Monday, September 3, 2012

I'd like an Aga airer

My heart has been set for nearly twenty four hours now on owning an Aga airer. As it tends to set to a consistency more like jelly than concrete, my broad policy is to purchase nothing, but pursuing my yearnings to the brink of boredom has become quite a hobby.

a lifestyle-rich airer, or should I say lifestyle-riche? from here

This airer looks very appealing, doesn't it?  If employed in real life, however, I suspect my ditsy tea towels would fall into the copper pans of richly bubbling sugo di pomodoro and I'd soon be needing a restorative swig of whatever those intriguing little bottles contain.

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This one is more practical, if not quite as Louis Quinze as I'd aspire to. Socks might get snagged by gilt curlicues, so one must be sensible.  Otherwise, all it lacks is folding feet...

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... which this one has, but is it a bit ho-hum or merely channeling the ho-humness of the tiles and microwave oven?

I shyly revealed my Aga airer aspirations to Clarissa, a fellow aesthete, at the school gate today after she had admired my hair and I'd admired hers and we'd touched on Goya's later middle period. Clarissa pointed out that using things for their intended purpose is very déclassé, so I'd have to be sure to air the clothes furtively or repurpose the airer as a stand for swallows, hoisted on a high rusting pole in the middle of the south lawn so that the birds could congregate in the darkening evenings, a bucolic vignette to distract me from the discomfort of my slightly damp clothing.

Already the whole airer thing is fraught with hidden difficulty. Do you think I should buy these Ugg Noira sheepskin-lined boots?
Ugg Noira boots from Schuh

58 comments:

  1. No, I think I should buy those UGGS. Nice find.

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  2. The first scene is charming. but I know I'd start a fire. Cool boots!

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  3. Hi Mise

    I just love that first picture, but you could only air matching and fully co-ordinating underwear and tea towels in such a public place! In this house full of odd socks and tea towels with little holes in your lovely airer could never become reality. The boots on the other hand would be hugely appreciated
    Sharon
    xx

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    1. Ah, but Sharon, the holes in your fine linen tea towels are surely upmarket holes, internationally envied holes, worn by generations of French chefs going about their work in beautiful kitchens.

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  4. Hello Mise

    I am giggling at Clarissa's suggestion and your interpretation of re-purposing the airer as a resting place for the swallows. Now you have me singing "Like a bird on a wire, frrrrreeeeeee"
    Nice boots
    Helen xx

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    1. I hope you'll have a lovely Irish holiday, Helen! I'm sorry to miss you this time.

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  5. I'm so glad school is back. In around a week, we'll not feel quite so manic at the first sight of adult company. I started a debate in a staff room today about what Fifty Shades of Grey said about C21st Feminism. I don't even work in this staff room.

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    1. Would you ask that same staff room whether it's unfair to categorise it as Georgette Heyer on Big Brother?

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  6. I was going to go to the gym but now you have me all in a lather about new boots and holey tea towels.

    Back to my book instead.

    Nice to see you again. magsmcc is funny isn't she?

    xo jane

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    1. She is. She's a delight, as are you.

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  7. Hah, ha,hah,ha...have you seen the movie, "Beautiful Mind"? You have one of those...although, not quite the same:)

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  8. I'd vote for the boots. Much more practical. And this is interesting, because it's the first time I've ever heard of an airer.

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  9. In the spirit of applying lateral thinking to the uses of objects, have you considered hanging a prostrate timber ladder over your Aga? As it is clearly not serving its defined purpose, you could be classé as opposed to déclassé while still fulfilling your jelly-set desires. {Nice boots, but I guess wearing them is out of the question.}

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    1. A ladder as airer over the range is a magnificent idea and will be copyrighted by the first person to read your comment, Shell. I might have a small aged steel plaque screwed to it, upon which is written 'Ha! Take that, repurposers!'

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  10. Have researched a clothes dryer, Mise? I've heard they dry clothes quite well, although in a declasse way...I've missed your musings. xx

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    1. I have one, Anita, in fact, but what a challenge it is to make it look and sound 'period'. Have you managed to mid-century modernise yours?

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  11. I've actually never hung things outside to dry, or on a hangy thingy.....we have very large hot dryers here that do 15 towels or 12 pairs of jeans in one go....but if I didn;t have one, I would use the over the aga hanging one....I saw one at Ikea pretty cheap. Tell me though...would your clothes smell like food hanging to dry in the kitchen?

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    1. But do the clothes not shrink in the hot dryers, Chania? Perhaps Canadian fibres are more stalwart than ours.

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  12. Oh Mise,
    As someone with their finger on the interiors pulse, I would have thought you would know that an airer isn't for drying clothes but to hang your carefully gathered wild flowers on to dry !! I think that half an hour of reading Period Living per night should sort you out and get you back on track !!!! XXXX

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    1. I'm ashamed to be behind the curve, Jacqueline. All future posts will be emailed to you before I publish them to save me from embarrassment. I do have wild flowers, you know, and a tea-strainer. You mustn't judge me too harshly.

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    2. You are forgiven Mise and forgive me for being quick to judge !! haha You can now take your place back as head interiors guru and I will go and sit in the corner of the kitchen on the naughty step and think about how I can redeem myself.

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  13. Mise, your friends are so charming. I've missed you all. I laugh myself silly in your company.

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    1. Thank you for the lovely, kind comment.

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  14. Hello Mise:
    Buy a laundry, and have done with it!

    How we have missed you, Mise, and how wonderful it is to have you returned with your usual incisive commentary which goes straight to the heart of the most pressing issues of the day - in this case the Aga dryer. And, please, not too much of Goya's middle period, too trivial, when you have so many other burning subjects to discuss.

    Oh, by the way, did Clarissa like your hair? And any suggestions for a new colour of nail varnish?

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    1. She said she liked my hair, Jane and Lance, but who knows whether she is to be trusted. You mustn't say anything, but I'm reading up on Goya's middle period especially for when I meet your friends Paul and Gil. I'm hoping to come across as spontaneously erudite.

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  15. Mise please refrain from swigging from the intriguing little bottles, as a fellow lifestyle acoutrement yearner, I have to say I recognise one of the bottles - they contain eco friendly cleaning products, quite which has escaped me for the moment. I know nil point for important information - but if you really would like to yearn, have a look at these products

    http://www.murchison-hume.com/site/home/index-aus.html

    They are not available here either, which certainly adds to the piquancy of the yearning process.

    PS You were missed.

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    1. They are exquisite, Susan. Surely some blogger will import them and stock them in their bijou online boutique at an inflated price for those of us who long to live in our own little apothecaries.

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    2. I LIVE for the day Mise, then I can buy an assortment and when they are finished fill them up with Fairy liquid, points being scored on the lifestyle and frugality front in one fell swoop.

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    3. An "everyday" furniture spritzer? For everyday furniture? Or daily spritzing? Such a conundrum.

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  16. For practicality, the top airer is the business. However- and this is key- it must not be hung over the aga, but beside the heating/ boiler/ equipment thing. You won't want your fine lacy littles smelling of garlic or stew.

    I've seen the dried flowers or copper pots hanging from those things, but to be sure to get it right the next time Clarissa calls round for Guiness cake, you should get a vintage wooden foldy boy and appropriate tea towels to whisk out as she appears round the bend in the road.

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    1. I would go to that much trouble for no visitor except yourself, Speccy.

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  17. I would definitely choose the fab boots over the Aga Airer Miss Mise, my friend. After all you can always string a clothesline outside your window for you undies! ( Far from the new swallow roost!)

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  18. wet socks ? NEVER a good look . As my friend Carmella says " fugettaboutit."
    Please forward the relevant co-ordinates of Clarissa's blog .
    re; the Ugg Noira sheepskin-lined boots , i think you know already .
    Lovely to see you back at the blog gate. Your hair Looks amazing.

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    1. My hair is displaced by a greater wonder: I am hugely envious of H et P. The blighters, why do they deserve such a lovely, lovely fenetre? One day I shall commission an E. Prunty original for my bathroom. It's absolutely beautiful, glowingly colourful, majestically peaceful.

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  19. Oh Mise...I was doing so well with my airer until you spoke to Clarissa! I was jumping up and down, saying "I've got one of the top ones"...but sadly I do use it for it's intended purpose...to dry clothes, including socks and underwear...and, to add insult to injury... I have neither an Aga nor an Esse....I have a lowly Rayburn....What will I do?
    Oh yes, and it's a woodburning Rayburn, so my clothes smell of sticks all the time! I think I may be a hopeless case.

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    1. The Rayburns are lovely, Millie; I nearly ordered the red one when I was choosing. And the wood-burning ones are best of all, less dirt and a fine comforting smell of sticks. We have no sticks round here so had to go for oil, big bad international oil. I'd love to see a photo of your airer.

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    2. With or without socks and underwear? I am happy to oblige either way!

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    3. Oh with, Millie, for greather authenticity!

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  20. I would like an aga never mind the airer!! Seriously though I think the airer with the slats is the one to go for whatever Clarissa says! And regarding the boots Celtic Sheepskin (google them) do a similar one.. maybe plus cher? X

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    1. Thank you, Sarah, that's a good tip! Their boots look lovely - I'm studying the sheepskin biker ones very intently.

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  21. Ooooh I say buy the lifestyle riche airer....a person can never have too much lifestyle riche.

    And as for the boots, autumn is in the air, winter is approaching, and your feet will need warming. And you can't hang your feet on an airer. So buy the boots. If you happen to come across a "buy one, get one (pair) free" I will willingly take the second pair off you for a small fee.

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  22. I'd prefer to be doing your school run than mine, I love the sound of Clarissa. It's very pedantic around here. Though I did have a conversation with a lady from Ecuador about spying with night-vision binoculars one day - no joke!

    They're gorgeous boots!

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  23. Hello Mise,

    New girl here. I have an airer just like the one in your first picture. It's truly wonderful. If I hung it out in the garden birds would definitely sit (and shit) on it. Probably even a pheasant. No, it's an Aga that I need. It's a cruel cruel world. Jessica

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  24. Late to the party, I know, but yes to the boots...and I am making sumo di pomodoro for the next Sunday write up. I think the conversion of the Aga airerto a stand for swallows is genius and think what we could do with the, er, compost they provide. Those hydrangeas would last a week longer, perhaps. I hope

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  25. Hello Mise! Now I have to send you my tea towels that you like and you can hang those for decor over your Airer(:
    Don't worry, I feel like I need a swag (love the words you use) of something every day to keep going!
    Beer is what I recommend, being Czech, we believe it fixes everything.

    Your friend sounds great to me, I agree with her point...I don't want to hang clothes on the like like I used to as a child with my mom...LOL. I love the way it looks on the first picture...
    P.S. the way your write is what I aspire to be able to do...witty and sharp and expressive...omg, i am sure i already said that and I sound like a stalker now...right?
    hugs Z

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  26. So an Aga airer is basically a fancy way for drying clothes over a hob? What if someone is cooking something very smelly? Or something spitty with oil? Maybe then the Aga airer will have to be moved and made into the Radiator Aga Airer. And where do people dry clothes sufficiently enough for them to be moved post drip to the airer? There seems to be a case of logistics here - washing line 'up to point of needing air but less air than outside air' - de-peg and fold in basket, un-fold and air, re-fold and hang in wardrobe. Is that the way it works? Gosh. I conclude people with an Aga Airer are very fit.

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  27. I don't even know what an airer is but you had me laughing my face off somewhere around Goya.

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  28. I think what you really need is a magnetic AGA logo to stick on a tumble dryer. I could make you one for a small consideration.

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  29. I'd be concerned about splatter from the bubbling pans of deliciousness you'd be cooking. What if the hot sugar from your yummy fudge should spit at your fresh clean washing? Or drips from the drying clothing might spoil the delicate balance of seasoning in your latest recipe! It doesn't bear thingking about...

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  30. Definitely get the boots. Then get the airer to repurpose as a swallow perch, and get a swallow perch to repurpose as an airer. Happy to help.

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  31. I'm thinking you could make one of those Aga airers. The other options look like large cake racks, which may or may not be a good thing in a busy sugo Di pomodoro kitchen like yours Mise. And get the boots too. Why not?
    P.S I think those interesting bottles contain cough medicine.

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  32. Oh yes - large cake racks for large CAKES and BUNS and CHOCOLATE ROLLS and.....sorry - yes get the boots
    :)

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  33. Drying clothes on the Aga. I'm frankly aghast. No wonder so many are desperate to live in sunnier climes. Perhaps you should lust instead for sunshine and windy days. I do like the idea of warming my back on the Aga while sipping tea. Is that what one does ?

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  34. Oh, I commented on someone's gorgeous waist long braid, just the other day. She told me where I could find vitamins for my hair. I was truly grateful!

    xxo

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  35. I think that the best idea is to purchase the AGA creole for the birds in the garden and hoist up a farm gate above the AGA for clothes etc. Repurposing said farm gate will add some post Kath Kidston, agricultural chic to what otherwise could become a little too country cottage, no?

    x x x

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  36. You're aga is beautiful, I hate my electric cooker - Urgh!

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You're looking particularly well.

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