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Monday, November 15, 2010



Restoration for sure! Maybe you could start a campaign. "Save Lavendar Land" LOL! I don't think the few holes you made in the bucket really harm it in terms of interest and it is indeed an interesting shape.


Margaret Lambert

My first thought on seeing what you have is that it is an old coal bucket. In some old houses (in the US) there was a window which opened to a chute which emptied to a coal storage area, usually in a cellar, and a bucket like yours was used to carry enough coals upstairs to fill the box by the stove or to put directly into the stove. I love old buckets, baskets and other utilitarian items from the past. It is not always easy to determine their original use.
Your bird feeding station is so nice!


What an elegant, beautiful birth feeder! I'm sure the birds treat it with due respect and honour it with good appetite! :-) As for the old privy,we also have one at the country cottage and use it now as a storage for the garbage bin... and I also lthink it's worth keeping it.


Love this! So how do the birds "feed" on whole peanuts? Do they poke at them and get tiny pieces? I didn't know nuthatches were aggressive. I tend to be fond of the pushy ones -- so much personality!

Margaret Lambert

I've just spent a few minutes investigating buckets (!!) and find that the coal bucket and yours are very similar, with the exception that the coal bucket is elongated on the top rim. Probably out of the same bucketmaker's workshop, but a bit different for another use. Of course you knew that, but my inquiring mind needed to know!

Roz Cawley

No - I did not know that - I know very little about buckets, and thank you for researching it. So - this bucket may be for coal or...other contents. now I need to research buckets! I'll mail a photograph to the Museum of English Rural Life - see if they can enlighten me more. thank you so much for this information, Margaret!


I'm so glad that you mentioned Miss Read. Recently my library was selling all of her books for $1.00 each and I quickly purchased every one to add to my collection. I previously bought a few through ebay and every Christmas week, I read "Miss Read's Christmas Tales: Village Christmas and the Christmas Mouse".
I always wish that I could live in the little villages that she describes!


I have to echo what Joan said above about Miss Read. I discovered her books when I was a teenager and still to this day enjoy re-reading them (although I am a bit jealous that Joan was able to get all the books at the library sale!) The verbal images she painted of her village and its characters are so memorable and believe it or not, I was just thinking about one of her stories the other day as I hung out my laundry on the line!

hazel coombes

Oh Roz what a memory journey I have just had about the privy. I remember has a child visiting an Auntie in one of the Abbey cottages at St.Albans and using a privvy then. Also when we holidayed at Jaywick Sands the cart would come round at night to empty them. Thank you for sharing and stirring some many memories, restore your privvy for future generations.

I love the bird feeder and what a thrill to see birds feeding from it. Alas I have recently had to give my feeders away for I have caught rats up it and that will never do. I'm fortunate enough to have several large trees at the back so know the birds will get insects from them also the many shrubs in the garden.

Your posts are a delight to read and I also love Miss Read books, such gently reading matter.

Have a good week,
Hazel (UK)


Don't you just love how the nuthatches prefer to be upside-down? Miss Read and I go way back - I've loved her books forever and was deeply saddened when she quite writing at 80. I know she deserved her retirement, but I miss Fairacre and all its characters. Loved the Lavender Cart story and have passed it along.

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