Mirror and mantelpiece


Mirror and mantelpiece

Yesterday morning Jackie visited Molly’s Den where she bought a mirror for the wall above the fireplace. On the left of the mantelpiece stands the miniature mock Ordnance Survey Map that Becky made for us almost two years ago. Please ignore the fact that we have not redecorated since the fireplace was put in.

It seems a crime to obtain the bevelled glass and wonderfully hand-carved frame for £40, simply because such craftsmanship is now out of fashion. Observant readers may have observed the finial to the left hand vase. When these ornaments were in Jackie’s parents’ home her father had used plasticine to make good the break. She has made good the break with Blu-Tac.

Reflected drawings

The reflected images in the glass are of two family portraits. That on the viewer’s left has appeared before, on May 3rd 2014:

The other

is one of my proudest possessions. It was produced by Flo when she was about 8 and asked at school to draw something that made her happy. The placement of herself is quite brilliant. The drawing stayed on the wall for a year and was presented to me at the end of that time.

Magnolia Vulcan

In the garden the blooms of the Vulcan magnolia are now opening out;

Clematis Lidl blue

and the clematis Lidl blue, so named because it was an unnamed cheapie from that store,

Rose Penny Lane

and the rose Penny Lane, benefitting from one of the Rose Garden mirrors, climb up one side of the potting shed.

This evening we dined on Jackie’s luscious liver, bacon, and sausage casserole, with creamy mashed potato, crunchy carrots and green beans. Jackie drank Peroni, and I finished the Madiran.

Published by derrickjknight

I am an octogenarian enjoying rambling physically and photographing what I see, and rambling in my head as memories are triggered. I also ramble through a lifetime's photographs. In these later years much rambling is done in a car.

44 thoughts on “Mirrors

  1. Reminds me of the old chewing gum song:
    Does you Blu-Tac lose it’s stickiness
    On the finial over night?

    Bevelled and carved – now’s the time to buy!

  2. Serves me right, the first time I start catching up on blogs, I find the
    “l” word staring me in the face.

    That’s a grand mirror, I covet it.

    1. Sorry, Yvonne. I did wonder whether I should have expressed it thus: l—r, but I didn’t think that would stop you thinking about it 🙂 Thank you.

  3. How can craftsmanship, such as shown in your mirror frame, ever become out-of-style? To me that shows lack of respect for an artist brilliance and class! The 2 sketches are great as well!

  4. I agree that the mirror frame is so beautiful that it should never go out of style. And your granddaughters drawing is so sweet.

  5. The rose garden mirror is reflecting the prettiest Penny Lane roses. Derrick, I enjoyed the gorgeous mirror over the fireplace. Fabulous find, Jackie! 🌸

  6. Oops, my finger on little cellphone pushed send message before I had a chance to say Florence’s drawing of you was very well drawn including her in a perspective far beyond a child’s ability. What a precious gift!

  7. Gorgeous and amazingly priced mirror — the hand carving is exquisite. What a fun time you must have had writing this post! Look how dashing Flo drew you with your pipe!! Ah, lovely post.

  8. What a great post. I love mirrors over mantels and that one is particularly pleasing. And to reflect those portraits–couldn’t be better. I just bought two clematis that are supposed to thrive in this area. I hope they will be as happy as yours.

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