Monday, 17 August 2009

This and that!

Monday morning at 9 sharp the carpet fitters came. The young man cut me a lovely rectangle of the art nouveau lino which I shall now frame and put on the wall in the room where it lies under the new carpet. When it is all straight I will post a photo on my blog.
Following on the idea of a house giving up its old secrets (lino, wallpaper etc.) I was interested to read in today's paper that English Heritage, who now administer Epworth Old Rectory, where John Wesley the Methodist founder lived, have commissioned a study to see what can be found out about the house before they begin to restore it. It is a beautiful Queen Anne listed building and they intend to make it as authentically like it was in the early 18th centuryas they can. And lo and behold they have found - in an area where nobody has looked for many years - what seems to be a piece of authentic 1716 wallpaper with a design of leaves and pineapples.
The builder has been today and has plastered the utility room. Now he has gone off for four days holiday! As I have a host of visitors who happen to be walking The Pennine Way this week I can't say I am sorry. He promises to come back next week and finish it all. We shall see.

22 comments:

BarbaraS said...

I read the earlier post about the lino just a minute ago. I love the design and the idea of it being there under your carpet for so long is amazing. I bet the piece you've taken will inspire you in some unexpected way as well - who knows!

Reader Wil said...

I am looking forward to seeing the new floor! Talking about history: I think that Great Britain and the other European countries have a lot of history to share, but the Greek and Roman history and culture will probably be the oldest of Europe. Thanks for your visit.

Linda said...

Every building in the world needs to have an archive box. I suppose though, there are people who could care less about such things. Personally, I love historical searches.
My car is in the shop today getting fixed. They will be phoning soon I hope for me to come and collect it. We will see about that one too. Last time it took three days. Tradespeople!=D

Bob said...

Hi Weaver, I had someone write to me last week through my hiking blog and they were starting out on the Pennine Way last Saturday. They're walking north to south with their Border Collie. That was a good idea to frame a piece of that old lino. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished product. Bob.

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

Weaver: Glad to hear you are going to frame a small portion of the lino. I'm looking forward to seeing your "all finished" pics. I'm feeling invested in your whole remodel!

Coastcard said...

I just loved my visit to Epworth Rectory last year. It is such a special place, and we had a glorious picnic there, amid daffodils and ladybirds! 'And can it be...' is one of my favourite hymns.

John Wesley stayed on Gower, in the lovely village of Oxwich not far from our South Wales home. Didn't those brothers get about? We attended a lovely open air service at Gwennap Pit in Cornwall two years ago, another Wesley haunt.

Heather said...

I so glad you were able to rescue a piece of your lino. I daresay being hidden for so long as protected it from light and wear. Enjoy your visitors and I hope the men come back to finish their work as promised. Will you be having a grand re-opening? You could have a bloggy one!!

Friko said...

I've seen your comments on a number of blogs I follow. It is the middle of the night, I can't sleep and have gone blog-hopping. I love your blog, I'm so glad I finally visited you.
You are going into my bookmarks so I won't lose my place - there'll be lots explore, I'm sure, when I'm fully awake.

Friko said...

I've seen your comments on a number of blogs I follow. It is the middle of the night, I can't sleep and have gone blog-hopping. I love your blog, I'm so glad I finally visited you.
You are going into my bookmarks so I won't lose my place - there'll be lots explore, I'm sure, when I'm fully awake.

Leenie said...

Best wishes with your house remodeling. Such things are always a challenge. It is nice to have the work DONE so you can sit back and enjoy the final results. Then everything next to the new stuff looks shabby.:)

Golden West said...

It will be fun to see pictures of your project!

deb said...

forget the lino, pictures of the wallpaper please!! (I'm a wallpaper nerd, wrote my dissertation on late century wallpaper!)

Amy said...

I would love to see a link about that house, how amazing that they found the original wallpaper.

Pondside said...

Well, I look forward to seeing those photos of the floors - the ones on the floor and the one on the wall.
Have fun with hosting the host of visitors - mine have gone off exploring for a day or two and I am recouping before another bout of serious cooking.

Arija said...

Enjoy your respite from the builders. We all need a breather from the task at hand now and again.

Leilani Lee said...

Ah yes.... when we were tearing into the walls of this house to do a bit of remodeling, we discovered they had wallpapered with... .wait for it.... newspapers.

Derrick said...

Hello Weaver,

Glad you're all set to frame the lino. Hope everything else goes smoothly; guests and plasterer!

Enjoyed seeing Tess' pals. Hope she is now dry and calm.

Re our closing days: yes, we normally close on Sunday and Monday. If folks have been spending over the weekend I don't think they need to rush into our type of shop on a Monday! However, we do usually open when it's a bank holiday weekend - sometimes, it pays off!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Barabra - I hope so. It is a good sturdy lino but is very brittle. The design is wonderful
Reader wil - I shall post photos of the finished room shortly.

Linda - I love the idea of an archive box, so that future generations can keep adding to it.

Bob - My friends are walking south to north. This is the second time they have done it and they really enjoy it.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Bonnie - thanks, shall post them shortly.
Caroline - I was brought up not all that far from Epworth and visited often - I think the paper find is exciting.

Heather - I did think of having a party when it is all done (if I still have the energy - maybe a
blogland party or should I say virtual party is a better idea. Bob did take his readers for a walk round my house the other day (telling them to wipe their feet as we had new carpet!)

The Weaver of Grass said...

Leenie - how right you are - I think we shall have to reorganise the whole house as many things now look so shabby.
Golden west - pictures will be forthcoming eventually.
Deb - I can't put a picture of the wall paper on as it was a tiny fragment in the newspaper but possibly you could go to English Heritage site and see it.
Amy see above comment to Deb.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Pondside - dinner for eight tomorrow night - I am trying a Gordon Ra,say recipe for a large free range organic chicken cooked with onions, nectarines and garlic!
Arija - I agree about the builders - the respite is rather good as I have a houseful of visitors.
LL - I have never heard of newspaper on walls - only used as a tablecloth.

Thanks to everyone.

BT said...

How marvellous that the NT have discovered that wallpaper. So thrilling to think it is so old. They do such sterling work, don't they? What a brilliant idea to preserve a piece of the lino. I must track back to find your photo of it.