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Mrs Potts' Father's Desk

Posted: Sun Dec 07, 2014 2:00 pm
by KateZiervogel
It stands silently in the stationary shop’s window. Aged wood polished with years of arm movements and varnished with the shuffle of papers over its surface.
Holes visible where ropes slid through to form crude handles when it was still a crate journeying between Europe and Africa all those years ago.

"If you look under the top, you can still see the serial numbers of the crate." said Armstrong.

I'd seen it as I passed through the mall before and fell a little in love with it. Once I wondered what its price was. Now I know, there is none.

Re: Mrs Potts' Father's Desk

Posted: Sat Dec 13, 2014 3:45 pm
by bounceswoosh
I love it, but I don't get it.

Re: Mrs Potts' Father's Desk

Posted: Sat Dec 13, 2014 5:46 pm
by KateZiervogel
Glad you like it Bounce. Don't worry about not "getting it" because it just is what it is. There's no twist or riddle at all.

I happened to have seen this absolutely stunning antique desk displayed at Ramsgate Stationer's window in the mall; went in and asked about it. Turned out that the desk (not for sale "Not on your life" according to Mrs Potts) belonged to the owner's father. The desk was made out of pallet and crate wood that was used on the sea shipping routes between Europe and Africa and still has the serial numbers and handle holes in the desk itself. Stunning and filled with the most awesome vibe ever!

So there it is. No tricks, just a really cool desk complete with Mrs Potts' father's old fashioned typewriter on top just sitting there quietly in the display window of a stationery shop in a mall on the Kwazulu natal south coast. Weird and beautiful.

Re: Mrs Potts' Father's Desk

Posted: Sat Dec 13, 2014 6:44 pm
by bounceswoosh
I like the story even better now that I know the background!