Thank you as always for interesting and kind comments - I see that the way to go in blogland are postings regarding old school knickers, frost inside windows, warm school milk and silverfish (I had completely forgotten about these creatures and now recall seeing them whizzing around behind peeling wallpaper and slithering out of books)! I will bear that in mind and fancy that we could write a collective book of childhood memories.
On to more serious matters.
Decorating takes so much longer than it used to. Years ago, when the children were in bed by 18.00 we could decorate until midnight. Now it is very hit and miss. You may recall that we painted the fireplace earlier this year (Febuary!) see here for the first choice of original 50s wallpaper. Slow and steady... Finally chose this wallpaper because I could not bring myself to cut into that luverly orginal wallpaper and what would I do if I changed my mind.. Dom has been papering and I have been acting in a supervisory capacity! I had to move these pots so put them on top of the fireplace and thought that the mass of different swirly whirly handles looked good with the swirly whirly wallpaper and then the swirly whirly chandelier
I used to collect these pots at every opportunity - I haven't bought one for years because ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!! Ho ho! These date from around 1900 and most of them come from Belgium originally. These are from the bottom/cheapo end of the Arts and Crafts pot market...but I like them and perchance the blues and greens match the wallpaper. Who knew!
There are some bigger ones that live in the dining room
Chandelier might get cleaned once a year - Christmas time usually. Fearful amount of dust up there!
Ceiling rose is a wonderment of its own
Over the years bits have been knocked off as the children play catch in this room....gulp....
We have finally made a decision regarding this room here and it vintage wallpaper sniff, sniff. We are going to swap rooms around in order for me to save (dramatic!) this wallpaper forever - I must admit it also means I get a bigger room for fabricos though it will mean that Dom gets to change my sewing room (as seen in header photo) and I dread to think what it will end up looking like...all manly and brown possibly...
Not really linked to this is a note that yesterday I was teaching in Oxford (not any of the universities!) in a beautiful mid-19th century building situated in a delicious little wood...I quite fancied myself as the housekeeper as I paraded round (not the Lady of the house - that would be a step too far) a la 'The Paradise'...Last week I was teaching in the Education Centre at Chichester Hospital - I have never been there before. If you get a chance to pop in do go and look at the 1940s photos on the walls - one was of the 'Ladies Ward' - each bed had its own HAND EMBROIDERED COUNTERPANE..I would give my eye teeth....
Onwards and upwards Ladies and Lads (suitably chastised - thank you dear Hattatts) of Blogland