Looking around my home recently, shifting furniture around, I started to think about where various pieces of furniture had come from.
I really like my old table that came from my Grandfather’s home in Clibberswick, Unst.
I remember as a child, the croft house where my mother grew up and our visits there as children.
We used to walk across on a Saturday to see them, quite a long walk for us as small children..
The house was a two up two down crofter’s home, with coom ceilings (sloping ceilings because of the lack of height) upstairs. The stair was very steep, almost like a ladder, since the house was not that wide.
They had a low black “American” stove with small ovens at each side.
This was a big improvement on the open fire for cooking (see picture below).
A big improvement also by then was to “have the water in”.
They had a tap in a window recess. This was a huge improvement on having to fetch every drop of water used by the household from the well.
I remember the “ben” room, the best room, as opposed to the kitchen/living room where the life of the house went on.
In that room there was the table I now have in my home.
Where did they acquire that from?
Perhaps it came from some sale locally from one of the “big” houses.
It dominated the ben room of the small croft house, but obviously they loved it and polished it and entertained important visitors there.
I used to like, as a child, going underneath the table to polish the table leg. The fancy carved sections fascinated me.
It came to my parent’s home and finally to mine.
I love it and treasure the memories that come with it of childhood and my mother’s folk.