. On the phone? 880. Gentleman seated. 900,


900. 920, 950, 980, 1,000, 1,100, anyone else going on? The gentleman


seated in the room at 1100, 1200, 1300, 1500, all out on the right,


make no mistake at 1500. Any advance? Seated at 1500. There you


go! Amazing. Well done. �1,500 which was even more than Paul


thought even when we all thought he might be Bonni Prince Charlie. He


turned out to be Bonnie in tend anyway. That fabulous result brings


an incredible sale to an end. The question is, how much has Fiona's


remarkable haul of heirlooms managed to make? We have had such


an exciting auction. I know. I feel like a wrung out rag. Well, you


wanted �1,000, you know you've done incredibly well because of the


wonderful prices we got. I wonder what on earth you are going to do


with... �5,325... Wow. Have a ball! I'm going to enjoy it. A holiday.


Some towards a car and a super garden. Couldn't ask for more.


you come back, there will be so many weeds, you'll never get


started on the garden! It's a number of week since Fiona's


remarkable day at auction and having raised well over five times


her target, she's wasted no time developing the horticultural plans


with her gardener. The plans is to make it easier to manage. I thought


I would put in a big island bed, plant it with roses and in memory


of a dear friend who tied at the end of last year, I want to plant a


tree in memory of him and I think perhaps a magnolia would go well.


Having banked considerably more than she hoped for, what does she


plan to do with the rest of her wind fall? Well, my car is not


going to last forever and that was worrying me a little bit so I think


it will have to go into the pot for a new car or a new second hand car.


I think Fiona must be chuffed to bits with that result and what a


fabulous garden she's going to have now right there on the banks of the


loch. You know, if there's something you would like to raise


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