Friday, 12 November 2010

A rather pressing engagement! ;-)


'Twas on a Monday morning
When I beheld my darling
She looked so neat and charming
In every high degree
She looked so neat and nimble, O
A-washing of her linen, O


Dashing away with the smoothing iron
Dashing away with the smoothing iron
She stole my heart away.

'Twas on a Tuesday morning
When I beheld my darling
She looked so neat and charming
In every high degree
She looked so neat and nimble, O
A-hanging out her linen, O

Dashing away with the smoothing iron
Dashing away with the smoothing iron
She stole my heart away.

'Twas on a Wednesday morning
When I beheld my darling
She looked so neat and charming
In every high degree
She looked so neat and nimble, O
A-starching of her linen, O

Dashing away with the smoothing iron
Dashing away with the smoothing iron
She stole my heart away.

'Twas on a Thursday morning
When I beheld my darling
She looked so neat and charming
In every high degree
She looked so neat and nimble, O
A-ironing her linen, O

Dashing away with the smoothing iron
Dashing away with the smoothing iron
She stole my heart away.

'Twas on a Friday morning
When I beheld my darling
She looked so neat and charming
In every high degree
She looked so neat and nimble, O
A-folding of her linen, O

Dashing away with the smoothing iron
Dashing away with the smoothing iron
She stole my heart away.


'Twas on a Saturday morning
When I beheld my darling
She looked so neat and charming
In every high degree
She looked so neat and nimble, O
A-airing of her linen, O


Dashing away with the smoothing iron
Dashing away with the smoothing iron
She stole my heart away.


'Twas on a Sunday morning
When I beheld my darling
She looked so neat and charming
In every high degree
She looked so neat and nimble, O
A-wearing of her linen, O

Dashing away with the smoothing iron
Dashing away with the smoothing iron
She stole my heart away.



Now, ironing is a subject very close to my heart!

(NOT)

I hate the chore...loathe it...detest it!




But I have to say that I am now a little more interested in

the history of this wonderful household craft!



I had coffee with a lovely friend, recently

and she showed me her wonderful collection of...

antique irons!

A history lesson it was indeed!

Sad irons, flat irons, box irons...irons for lace...you name it she had it!




This would really make a wonderful classroom project!

You can read a little more about the history of smoothing irons, here:

http://www.oldandinteresting.com/antique-irons-smoothers-mangles.aspx


A lovely morning and a huge thank you to Barbara for educating me!





Meanwhile, just before I go...(to do the ironing)...

...that winner of my last giveaway..

http://salssnippets.blogspot.com/2010/10/nostalgic-mixdont-i-look-twitand.html


which I should have announced ...but forgot!

Into the hat went all the names ...and out came..

http://menopausalmusing.blogspot.com/

Well done to Cathy!!

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

;-)

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Twas on a November morning
When I beheld my darling
She looked so neat and charming
In every high degree
A packing of her vintage linen o
Off to Chipping Sodbury we'll go

Oh deep joy o
Why must I go o
I hope there might be snow o
I can't just say no o
Or keep up this rhyming o

Or she'll hit me with her iron
And I'll be beaten due to her harming
To the 'enth degree

And yes she is a nimble o
Quick on her feet ever so
With a vintage rolling pin o
Look out,wait,it was a joke,aagh oh no

galant said...

What a truly wonderful collection, Sal! I love anything like that. At Combe House Hotel, here in Devon, in their Linen Suite (so called because it was once the Victorian Laundry, an addition to the original Grade 1 Elizabethan Manor House which is the centrepiece of the 3,500 acre Combe Estate) there is a stove for heating up flat irons, an artefact which is so appropriate in this lovely suite (Combe House is, of course, a much-awarded fine-dining restaurant and hotel.)
Margaret P

Anonymous said...

We all hate ironing now with our self steamers and so on...imagine how they must've hated to iron back then!
A lovely collection!
Love Amanda (Shabby Chick) xxx

Menopausal musing said...

What a fascinating collection! Love it, love it, love it.....! And......... (I know, I know, I shouldn't start a sentence with "and") THANK YOU for my win!!! See you at Sodbury! :O)

frayedattheedge said...

Ironing is the one domestic job that I really don't like ..... and it's also the only one that Malcolm won't do. However, it is much easier for us with our lovely modern irons, even if they don't look as interesting as the vintage ones.

Josie-Mary said...

Great collection, I too hate ironing & only ever do it for craft projects. :)