Saturday, September 26, 2009

First Fire for Fall 2009 . . .

It was pretty chilly yesterday and I decided to light my first fire. I had a blacksmith do some work on my cast iron fireplace grate. Actually he was a welder and I asked him to cut off some of the depth so the fireplace wouldn't smoke. He did a great job.

I got the very early antique fireback you see behind the flames a couple of years ago at an estate sale. It is definitely one of the heaviest things I've ever purchased. I somehow got it in the house and put it in place and now I can't move it no matter how hard I try. Instead, I had the grate resized and I was very anxious to see if it improved my fire quality. It works better than I hoped. No smoking at all. Now the draft draws perfectly. I am so happy. I'm off to the annual fireman's auction and sale this morning. I really hope I don't find anything I can't live without. I have no more room!

This is the first time I've ever loaded a picture to my blog straight from Picasa. It was easy but it also made me do wrap-around text. Thanks for stopping by the cottage for a bit. Have a wonderful weekend and come back soon. ♥Rosemary

Content in a Cottage


Stacey Snacks said...

How did I not notice this beautiful hearth before?
We are going to the beach today for a friend's bday. Not the best day for it, a fire sounds better!

Gail, in northern California said...

Good morning, Rosemary.

You are one very clever, resourceful woman.

I thought the wraparound text was intentional -- looks great!

Have fun at the fireman's auction.

Sarah said...

GOod Morning Rosemary...we have awoken to a very wintery day here in Victoria, Australia and your fire looks very welcoming! Enjoy! xxx

mo-zy said...

Love the text almost as I love the fireplace!! Cup of hot chocolate...Please!! (smile)

GrannySmithGreen said...

This is beautiful! How I have often admired these firebacks. Just lovely!