Thursday, 11 May 2017

DISTRACTED DOGGIES & DAMAGED DEER...



It must have been around 25 years ago.  I came
home one evening to find my parents entertaining one
of their friends, while my faithful dog ZARA gnawed on a
piece of wood at the side of my father's chair.  It turned out
to be an ornament from the foot of the fireplace, and it was
now in splinters.  I took it off her and let her out in the back
garden, whereupon she had one long wee.  Obviously she'd
needed to go, but my parents, engrossed in conversation,
hadn't noticed (or ignored) her, so she'd started to
gnaw on the ornament as a distraction.

This had been one of three ornaments, given to my
parents by my grandparents for Christmas back in the
mid or late '70s.  Truth to tell, my mother wasn't too im-
pressed by the present, as it had been acquired from some-
one in their Darby and Joan club.  Considering my mother
visited them more often than any of her siblings and did their
shopping for them, she felt it was a bit of a slap in the kipper
for her devoted efforts.  Not that she was looking to be re-
warded, but the ornaments had been bought out of
convenience and with not much thought.


Sometime around the mid-'80s, one of the orna-
ments got broken and, though I fixed it several times,
it was eventually dispensed with when it got beyond a vi-
able point of repair, leaving only two survivors.  So when I
saw the remnants of the 2nd ornament to fall foul of an un-
friendly fate, I decided to call in INTERNATIONAL RES-
CUE.  Er, no, I didn't, but I was determined to do my best
to restore it.  I glued it all back together, applied copious
amounts of wood-filler, then sanded, stained and var-
nished it 'til it was once again presentable.

It's darker than it was, but at least it's in one piece
again.  One day I may do some further work on it and
restore it to a more faithful representation of its original
appearance, but it'll do for the present.  It probably now re-
minds me of my dog more than my grandparents, but either
way, it's a memory I'm reluctant to relinquish.  There was
another broken ornament I managed to salvage from the
bin (quite literally) and restore, which I'll maybe bore
you with tell you all about another time.

  (Oh-oh, there go another five members.)  

8 comments:

John Pitt said...

OF COURSE it has sentimental value if your doggie gnawed it! And you've done a lovely restoration job!
I couldn't half have done with your skills a few weeks ago when I broke one of the missus's glass ornaments, whilst playing rough games with our dog! I STILL owe her a replacement, but cannot find one!

Kid said...

What I need to get now, JP, is a replacement for the other ornament that was eventually thrown out. I'll keep my eye out for one in charity shops. Have you still got the pieces of that broken glass ornament?

John Pitt said...

Nah, the missus chucked them away in anger! I was in the doghouse with the dog!

Kid said...

That's a shame, 'cos I might have been able to rescue it. What was it an ornament of?

John Pitt said...

It was a spun filigree glass tree with a bird table c/w bird and 3 hanging baskets on the top, - very fine and fragile. Trying to find anything even remotely similar on the internet has proved impossible!

Kid said...

Don't give up looking, JP, and don't forget charity shops and jumble sales.

John Pitt said...

The missus says it was made of glass fibres which splinter and are impossible to re-stick!
It was my fault, I'm such a clumsy klutz, I turn into a great big kid again when playing with the dog. - She's bonkers, just like her old Dad and is GREAT fun! Love every hair of her!

Kid said...

Well, hopefully you'll be able to find a replacement someday, JP. (For the ornament, not the wife.)

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