Monday, March 02, 2009

In which good things arrive in big brown boxes.

Last week my brother and his wife stayed for a few days. They arrived with gifts and foodie treats; the sort of visitors we relish!

We are now the owners of a CD of Lute music composed by Lord Edward Herbert of Cherbury (brother of the more famous George) and a map of Montgomeryshire dating from around 1700. Good stuff. The cheeses and the Battenburg cake got scranned asap.

Now, on arrival @nt strolled round our house - not unusual as it was his first visit and curiosity isn't a crime. But as he progressed the expression on his face grew a little more perplexed. A problem @nt? And what's this? A gift for our house in a big bag is what it is. It's a lampshade - a gorgeous lampshade. A lampshade for a pendant light - and we have none. Strings of halogen spots and recessed jobbies by the dozen but not a hanging light to our name. Oh dear. The shame, the shame.
The shade returns to London with a view to exchanging it to fit a standard lamp. We do not have a standard lamp either but that is easily resolved and plans are afoot to commission Nigel the blacksmith to run us up a stand using similar motifs. This morning it arrived and is a lovely as I remember. Thanks @nt and S. The Granary is delighted.

PS. A quick namecheck for Lush Designs who have a shop in Greenwich Market in SE London. Have a look online at their other shades, products and textiles.

7 comments:

Anthony said...

Sorry to put you to such trouble, but v much look forward to seeing the result of the smithie's art. More power to his elbow!

@x

Pam said...

What a fabulous lampshade! I checked out their website and loved their wares but it would probably cost too much to ship to the USA and like you I have no lamp stands anyway. I don't even have a trusty blacksmith.

muddyboots said...

those are very interesting lampshades and men in this house hold just love battenburg!

Pondside said...

Gorgeous shade - I'd be having a stand made up too.
Am off to google battenberg cake...
Last week it was a Norwegian cake on another blog - made it and ate it. At this rate I'll be able to blame any weight gain on reading blogs!

GeraniumCat said...

Such a gorgeous lampshade - I think that's a shop I may visit! I have a wrought-iron lamp my dad made, and it's deserved a better shade for a long time.

snailbeachshepherdess said...

lurve the sound of the Cherbury lute music - a No 1 contender perhaps? Wonder what Pan's People would have made of it?

KittyB said...

Just love those shades - but alas, we neither have pendant lamps. The ceilings too low and the husband too tall.
Word verification - fablemas. How great is that?