What You See Is What You Get. This is a journal blog, an explore-blog, a bit of this and that blog. Sharing where the mood takes me. Perhaps it will take you too.


The other day whilst meandering home laden with the groceries and other purchases, I had my regular little check in the window of the 'op' shop which is just up the road from me.

It must be said that over the years I have done rather well out of these charity establishments. Having a bit of an eye for quality and difference, there has rarely been the budget to support such tastes, so regular visits to the branches of the 'op' shops which were to be found in the better heeled suburbs would often yield interesting and rewarding surprises.

None of it to make profit from.  All of it for my own use and pleasure.

Back to the other day then. In said window a smallish oval gilt frame containing an imprinted facsimile of a very pretty rose called out to me.

Enough to draw me into the shop, where I asked to see it.  The attendant asked was it just that one or did I wish to look at the others.  Having not actually noticed others I said yes to that and she drew out from the window display another three.  

Each was different.  The frames a little tattered and a small amount of damage on the back.  On that back, though, I noted stickers, in German, naming the different roses, dated 1997 and hand numbered.  The little grey matter sparked a tad.  They were clearly of some quality and my German was up to enough to understand that sammlung meant collection. Romantische Rosentraume - romantic rose dreams.  Artist Eduard Kurti.

At less than ten quid I liked them well.  I could see them on the guest room wall.

Hanging them yesterday I wanted to check out my schoolgirl German.  Had a go at translating them myself then resorted to the Google translator.  (First time I have used it and found it really rather good.)  I had done not too badly and as I suspected these were limited edition artworks.

The numbers I had are all quite early - all under 2000 - in the series of 29000 printed.  A little bit more research revealed these are doing rather well.  

I love them.  Am enjoying gazing at them.  Would you like to see?


  1. I like my roses to be gold; I like the second print the best.
    Good find.

  2. They are lovely, I would buy them too.

  3. Hi there, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  4. What a lovely find, Yam. If you ever want any German translating, just email it to me and I'll be happy to oblige. :-)


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