Happy Monday, everyone. We returned last week from Burma where the temperature was 100 plus on most days. Since it is late March, we expected to find spring here when we arrived home. I don’t think Mother Nature got the memo, though, because it’s freezing.
When we go on our travels, I always like to bring home a souvenir that speaks to me. I don’t really have anything in mind until I see IT.
That was the case when I found this little silver tray and rustic pencils last year in Argentina and……
…..this sweet little demi-john at a street market on an autumn bicycling trips in France. I couldn’t wait to get it home and make a fall vignette for our foyer table.
This trip’s find was a little unusual, and lucky for me, a friend found it. It’s an iron. And here’s the thing – it isn’t an antique iron. It is one that they really use. My friend found it in a busy shop in a little town we visited.
There are no cords to plug into an outlet. Remember – Burma (Myanmar) is a very, very third world country that just gained its freedom from an oppressive government last year. This is how it works: There is a little hook on the top.
First, they unlatch the hook.
Then they put hot coals, yes hot coals, into that chamber and close and rehook the top.
Those “teeth” are designed to allow some of the heat to escape. Now, I promise you this iron will never get a work-out in our house. But can you just imagine using it to iron your clothes when it is already 100 degrees in your hut? Also, it easily weighs five pounds without the coals.
In addition to a conversation piece, I am going to use it as a bookend to hold up some of the cookbooks in our kitchen.
When it’s time to switch things up, I just might add it to the accessories in our laundry room. And when all else fails, I can use it to pump a little iron.
Linking to and Tabletop Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life