Burra Maluca wrote:
My new partner has always wanted his own place to do up exactly as he wants, and the bottom floor of the new place is an incredibly blank slate. It's just been used as a shed, without even a floor, so he's busy trying to mesh his long-held dream of under-floor heating with mine of having a rocket mass heater. So the boys are about to start chiseling the dirt floor out to start making both our dreams come true. Plus there's a lovely old stone barn for my son to convert into his own dream-shed. .
Mandy Launchbury-Rainey wrote:Brilliant find. You could germinate indoors, and if you don't have a heated invernadero, just use your UFH!
Nicole Alderman wrote:I want to know what is in that glass jar and those earthen jugs you showed in the other thread! So many mysteries!
I am really envious of all the history in your home! Now you just need a secret passage or nook!
F Agricola wrote:Although it's definitely a bonus for you, It's sad to see old crocheted things left behind by family. That sort of stuff should be part of family heirlooms, handed down to kids.
A hint I learnt from my Mum: when ironing fine crochet work or lace, place a slightly damp, white cloth over it and iron on that. It prevents catching it with the point of the iron, scorching, and the steam created helps flatten it out.
When washing wool blankets and crocheted throws, we always use a small amount of eucalyptus oil - it softens the wool, gives it a very slight perfume, and apparently kills dust mites.
Those 'flowers' came up really good - looks like old fashioned double Carnations.
If your new partner is named 'Jack', you may be in for a surprise with those beans!
Burra Maluca wrote:I still had some oxiclean around in the back of a cupboard that had been sitting there since I emigrated 15 years ago.
Tereza Okava wrote:This thread is the best thing about my week. I love that you are documenting your discoveries!!!
You are very lucky to have those sheets. The way to tell the difference between cotton and linen is to slide you hand inside the folds of the fabric. The linen will feel cool, the cotton will not.
There's a tradition in Italy of girls embroidering 'First Night Sheets' for their wedding night. Don't know if the same tradition existed in Portugal but maybe....... They were so treasured by the bride that they were usually put away in safe keeping.
There's a good chance they might be hand loomed too. Check the selvage edges and if they're not as perfect as a machine made sheet then you've got yourself a real treasure. Its my guess that you'll appreciate them more than the son who left them in the trunk.
Burra Maluca wrote:... I repeated the procedure for the other one, which appears to contain an old hat...
Mandy Launchbury-Rainey wrote:I am very envious of all you have found there. I must be the only expat on the Peninsula who didn't find at least a few goodies. We are using the Rastro in Lugo for furniture though. Got a lovely castaña wardrobe for our new bedroom. Do you have any rastros near you?