The Table…………Well?

I am notorious for buying furniture that is too big!

The problem is that I like sturdy pieces that were probably designed for a castle, but I live in an ordinary English house.

Late in 2004, our solid pine table was gifted to Mr G’s friend’s girlfriend as she set up her new home. Mr G’s friend had tragically died in July of that year.

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Our new table was delivered in time for Christmas.  We installed Miss G’s high chair at the end, and I spent the whole holiday complaining that it was too big. I decided it couldn’t stay because we could barely open the French door to get out in to the garden.

We made the best of it for now and ate our meals around it discussing our days, but the table’s days were numbered.

2005

I started a college course, things got even busier and the table woes took a backseat.

In May, I studied at the table  all night to finish an assignment as Mr G flew to Istanbul.

The European Cup Image : LFC
The European Cup Image : LFC

When he returned a day later, an almighty breakfast was served at the table.

The girls did crafts at the table, entertained friends for tea and we celebrated birthdays.

2006

Around the table we discussed the possibility of my going to University.

We decided that we were going to break with tradition, and look for a different high school to our local one for Ms Glade, whilst sitting at the table.

2007

Ms Glade leaned on the table to study hard to pass the entrance exam for her chosen school.

We celebrated, with food and cake, eaten at the table, when she was offered a place at the school.

The table continued to host craft/homework sessions, friends for tea and birthday celebrations.

2008

We celebrated Miss Glade starting school with a special tea at the table.

The  Lambanana Image : BBC
The Lambanana Image : BBC

We sat around the table to decide what to see  in Liverpool, it was The European Capital of Culture, the Lambananas being the most popular around here.

2009

The table housed the gifts and cards I was given for graduating.

We sat at the table to discuss whether we could afford for me to do another Post Graduate Diploma.

2010

We left our tickets on the table for my call night as I became a Barrister.

The table was hauled into the garden as we celebrated Ms Glade’s birthday with a bonfire and fireworks.

2011

The table was relied upon to host crafts, friends for tea and  sleepover breakfasts.

Miss glade celebrated her birthday with a Cupcake decorating party and the table was covered in a plastic cloth.

2012

We planned our ‘trip of a lifetime’ to America at the table.

We put all our clothes on the table as we packed for Disney!

2013

We put all our clothes on the table as we packed for Disney again!

Mr G and I leaned on the table to complete our new mortgage application to move here.

2014

Ms Glade applied for university whilst sitting at the table.

Miss Glade leaned on the table to study hard to pass the entrance exam for her sister’s old school.

We celebrated both successes with food and cake served at the table.

We moved  – Mr G said “Are we getting rid of that table?”

I said “Gosh no, that table has been through it all with us.Let’s try to fit it in”.

It fits perfectly here in The Glade.

It’s like we bought it especially for the space it now occupies.

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And I love it!

 

Do you have a piece of furniture that has a story?

I am linking this post to Mummy of boy girl twins and The Twinkle Diaries’ new HomeEtc link.

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Have a lovely day X

 

 

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35 thoughts on “The Table…………Well?

  1. It’s lovely how that piece of furniture has become a part of your lives! I am not very houseproud and don’t really worry about furniture that matches…which is why I still have and use the chest of drawers and bokcase that were in my sister’s bedroom 45 years ago…and the wicker chair Mum bought me for my 16th birthday (Are you sure you want that? It’s not very comfortable…) and an old chest of drawers our friends were throwing away… and a Habitat box-on-wheels that went to college with me to keep my records in. Mum has an antique table with barley sugar legs that was Nana’s – I’ve earmarked that. In fact mum keeps telling mee to take it, but it won’t fit in the car!!!
    A good sturdy table that has seen you through many events – definitely worth keeping!

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    1. Oh wow! I love things and especially furniture with sentimental meanings! I would have loved to have inherited furniture, I thinks it’s lovely when things get passed on and cherished. Ours is definitely worth keeping although I wouldn’t have said that at the beginning X

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  2. I am so glad that you love your table! I have that table runner by the way. Our table is inherited and I remember sitting round it as a child, I sat there and had the first glass of wine that I actually liked – mandarin wine! – and now it is in our home. I love it! xx

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    1. Oh Amy, that is wonderful. It would be fantastic if this table was to be passed on like that to our girls. It is still going strong. M&S all the way for table runners 😉 I have never tasted Mandarin wine but it sounds like something that I would like X

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  3. oh I love this! And so funny it looks just like my dining table! I love my table too, and I had never thought about all we have shared as a family at that table. I may have to write a post on it one day. I have subscribed to you now too, have a great day xx

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    1. Oh thank you so much for this and tweeting it, I’m really grateful. I just remember how horrified I was when these years later himself assumed that the table would be going. It’s funny because I don’t usually care about ‘stuff’ X

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  4. Oh I love it! This table has got to stay forever and then passed on to your children and grandchildren! So many more stories it could tell! #HomeEtc
    Sabrina xx

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  5. I have goosebumps! That’s so much more than just a table. Ours is about seven years old now and we have had similar life changing moments to you. We bought it from Austria, had it shipped to our apartment in Switzerland and now it’s in North Wales with us. We’ve discussed not having children to being pregnant with our eldest and then the littlest, and then deciding to move home. Some things are more than just a piece of wood x

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  6. Ah Lisa such a lovely story, and yes it has been through it all with you hasn’t it, I have been looking for the perfect table for 3 years now, Its out these somewhere I just know it x

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  7. This is one of the BEST posts I have read in ages!! What a truly amazing table, and this post made me feel all emotional! What a story it could tell hey?! Amazing post and thanks for linking up – you’re a fab lady xx #HomeEtc

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  8. Love that table! We currently have to edge our way around our dining room table which is a little too big but I fell in love with it, plus I love we can get extra people around it other than just the four of us! I just need to win the lottery and buy a bigger house to fit it in better 😉

    Stevie xx #HomeEtc

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