photo sharing and upload picture albums photo forums search pictures popular photos photography help login
Alan K | all galleries >> Melbourne >> Another Day And A Bit In Melbourne > 18224 10:22 Day 2 - Bed Sweet Bed
previous | next
04-Jun-2011 AKMC

18224 10:22 Day 2 - Bed Sweet Bed

Cook's Cottage, Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne

Although somewhat larger than the bed that we saw in image 18219, the master bed doesn't exactly look like it would pass muster in your average Hilton. Or Motel 6, come to that. But as I said before, everything is relative. I suspect that the straw (Hypoallergenic? One can but wonder) wouldn't be quite so obviously on display had this not been a museum. Still, I can't imagine that a base consisting of strands of rope would be approved by most chiropractors.

Nearby is a brass bedpan which would be filled with hot coals from the fire and placed between the sheets to dry and warm them (or set fire to them, if you aren’t careful) before going to bed. The sign next to it notes that some richer gentlemen ordered their maids into the bed to warm the sheets before they retired as well; and doubtless in some cases they forgot to order them back out again. However there would have been none of that nonsense in a house such as this, I suspect. (There probably wouldn't have been any maids for a start.)

The square wheel next to the bed is a wool teaser and wool winder. It was used to comb, sort and spin wool which would then be used to make clothes for themselves or for sale at the local market. The wool that you see in this image was dyed with the leaves from a privet bush.

Canon EOS 40D,Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
1/13s f/8.0 at 24.0mm iso1600 full exif

other sizes: small medium large original auto
Type your message and click Add Comment
It is best to login or register first but you may post as a guest.
Enter an optional name and contact email address. Name
Name Email
help private comment