I finally got my little green bedroom chair finished the other day.
It was a relief to get it done, I felt like I was going round in circles, so many 'sides' to it and three coats of green paint on each one, but it was worth it, and as Ginger is currently sleeping on the table on his new favourite cushion I think he's glad to see the back of it too and have Mother, the Christmas cacti back for company. He's fickle that cat, the wigwam on the freezer is now deserted and he loves the table ... he moves from pillar to post and of course because he's just so gorgeous we let him :-)
This chair has history. It's one of a pair that was my Nana's (my Dad's Mum) wedding present off her Dad. He also made her and three of her five sisters a full suite of bedroom furniture as the rest of the gift. He was a Master Cabinet Maker but as he didn't make chairs he bought my Nana two pairs of bedroom chairs. You can see from the seat that it has been replaced, many years ago the fancy rattan that made up the seat fell to bits and was replaced with a punched out piece of plywood.
Great Grandad had his workshop above a couple of blokes starting out in the motor car trade, whenever he made a large piece of furniture he would lower it through a trapdoor into their garage space rather than struggle down the stairs and they would help him move it out. The guys were called Mr Rolls and Mr Royce, they got a little bit more famous than my Great Grandad ever did .... but back in the day they all shared a building and no doubt a lot of laughs.
I used this chair to stand on while I did all the painting when we first moved into this house, I don't do ladders and find a chair a much sturdier and safer option. I'm sure it's not the use my Great Grandad had in mind for it when it was bought, but I'm also sure that he would have approved of it still being used and loved to this day.
More freebies arrived the other day. A copy of a sister magazine to the one I got as a subscription to for Christmas and ten packets of seeds to add to my free seed stash tin.
I'm not taking them up on the other 'free' offers as each one only comes free if you pay rather a lot of postage!!
But not a bad little haul.
A folder to keep the magazines in, a free magazine, a wall chart of when to plant what and £19.28 worth of seeds. Of course all through the year the magazine will also come with free gifts so it will be interesting to see what it all adds up to over the course of the year.
I have kept a record of my Kitchen Garden freebies all through last year, that subscription runs out with the March issue so I will be seeing what that total adds up with that one as well.