Thursday, 13 January 2022

Crockery

 

I spent the morning measuring the living room, stairs, landing and bedrooms. 
I’ve picked the carpet which will replace the existing one and the ancient bare floorboards in my bedroom will, at last be covered too , silencing the occasional middle-of-night tap dancing by the dogs. 
I know I will get a few lectures about how carpets are not very practical with dogs and a cat in the house, but I don’t really care. 
I like carpets.
I ordered a new washing machine on line then I’ve photographed the field as only today, I’ve finally decided not to renew the yearly lease and I want to prove to the land agents that it’s been left in good order.
End of an era I guess.
This afternoon, I finally tackled the living room cupboards and removed an old mismatched dinner service bought as a job lot at an auction many years ago. 
I’ve never really liked it and only kept it out of apathy
It’s of no quality and is well out of style so in a fit of devilment I spent a therapeutic twenty minutes smashing it to bits in the bin.
Mrs Trellis stopped just as I smashed an old tureen without it’s handle and Blue stood on his hind legs to look inside the wheelie bin at the bits.
“ Looks like fun” she commented, her eyes twinkling 
I offered her a soup bowl to throw but she declined it.
She was wearing her overly erect bobble hat

This afternoon , I cleaned the soot out of the cupboards and refilled them with books and jugs, cups and glasses. 
Very satisfying
 








69 comments:

  1. John! I'm horrified at the smashing of the crockery! Couldn't it have gone to a charity shop? (At least the unbroken pieces.) I'm sure it does feel good to clear stuff out, though.

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    1. I knew there would be a queue of " horrified" readers .....

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    2. Well, apparently just me and Mitchell. And even he changed his mind. So I'm not sure that's a "queue." LOL

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  2. Barbara Anne4:17 pm

    Therapeutic, indeed! Reminds me of that scene in Tortilla Soup. Love the look of the items on those clean shelves. Do you need one of those plate stands so the lovely plate on the bottom shelf is properly supported?
    Well done in choosing your new carpets and ordering a new washer. Will it the washer also dry the laundry when the weather outside is frightful?
    What else is up for today?

    Hugs!

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    1. That plate is one f the few things of my mothers I ve kept

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  3. It's very satisfying to sort and cull, but to smash as well? Heavenly!

    And "an overly erect bobble hat"? Oooooooo, Mrs Trellis!

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    1. It’s the oddest thing, it looks as though she either starches it or fills the point with tissue paper

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  4. Tracy4:57 pm

    I love carpets too. I am afraid that slipping around on polished floorboards or laminate just isn't my thing. I am good at smashing china too, but that is just due to clumsiness, rather than intention!

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    1. The carpets have taken a bashing over the years, what with ten dogs living here

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  5. I do like your cupboards. xx

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  6. I would have had to rescue one cup and saucer. I do occasionally like to drink from a "proper" cup and pretend I'm a lady! I, too like carpets. Much warmer underfoot and if you have to hoover/clean more often, so be it. The cupboards are looking very stylish and I love the colour. I assume they're both the same colour, just the light that makes them look different? Glad you're getting some therapeutic stuff done. You can sit in that cosy chair and admire your handiwork! xx

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    1. I bought some delightful cups and saucers from Sainsbury’s a few months ago, very retro very vibrant , you can just see them in the second photo

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  7. Not in the "horrified" queue here - the poor charity shops etc are overrun with well meaning donations from overstuffed houses. I remember being envious of Bob the Barman at one hotel I worked at - every morning he got to smash all the wine and beer bottles into the recycling bin so more could be fitted in. It's a great stress reliever. God bless the Greeks ;) lol

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    1. I slam dunked tge pudding bowls
      Great fun !!!!

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    2. Only you could say that lol

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  8. I went to a Greek Wedding once-I don't know why but I thought it would be similar to an Italian celebration but it was very different-quite chaotic x

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    1. I was a bit scared because all we do is chink glasses with a spoon x

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  9. Smashing things is always very theraputic. If you ever have an old toilet, those are very satisfying too, use a sledge hammer:)

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    1. I’m getting a new toilet, I will remember your words

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    2. Much better than planting it with geraniums lol

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    1. I thought you’d love smashing a few plates? Reminds you of those Greek men

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  11. It's all looking quite spiffy!

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    1. I’m getting better at getting rid of clutter

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  12. Joan (Devon)6:32 pm

    I prefer carpets too - they make a room look and feel cosy. You could use some of the broken pieces to go in the bottom of plant pots for drainage.

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  13. veg artist6:33 pm

    Cheap therapy! I don't normally like destroying anything, but it would probably cost you more in petrol to take to a charity shop than they would get for it.

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    1. The whole service was miss matched and terribly dated

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  14. Your cupboards look lovely John !!

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  15. I have no carpets now because of mishaps and it's freezing-Even now with the fire burning,fan on top and the central heating I can still feel gushing drafts coming up from the foundations-I think sometimes may be living on top of an iceberg x

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    1. I’ve never had a master bedroom carpet , in some way, it’s a shame to cover the old 17th century floor boards but it will be warmer

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  16. "Overly erect"? Is there really such a thing?

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  17. Is the lease for the land expensive? I might worry someone would build on it and crowd or ruin your view.Mary

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    1. The church owns the land and will eventually sell it off anyway when the church either closes or when / if it becomes a pilgrim church
      Yes it isa worry

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  18. Sounds to me as though you have had a very satisfying day.

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  19. Smashing crockery is one of the greatest therapies around. I was once so angry that I threw a cup at a garden wall - and missed!

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    1. I once threw a plate ( full of pasta and tomato sauce) against the sofa

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  20. Oh the cupboards look awesome.
    There are places now where you can pay to smash things like old dishes. Is it satisfying to do something like that?

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    1. It was quite exhilarating to be honest

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  21. I have a mix of carpet and laminate. I prefer carpet in the bedrooms but removed it in the living room because of a past dog. Yes, I had a dog once.

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    1. Understood . But I am a wiz with a carpet cleaner

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  22. I got rid of a couple of sets of china a couple of years ago, it was nice to free myself from the burden, I wish I had had a place to smash one of them. Do with your house what you want. My mother even carpeted the bathrooms. If you are not going to plant a big garden or keep birds again, not being responsible for the field will be a relief, and letting go of it will eliminate the guilt of feeling you should do something with it. This all sounds very healthy. I bought a new washer/dryer last summer, monumental difference.

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    1. Always the pragmatist David , love ya xx

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  23. Paul Brownsey9:12 pm

    I think there's something wrong with the way your blog is set up just now. Clicking on the usual link just brings a blank page with, in the corner,
    "StatCounter - Free Web Tracker and Counter
    Google Translate
    Original text
    Contribute a better translation"

    I only got throiugh to the blog by tracing you through sur.ly.

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    1. I don’t understand

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    2. I’m having the same problem. Denise in KC

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    3. your blog hasnt been available through normal links is what they are saying. I also was getting a white screen with your stat hit number in the top left hand corner. It was like it for at least 24 hours for me. You and 2 other blogspots that I visit, strangely I could view others. But today, on the address line, I have a new icon if I click on it it makes a QR code for your post that I am reading. Maybe Blogger was updating you and didnt announce it

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  24. The china is rather pretty. If I found it at a thrift shop, I d buy the bowls and tureens and fill them with shells, seaglass, hyacinths and tiny daffodil with moss, out in the garden w succulents.

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    1. I’m not feeling guilty

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    2. Of course you're not! Too fun, smashing them instead.

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  25. I like those built-in cupboards. Green was my Mom's favorite color and those are a lovely shade of green.

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    1. The same green that was there in the 1940s

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  26. Clearing things out that you do not care for and/or need is a very good feeling. Your built-in cabinets look great.

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  27. I replaced the carpets in the studio with carpet tiles last year and it has been an enormous revelation. When it came time for my parents to replace their carpets they chose carpet tiles as well and it was much cheaper plus if one gets stained you can just pull that one up and replace it with a new one. We each have a spare box put aside in case we need to do that.

    They are far easier to clean than "proper" carpets I have found thus far. :)

    Cupboard looking lovely and yay for some crockery smashing! I feel like a bit of that would not go astray for me at the moment.

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  28. Carpets are great for dogs! The only vinyl I have in the house is in the kitchen and it can be treacherous for them if they're in a hurry.

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  29. Too late, but why didn't you imitate such as Downton, and pop it all up into the loft for future generations to discover? Someone might have made a fortune.

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  30. A very therapeutic day!

    A good time to let go of the field and not feel that you are responsible for it. It gave you so much pleasure looking after your wonderful animals. Cloud watching too! I remember. Onwards and upwards.

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  31. I saw Steve’s comment and, yes, I’m horrified, too. A couple of good smashes would have been satisfying enough for me. After that, guilt would have set in... or at least I think it would. I’m now imagining smashing everything and it does sound SO good.

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  32. Paul Brownsey9:27 am

    Service is back to normal now. Clicking the usual link brought you up as usual. Did you do something or is it all one of the ineffable mysteries of the internet?

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  33. The load of crockery would only take up space forever at a charity shop!

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