There are 22 shelves in my living and on almost all of them there are books. Over the past few years I have got rid of 100s of books and there is still some way to go. This is one corner of one shelf.
1. A pair of 1970s German candle holders and red candles. Found in a charity shop and given to me by the Surly Niece for Christmas a couple of years ago. I am reluctant to light the candles.
2. A little handcrafted blue tit which I bought in a gallery in Cambridge and gave to my mother. I thought she would love as she adored bird watching but I don't think she particularly liked it. Somehow, in her later years she became very non acquisitive and was very keen to give things away. She gave this back to me before she died.
3. I bought this little Galician crocheted lady in a shop in Santiago de Compestella an it was one of the few non-tacky camino souvenirs I was able to find when I finished walking the Camino.
4. The bakelite art deco candelabra is something I have owned for 20 plus years ago. I bought it for almost nothing in a junk shop and it is now worth 20 times what I paid for it if the seller on eBay is to be believed. I have had it so long I've stopped seeing it and cannot remember the last time I used it for candles.
I am practically asleep as I write this so time for bed.