In two months time all our worldly possessions will once again be wrapped, boxed, crated and on a truck heading for our new home. I honestly forget how many moves this makes but before each move – and sometimes after – we go through the culling of the “unused” to make the move easier (and cut down on costs). You known the “unused” – those treasures that you have put in a safe place that you then forget about until it’s time to pack up and move.
I don’t know about your home but in ours that area above the kitchen cabinets always serves as a storage space for things that you know you might need and therefore have in plain sight – which then join the ranks of the “unused”. But they are there: up high, just above eye level, just in case. And I might add just at the level that cooking grease finds it’s final home bonding with the dust and turning into a layer of concrete that requires, if not sandblasting, vigorous last-minute scrubbing when you discover you suddenly need that vase for the flowers the guests have brought.
Amongst the vases, serving trays, Royal Worcester containers and glass pitchers I rediscovered this little contraption that I bought sometime back in the 1980s. Since it was safely stowed above the cabinets five years ago I have taken it down perhaps three times – each time in an emergency when I discovered a very essential ingredient was missing. It really has proved a handy little gadget in times of need.
So what is it and what exactly does it do? Any guesses?
On this day in 1867: Queen Victoria gives Royal Assent to the British North America Act which establishes the Dominion of Canada on July 1.