The Beauty of Patina

The weather is a changing.  Morning mist greeted us as we drew the curtains to let the daylight in and the foghorns were blaring their welcome across the bay. 

I often post photos of inspirational restaurants or bars that I come across with interesting interior spaces. Sandwiched between a dodgy and a trendy area, we came across this Tavern/bar which looked much like any other bar on the inside, fairly old wooden furnishings, tiled walls and the faint smell of beer which seems to have permeated the wood, but then I looked towards the outside space and was immediately drawn to it. As soon as I opened the door, I saw it and fell in love with it and wanted one just like it!   The Tavern was built in 1859 and sits in a conservation area.

It was way too early for it to be filled with customers, somewhere between breakfast and lunch, the skies grey and heavy, a dull looking Saturday morning weather wise.  Just as well because if it had been busy I wouldn't have entered and never found this lovely courtyard at the back.

It took six years for the weather to turn this once fairly new looking piano into something rather like a work of art and how beautiful it has turned out.  Unfortunately the manager told me this has to be removed as it poses a health and safety risk won't take much leaning on to get it all to tumble into pieces on the ground!  I'm so sad it going, I thought I might want to take it, but it's so fragile it can't even be moved.  One consolation is the owner's getting a 'new' second hand one to replace it!

So this post is all about patina, the shedding of the 'newness' and allowing the weather and the wear and tear of life to age your pieces of furniture giving it a uniqueness and character that you just can't find with new pieces of furniture or plastic garden chairs.

(photos all mine, please do not use without asking permission)

Hope you're enjoying the week!


  1. Really atmosheric this courtyard and so inventive...turn the old piano in a piece of art.Very original.Maintain these old pieces doesn't seem so simple.
    Thank you Sharon!

  2. That's an amazing hidden courtyard you found just the place for a cup of tea and admire your surroundings. What a shame the piano has to go. How lucky you were to see it still in all it's glory. I hate plastic chairs too.
    Sarah x

    1. Hi Sarah, we were lucky to find it actually as I hadn't intended to go in at all and I was so pleased I took photos of the old piano before it was removed in a heap! hugs Sharon xx

  3. Wowwwww !! this is so nice !!! from me Ria...x !

  4. Hi Sharon,

    This café is a real find! It looks beautiful! Love your outfit by the way :-)

    Madelief x

  5. Hi Sharon,
    My heart sank when I saw the piano. I like patina too, but it was sad to see a piece like that allowed to disintegrate into nothingness.
    Okay, I'm over it now. Your photos of the courtyard were lovely and how nice to see a photo of you!!! Well, it was kind of a photo of you. :)
    I would love to spend some time and have a meal in a place that looked like that. Patina can be recreated of a sort, but the real kind is so very nice, isn't it.
    Hugs, Cindy

    1. Hi Cindy, I was sad but then I realised it must have had problems with the mechanical side of it for it to have been used in this way....and how amazingly beautiful it looks. xx

  6. Unique vignettes. It looks like a European garden one want to linger in for a cup of tea.

    1. It definitely is a place you want to stay and linger in. Thanks for stopping by Tia. X


Post a Comment

Popular Posts