Gentle Friends on the way home yesterday I picked up a clock that was being repaired. It has been in the Shop for a couple of months and I couldn't be happier to have it tick-tocking away and bonging every hour - a sound I grew up hearing and hadn't heard in years. Here's a snap...
In this little picture you can see the stuff from both sides of my family. Starting with the clock.. a Seth Thomas clock ca 1840's - came from my paternal Great grandmother - has a little background.... she had a farm in Decatur Georgia and raised chickens, during the Depression she traded someone a chicken for this clock - so that's how it came into my family, and we refer to it as the chicken clock. It sits on a washstand from my maternal Great-great grandmother, next to a ladder back chair from my maternal grandmother, the salt glazed pitcher is from my paternal Great grandmother, the blue German Jasperware plaque on the wall is from my paternal Great Great grandmother. The 18th and 19th century English candle sticks I have collected - and the Gibson Girl picture is from my paternal Grandmother. The large Virgina mahogany desk you can see a bit of I bought at an auction in Jacksonville or Bunnell when I lived in Florida - and is filled with a bunch of family stuff and things I have collected.
The clock has a bit of a past - even with its chicken history - it was one of the things stolen from my mom's house last year that I recovered. Although the police had been given a very specific description, and a colour picture, it was still up to me to fly home and scoured the local antique malls and pawn shops to recover some of things lifted from my mom's house. I found the clock in and Antique Mall directly across the street from the Police Station, it took me about 3 seconds to identify it after walking in the door. I found other things scattered in Pawn shops and Antique stores... all within a couple minutes of the Holy Hill and Ormond Beach Police Stations.... and every item I found, the police had been given specific, identifying descriptions and colour photos of the stuff that was stolen - which was a total waste of my time - don't get me started.
On a lighter note, I frogged the stitching I had done and re-started on a darker piece of linen.....
.....it's Lizzie Kate's "ABC's of Christmas - I am going with 36ct Meadowlark and using the over dyed floss that came with the kit. I had thought of trading out the cotton for silk, but changed my mind.
There you go sports fans. Thanks for stopping by, do stop again!!