Since finishing my academic writing last week, I have reverted to something more basic - cleaning the house - which I never knew could be such a pleasure! The pleasure is partially in being able to find the floor again (grin)...and partially in it being a mindless activity, but still something which feels useful - now how's that for a nice display of Protestant work ethic?!
I like to rotate collections - so this 'tidying' includes the packing away - for now - of my little collection of wooden items - known in the world of antiques as 'Treen' (made from trees). I thought you might like to see some of them - so here they are, all lined up and ready to go (in a box!).
The red horse on the extreme left is one of five...hand painted and I think from Norway or Denmark, as I suspect are the two small wooden dolls on the right. There are several pieces of 'chip-carving'. The three figures at the back right are, I think from Spain - two of Don Quixote and one of Sancho Panza on his donkey. The little oriental wooden dolls are destined for a dolls house when I can decide just which one to put them in. The napkin ring on the right has a carved edelweiss - so may be Swiss, while the little figure next to it, finely carved in boxwood, is, I think, Bavarian (along with the taller of the three wooden dolls).
The chilly, wet, dreary part of autumn has arrived - chilling and wetting me when I went into town this morning. So after working hard yesterday, the Protestant work ethic is going on the back boiler for this afternoon - I am going to sit on the sofa with a hot cup of tea, read a magazine and write in my journal. Cup of tea at Autumn Cottage, anyone? :-)