Tuesday, 25 January 2011


I've been banished to the bedroom!  Funny that since it was only a couple of hours ago that I was urged to get up.  There are strange bangings and clatterings going on in the living room.  Well I'M not looking!  Today's the day our new fireplace is being fitted (not by Keith) and I have dreadful visions of the chimney - a big tall one at the end of the roof - crashing to the ground and the chimney breast in the living room caving in.  I've got such a disaster movie going on in my head.

A cup of tea has just been set on my desk.  Did I detect Keith hopping from one foot to the other?  Don't be daft Ang, the old fireplace is out already.  That was a bit quick.  Has he done it properly?  The disaster movie has now cut to panning around the 2" layer of soot covering our living room.  I can smell soot, I'm sure I can.

Keith just came back in here. leaving the door open.  That must mean there's bad news and I should watch what I say in case the fitter hears me.  "Fitting will cost a little bit more because he has  to cut out a couple of inches all round to make the hole the right size AND remove a back boiler."  A BACK BOILER???  I didn't know there was one of them.  Did you know that?   Just how old is that fire, I'm wondering.  Maybe we should have put it on Antiques Roadshow.

I can hear drilling or something.  No, it'll be a brick saw....and I picture another few months of getting rid of brick dust from everywhere.  Whatever happened to using a bolster and lump hammer to carefully remove brickwork not needed?

That amaryllis I mentioned last time is blooming beautiful!  It has 3 trumpets fully out and a fourth on the way.  My sis started hers growing at the same time and the stem is still only an inch long.  She says she's chucking it out
but I think it'll go if she lets it.   Just look at MINE (she said smugly):

Remember that lovely Kelloggs brekky basket I won in Marie's giveaway last year?  Red. shiney teapot?  This is that teapot today:
I loved that teapot.   Poured beautifully, never dripped.  And now look at it.  It's all Keith's fault.  I can never use it for tea again.  I wonder if I could grow herbs in it.  What does bergamot look like?  That's what gives Earl Grey its distinctive flavour isn't it?  Might look nice growing in it and out of the spout (as was).

They've gone.  Obviously there's still work to be done BUT The new fire looks lovely.

'Scuse me while I take advantage............


Grammy Staffy said...

I am glad that all of the nightmares and scary visions were for naught. What a pretty new fireplace you have. I wish that I could come over and warm myself by with you. We could have a spot of tea from your red tea pot.....upps.... well maybe not.... but we could have a lovely chat.
I would enjoy that.
Have a good evening dear.
Hugs, Lura

Marie said...

Ohh, Angie, that new fire looks lovely! they did a dab job of it! I think the teapot would look lovely with some herbs growing out of the spout! What a lovely idea! xxoo

Ally Lifewithally said...

Angie loved your firplace very very smart ~ herbs will look lovely growing in your (Broken) teapot ~ Ally x

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

What a beautiful fire place. I could just imagine how good it must feel. There is no fireplace here at my house but I do love them. I think a plant would be lovely in your teapot. Isn't that the way it goes with our favoites it seems. I've lost many of them over the years and have had a wide variety of planters too.

Keri said...

It's gorgeous!!!!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Oh it's so beautiful Angie - don't you love it! I'm sorry about your teapot but certainly use it to grow something like parsley or basil. blessings, marlene

Keetha Broyles said...

First of all, I have NEVER remember to answer your question - - - YES I CAN!!! (Hear you at the back)

Secondly, you are so funny describing your day of banishment in the BR for the fireplace renovation. I don't blame you - - - why watch all that tearing up and out???

OH MY GOODNESS!!! That new fireplace is THE BOMB!!!! (Here in the US being "the bomb" is a very good thing.) I believe it was WORTH the horror movie dreams.

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