Wednesday, November 28, 2012
1. Above, the table that Mr Life's grandad, who was a woodwork teacher, made for Mr Life's parents when they got married in 1947. It's a good solid piece but unfortunately doesn't have folding-out leaves so it takes up quite a lot of room. The chairs came with it though I don't think he made them. They're showing their age. It's better not to lean back too confidently on them.
2. The table that Mr Life's mum brought back from Egypt or Palestine, where she was running canteens just after the war. You see that big black thing just to the left of it? Mr Life would be surprised to hear that you'd spotted it. It's the subject of marital... well, difference of opinion. He persuaded me that it would be ok to buy this speaker (or whatever it is) for the tv because it would be unnoticeable tucked in there. Hahaha.
3. The table that came via Mr Life's parents from his mum's Aunt Agnes, whose husband was the postmaster in Kenmore (a village on Loch Tay). We don't know how it got from somewhere Eastern to Kenmore.
4. The nest of tables that my aunt and uncle gave us as a wedding present, made by a chap called Suffering Moses (who knows why?) in Pakistan, where they worked.
5. Another table made by Mr Life's grandad by the simple device of getting a flat bit of wood, prettying it up a bit and screwing some legs on it.
6. By this time you may be asking yourself if we've ever bought a table in our lives apart from one from a junkyard for £4. Well, not this one, which came from a friend of my grandparents. She offered it to them in the late 1970s but they didn't want it so we took it.
7. It occurs to me that we also have our kitchen table, which is a Utility model bought by my parents when they got married in 1946, but I didn't take a picture of that and possibly your interest in our elderly free tables is waning. However, in case anyone's still reading this, how about taking part in my little survey about the Ikea cushion?
I really like it but Ikea have been selling it for ages now. Every time we go to Ikea, there are heaps and heaps of them so I assume that heaps and heaps of people buy them, but I've never seen one in any friend's house. So - who has one? Hands up?