Friday, 5 October 2018

My Life In A Line


I'm selling an Art Deco Grandmother clock which has been hidden away in a corner of the bedroom for over a decade. I'm selling it on line.
It's a small typical-of-it's-time piece that I won't make a fortune on
But I need the money at the moment.

A chap came over to the cottage yesterday to view the clock, and although he liked it, it was a tad too small for where he had in mind for it to go however it was not entirely a wasted journey as he is interested in buying our old Deco dining room table which lies dust covered in old Trevor's garage.

Before he left, my visitor commented on the line of framed objects lined up on top of the kitchen radiator. He liked the " look" of the collection and thought the informality of the subjects interesting.
He was bound to be gay, I thought, only gay blokes think at this level
I went through the collection

A photo of some the Former Flowet Show committee 
Derek, sailor John, matriarch Irene, Cameron theboffin, Terry, Trendy Carol ( in nice blue top) and smiling Ann
Next to an ink sketching of an alpine villa bought from a little antique shop in Sheffield



The Randa girl's painting for their art entry for the Flower Show a few years back


an antique square of Kimono bought from the now closed Takashimaya store on 5th Avenue , New York I had framed in Sheffield next to AngryParsnips envelope cartoons of the cottage animals

" You're life in a line!" The man noted

73 comments:

  1. Anonymous12:49 pm

    Lovely glimpses into your life and character. Lots of true sentiment and nostalgia. Keep smiling John, we are all here for you and I promise it will get better.
    Susan

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    1. What do the pictures say about me?

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    2. I think the pictures say, you love your dogs, you like small art pieces that are whimsical rather than grand and you have a sentimental streak ... also those pictures say that you are a Good Man.

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  2. What people choose to display in their homes speaks volumes about them. Nice collection, sir.

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  3. Morag1:23 pm

    The personal links create the charm and meaning.

    Last month a friend helped me hang my pictures, and with that my new abode became my home :)

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  4. Pictures like that do tell a story. I react to mine when something in my life changes and they all come down. My wall is always a mirror of how I am feeling.

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    1. I wonder what mine says about me

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    2. Like me, nothing is hidden.

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  5. Anonymous1:33 pm

    I love homes like yours that look like they give you a big hug. I find that when I have pictures/ photos out, after a couple of weeks they merge into the background, and I stop 'seeing' them, if that makes sense, and they just become something to dust. I now change things round every season so I enjoy my home more.
    Have a look on Attic 24 blog, as she has a 'buy me a coffee' button, which you could copy on yours. I would love to buy you a coffee, as would many of your readers.
    Big hugs
    Pauline

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    1. Come over and we'll go to jacksons

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  6. Didn't the visitor mean "Your life in a line!" - rather than - You are life in a line! I like Miss Randa's picture best of all.

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  7. You would feel so very much at home in my house. Well, except for the fact that you clean and I don't. We have similar taste.

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    1. Yes from what I've seen of your home on BLESS OUR HEARTS
      You are right

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  8. 'Works of art' that have real meaning, are so much more interesting than the standard repros of famous paintings that one sees everywhere.

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  9. I like that line of pictures/art as well.
    I have noticed it before from your pictures thinking it was a wooded ledge of sorts for you to place your art, picture treasures.
    Like that visual story line . . .

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  10. I love that you added Angry Parsnip's cartoon x

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  11. John, please know that you are cared for and much loved by your readers.
    A day at a time, we are all with you on this journey.
    Pam in Texas.xxx

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  12. won't the heat from the radiator adversely affect these? and just as well to sell something that is just gathering dust in someone's garage.

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    1. May be but I'll move them when the radiator is on

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    2. Why not fix a shelf above the radiator, it will deflect the heat better into the room AND be a permanent ledge for the pictures. Dots of hidden Blutack keep things in place nicely 🙂

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  13. That is a very nice way to display your pictures. I love that Angry Parsnip's wrapping made it into your collection.

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  14. I hadn't thought of you as having odds and ends tucked away around the village.

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  15. Lovely that you framed Angry Parsnip's cartoons of the animals

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    1. They are quite special

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  16. I alway love to look at your artwork. Your art is indeed
    " life in a line". I am very honored to have a drawing added to your life. So happy you liked the envelope.

    cheers, parsnip and badger

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    1. You'll now be getting commissions

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  17. What a charming collection you've put together, John. The sketching of the alpine villa is something I might well have bought had I seen it at an antique shop. When a friend was planning to be married I bought something done in those colors. I was really glad when I found something else to give her that I knew she really wanted, because I truly wanted to keep the piece for myself.

    While thinking about purchases I realized this is likely not a time when you feel free to get much of anything for yourself. And given the recent changes life is handing you, I imagine there are things you want and many you really need.

    After seeing Pauline's comment I went to the Attic 24 blog and saw the paypal used there(buy me a coffee button). It gives people the ability to participate from most countries. Many of us that follow you are scattered about the world so that seems ideal. One can set up the option for a person to choose whatever amount they want to send.

    Please, John, seriously consider doing that. Those Paypal accounts are just a small tasteful addition to the sidebar on a blog.And are not something any reader is pressured into using, they simply allow folks a way to do what so many of us already want to, to walk through a rough patch in the road with someone kind enough to treat them as a friend, and include them on their journey, the way you have with us.-Mary

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    1. Kind Mary ....no, but i promise to consider it if I am on the bones of my arse x

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    2. How about a buy me a coffee button and you could Skype the occasion together? Meet your online life.

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  18. I like what you have chosen to display. It gives us all a glimpse into who you are.
    XO

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    1. Oooo fifi what does it say?

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  19. Reading a few of the comments here brought a thought to mind... blogs give us a peek into the lives of others, sometimes thousands of miles away from where we live. They're often a little like a PBS documentary, because they "teach" us about different perspectives than our own. In the U.S., every PBS station airs fundraising drives a handful of times per year. They also run commercials between shows from PBS supporting companies. In addition, we have to pay for cable, satellite or digital streaming service to get any T.V. shows. Would it be any different if a blogger added a Paypal or other such link to the sidebar of his or her blog? Particularly since it's optional for readers? I do understand that receiving donations could make one feel as if the blog is now "work", or at least a more pressured responsibility. Yet people across the globe (like myself) wouldn't mind having the option in the same way we can make donations to PBS stations if we choose to.

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    1. Very kind. But no......I enjoy writing for the comments x

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    2. But I'll consider it lol

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    3. Please do! I think this is a spendid idea!
      Alexa

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  20. I love the animals on the envelope.

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    1. Yes I oh so wanted to make a feature of it

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  21. P.S. I read a few British blogs every morning in my California kitchen, sipping coffee. For 56 years I knew my family to be of German and Russian descent. Recently, via DNA testing, I discovered my DNA is 21% England, Wales & Northwestern Europe, and 2% Ireland & Scotland. A great-great-great grandparent was from Somerset. Which makes blogs like yours all the more intriguing. :-)

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  22. Not only are they flat out fun, but the ink drawing is excellent. I hope he buys the table.

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  23. "Life in a Line" describes you also in another way: You are a Life Line! Many thanks for the lift you bring to others every day, and for all the humane things you do all the time. I hope you feel the love!

    I just scrolled through your pictures (again) on your side bar and stopped short! A week ago I found a miniature female version of Albert on our front porch. Got rid of the fleas, brought her in to stay (I hope!) for the first time last night. Now our 13 year old mutt Daisy is highly insulted. Things will get interesting here for awhile. I'm thinking the kitty will be called India (ink).
    Hugs and happy thoughts to you John!!!

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    1. Has she albert's golden eyes

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    2. Yes!!! Just like his! I find only a couple of white hairs under her chin and a couple near her whatsis.

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  24. Anonymous5:22 pm

    Well I'm a very straight bloke John and I'd like the look and informality of the collection That said I've been asked if I'm gay a few times - but don't think I was admiring art on those occasions. Art is such a personal thing.

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    1. Nice to see some more straight men here...I stand corrected!

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  25. Anonymous5:24 pm

    I'd definitely "buy you a coffee" if you had the button or a "buy the dogs a biscuit" button :) XX

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  26. Your life in a line is wonderful because it is so you. The best art holds a personal meaning to who we are and makes us feel good to see it.

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    1. I like the. Eclectic look

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    2. You ARE that look

      "glad to see you haven't made an effort"

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  27. WhenI see a photo of a room in your house I feel I know you a little better each time John. Over the years I have got to feel quite at home there. Long may it continue.

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  28. I'm glad you added Parsnip's drawing of your furry family. Your life in a line, indeed.

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  29. Looking at your life in a line, it's been a good life, it shows you are loved, sentimental and kind and the list goes on and it a short time you will be on top of the world again John.

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  30. Barbara Anne9:12 pm

    Art is what you find meaningful, memorable, and appeals to you, no matter the cost. I love that these delightful framed prints show the love others have for you, the love of your village (not to mention the thrill the Randa girls get when they see their art in your home), the love of color and design, and putting good use to the space atop the radiator. Good life, good man!

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  31. I love Angry Parsnip's drawing.

    That's the biggest radiator I've seen in my entire life. I deduce that you absolutely hate being cold.

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    1. It cost me a fortune to replace recently x

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  32. I love Gayle's drawing and have saved the wrapping paper from a parcel she sent me. I never considered framing it so thanks for the great idea!

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  33. The pictures show that you care about people.

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  34. My 'inner gay man' likes your line of art as well. :)

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  35. I love the story your life in a line tells. One rich in love and variety.

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  36. It's a lovely line up of artworks. Fingers crossed that you manage to sell the bits you need too.

    Local Facebook selling pages are good for selling things locally.

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  37. Would have been nice if you sold that clock.... crossing fingers and paws for you .

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  39. Oh my, Takashimaya on Fifth Ave. in NYC was the most beautiful store I ever shopped at in my entire life - and I miss it! The merchandise, the creative displays, the flower shop, the tea, the everything glorious from Japan. . . . . . . and the way they wrapped the purchases blew me away every time, most beautiful papers, boxes, bags. When they took a simple travel book I bought to the wrapping area in the back, I waited perhaps 15 mins. until they presented it to me, so awesome I didn't ever want to open it! Still have the folded tissue papers and the bag etc. - and that's from way back, perhaps 15 years ago!
    Glad you found such a little treasure there John.

    Happy weekend - Mary

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  40. I love the cottage animals on the envelope! Why don't I remember Takashimaya? I lived in NYC for 10 years, from 2000 to 2010 -- but maybe it was before or after my time there.

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