Three Things Thursday: 4 August 2016

As usual I’m joining with Emily of Nerd in the Brain (and others) for Three Things Thursday’. As she says…

*three things that make me smile: an exercise in gratitude – feel free to steal this idea with wild abandon and fill your blog with the happy*

First, a new (sort of) table. For ages we have been searching for a second hand bistro table to go in the limery. We found lots of table and chair sets, but we didn’t need chairs; we found very expensive old tables; we found tables needing a significant amount of renovation; we found wooden tables… but nothing just right. We could have bought new, but we really wanted not to add to the ‘stuff’ in the world. Finally, on ebay, we spotted a company selling refurbished catering equipment… including bistro tables. It is perfect…


Second, monkey cups! Until the other day I was pretty convinced that my monkey cup pitcher plant was not very happy as it didn’t seem to be producing pitchers. However, when one of the tomato plants fell over, the pitcher plant got covered in compost so I had to move it and clean it off. And when I took it out of its corner, there at the back was one big pitcher and one developing one. Clearly it’s happier than I thought.

Third, finally reaching Mornington Crescent. Now I’m pretty sure that only a small proportion of my readers will understand why this made me so happy. If you do, then you are probably smiling too; if you don’t then just accept that it’s the main ambition of fans of a Radio 4 show called I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue sometimes referred to as ISIHAC.


So that’s it for this week. What are you feeling grateful for?

ADDENDUM: Since the questions have already started, I’d better say that you can read about the joke that is Mornington Crescent HERE.

Great crate

Fifteen years ago, when we moved to Chez Snail we had almost no furniture, having managed with very old items that I inherited from my nan. They had served us well in our little cottage, but the new house was bigger and some of the old stuff was completely beyond repair. We had some things that were good – our bed, a dresser, a coat cupboard and gate-legged table, plus lots of bookshelves. But furnishing a whole house is expensive and so we hired a van and made a trip to Ikea, where we bought pretty much everything we needed.

A well-used table

A well-used table

And I’m pleased to report that almost all of it is still going strong. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m currently re-covering the sofa in crochet, but the actual piece of furniture certainly doesn’t need replacing. The only things that have finally started to break apart are the triangular side tables that we bought for £5 each. Over the years the surfaces have got damaged, but now structural cracks are starting to appear and the end is in sight. And so, with my recycle and re-use hat on, I sought replacements, although the old ones will still get some use in the limery I think. I thought about buying a second-hand nest of tables, but I really wanted something a bit more modern… and so to Etsy I went….

Where I discovered JB Wood Designs, a company making furniture out of, amongst other things, reclaimed apple crates… and I couldn’t resist. So, we are now the proud owners of not only two new side tables, each with a built-in shelf, but also a coffee table/storage unit on castors that will be so useful.

So, no more mass-produced furniture for us – I’m loving being able to support a small manufacturer, plus I now have more space to store yarn!!

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