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The house’s senior object

Wednesday 29th April 2020, 11.45am (day 3,170)

Doll and vice, 29/4/20

Lockdown continues so some obscure corners of my house get their chance on the blog. When we moved in, the previous owner had left all his furniture (he emigrated to Thailand and then — this is, sadly, true — died six weeks later). Over the intervening 19 years all that he left us has gradually been replaced, with the sole exception of this huge old chest of drawers in the attic, crowned by the vice that you see on the right here: its rather battered appearance is testament to its ongoing use for a variety of creative projects.. Between them then, these things have been here longer anything else and, as the drawers are far too big to get back downstairs (they must have been assembled in situ), they won’t ever be leaving with us either.

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Russian Doll Nativity

Thursday 12th December 2013, 1.30pm (day 840)

Russian doll nativity, 12/12/13

These are the hardest of all days to document. I was in all day, did not leave the house for a moment, and it’s December — the least sunny month in the UK, in both senses. It rained all day, the light was grey and very dull. And I’ve been doing this for 840 days now, there are only so many bits of my house left to document. So here is a recent arrival — a cute Russian doll nativity scene, bought by the wife last weekend in the antiques centre. There’s three wise men, the shepherd, mother & child etc. Well, it is nearly Xmas.

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