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.