Category Archives: practical matters

Interesting things with lamps

When I first moved into this house I really only occupied one room – now the Studio – which was then somewhat exposed to the street. This more so once we took out the aluminum joinery and put in enormous … Continue reading

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The secret power of RINSO

As the season of entertaining approached, it was becoming increasingly obvious that the family silver was getting itself into something of a state. Without an army of footmen to keep the silver clean, pieces were slowly descending into a certain … Continue reading

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silver and sunshine

I am thrilled with this week’s auction haul. Maidens & Foster had a good estate showing this week and I left a long list of absentee bids. Although I didn’t get my number 1 item – a lovely big Winchcombe … Continue reading

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Omega Workshops – Down on the Farm

Today is the first day of a short holiday I’ve cooked up for myself, in order to sit in front of the fire and do nothing. Surprise, surprise then if I wasn’t at Maidens & Foster at 9.30am this morning … Continue reading

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How to wallpaper with old book pages

Some time back we came across an old dictionary in a box lot at the local auction house – its cover was missing and it was in pieces but it had great illustrations and great (no longer used) words. There … 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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