Wallpaper and other stories

November 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

Where did November go? I have been asking myself this question when I realised that I hadn’t written anything for such a long while! Apologies to you all. Life seemed to go up a gear in November for me with multiple birthdays, multiple exams, pink days (breast cancer), yellow days (children in need) and etc. Phew, thank goodness this month is over!

Raw Dice has been taking off too. We’ve been shipping to the States, Europe etc. It feels good to have a global voice. Of course, leading up to Xmas is a busy time too. We’ve been looking at getting in new stock.

I have been decorating too. With the purchase of a new piano, a lot of furniture maneuvering has been going on. I also came across a couple of rolls of wallpaper that has transformed the setting. There is a bit of a story behind the wallpaper, which I will share with you.

I was out in Salisbury one day back in October when a particular shop display caught my attention. They had some wallpaper on a roll just hanging there, amongst their display of clothes (which is primarily what they sell). The designs of the wallpaper were very distinctive and eye catching, so I went in to ask who they were made by. Alas, they were not available since it was made as a commission for themselves. Never being one to be discouraged by such a minor inconvenience, my next question was what they were planning to do with them once they changed their display? My phone number was duly noted and I was told they would let me know. Roll on a month or so, I was out in Salisbury once again when I noticed that the display had changed. I go in and ask, and yes they can sell me the wallpapers, they only have 2 rolls of each design. I snap up a roll of each (at this moment I have no idea what to do with them).

Roll on a day and my purchases are discovered by David. Not difficult since I had put them next to the new piano. Given that the wallpapers are quite distinctive, I thought that he would ask me what I was thinking of and was I mad to even contemplate such a busy pattern in a north facing room with low ceilings! Saved, David being a man of infinite taste. So he was up for wallpapering there and then, choosing between the 2 designs. I did have to go and buy some more rolls from another branch. Here are the results to see. It really did transform the room and I am very happy with it.

The story goes on. A few years ago, when we were out visiting Lewes in Sussex, we went into one of our favourite haunts – Bow Windows Bookshop. It is a beautiful bookshop selling old and rare books. My copy of R.D. Blackmore’s Lorna Doone came from Bow Windows as a suprise present from David. The wallpaper has extracts from Lorna Doone. So, the piano, wallpaper and Lorna Doone now all sit happily together.

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