My parents loved to collect. This was their passion. In the kitchen, there are shelves of blue and white pearlware plates, platters and jugs that all have been collected over the last 40 years.
I think we could be described this kitchen as “shabby chic”. Mum has always cooked amazing culinary creations. At the moment, she is having a vegetarian diet, because that is what I eat. She is coping well.
The mirror in the hall was bought for 10/6 (ten shillings and sixpence in “old money”) and in a million pieces from Swallowfield Park, Berkshire. Mum, being Mum, restored it, put it back together again and painted it. Now 55 years later, the mirror is apparently gently crumbling again, probably back to its original price of 10/6!
This little horse is calle “Pferd”- German for horse. Made of calfskin and bought in a terrible state, this Victorian horse on wheels was lovingly restored by Mum. She also made the tack as well as giving him a new mane and tail.
Yes, Mum collects rocking horses too.
Phar-lap is a modern rocking horse designed by Mum and Alec Kinane of Legends Rocking Horses.
Alec and Mum spent many hours sketching out Phar-lap on newspaper on the drawing room floor!
Pharlap is a handsome carved Arab horse on bow rockers. Mum’s version has a side saddle with removable pommel depending on what side you ride (orginally rocking horses were used to teach children to ride – I did not know this).
This is the celing of my bedroom – we call it Gormenghast.
For obvious reasons.
The weather outside is lovely but the house is always cool. The walls are 2 foot thick.
Meanwhile at home, Wussums has a new job. Apparently, he is a stable cat. Who knew?