TJ’s Household Haiku – Paperknife

Viacar of Wakefield with illustrations by Hugh Thomson

A new book uncut

The sharp paper knife making

Incisive remarks

Viacar of Wakefield with illustrations by Hugh Thomson
Ah the paraphernalia of a gentler age. An Art Deco Bakelite Clock, a pair of Opera glasses, a stone mosaic handled Venetian silver filigree paper knife and a late Victorian edition of my favorite play, She Stoops to Conquer

Ah the days when new books arrived “uncut” so that you needed to have your paper knife at hand to divide up the pages as you went. I have now and then found books with their leaves still unseparated after a hundred years of more which is exciting in one one and sad in another knowing that the book was obviously never read and enjoyed.

This paper knife would have been a souvenir from the 1920’s and is in silver filigree and stone mosaic where the fragments of stone have been used to produce this rather garish handle.

Many thanks to the contributors to last week’s challenge “Jewel Box

Judy from Edwina’s Episodes had reminded us that Jewellery does not always appear as it seems. We all need our little titivations now and then!

Ritu has shared some images of some beautiful boxes made all the more special by friendship. A lovely sequence of haiku too!

Life Home and Away has a great haiku about what happens when you talk to much about your treasures (Oh dear I am in trouble!). Also a reflective piece about when to say too much (or too little) which is well worth a read.

Tucked into a Corner has 3 haiku telling of the jumbled history so many find in their jewel boxes. Truly the past and present mixed together and a melange of precious and forgotten memories.

Treasures from the ocean finish this collection with a lovely image from Kat Myrman


      1. I’m New to you prompts so my ideas have probably been done!
        Pot pourri
        Toy box
        Occasional Table
        Remote Control
        Pen pot

        Any good? 😊

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  1. LOVE this… a paper knife… I am intrigued and now shall be on the search for one in resale and antique shops. Wicked awesome. Oh and Household Haiku prompts? You’ve most likely used a foot stool aleady, but it was the first thing that popped into my head. Cheers

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    1. I actually have not used “footstool”. A great idea! I will feature it soon and let everyone know who thought of it! I have a quirky stool from India which might photograph well.

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  2. Lovely–first word to last, including photo. Interesting to learn about your fave play πŸ™‚ I had not heard of a paper knife before–but an idea springs to mind for a haiku…and that’s the whole point, right? Wishing you an excellent week, TJ πŸ™‚

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    1. And a wonderful week to you too! It is very droll (in an 18th century sort of way). Oliver Goldsmith’s Vicar of Wakefield is also one of my all time favorite novels.


      1. You’re quite the Renaissance Man, it seems–very fascinating πŸ™‚ I need to read “She Stoops to Conquer”–I LOVE the title. And if you’re a praying Aussie friend, do think of me this week: my new laptop will be delivered Monday…I’m excited, ecstatic–and worried I won’t know how to set it up on my own (thus messing it up the first day) πŸ™‚

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        1. Prayers will be duly said. I know that the Catholics have a Saint for Computer Users. St Isadore of Seville lived in the 560 to 636 so I am not quite sure why he is the patron saint of computer users as I suspect that they didn’t even have laptops then. I think it better just to ask God for guidance. I know I always dread using a new piece of technology for the first time even though they are easier and easier to set up. You have my whole sympathy but I know it will be wonderful once it is up and running. Prayers and best wishes! TJ


          1. You crack me up so good, TJ–I’m doubled over laughing about the Patron Saint of Computer Users–hilarious!!! And rather absurd, for the reason you gave–there weren’t computers when he lived! Thanks for the sympathy and prayers both. I told God that since He did a miracle on a par with the Red Sea Parting, in getting me the new laptop, it’s up to Him to guide me. Of course He replied, “no problem”. I think if I just “go slow” and use “Patience”, I should be okay–as I’ve proven I’m teachable, otherwise I wouldn’t be on my umpteenth blog… If I’m a no-show next week, I guess that means I’m still studying the manual… πŸ™‚

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          2. Hah! It might tell me to drown myself like the late Blowie! I will try to talk nicely to it…as cursing didn’t seem to impress the current recalcitrant laptop; but then, it was 2nd-hand, and probably used to a more saintly owner πŸ˜‰

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          3. I can just hear it speaking in one of those unctuous female voice that is on those satellite directing things in the car…”Enter your password then proceed directly to the kitchen and immerse you head at the next available sink.”


          4. Chuckling yet again–you kill me, TJ!! And this was just what I needed after spending nearly an hour on the phone with my cable co., trying to get something fixed–arrgghhh! Thank you so much πŸ™‚

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          5. I LOVE your Grandmother’s saying–my most used is, “Good Grief and a Half!” (or larger fractions, depending on degree of emotion re circumstance which triggers it). πŸ™‚

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          6. You’ve started my day with a laugh once again–thank you! “Decrepit” has become a fond descriptive, now that I feel equally so πŸ™‚


          7. I just found–very cool…by the way, I had another “Blowie” in the apartment last night; expect I’ll find his corpse shortly πŸ™‚

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          8. It wouldn’t surprise me! And now, to show my versatility I must tell you it’s been rather “blowy” the past couple days–the new green-leafed branches are waving with great enthusiasm πŸ™‚


          9. “Tremblings of new life”–lovely poetic phrase πŸ™‚ Have you had any time to think about a “Recipe Share”? My photo of the cheese cake is ready to go…

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          10. I was going to put it up on the “challenge” page next week and then start maybe on the Friday as I think French Friday can have a break once a month. But we could start of this week so I can draw attention to it for next week. What do you think?


          11. Whatever you want to do is fine with me, TJ–you’re the boss πŸ™‚ Meanwhile, I’m eating the cheese cake…mmmmm, it’s just too good!


  3. Not sure how refined my taste was. Or is! I enjoyed connecting with people in some distant land and earlier stage of technology through this simple but necessary activity if one wanted to read! I’m definitely not the “Regency” type!

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