Monday, May 16, 2011

My New Desk

Well it isn't really a new desk - but an old family desk.

A few weeks ago, my mother's younger sister emailed me and asked me if I would like my grandfather's desk. My aunt inherited it back in 1988 when my grandfather died. She was married to a writer (I mention him in my article A Childhood in Fiction) and so she had seemed the obvious choice.

I believe my grandfather bought this desk in the late 1920s or early 1930s and used it for the remaining of his working life and beyond. I remember it from my childhood and, as I knew that it had taken a battering over the years, when it arrived I decided I would invest a few pounds and have it restored to its former glory.

There are still drawer inserts and a few other bits missing but overall I'm pleased with the result. I'm really looking forward to writing something special whilst thinking of him.



The desk is huge - and I mean HUGE! I reckon I will easily beat my record of managing to have at least half the china cabinet stacked on my desk. Only this time I'll use tablemats!

8 comments:

  1. Lovely desk Jane. Obviously, considering that it belonged to your grandfather, and that it's an impressive piece of furniture, we can expect only serious posts in future. Nope, thought not.......

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  2. Well I thought a serious post Martin... and then I remembered that my grandfather was big in pigs. (He was an executive of a large meat production business.) Expect my next posts to be on the lines of...

    Why pigs snort

    Why I hate pork pies but my grandfather loved them....

    Why you shouldn't take your girlfirend on a date to an abbatoir

    Why my ears aren't as big as a pigs but my mouth is

    And so on....:)))

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  3. Nice desk. Looks like you'll finaly meet your match for cluttering.

    I remember a pic of your old desk from last year I believe, and this one should be able to hold you back. :D

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  4. G, good to see you:)

    It's defintely a challenge to fill a desk that big but I still give myself good odds:))

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  5. Whatcha going to put in those cubby-holes?
    One sausage roll in each?

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  6. Mrs A , each cubby hole is 3 inches x 4 - I intend to fill them with a whole array of delectable goodies:))

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  7. A roll-top - yeah! Lovely. This is a desk to write the next 'To Kill A Mockingbird' at. Go on, Harper Turley.

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  8. In good time PB, in good time:) At the moment I'm filling it up with goodies and trying not to crush my fingers although I have completed a nice (hopefully)piece of literary flash fiction this morning so hopefully all is not lost:))

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