Friday, October 1, 2010

fireplace (does anyone know Bruce?)

For the kind commentators who took an interest in the fireplace, here it is. The vase of lilies is a feeble substitute for the long-awaited ivory stove (due next week, as usual). Would you rather spend a west of Ireland winter of lashing rain and gales sitting round a vase of lilies or an ivory stove alit with a blazing log fire? Yes, me too.


[If you peer closely at the left, there's a white-painted iron hook for a cauldron, so that people of yore could cook their potatoes and seaweed. I have no cauldron and people of yore might scoff at my pink casseroles, but we struggle on.]

Meanwhile, we've bought the Little House on the Prairie box set, season 1. It's the perfect thing for my elder daughter (aged 5-6), full of strung emotion and right & wrong. With the heightened cultural awareness of age, I keep expecting Bruce Springsteen to walk on set and belt out a bleak yet redemptive song, accompanied by Charles on the fiddle.

By the way, if anyone knows Bruce, would you ask him whether he'd write a guest post for me? Something keenly socially and politically aware that would help us rise above the wait for a stove.

36 comments:

  1. Didn't I read something recently Mise about Bruce showing up and singing to a couple on the beach? A guest post can't be too much of a stretch.
    You might need to balance all that LHOTP morality with some Fawlty Towers to keep your daughter in balance.

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  2. If it is really possible to buy a box set of LHOTP I want to relive my childhood Sunday mornings. A curlywurly and a good picture on the t.v=bliss.
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  3. I'm a bit like the Emperor in the Emperor's New Clothes. I didn't want to admit that I couldn't see the fireplace you were talking about... Happy to see it now. However, you are right (as usual), I will wait until you have the stove to drop over for that GnT. Or maybe I shall wait for Summer, hoping of course that your stove arrives first ;-)

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  4. Wondeerful site, I love your image, and yes warm is good in the winter!!

    I too am posting pink today!

    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  5. Little house on the prairie! OMG flashback. I always cried watching that! Hope the stove arrives next week. Post pics for us when it does. Sinead

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  6. Love the fireplace and all that blinding white! It's really beautiful and I would love it but it wouldn't work with our dog and messy house in general - I'm not capable of such classy minimalism with the warmth of the pink chairs - I love the two flanking the hearth! Good luck with the stove, look forward to seeing it! ( I still have an unopened box set of Pure Mule from last Christmas! have only read the LHOTP books - have the whole set from our homeschooling days in Africa).
    All the best,
    Catherine.

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  7. I don't know Springsteen, but I may be able to arrange a meeting with Bruce Forsyth. Will that do?

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  8. You mention a cauldron hook- and I can't at all focus on the ensuing pink words. All I'm wrestling with is an image of a Hallowe'en witch looking for somwhere to hang her hook, arriving in this room and believing she has arrived in fairy godmother land instead. 'Twould be hell for the poor woman. Paradise for the rest of us- but only with the blazing fire. Must order gas this week...

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  9. I can't even think about a fire in the fireplace...it's 90 degrees where I live and I keep thinking Fall will pass me by, quicker than the petals on that blooming lily will fall to the ground!

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  10. I can just picture that cream stove Mise. It's going to look lovely.

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  11. Little House on the Prairie made me cry countless times. Ahh, the Ingalls.
    May you get through the next week, while waiting for the ivory stove, in one piece.

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  12. Very beautiful. The stove will be even better. Bruce, ah, well, saw him twice. No stove involved.

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  13. Your home should be featured in some fabulous design book. Really. It's fabulous. I loved the Little House books, way back when. My sister and I watched the television show too. Things were so much more pure back then. Kudos to you for introducing your daughter to these books. A spot on designer and a model mother. Are you trying to intimidate us?

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  14. People make fun of our mild winters here and would no doubt think a vase of lilies would suffice against the elements, but with my circulation, I'd need the stove. I suppose I'd need two stoves if I lived in Ireland.

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  15. I too bought that set (Amazon.com) because my treasured childhood set was falling apart on us as we read them (this is me reading to my sons, and my pupils to themselves). Like your daughter, I had my first set aged 6. When my mum had finished reading the whole set to me I imperiously said 'again!' and she said, 'read them yourself, if you want them again', and that's how I finally became a fluent reader.

    Reading them around the stove will be very appropriate!

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  16. Now, enough of all the beauty. Think about ashes and firewood and smoke... nope?

    You'll know I'm in awe, as ever. I think about what might look good here, but never quite have the motivation or energy to actually do the work. Your fireplace/ vase/ invisible stove might do the trick. Why don't you come to visit and then I'd be shamed into pretending I had a Lifestyle. Or tidying, at least.

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  17. i'm sure cauldrons come in pink these days - check out etsy. hope they dont keep you waiting on the stove for too long - as gorgeous as the lillies are that is going to look spectacular with a roaring fire.

    oh and re the post below - how much do you want for your husband?? sounds too good!

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  18. As an American who drives thru New Jersey on the way to New York I might be able to scare up Bruce. And I could possible charm him into said guest post in exchange for the chair on the left.

    Deal?

    xo Jane

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  19. You're so funny, Mise!
    Seriously, though...I LOVE your white interior popped with pinks! So refreshing!

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  20. Is that a stuffed bird (tern?) on the second shelf, or a model?

    I like the painting above the fireplace. The light blue works very well, at least to my naive eye.

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  21. A stained glass bird, Stan, with wire legs, on a piece of driftwood. And I'm glad you like the windowscape.

    Jane, I'm confident enough of your powers to summon up Bruce to be nervous of losing my chair...

    Speccy, I'd love to! I'll paint everything white for you while you sit around having After Eights and making encouraging remarks.

    Thank you, Catherine and Denise and Becky! And everyone else for the kind thoughts.

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  22. haha little house on the prairie... one of my nicknames is ingalls ( because i order half pints of beer and my name is laura)
    beauty fireplace. i am now in a huge farm house in prince edward island canada with a fireplace mantle and no stove... things are looking bleak
    ~laura

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  23. Wow a cauldren hook, I feel a cackle coming on.

    I loved that LHOTP show. I didn't like that father man with the curly hair. What was his name? But that feisty Laura, and blind attractive sister. And noble martyr mother. Loved them.

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  24. Console yourself that you do not have to face the coming winter months through the eyes of an unbelievably ugly electric storage heater!

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  25. It is little hard to find electric fireplace in above image. First when I see , I have also not see the electrical warmer. Nice choice.

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  26. Little House on the Prairie rocks. Although, I'd love to give Ma a sharp slap to wake her up from her calm acceptance of all things frontier-style. It really raises the bar far too high for the rest of us mere mortals who can barely cope when we run out of Jo Malone. But I've always thought that Pa had very reassuring thighs in those britches of his. I've also got a thing for Captain von Trapp for the same reason.
    Anyhoo, love the fireplace and until such time you feel the need to stir a cauldron of rabbit stew or grits over the fireplace Ingalls' style, I think the vase of flowers is just perfect.

    Meredy xo.

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  27. Your living room looks like a cover of a magazine and the of cheerfulness of the room will chase away the winter doldrums; however a working stove will help.
    If the stove does not show up, I guess you could set up a zillion candles in the fireplace - it might not be so effective in warming, but it would make a pretty picture to freeze by.

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  28. That was delightful! your pink casserole made me smile as did strapping Bruce.

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  29. I don't know Bruce, but if I happen to come across him I will pass on your message. Honest..I will!

    Can't wait to see the ivory stove!

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  30. Dear Mise.. I think I'd rather the stove also!!

    Now I remember loving that series... Little House on the Prairie and had daydreams of making everything from scratch as they did!!! oh yes... can see me now!!! grinding the flour.. haha...

    Hope your stove arrives before the blustering weather... Apologies for being so tardy to the fireplace post!!! my internet has been lost and can't find it's way home!!! ciao ciao xxx Julie

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  31. Oh yes, that is what I must put on Nelly's amazon wish list for christmas. We watched a few episodes on You Tube last year when she was going through her Amish/Prairie phase and we both enjoyed them immensely. And then we shall move on to Anne of Green Gables. And come over all unnecessary about Gilbert Blythe.

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  32. That ivory stove is going to look SPECTACULAR - your room is so pretty - can't wait to see it installed! xx p.s. Just came from another blog where we were reliving Kermit the frog - I'm having a VERY nostalgic evening. Why stop there though - what about 'The Waltons' box set? I suspect that 'Bonanza' however, is pumped with a bit too much testosterone for those of us under the age of 25!

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  33. MOTH said he'd be happy to substitute for The Boss Mise, apparently they are much the same age!
    Millie ^_^

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  34. bruce said " tell mise i love you"

    that's what he said and i'm not sure what he meant

    i would imagine sitting here reading would be as close to heaven as bruce saying
    " tell mise i love you"

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