A can of worms

Having lived here for three-and-a-half years and spent around 30% of that time talking about installing a wood burning stove in the living room – aka the chill box – I finally got the nod of agreement from Mr My Friend just before Christmas and voila we have a bloody gorgeous Morso stove. I am quite besotted with it and now spend 30% of my time experimenting with various fuels and fire building techniques. Look at it glow!

But I’m not just here to tell you how to warm yourself (expensively, did I mention that it took 3.5 years to get to this day?).  No, no, no, this is a golden opportunity to get serious about another form of accessorising for the home. My world is suddenly all about baskets. Big beautiful baskets to fill with logs of wood. I thought I’d nipped it in the bud in the early days when I purchased a lovely grey-ish Burmese wicker thing from the eco shop down the road. FYI it’s one of those shops that hasn’t discovered that you can actually sell nice eco stuff, but the one thing it has got right is its basketry line.

Yet, still in the experimental phase with my Morso and keen to see what coal has to offer – wicker is no vessel for coal – things didn’t stop there. Next, I nipped around to Shaun’s for one of those simple rubber trugs in black (£7) and I’m tickled pink about how it looks beside the basket. I’ve even found homes for my miniature matchbook collection – beautiful Toast bowls – and kindling – a German container from The Old Cinema.

MMF won’t know what hits him when I start looking into pokers and tongs.

4 Responses to “A can of worms”

  1. My Friend
    January 9, 2010 at 12:09 pm #

    Ahhh, my friend that looks so lovely. My flat is freezing (ice on the inside of the kitchen windows this morning – so Dickensian) and I’m warming my hands in front of that picture of your lovely fire. Are you sure you still want to come to mine for coffee tomorrow? Wear your thermals

  2. Hannah Walker
    January 17, 2010 at 6:27 pm #

    Gorgeous though it undoubtedly is, is it warming your room to a soporific temperature? And has mini My Friend discovered the joys of re arranging the logs and coal when your back is turned?


  3. julia
    August 29, 2017 at 6:09 pm #

    Hi, I know this post is a zillion years old but I’ve fallen in love with that rug and need one just like it in my life. We’re about to get a log burner installed and I was admiring yours when oohhhh that rug I fell in love. Fingers crossed you get this message! x

    • myfriendshouse
      August 30, 2017 at 9:51 am #

      Hi Julie, it’s a really old Habitat rug – not sure they’ll still have it, but it has also been an excellent stain hider. x

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