Saturday, 6 October 2007

For those that like symbolism


Jen had the dressings removed from her hand on Wednesday, and her fingers are healing nicely. They're still a darkish pink, and a small area of the worst burn is still a rather weepy scab, but it's making good progress, so will be back to normal soon. You'll be relieved to hear that she won't let me take a photo! Apparently nobody at work noticed that the bandages were off. A bit like the dog that didn't bark in the night, she said.

So I thought it was about time I fixed her wedding ring. For the past 20 years we've done a bit of silversmithing, though we don't do much now. As a result, I have some 9 carat gold solder, so was able to solder her ring back together quite nicely. I also managed to fill a second saw-mark they made when the first nurse wasn't strong enough to bend the ring, so that's nicely tidied up, too. She can't get it on yet, as her ring finger is still puffy and tender, but the ring is almost ready for her to wear. I didn't clean it up too thoroughly, because I wasn't sure whether or not I'd need to stretch it to fit. As that involves hammering, there was no point bringing it back up to an as-new finish, which is what I'll do when the time comes.

And the rest of today has been spent in the garden. Pulling up tomatoes and hanging them upside down in the greenhouse to ripen. Not a brilliant crop, but tasty and nice to have. Chopping a chunk of Philostachis nigra (black-stemmed bamboo) off the main clump and planting it in a gap elsewhere in the garden. Pulling vast amounts of weed out of one of the ponds and thinking about doing the second one tomorrow. Jenny's been digging up masses of Japanese anemone which has overrun one of the beds. We've got wallflowers from the market in Royston to put in there and elsewhere.

Tomorrow we need to net the ponds as the maple next door is already dumping lots of leaves and we need to keep as many out as possible. Must also decide what to do about winter lights, tomorrow. We usually put a string of 100 or so plain white, non-flashing lights up into a silver birch tree, but most of the bulbs have blown in the existing set, so we'll have to buy new ones, I think. Sounds as though I've already decided, doesn't it?

4 comments:

antisocialist said...

This post struck me as rather poetic, rather autumny, rather soft and beautiful.

Rob Clack said...

There is a definite autumnal feel in the garden now - piles of leaves blowing about, wallflowers, and we're starting to plan Christmas already!

ArcticFox said...

You're certainly a man of many talents.... oh, you know, I just happened to have some 9carat gold solder lying about,so I thought I'd fix the wedding ring......

You're a regular James Bond, you smoothy!!

FoX

Rob Clack said...

Actually I was very relieved that it all went as smoothly as it did. Although I used to do quite a lot of silversmithing, it was all driven by a couple of residential weekend courses a year. I had to start preparing with designs and buying materials a month ahead, then the course would motivate me to keep going for 3 or 4 months. Just as I was losing momentum, it would be time to start thinking about the next course.

Then the tutor, most unreasonably, retired, and over the past 5 years I've gradually done less and less. Now I make many more mistakes then before, and generally find them much harder to recover from, which is depressing and demotivating.

Fortunately, soldering up Jen's wedding ring went perfectly first time (more symbolism!) so I'm a happy bunny.

And it is her birthday soon, and I do have this very beautiful opal I bought when we were in Australia at Easter....