The time had come to turn out the old mahogany linen press that sits in the conservatory; it’s a magnificently capacious item that came from my mother in law, and such is its size that it probably came to her via one of the grand houses which she or her own mother inhabited at some time in their lives; now it holds my junk!
But it was junk held in a miscellaneous 'it can go in here until I find somewhere else for it' kind of way and the time had come to organise it a little. There were also mysterious scrabblings heard within its depths…
These are some of the items that surfaced, together with my usual 'Little Helper' - who discovered the source - and gave chase - to the originator of the scrabblings!
Mother's Little Helper
One of the old Victorian prints lurking on the shelves
A cleaner version - (for download if you wish...)
Samples of hand-printed wallpaper borders, bought a long time ago from a house sale at the home of Interior designer Prue Lane-Fox
An old print of Lisbon in 1704 (bought in a very old bookshop in the Bairro Alto there) - showing the city before the 1755 earthquake
A Victorian pastel portrait of a local daughter of the Rectory
...and finally - Mother in Law's misdemeanour; the 'trimmings' from a very valuable Persian carpet, which she decided did not fit into a particular room! These are the remnants of her 'remodelling' - fortuantely big enough to use in some upcoming upholstery projects
You never know what you will find in the corners of an old cupboard, do you? :-)