Cleaning Up Da House

A busy day cleaning up the house meant it was time to tidy the livingroom – which was a big job. It was a joy to discover a little copper jug, which compliments my copper kettle, so now the two keep each other company on the wood-

The Scythians liked to make  elaborate patterns with the stag's tines

I think this design came from a tattoo

burner, along with my mystery candle holder. They all look good together.

As the day passed and I tackled the kitchen I found a couple of things which should have been put away! It always seems something must be left out! In this case it was four egg cups with a classic pattern in blue. No backstamp on them, and they seem quite modern, but they have an elegant, retro style. Next to them was a small vinigarette jug in the Irmari
style. I was washing it out and forgot about it on the window ledge. This doesn’t have a backstamp either, and it wobbles a little on a flat surface. Makes me think it could be quite
old, so I will look it up. Shame it has a tiny chip – its barely visible, but there all the same! Still, another reason to believe it may have seen a long life!

At long last I now have the time to get on with my current book, ‘The Emperor’ about the Tarot card of that name. I have reached the fun part where I get to choose the pictures and I am looking at lots of Scythian art. They exaggerated the horns of animals like stags and goats, making elaborate patterns which they used in tatoos!

Will I ever get round to making tea?

Things I have washed up lately!

Although I am having a busy time writing my the fourth book in the series ‘Tarot Decoded’ (about the Emperor Tarot card), I still made time to wash up a couple of items for Reckless Relic. Its such a joy to watch the dust disappear and the beauty of a piece reveal itself, and luckily I didn’t have to scrub anything too hard!

Firstly a little cream sugar bowl, curly handles at each end and with a neat lid, started to shine as it dried. Such a simple piece of pottery, yet so elegant – the bottom says, B then WRM Bursem England. It’s far too old to use now, although I am sure at one time it graced a table and held sugar lumps!

I also dusted down a beautiful wooden ornamental plate,with an tastful pattern in the centre. It looks Islamic and is in excellent condition, far too fine to eat ones sandwiches from, but would be lovely to hold wrapped sweets to offer around ones guests!

Finally I gave a quick dusting to an old candle holder, whose age I cannot fathom at all. It seems to be made of tin and looks like it had been mass produced, although research turned up no clues. It was probably common to see them at one time, but since gaslight and electricity these cheap, everyday objects have become a rare curiosity. It’s design is sheer functionality – probably for lighting ones way to the privy – and it enthrals me that a disposable, seemingly valueless item at one time, has survived.