Friday, January 18, 2013
The Strangest Object in My House is....
Yes, it's an elephants foot, made into a waste paper basket. A real elephant's foot. It came from John's mother's family. Her father was the representative of the British crown in Malaya. He used to travel from place to place to hold court on elephant back and this was a foot from his favorite elephant who died. When John's father died and John had to decide what things to ship over to America from the family home he asked the children what memories of their grandparents they might like. Their choices were two: 1. All the Beatrice Potter books, and 2 The elephant's foot.
So we, being more practical had a container full of antique furniture, Asian ceramics etc shipped, plus one elephant's foot. It's fun to notice guests' reaction when they spot it. Actually I'm rather fond of it.
So do you have an item with a strange story in your house?
HALLIE EPHRON: The weirdest thing in my house is the network of wires that crisscross our basement ceiling. Turns out it's a massive shortwave radio antenna that hooks up to a brass outlet in the living room floor where you'd connect the radio... if you had one. It doesn't photograph very well, so here's another offbeat item.
Meet Osgood. Not sure why we call him that, but he's a mask that hangs on the wall of our sunroom, his eyes bloodshot and forever sticking out his tongue. My husband picked him up during a trip to Venezuela. He used to creep out our kids.
DEBORAH CROMBIE: Hallie, Osgood creeps me out, too!
So who else has something weird and wonderful around their house? Voodoo masks anybody?