Ideal Home Life - online book

A valuable and well-organized system for home education(homeschooling) 3 to 12 years.

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A flour-dredger and a pepper-pot, a potato-cutter, patty pans, and those little tall tins that you bake castle puddings in, the round wooden molds with which dairy-maids imprint ■ cows and swans upon pats of butter; brown earthenware bowls and stewing-pots, the lids of teapots, clothes-pegs, jars that have-held ginger, and jars that have held jam—especially the brownish corrugated kind of jar—all these things and many more you may glean in a kitchen whose queen is kind. Tumblers for your towers of light, if you are going to have any, can be found among the empty jelly glasses in the pre­serve closet.
Tiles, by the way, are most useful, and if you have an uncle who is an architect he will have any number sent to him as samples, and he will be rather glad to get rid of them.
As you grow more accustomed to building, you will find that sometimes you build a temple or palace that charms you so much that you wish to build it again; and you will soon learn what are the materials needed, and just take out those and a few more from your store. I say a few more, because you will never build your temple or your palace twice exactly the same; you are sure to think of some improvement, how­ever small.
I have made beautiful windows with the sticks of an old ivory fan, framed in dark wood bricks, and ornamented the dark wall above with elephant tusk shells and others, and below with carved ivory card-counters.
There is a certain Elephant Temple which I have built many times. Its floor is a red and white chessboard, and its roof is supported on a double row of white pillars. White pillars surround the altar—a wooden box—on which the ebony elephant stands. On each side of him are red fairy lights, hidden by buttresses from the human eye which peeps through the brazen gates into that shadowy interior, and falling full on the elephant on his pillared shrine. The walls are of big red books—"Sheridan's Plays," "Tom Jones," and Boswell's
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