Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Tempus Fugit

The weather is awful today - cold, wet and windy and not pleasant to go out in. So much so that I'm going to indulge in a few of my favourite things - baking  as there is a large amount of bread waiting to be turned into a bread pudding and sewing - a re-vamp of some bunting I made for my kitchen which unthinkingly I made from the same fabric instead of using random designs. And of course reading all your lovely posts.

I looked at Lavender Attic earlier and loved her collection of mirrors that she had been collecting from thrift shops and car boot sales. This inspired me to think about my passion for clocks. Not antique or vintage but just ordinary clocks that I have picked up on various occasions, some of which bring back a wealth of memories.

This was a gift to myself from a little legacy from my late father who passed away 25 years ago in March 1987. I had always wanted a grandfather clock and this reproduction ticked all the boxes. It stood in my hallway for 25 years in the same place, chiming hourly, although we eventually turned the chimes off. However, recent decorating of our hallway and a need for a new look the clock has been relegated to our garage awaiting a decision on what to do with it. Such a shame but tastes do change over the years.

This clock we bought on a family trip to Dublin to celebrate my son J's 18th birthday - nineteen years ago. We had a wonderful time and were accompanied by my daughter E and her then husband R, our good friends J and G together with their son R. The eight of us had so many laughs throughout the weekend all aided by the the obligatory Guiness (not a favourite of mine but you have to go with the flow). The Dubliners made us so welcome and methinks another trip is in order!

This we bought in the Cotswolds about ten years ago - another weekend away with friends staying in Moreton on the Marsh. Such a lovely part of the country and so much to see.

LOVE Cath Kidston and couldn't resist this for my kitchen

This one hangs in my summerhouse - can't wait for summer so I can get back out there!

My husband was given a gift of a Harrods voucher by his company to celebrate the Millennium and this is what we used it for. It does chime quarterly, half-hourly and on the hour but again we turned it off as too noisy. We have to wind it up every five days and it takes pride of place on our sitting room mantelpiece.

We have a lovely shop which I mentioned a few posts ago "Mad dogs and Englishmen" where I bought this. We like anything French or Italian and had to have this for our landing.

A fairly new addition which sits in my guest room.


Time is too slow for those who wait,
Too swift for those who fear,
Too long for those who grieve,
Too short for those who rejoice,
But for those who love, time is Eternity.

Henry van Dyke (1852-1933)

Incidentally take a look at Stand and Stare where Jan has a great Springtime giveaway.


  1. I must admit that clocks don't do much for me but I do like your Millenium clock as it reminds me of the clock that stood on the mantelpiece in my childhood home. I loved to hear it ticking, it had a lovely slow comforting tick. It must have chimed I suppose but I don't remember that at all.

  2. I particularly like the last clock, very feminine - I have a thing about enamel coffee pots.

  3. Great collection there Patricia! I must admit we have several but they are all modern ones.My favourite is shaped like a new york taxi with a swinging big apple pendulum!I love Sally (lavender attic) collection of mirrors too.I have been to her house and seen some of them and they are lovely!

  4. What a wonderful collection of clocks! I remember from my childhood the deep tick-tock of my grandparent's clock which hung on the wall of their living room. If I ever hear a clock tick like that I'm transported straight back to their home:)


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