I had to show you my latest purchase at auction last week - this candlestick. I'm having it checked out by an expert friend of mine, but I think that it is a 17th century, turned brass stick on an early 18th century, spun base. The base is huge - about 8 inches in diameter, and the whole thing is 9 inches high. What a fantastic centre-piece to a table when there is a few people round for dinner.
I start off acquiring these things to sell on again (I didn't pay too much for it), but then I sort of fall in love with them and feel I need to keep them. I seem to be getting acquisitive in my old age - I was never like that as a youth.
So now, I cannot bear the idea of putting smelly paraffin-wax candles into it, and I also don't want to buy the refined bees-wax ones from a church supplier, so I have just ordered a kilo of pure bees-wax from a bee-keeper in Cheshire, and I am going to make my own candles. This involves making my own wicks too, as I don't want to put any old string in them. Then I will have something to look at which is about 350 years old, as I drink from my 250 year old glasses.
Am I going mad?