My Mum has sold her house (hooray!) and we are madly scrambling to find her another house to move to. No easy task. My Mum is not what you’d call fussy, but she really wants to find a place that she can call her own and that is new without being super modern, older-style but not falling to pieces or in need of lots of TLC. We have been viewing lots of properties but none have been suitable yet. Or in the right price range (ie cheap) or in the right suburb. So for now, we are just trying to get her own house sorted out and packed up so that she is ready to go when the time comes to actually lock the door for the final time and wave goodbye.
Helping her clear out a bedroom this weekend I came across some vintage books that had seen better days. Most of them were falling to pieces so weren’t really worth saving (as much as it pains me to throw books out – they were practically disintegrating) and many of them were encyclopaedia type books where the information in them was incorrect, outdated and in some instances very racist and wrong! I did however keep a few pages where I could, to use in craft work and card-making. There was a nice children’s encyclopaedia that had a few colour plates in it :
The Alphabet pages were charming but also quite funny in places. For instance:
I’m not sure what “spending a penny” means in your country but in England and Australia it is a colloquialism for having a pee!
Poor Winifred…I’m not quite sure why she’s having to drink out of a drain pipe!
I don’t think Keith is particularly big or jolly. He’s not Santa! He’s a rather effeminate little boy…not that there’s anything wrong with that, I am quick to point out. Love the bathers!
I also managed to salvage a few pages of sheet music and lovely, colourful maps.
Hiding in a cupboard was a little gingham pony I had made years ago. I’d like to say I was only a kid when I made it, hence the rubbish sewing, but it was only a couple of years back so I’ve no excuse. The dear little thing is a bit deformed – I haven’t got the heart to throw him out 🙂
So, Mum and I are unearthing a few treasures and a lot of junk. It’s amazing the stuff we accumulate (I know where I inherited my hoarding from!). It’s nice to find old treasures though, and have a good old clear out. Maybe it will take having to move out to get me to tidy up my place!