Sunday, December 15, 2013

My latest brilliant idea

We've lived in this house 26 years and in all that time we've had 12 steps leading up from the front gate to our path. And every time I go down in the dark I count the steps. And every time I get to step 11 and stop ... and tentatively feel for the ground at the bottom.

It's as if I distrust my counting or fear that, overnight, someone will have stolen the bottom step or, worse, added an extra one. 

The fact that we don't have a light on the steps doesn't help. We kept talking about putting one in but ...

Anyway now I've had a brilliant idea. Nuora's parents are visiting over Christmas and though they're not staying with us they will be coming to our house on occasions and, no doubt, sometimes leaving in the dark. So my brilliant idea is that we collect glass jars and put candles in them to light up the steps. Pretty good huh?

Unless it rains. 

And, of course, someone has to go out first and light the candles. I nominate Younger Son for that. 

10 comments:

nick said...

You should get some lights. They're very easy to put in. The electrician just runs a cable to a socket in the house. Very little work involved. We had some put in our back garden.

Liz Hinds said...

Don't you have to have the cable buried and then drill through the wall?

katney said...

You have a light at the front door? You may be able to get an attachment that you can plug your lights into that screws into the light socket.

Your idea sounds a bit like luminaria. They are done in paper bags with sand to stabilize them. It's a Southwest USA tradition.

Leslie: said...

Have you considered solar powered lights? Or even Christmas lights that you can tie to the side of each step with a peg and hook into the light socket at the front door? Now I've given myself an idea!

katney said...

Okay, shot, my link didn't link. Here is the Wikipedia explaining luminaria: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luminaria

katney said...

I misspelled shoot not the other.

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

How about covered lanterns , light them in the house then take them out and safe with the rain :-)

Liz Hinds said...

Katney, Leslie, Anne, you've given me lots of ideas! I shall set Husband to think and investigate! Thank you.

nick said...

Yes, bury the cable and drill through the wall. But that's not very difficult.

katney said...

What did you end up doing?