Snowy country lanes en-route to the Scullery!

Today was far too cold to open the Barn Showroom so we agreed to venture out into the Hertfordshire Countryside with a bunch of curtains which an existing client of ours was more than interested in buying to complete the restoration of part of her country house which is being converted into a lovely one bedroom apartment.

Today was far too cold to open the Barn Showroom so we agreed to venture out into the Hertfordshire Countryside with a bunch of curtains which an existing client of ours was more than interested in buying to complete the restoration of part of her country house which is being converted into a lovely one bedroom apartment.

The lovely sprawling country house we eventually arrived at after negotiating a number of fairly hazardous country lanes is just outside Bedmond in Hertfordshire and includes  a really lovely walled garden, not that you could see much of it with all the snow! Anyway the living/eating area of the renovated apartment used to be the old Scullery back in the day when the owners of the house employed sundry servants and the massive bedroom and en-suite bathroom used to be the Servants Dining Room.

We took Doris the dog with us and this is always an issue as she naturally assumes that any expedition with her involved is for the sole purpose of giving her somewhere to go for a good walk, snow or no snow.  The concept of us leaving her in the boot whilst we went into a very nice warm house is not one which filled her with happiness, cue some pathetic barking when we went inside with the curtains!

The big windows suited the two pairs of Laura Ashley curtains she bought which together with the Nina Campbell pair for the lounge area made Mr DV very happy indeed. This is because he not long ago equipped us with a brilliant little card reader which is attached to an App on his phone so we can accept card payments when we’re out and about, providing we can get a signal on the phone. Job done!

You’ll be pleased to know that we did find time to take Doris for a walk on our way back as she loves the snow so all were satisfied by the time we got back home to some soup to warm us up again!!!

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Monday 19th February – Getting started and an unexpected encounter with a peacock!

This blog is all about giving you a flavour of the exciting and varied life of a business that lives because of our love for second hand or pre-loved/pre-owned curtains

“Doctor, Doctor! I feel like a pair of curtains!”
“Pull yourself together and sit down!”

Actually that very old silly school children’s joke is the only one I know that mentions curtains, new or otherwise and it probably gives my age away as well!  Anyway it’ll do as an introduction to this blog which we are starting to give you a flavour of the exciting and varied life of a business that lives because of our love for second hand or pre-loved/pre-owned curtains.

It amazes us the journeys that curtains sometimes make in their life time and none more than the five pairs of very long dark green silk damask curtains that we took from the magnificent Ballywalter Park in Northern Ireland back in November last year and that eventually made their way to an imposing large Manor House in Maesycrugiau in a very beautiful area of South-West Wales. The curtains are over 100 years old and had come originally from another great Northern Ireland country house called Portaferry House in the 1970’s and so well looked after you wouldn’t know their age at all. The link above shows the curtains in their original situation in the Paladian style drawing room at Ballywalter Park .

We often travel into London to large town houses to pick up curtains and just as often find ourselves getting lost deep in the countryside looking for a large farmhouse as Mr DV did last week. When he eventually found it (and what a lovely old Victorian house it was dating to 1875) he dropped off some curtains, picked up some others and drove further into the farmyard to turn round and lo and behold was met by the most beautiful peacock sitting on the farm gate! Its not every day that happens!. On the way back he stopped to give Doris the dog (half border collie and half Japanese Samoyed) a quick walk and then home to think about this blog!