You've heard that old saying 'measure twice cut once' haven't you, well I've just invented a new one for me ... 'check measurements woman, just bloody check!!'.
I bought a gorgeous set of corner shelves off Facebook Marketplace yesterday. I asked the seller if they could deliver them as I knew anything bigger than an egg cup wouldn't stand a chance in my Fiat 500 and they agreed straight away, they were very local so I wasn't being too cheeky.
Scott and his girlfriend came yesterday lunchtime, him hunched in the driving seat of his Volkswagen something or other, with the back seats down and my new-to-me shelves pressing him forcefully into his steering wheel. Between them they very kindly carried them in for me, with me social distancing and not helping much at all. Then they left clutching their money and an extra fiver for delivery that I insisted they take.
It was only when I stood back and fully took in the shelves lying on their side in my hallway, with barely a few inches for me to walk by them that I realised the slight error of my ways.
I dragged them upright and pondered.
I walked around my little flat and took in all the corners, where would they go?
Moving what was originally in this corner out of the way and inching the shelves this way and that from the hall to the living room, I managed to get them into the corner, with just enough of an angle to avoid the radiator. Pretty good actually I thought, this will do nicely.
But the waist high, shallow corner shelves that thought I was buying they are most definintely not!!
'Mum ... remember to measure things next time!!'
They are gorgeous and the beautiful rounded back shows they are quite old, but very well looked after and renovated. I'm loving them now that they are in-situ and hopefully by hook or by crook I can also fit them into my new even smaller home in a few months time. If not, well Alan will have a couple of spare bedrooms that they will go in 😃
I'm also loving this bauble shaped Christmas plate that I picked up from the Sue Ryder charity shop the other day, it sits neatly on the shelf with my little American pick up truck which was also from there. The plate was £3 reduced from £5 and the truck that I had hoped to buy for £7.99 before we went into the second lockdown was reduced to £4.99 as soon as they re-opened. My bargain Christmas new additions for this year ... and they look lovely illuminated by my salt lamp on my new shelves.
Snippets of home.