Thursday, 17 November 2016

The Reading Chair



So, a second post in almost as many days. Clearly, I am stuck at home bored and in need of distraction. The bug continues but at least I'm up out of bed, which is an improvement, although food shopping last night was an interesting experience.

I've always wanted a reading chair. The one above arrived last week, courtesy of Laura Ashley's sale. It is exactly what I'd always pictured in my head, right down to the shape and the cherry red stripes.

It makes you sit up quite straight (unless you are L, who lies sideways across it, legs draped over the arms, head resting on the wing-backs, kindle pressed to his nose), but at the same time it manages to feel cosy.

It is "my" chair, which is partly a family joke acknowledging the eccentricity of wanting a specific chair for reading in, but is also a nod towards the fact that people often have a favourite chair that is "theirs". We each sit in the same place for meals here, something that happened naturally over time. Whenever anyone moves to a different seat for any reason we all register the oddness of it. We're all creatures of habit deep down, I think. My in laws have their own chairs in their sitting room by the fire. If anyone else ever sits in them you can almost hear an audible gasp of shock coming from everyone else. They've never laid vocal claim to the chairs and they'd never shove anyone off them, it's just where they always sit. I like that. There's something reassuring about people being where you expect them to be. Do you have regular places you always sit in your home?

Other than reading in my chair (which incidentally is where I've taken to reading your blog posts too), I've been getting things ready for my sewing sale. The applique animals took ages on my faithful old Brother sewing machine. The top bobbin is starting to go and she's broken three needles in as many weeks, so, shh, don't breath a word, but I'm getting a new one for Christmas! One with a small computer in it that offers over 400 stitches! Gasp! And on top of that an Overlocker too! Thank you, beloved husband. I won't tell you yet what I've got him, that will have to wait till after Crimble, but I am very excited it.

Phyllis has done good service and I will keep her as a back up, now I'll have to think about a name for the new one. Suggestions, please. It's a Janome, if that helps. Janice? Jennifer? Jolene?

Oyster Catcher tablet case

Westie on a makeup bag (an homage to Ted)

Another Westie, this time on a basket
Right, it's raining outside so I'm off to light the fire, curl up in the chair beneath a blanket and dip into some Good Books.

Hope all's well with you all.

CT x

32 comments:

  1. I love your reading chair. With my back playing up at the moment, I have been yearning for a more upright chair. Our sofas are fine for slouching but don't encourage an upright posture. I love your appliqued bags too. The westie one looks like it would make a perfect notions pouch. 'Genevieve', my faithful Toyota, lacks any element of all singing/dancing, but I am rather attached to her. I can't wait to see your new Janome though. Does it have to be a girl's name? Maybe Jerome?! xx

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    1. Oh you poor thing, that's rotten that it's still giving you pain. Hope it eases up soon. I use the Ted basket to store Christmas fabric :o). Thanks for the name idea! xx

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  2. Oh, might have lost my comment because I wasn't logged in properly, sorry. Or it might be there anyway, in which case it will be there twice if I do it again. I shall wait and see if it appears. CJ xx

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    1. Only the one comment appeared, dear CJ x

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    2. Ah, okay, I shall reconstruct it. FC is being very kind to you this year, what a fab gift. And a very lovely chair, perfect for long distance reading. I once sat in my f-i-l's chair the first time I went round. I was promptly ousted. Here we have a sofa that is snugglier than the other one so there's usually a scrap over who gets to sit there. Or everyone tries to squeeze on and then after a few minutes of everyone fidgeting and sitting on everyone else's feet a scuffle breaks out and things turn ugly. Love the sewing, especially the westies, you have captured Ted's essence I think. And my vote is definitely for Jolene for the new addition. Although of course you may end up humming the song every time you do a bit of stitching. Have a good weekend CT. Unless of course you will be back tomorrow with another post, in which case have a good evening. CJ xx

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    3. I have a great mental image of things turning ugly over the sofa in your house :o) I think I would be humming Jolene every time. I am humming it now xx

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  3. I like to drape my legs over the side so they are touching the radiator. I'm reading a wonderfully funny book by Heinz G. Konsalik called Das unanständige Foto. If you can get it in English I think you'd enjoy it . . . in your new chair.

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    1. Thanks for the book tip. I checked but couldn't find a translation. Still no running....

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  4. Dear CT
    I have a nine year old Janome which I love. It can only do 30 stitches but is so well behaved and reliable. I am sure your new one will be the same. I look forward to reading about her in the future.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. I got seduced by all the possible stitches, and the fact Phyllis doesn't like certain types of fabric very much x

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  5. A lovely reading chair CT. We have one similar, really supports your head and makes you sit better. Hope that bug passes soon.

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    1. It certainly does that. I'm very taken with sitting in it :o)

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  6. Oh now that is a proper reading chair -I love it, especially those stripes. I hope you are feeling better. I keep missing your post because I have just realized my stupid phone won't let me scroll completely down the blogger screen. Don't worry about the running you will be back on top form soon enough. I just wanted to share that I'm back running in routine again which feels great -a full continious 20 min last session. I love your stitchery -open that etsy shop from the comfort of your lovely chair! xx

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    1. Fantastic news on your running! Well done you xx

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  7. I do love your chair. I have a large, cozy leather chair where I do most of my reading, etc. ....and it is my spot to sit. The only other person I will allow a seat there is my brother when he visits and then I really want to sit there. ha,ha Hope you are well soon.

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    1. We are funny about these things, aren't we? Poppy has her eye on the chair but so far I've been firm.

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  8. I need a sofa long enough to lie on for reading purposes!

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  9. Wonderful new chair. I have to have a squishy or feet up one.
    Love Love Love the "Ted" cases (of course you knew I would) Ted looks like my Scotty/Westie mix thehamish.

    cheers, parsnip

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  10. Love your reading chair.
    My hairdresser is a lovely lass and is called Georgina - very efficient and quick too - but her pet name and the one she always uses is Jamie.
    Any good?

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    1. Thanks, I'll put that one in the mix :o)

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  11. Oh chairs, now there's a topic! Yes we do have certain seats at dinner. My sons partner found it very strange when she was living with us. She would often sit in someone else's seat just to shake things up :) We do move round occasional now that the two of them have their own home, just so that we don't get too boring. As for arm chairs yours is lovely. I can imagine you sat there with your nose in a good book. And youngsters lolloping over it as they do. Enjoy. B x

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  12. Love your reading chair! Such beautiful stripes!
    We all sit at the same place for dinner - and if in angle the table differently my husband gets confused - which I just don't get! Our kitchen table only seats four!!!!! It's not difficult! 😳
    You are lucky to be getting a new sewing machine but well deserved given all the sewing you do! I do love the appliqué.
    Feel better soon and look forward to Christmas 🎄 xxxx

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  13. Glad you're feeling a tad better and up for a bit of reading in your fancy new chair by the fire, sounds wonderful. I'm looking forward to seeing the new machine, although the old one is producing some lovely things. x

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  14. I just loved how you wrote about everyone having their own chair. It's very true in our house. We eat at the same place at the table, and we have our favourite places to sit in the living room. Your new reading chair is lovely, although I want to drape a cozy blanket over the back ;) When we moved into this house 20 odd years ago, I bought a "reading chair". It is wonderful and cost a good penny. Mine reclines with a footrest and has goose down in the back padding. I like to be cozy. I've read and knitted and sewn in this chair for 20 years almost every day. Everyone knows where to find me in the evenings ;)
    How lucky to be receiving a new sewing machine for Christmas!! I've been using my old Singer for years, but the big wheel is broken (although still usable). A Christmas gift and a Janome??? How about "Jingles" ho ho ho
    Wendy

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  15. Hope you don't get this comment twice - lost internet connection last time!
    Love the new reading chair - could do with one of those. Since I lost my armchair (too old and knackered) I have to squeeze onto 4 seater settee with rest of family. The 2 seater settees are too soft for my back :(
    Love the new sewing machine - how about Jemima? (if you can stop thinking of ducks!) :) Hope you are better soon.

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  16. Your reading chair looks wonderful,so you are recovering slowly. At least you have had a chance to try the chair out. We do have set places on the sofa including Tavi, I'm afraid to say! I love the applique Westies. Sarah x

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  17. Perfect, a reading chair is very civilised, and I love the high back and wings. Wide Sargasso Sea is a favourite re-read here.

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  18. I love the chair - it looks perfect for reading a good book. Not sure how this has happened, but D has his own chair here, Harry and I share the sofas (and we both like the same spot opposite the fire). Love the Westies and the oyster catcher.

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  19. I totally get the chair thing. I have a similar one in the living room (cream - very impractical) and often sit there in the evenings to sew or crochet as it's near the light. We also have our usual chairs for meal times and my husband and I even have our preferred sides of the sofa. It's true, we are all such creatures of habit. I hope you continue to feel better. x

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  20. Great chair. GREAT pile of books - you will LOVE the Phil Rickman! His new one isn't out until January, so I have resisted pre-ordering it yet.

    I hope your lergy soon departs - mine is lingering and the a-b's haven't really worked, so I will have to Give A Sample I think (coughed up one, rather than . . . well, we won't go there!)

    Your new sewing machine will have to be called Jennifer (my own moniker) - not that I'm biased or anything! How exciting to have ALL those stitches - I have about 18 on mine - it's positively prehistoric!

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Thank you for leaving a comment. I always enjoy reading them and will try my best to reply to every one. CT x