Monthly Archives: January 2012

In praise of footstools

The auction drought is over, from mid December to end of January there’s little in the way of auctions to feed the need of an obsessive auction goer. However from this week that is all over, not only have Cordy’s … Continue reading

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Board and batten ceilings

There are essentially three different ways of ‘restoring’ the appearance of an old board and batten ceiling of the type common in New Zealand houses of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Ceilings often survive the redecoration and renovation of … Continue reading

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The year [well almost] in review

At long last we managed to get rid of them. Like a divorce or other painful separations, they kept wanting to come back. The painters wanted to wedge themselves in between Christmas and New Year. They did not understand that … Continue reading

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