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Anyone know what this is?

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 23:27

Gg's piece is the wrong shape and size again for handle tea measuring spoon, I believe.

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/36088.jpg?width=350

 

Anyone know what this is?

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 23:21

I think you're right Bob - now I think of it my Grandma's fire dogs were quite hefty pieces.

Anyone know what this is?

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 23:17

My first thought  actually was same as Forester2 - the end of a mud scraper - but I now think it is a bit too small for that since you need weight in those tools to stop them moving while the shoe is scraping on it.

As for tea strainer do you mean a bit like this?

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/36087.jpg?width=360&height=350&mode=max

Being flat your piece would have to have come from the handle part, but it is surely too big for that. The tea strainer in my photo is about 10 cm long and about 2 cm across the widest part of the handle (RHS of picture).

Would you think your piece is too heavy for a tea strainer?

Anyone know what this is?

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 23:00

If it has some antique value it is generally better not to clean anything off until you know what you've got,  in case you remove too much important material. I know it's too late for that now but I think it still could be worth an professional opinion.

I'm wondering if it could be what I think was called a 'fire-dog' - a removable little metal shelf from Victorian and Edwardian times, that clipped on to the front of the grate of an open fire to rest a kettle or similar vessel on (a) to boil up the water or (b) to keep it hot after it had boiled. It looks a bit 'art nouveau'.

My grandmother had a couple of these which she used in the winter when the fire was lit.  I seem to remember they were quite ornate pieces of cast iron. If it is a fire-dog there should be evidence of there having once been another metal casting coming off at right angles from the wide end ( at the bottom of your picture). This would have been the bit that clipped onto the grate and the piece you have would have been the bit the kettle rested on. That's if it is a fire-dog!

Where are my snowdrops?

Posted: 14/01/2014 at 22:47

Thank you so much for all that information, Berghill. I've only just logged on or I would have been back to you sooner. 

Have I inferred correctly from subsequent postings that if the snowdrops I planted last year (which were Galanthus Nivalis) do actually come up, they won't be scented?

Incidentally, although this is possibly what most people already know, I believe Galanthus Nivalis is the only snowdrop that is native to UK. This could be important if anyone needs to keep their planting strictly native.

 

Where are my snowdrops?

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 22:34

Berghill said: For some reason Snowdrops like company,

I wish I'd known that when I plant mine last year - all in their own hole!

Your Snowdrop wood is really lovely, Berghill. Can you remember how long it took to get those clumps established like that, and when they were planted? Was each clump originally just 3 bulbs?

Gardeners' World Live 2014

Posted: 21/12/2013 at 14:31

Booking.com is also a useful link. I used it earlier this year to find a good well run, reasonably priced B&B for an overnight stay in Lincoln.

Update on technical issues

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 17:17

Just got some notifications - quite old ones but maybe it means the 'postman's' well again. 

Positive thoughts and silly things for the tough times

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 17:12

I like the idea of KEF's 'pot of plenty' (09:09 today).

It reminds me of some ancient wisdom (Chinese, I think) passed to me years ago by a friend who had spent some time abroad:

If you have only 2Yen left in the world, with one buy bread, with the other a flower *

¥ for Yen read Euros!!

* or was it 'flour'?

Update on technical issues

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 10:50

star gaze lily: Hm!  Back to Daniel again, I guess... 

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