I have been fascinated by historic houses for many years. There is one thing though that never escapes me, whether I’m accompanied or not – the lighting in these heritage properties. I have been helping out at a local place that has reently opened up […]
We live in a small township, in fact our houses are the last of the big executive detached style from the early 2000s before the need to downsize became the bye word in house building. The town houses of today are generally much narrower and […]
I had the interesting opportunity of visiting a recently moved into school house conversion – right out in the sticks and the sort of place that would be jumped at on the escaping the rat race kind of tv lifestyle shows. It has huge space, airy high ceilings and beams. Having managed to negotiate my way around without knocking myself out, I noted the very pretty lighting sconces on the walls – there is a strangely medieval air about this building – it was built in around 1830 on the estate of a stately house. It seems to have a rather confused look – part castle and part school room. The lighting needs sorting though because the main lights are single light bulb in the middle of the room, so high that you can’t reach them on an ordinary ladder! An expert eye to quote for a useable lighting scheme seems to be the order of the day.
Gosh where did that last year go? It just doesn’t seem possible that only a few short weeks ago I was sat here regaling you all with my tales of the past month and the wonderful displays we had with the neighbourhood lighting themes. There […]
Christmas lights – there being so many different types of them these days, it is utterly bewildering. When we were small, the most exciting thing in our village was the Major at the top of the hill who used to put brightly coloured lights around […]
Getting out there for the annual firework display – that used to be the highlight of my birthday celebratory period. Although born in October, I always had the honour of having a family sized box of fireworks and a belated party as part of our traditions. We would rush around in the week surrounding my birthday, perfectly executed guy to hand, sat atop an even more exsquisitely executed barrow, courtesy of our very handy dad. Being one of only a very few families in our village with teenagers, we made a pretty penny on our forways round the narrow lanes. Dad fixed us up with good lights on the barrow, so we didn’t frighten the life out of any dear old potential donors to our cause. Then on bonfire night we’d be out thre with our chums’ families, round our bonfire, and the Dads would set the fireworks and the mums set the steam soup. Ah, memories!
At least in August there is less likelihood of needing all he lights to be on at the same time – I can’thelp noticing when the autumn weather arrives and families start using the lights more, every light bulb in the house seems to be illuminated at the same time. It’s all the more noticeable when the curtains or blinds are still open and the world is welcome to view everything the family is up to. Keeping an eye on this wastage is critical these days – not only from the point of view of saving money – quite a lot over a 6 month winter period when up to 20 of the 30 lights bulbs on at any one time are actually unnecessary! There is the small point about members of the family respecting the bill payer’s generosity paying the lighting bill – so from when they are tiny tots, reminding them constantly to turn the lights off as they leave a room will eventually sink in!