Saturday, 15 August 2020

Things

Surrounded by things you like and treasure can be pleasing 
Water bird and hen/


Kitchen ware

Living room pictures and the tuba cushion 

Mantle correspondence

Pottery horse, chameleon and pottery family

Gay loveheart in the window
Sooty champagne glasses

Measuring cups

Garden flowers

Office corner

Hats and scales


Mantle

Chopsticks 

Art Deco potties

Desk

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    1. I know it’s a bit shallow to love “ things” but I do

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    2. Not at all, it's what makes our homes, home. I can't believe my comment got in first!

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  2. You have a great eye, John, you've got some lovely things. I love the measuring cups, so much nicer than my grey plastic utilitarian ones!

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  3. 'Can be pleasing' is an impressive understatement.

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  4. Weekend task, wash those sooty champers glasses. One person seems to have a lot of hats and scarves.

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    1. Lol after my set of nights finish I will clean everything in the cupboard . Being an old cottage the soot from the fire seeps very slowly into the cupboards dusting everything

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  5. They are ‘gozunders’ not ‘guzovers’🤣

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    1. They are indeed. I couldn’t get me arse on one

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    2. You could try a hover job!

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  6. John, one thing that radiates from your blog now, is contentment.

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  7. I enlarged the picture of the Sooty champagne glasses but could not see Sooty pictures or transfers on them. Besides, Sooty didn't like champagne - oofle dust was his thing.

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  8. Love all of your possessions John .... I have never understood the minimalist look .... how boring to look around ones home and see ..... nothing ! XXXX

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    1. I used to work with a woman who said she had no 'ornaments' in her home at all - no pictures on the wall, nothing placed on any surface - nothing. She said it made the dusting much easier. As you say, how boring! John - your cottage is much more my style!

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    2. It’s like my face

      Lived in

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  9. I’ll let you into my secret John it’s never dust it’s always a protective layer for your precious items. You have a lovely cosy home. Heather

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    1. I do need a cleaning person mave

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    2. Get in a woman who does

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    3. Anonymous11:20 pm

      Get in a man who does

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  11. I would love sitting in your room,
    letting my eyes wander
    What charm . . .
    Stories . . . every place my eyes would wander.

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    1. Lol don’t look under the bed

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    2. It's all magazines, lubricants and used socks

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  12. i love that gray beveled tile in your kitchen and the color of those hydrangeas...fantastic! it would be fun to do one of your contests where everyone sends pics of their mantels.

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    1. The kitchen tiles I always thought were a odd green..how wrong I was

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  13. Looks like comfort

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  14. I bought a set of those hollow stem Champagne glasses for one of the girls - the one who likes Champagne. Very 1930s.

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    1. Mine were gifts from my sister who added to my collection over the years

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  15. Flowers at every turn - glorious!

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  16. I love what you surround yourself with (although I'd "un"-soot those champagne glasses ... at least before I filled them with champagne). I assume those are hats and SCARVES (ala autocorrect); unless SCALES means SCARVES in Welsh. One never knows.

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    1. Yes scarves...dammm spell check on my new iPad x

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  17. You have some lovely items and pictures in your home - and the memories or stories to treasure.

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    1. Everything does seem to have a story

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  18. the fat little pottery horse you made. I would love to sit in YOUR home with a cuppa and a scone and just breathe it all in. a calming safe place.

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  19. So many lovely little vignettes!

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  20. What a lovely little inside and close-up tour of your cottage! I love it and all the flowers! I also love that set of measuring cups and the Art Deco potties!
    You have quite the varied assortment of decor!

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    1. The measuring cups are from John Lewis a gift from a lady professor

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  21. Dusting is all I can think of.

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    1. I damp dust twice a week...it’s a dirty job ,, but that’s digs and wood burners for you

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  22. Nice stuff. I'm particularly impressed by how neat and clean everything is.

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    1. Run your hand over my surfaces and you’d change your mind x

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    2. I read your response before Tom’s comment......

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  23. So lovely, John. Very calming and peaceful.

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    1. It is peaceful ...I’ve just taken the dogs to trendy carol’s and am soaking up the silence before I go back to bed ( I’m on nights )

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  24. Looks lovely, sometimes dusting is a thing with which one must put up.

    In top photo, would it look better with the water bird facing the other way?

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  25. Love that elegant water bird. I think if one looks at all those pictures it more or less sums you up John - they are all a delight to look at. You obviously love beautiful things.

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    1. Does that make me shallow?
      Material stuff , I know , mean nothing in the great scheme of things
      But I couldn’t do minimalist

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    2. Material stuff does not make you shallow if it is of things personal to you that you love. Vuitton luggage just for the label... now that is shallow. I couldn't do minimalist either.

      Jo in Auckland

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  26. I like your home - it is good to display items that are meaningful to you and bring sweet memories (and look great too). I covet the art deco potties! So cool!

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  27. Lovely things, the art and the kitchen ware!

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  28. There’s an online exhibition I love called The Meaning of Things (search Craft Victoria) with and your post reminds me of those stories. Lovely!

    Your post is like

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  29. ... a walk through that exhibition

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    1. As long as it isn’t like trip through a museum

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    2. No - much more like this blog post. Odd but charming objects with the stories of the memories and associations they conjure up. So interesting

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  30. You have a marvelous eye for decorative beauty!

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  31. Your things radiate with belonging John-unfortunately my things are drab and dusty x

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    1. I doubt that , everyone has things that mean a lot to them

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  32. Excellent tour of your room accessories! I love the painting (?) of the hen. Maybe time to give the champagne glasses a wash, though?

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    1. Next to the champagne glasses are two tiny beautifully etched saki glasses from Takashimaya, a now debunked Japanese store on 5th Avenue New York
      I carried them round New York and all the way home and not a chip on them

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  33. Just lovely, John!

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  34. So many interesting things to look at in your home.

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    1. I think we may have a bloggers competition of best roommview

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  35. All your 'things' are very colour coordinated, even the 'guzunders' You must have a good eye for colours, just lovely.

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  36. Yorkshire Liz5:17 pm

    Think the water bird is a sandpiper. Hope so. I have one just like it, on my bedroom windowsill. Those arrangements would be perfect still life painting projects! You have good taste and a good eye. And I still love your little fat pony!

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    1. I’m very proud of him

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    2. Little fat pony is simply gorgeous x

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  37. Delightful post, thank you!

    lizzy

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    1. I’m going to set a competition of your favourite view in a room

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    2. Oooh, fun. Shall I post pictures of my pug in his fluffy donut bed>

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  38. I love them all.

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  39. Barbara Anne5:38 pm

    What a charming haven you've created for yourself! I understand how lovely it is to look upon things in your surroundings and remember someone or some event that endows each item with meaning. Ta for the photos!
    You also chose well when choosing that delightful shade of yellow for the walls.

    Hugs!

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  40. I too lust after the fat pony

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    1. I reckon you could raise some money for your hospice through fat ponies

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  41. lovely photos, especially the rainbow heart, please could you tell me where you got it? x

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    1. I can’t but mave can he bought it!,,,,
      Mave are u there?

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    2. I bought the heart from a Liverpudlian who sells on Etsy.

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  42. I love your treasures and arrangements, the yellow wall colour is a super backdrop for your art work you have turned a house into a home, thanks for sharing !!!

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  43. All so perfectly *you*!

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  44. Love the rainbow heart, may have a go at making one myself

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  45. All so very neat and tidy, I love it!

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  46. You could be happy with nothing. That would be a test. Inner contentment and no possessions.

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    1. Yes....I’m just thankful to them for the pleasure they bring

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  47. Your purchases and wall decor of recent posts have inspired to me to shop local artists and buy things that I like. Make a whole wall of this art. Thanks for the "make me happy" idea.

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  48. I remember Takashimaya from when I lived in NYC in the late 70s and early 80s. I love the mismatched canisters in your kitchen. So cozy.

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  49. A wonderful collection. But no books?

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  50. John, your house has filled out! I love it. Especially that beautifully made heart.

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  51. All beautiful. The perfect cottage interior.

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  52. I love that stuffed chameleon. So cartoony-looking.

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  53. Marilyn Westphal5:55 am

    What a lovely look into your world. It was a comfort to look at these and know they bring you comfort. Thank you.

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  54. A lovely little glimpse at some of your treasures, but I'll be coming round to yours for any sooty champagne ;-)

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  55. I love the water bird with its long spindly legs and beak.

    Are the horse and chameleon deliberately ignoring each other?

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  56. I like the measuring cups the most.

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