After writing about banana-y accessories and feeling saddened that even the cheap Prada alternative by Tatty Devine was out of my price range, I did what I always do and went running back to eBay instead..
Clearly with good reason because I managed to find this little brooch for 99p. It feels like the sort of brooch that mad old teachers would wear but maybe this is due to personal associations of 'Mrs Griffiths' from my primary school -one of those teachers who to a 7 year old seemed ancient and batty and magnificent. She had silver grey hair which she piled up on her head and would always wear bright jewellry in garish colours. Dangling parrot earrings which would dance everytime she moved her head or a bright red piano brooch she wore pinned to her shirts. She was very wise and affectionate which I think is an important quality in a Primary School teacher and equally fierce when she needed to be but the broochs and the dangly earrings were always a constant.