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Secrets of a rocking chair
« on: Thursday 12 August 21 09:52 BST (UK) »
Every afternoon, until the full sun comes around and gets too hot, I sit in a very old rocking chair passed down through the family, reading. When I'm finished, I stand up, pushing down on the arms and everyday I think "I must sand that rough bit". Today, after many years, I had a close look at what this was. It is a black semi-hard area, clearly the epithelial deposits from many generations of the family, where ancestors have pushed down on the arms to stand up. Today I used a plastic scratchy pad to remove it. I know I should preserve it for the day when it can be analysed, but it went straight in the bin.

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Re: Secrets of a rocking chair
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 12 August 21 10:14 BST (UK) »
Ooooooo!
Literally in touch with the past and you have destroyed it!
Having said that I would have probably done that as soon as I inherited it .
I have a couple of things touched by ancestors ,others in between too.The pretty handbag Mum had for my wedding ,her gloves in there, a couple of the confetti petal shapes, a little cotton sachet of scented cashews she liked .
Etc etc.
Wonder why it accumulated in the first place?
A weekly polish would have dispersed the natural deposits.
So perhaps intentionally left to accumulate, so now you will feel really bad!
Think differently, you are back to the first owner now , so that is something special too.
Enjoy it .
Viktoria.

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Re: Secrets of a rocking chair
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 12 August 21 12:58 BST (UK) »
Last month I had the hall redecorated and a new carpet and runners in my Victorian house.
Carpet was only 9 months old when we moved in 30 years ago, always hated it but donít believe in change for changes sake never mind cost.
Anyway the decorator couldnít understand why I didnít want the wooden banister rail Ďrevampedí.
I tried to explain that everyone who had ever lived in this house for the last 140 years has touched it and itís patination told a story.
He thought I was soft in the head  ::)

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Re: Secrets of a rocking chair
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 12 August 21 13:29 BST (UK) »
   "Carpet was only 9 months old when we moved in 30 years ago, always hated it but donít believe in change for changes sake never mind cost."
   I like your thinking! It sounds rather like my house. :D
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Re: Secrets of a rocking chair
« Reply #4 on: Thursday 12 August 21 13:31 BST (UK) »
They donít understand do they?
We got our Victorian house back  a good deal ,had been ruined by previous owners .

Hideous replacements ,colours that ought to have got the owners prison
sentences.
 I had a handmade Victorian kitchen installed.
My OH could not understand why I bought tiles that were already crazed,but they did look good.
Sadly all ripped out and in a skip after I sold it, my gorgeous Mahogany Mantel and lovely parlour fire ,in the skip .
Now there is hole in the wall and a piece of drift wood for a mantel!
BUT the original ceiling rose,they have kept that.
A lovely couple, and she used to look through the window when going to midnight Mass ,the fire would be lit ,Candles burning on the broad window sill and Ivy entwined and the crib, Christmas tree lit and presents under the tree.
She admitted she had often said to her parents she would own the house some day and she did.
The first viewers they decided in half an hour .
Oh I do miss it ,but so big and hard work on a busy road.
We were there forty years ,we got it in a hurry as it would do for a time.
Enjoy your banister rail and rocking chair .
Thanks for listening  ;)
Viktoria.

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Re: Secrets of a rocking chair
« Reply #5 on: Thursday 12 August 21 13:45 BST (UK) »
Oh Viktoria I do love "listening" to your stories, long long may they continue  :)
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Re: Secrets of a rocking chair
« Reply #6 on: Thursday 12 August 21 18:36 BST (UK) »
Thank you , some might say not to encourage me!
You should have seen our childrenís faces when they first saw it!
We had a modern house in Belgium, surrounded by fields and woods of an old Chateau with moat and boathouse ,lived in by a little old lady, the last of the titled family.
Wait for it,Baroness Claaes Bouwaaerts !

Our boys played in the grounds , totally overgrown, they had read the William Brown ď Just William ď books!
That was worrying!
Fires in barns etc,for burning sausages !
She used to wave to me as I walked past along the lane near the servantsí part.
With my baby daughter in the pram.
I found a ring there one day when the grounds were open for the village fair .
It was embedded in the drive .
Two little diamonds and a purple stone which seemed to change colour throughout the day .
I spoke to the lady but she did not think it was anything to do with the chateau.
The Police station logged it and I put a card in the supermarket but not claimed .Must have been in the ground for decades ,lying on its side.
Very old Iíd say ,worn at one side perhaps by a wedding ring .
I have it still.
The boys brought home some feral kittens one day,they looked ginger but had been living in a rusty old metal pan or something .
Spitting fire ,little demons anyway their mum would have been be looking for them .They went back but  scraps etc saved for them.
The mum was skin and bone.
Went back with eldest son for the 100 th Anniversary if WW1 ending.
The house  not much changed saplings  we put in the garden huge now!

We were so lucky to live there.
What a childhood ,totally free and out all day , just like mine .

You really ought not to encourage me,Viktoria.


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Re: Secrets of a rocking chair
« Reply #7 on: Thursday 12 August 21 20:03 BST (UK) »
Wonderful stories, Viktoria!  Also the rocking chair and wooden banister rail.  Keep your stories going.
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Re: Secrets of a rocking chair
« Reply #8 on: Friday 13 August 21 11:15 BST (UK) »
Can't help thinkng of country singer John Denver's "Granny has left me her old armchair".  There doesn't seem to be a Youtube version by him to listen to, so here's a singing irish farmer doing the honours. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rKyFjt5A0I
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