Monday, 14 September 2020

A Quiet Corner



A quiet corner by the front door.
The last of the garden roses fill the space with scent of old summers.
Thumb sticks made by a village friend stand guard 
Over etchings and needlepoint 
And a grumpy old Welsh lady.
And the yellow walls suck in the sun over the wooden heart of
the little desk fresh from being fed beeswax and oil


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  1. A lovely restful corner John and beautifully described.

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  2. yellow roses for a yellow room.

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  3. I think I smell them. The yellow was a wonderful choice!

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    1. They are old fashioned and smell sweetly

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  4. I love little corners around our home also - and as you have described here John, they have special stories when displaying mementoes of life.
    Beautiful roses - and the sweet open heart in the
    desk! Just lovely.

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    1. The dest it a little art nouveau dest from around 1905

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  5. Lovely John. I still have a hazel thumbstick made by an old gentleman in 1979 - I was about 17 at the time and can't recall being enamoured of country walks at that age, but it gets regular outings now. I trust yours go with you on walks with Dorothy and co.

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    1. I have two both made by the red faced farmer a few years ago, I tend not to use them as I’ve always got two dogs on the go

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  6. Beautiful little corner--a wonderful way to display meaningful things. Why is it called a "thumb stick?"


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    1. they are designed to put your thumb between the “ y “

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  7. You have a real knack. The Boy Scout has quite a bit of lovely art work but I just don't have the knack of putting it up in an appealing way.

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  8. i love that little vase or pitcher with the bird.

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    1. It’s by a local artist and is a posy jug

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  9. Barbara Anne3:28 pm

    What a lovely, welcoming entry you have and your charming desk seems to be singing after its tasty rub of beeswax and oil.
    Ta for the explanation about why those walking sticks are called thumb sticks. I was wondering about that.
    Roses are just so beautiful.

    Hugs!

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  10. What a beautiful corner!

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  11. I do like the walking stick, but I do hope you're not in too much need of it.

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  12. A charming corner and that wood looks so happy.

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  13. Timeless and perfect x

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  14. I like the little bird vase. (Or creamer?)

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    1. It’s a posy jug by a local artist . Would you like one,?

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  15. The lovely yellow walls will give you a little bit of summer even in the middle of winter.

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    1. That’s my hope, the cottage is cosy but very dark in winter

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  16. Beautifully written, the first thing I saw with an envious eye was your lovely roses in the fabulous vase.
    Then of course I looked at your artwork !
    xx

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    1. I have my sister to thank for the roses she prunes my bushes

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    2. Not at all straddly-but beautifully blooming John x

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  17. What a welcoming entrance to your home John, I love the little Scottie it bought back memories of sweet George.

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    1. I miss his quiet diplomatic prescience

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  18. And what a wonderful corner it is.

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  19. A lovely corner and I'm glad you told us what thumb sticks are.

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    1. I’m so surprised people don’t know

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    2. See
      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NAZcZc-awO4

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  20. A delightful corner, you have a talent for displaying artwork. Your house looks charming and inviting x

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  21. Thank you for the lesson on thumb sticks. I love the desk, you can tell she's been loved because she looks happy!

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    1. I’ve always referred to her as her

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  22. You have a lovely way with words John ..... and a good eye for interiors. XXXX

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  23. What a welcoming space. Love the grumpy old welsh lady. Those roses are magnificent! Do they have a name?

    Jo in Auckland

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  24. What a pretty corner. Restful and fresh at the same time.

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  25. Love it!
    Love he flowers but the artwork is fab.

    XoXo

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  26. Great flowers, I love the little desk.

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  27. That photo has a certain je ne sais quoi about it. I really like it.

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  28. Lovely corner John. That little woman took me straight back to my childhood - I'm sure there was a picture of an old woman in one of my traditional tales books - but I can't remember which tale she illustrated.

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  29. My granddaughter said of her room, when she painted it yellow, "It glows!"

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  30. Perfect. Love that adorable little vase with the bird 😀

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  31. Your home entry is beautiful and welcoming. Nice to come home to and exudes warmth to your guests. You have a good eye for decor.

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  32. Everything is so pretty.

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  33. I can picture you, atop The Gop, leaning on your thumbstick and surveying the village.

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    1. I see him at the top of The Gop manically wafting it around at a swarm of wasps and then falling backwards over Dorothy ;-)

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  34. It makes me smile and that's the best kind of entry into a home.

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  35. Beautifully described, and that little desk/bureau looks gloriously well fed and has a lovely patina.

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  36. that's gorgeous, you really do have a knack of making a home a home !

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  37. can you be my stylist?

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  38. What a lovely spot.

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