Wednesday, 5 September 2012

New Candles for a New Season

On Saturday evening we went to my grandparents' house for dinner, in honour of my BC sister's visit.  It was so nice to see her!  While there, I commented on my Nanny's lovely mantel display.  I love how simple and British and almost-but-not-quite-symmetrical it is.  Nanny mentioned that she's thinking of getting a different colour of pillar candle for the fall.  I tossed out a few suggestions: spicy orange (bonus points if it smells like pumpkin pie!), or a pale blue drawn from the watercolour paintings.  

What colour would you suggest?  The wall colour is a deep burnt-orange-red.

I'm so glad Papa was sitting by the fireplace when I took this photo.  He is the sweetest man alive and I love to talk to him and hear his stories and advice.

These original paintings were done in 1905 by a friend of my great-grandparents. I just love the history they have in their house.  I believe the clock was given to Papa in appreciation of all the work he did on the Nelson BC streetcars (Nanny, correct me if I'm wrong).

Edited to add correct info about the clock:  Nanny says, " Just a correction on the clock; it's much older than our time in Nelson and was given to Robert Clark, your great-grandfather, in June of 1925 on the occasion of his marriage, a gift from his employer. A small brass plaque gives the info but it's really hard to read."  Thanks Nanny!  I know I've attempted to decipher the plaque before, but it was years ago.  I guess my brain just filled in the blanks with something that made sense.


  1. So sweet. I love those paintings and the dogs (oh my). Candles - perhaps a dark cream the colour of the matting on the paintings.


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