Patra's Other Place

I started out with Patra's Place, primarily dedicated to my linen collection and stitching projects. But I kept getting side-tracked, so I decided to create Patra's Other Place for anything not related to embroidery topics. So you now have a choice. If you are interested in me, read this. If you only want to see my linen and stitching, visit Patra's (original) Place! (Please note that by clicking on any of the photos, they will be enlarged to fill your computer screen.)

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Location: Melbourne, Vic., Australia

I am married to Ken. We have no children except a cat and a collection of Australian parrots, finches, canaries and a dozen hens.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Grandfather Clock.

Well, Ken got his wish. I didn't think his parents' grandfather clock would suit our house, or that we could even find a spot for it, but I was wrong on both counts. We moved the telephone table from its spot against the wall in the entrance hall, into the kitchen. I had to move the ironing table and sewing machine from the kitchen into my craft room where I guess it will be more handy anyway.
I called Graeme, a local clock-maker, to remove the GF clock from MIL's house in Burwood. Here he is having got the clock out of the front door, with two lots of steps to get down...

At this point I thought the clock was in serious danger of crashing down the driveway, but no...

Half an hour later, it was safely installed in our hall, ticking away and chiming on the quarter hour. Graeme checked all the workings, and I wrote down all the instructions about winding it, turning off the chimes if we want to sleep at night, and adjusting the time if it ran fast or slow. It's all in Ken's care now! But it does look nice, doesn't it? The wood case matches the cedar wall rather well.


Blogger Meow (aka Connie) said...

Gina, it looks awesome there ... the colour is just perfect !! I wonder if the noise will annoy you at night, though !! Hope we can catch up again soon. Take care xx

Friday, 30 July, 2010  
Blogger Gina E. said...

Hi Connie,
No, the ticking is not loud at all, and we turn the chimes off when we go to bed, so there is no noise at all really. Hope to catch up in a couple of weeks!

Saturday, 31 July, 2010  
Blogger Linens and Royals said...

Love that clock and it looks perfect in your hall - a family heirloom. I love to hear clocks chiming and striking the time away.
My theory is, the same person should wind the clock each week as clocks can be tempramental and become accustomed to the tension in the same hand. Stately homes always had a clockwinder visit each week to attend the clocks.
Don't think my clock likes me any more, it has stopped again...

Saturday, 31 July, 2010  
Blogger FredaB said...


that is a wonderful piece. I would have hated to have Ken lose it.

Looks great in that spot.



Monday, 02 August, 2010  
Blogger cell said...

it sure has a commanding presence! I like it. I think it looks just right where you put it, blends right in.

Monday, 02 August, 2010  
Blogger Merle said...

Hi Gina ~ Wonderful clock and just the right space for it. Great.
Glad you girls had such a nice walk together at YOUR park, The quiz was interesting but would take a lot of time to answer all those questions.
Glad you and Ken had a nice trip to Warragul and got some new birds.
Glad you liked the joke about the Kittens. Take care my friend and I hope your sister-in-law gets well
soon. Love, Merle.

Thursday, 05 August, 2010  
Blogger Finding My Way said...

Very pretty. I've always wanted one. Mine would have to be silent during the night. ;)

Saturday, 07 August, 2010  

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