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"Still lie the sheltering snows, undimmed and white;
And reigns the winter's pregnant silence still;
No sign of spring, save that the catkins fill,
And willow stems grow daily red and bright.
These are days when ancients held a rite
Of expiation for the old year's ill,
And prayer to purify the new year's will."
Helen Hunt Jackson, A Calendar of Sonnet's: February
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News Round Up 218

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  • hazel27hazel27 Posts: 562 ✭✭✭
    I recommend 'Antiques Roadshow' at BBC, if you are interesting in more stories about lumber which sometimes have a great value. I like this program, because every item has a story with it.
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 24,124 mod
    Oh dear, the news about chestnut trees is very sad. I remember when Dutch elm disease wiped out most of the elm trees.
  • hazel27hazel27 Posts: 562 ✭✭✭
    I can't believe he bought it for £10!
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 29,834 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @hazel27 may be the seller didn't know the value of this antique piece.
  • hazel27hazel27 Posts: 562 ✭✭✭
    @Bubbly I imagine, but it looks like piece of art!
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 29,834 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @hazel27 yes it is. Who knows what is the story behind!
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 24,124 mod
    Wow that's a bargain. I have a few nice things in my attic in London but unfortunately it is a lot of hassle to try and retrieve them right now. I have a Ming jar that is worth a few hundred pounds but it is a bit big to easily pack in my bag and carry on the plane as handluggage!
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 29,834 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @mheredge keep them with you and after sometimes they will be taken as antique pieces. ;)

    The trend of selling and buying of antique pieces is really rising up but who knows what is the reality behind!
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 24,124 mod
    I did manage to retrieve a few little things my mother was looking after for me @Bubbly. I hope I don't break them on the flight back to Nice tomorrow!
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 29,834 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @mheredge take care of them as these are priceless things by all means because they are associated with the feelings you hold for them!
  • mheredgemheredge Wordsmith Here and therePosts: 24,124 mod
    Actually I don't feel sentimental about them any more @Bubbly. My mother accidentally dropped one little pot and broke off the top of a delicate glass lid but it really doesn't matter at all. They are just things.

    My sister came home from her trip to Grenada yesterday and wanted to use a new mug she'd bought there as a souvenir. She discovered tea running all over the table and found the mug was leaking. Maybe it had been damaged on the journey home, but there was a crack along the side of it.
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