The Burning House

The Burning House


If your house was burning, what would you take with you? It's a conflict between what's practical, valuable and sentimental. What you would take reflects your interests, background and priorities. Think of it as an interview condensed into one question.
The Burning House


I literally pretended the house was on fire when I did this because I figured what's the point in doing something if you don't do it properly? I grabbed my passport and savings, the jewellery I inherited from my grandmother - a pearl necklace, a silver fish with a ruby eye and a pearl in its mouth, a gold leaf necklace, and a little Cornish imp - and a broken amber bracelet my father gave me years ago. I picked up my necono camera and, from the noticeboard on the back of my door which is absolutely brimming with little pieces of memories, I took an original illustration by Niclas Boman. I chose to take two of my most beloved books; I have a lot of vintage books I could have chosen to save but the stories in these two are so important to me I would feel lost without them.

There were also a couple of things I couldn't photograph - my Giant African Land Snail and the camera I was holding. I also grabbed my bag, but I didn't know if that counts as cheating? There's a lot of good stuff in there and it seemed a little stupid not to pick it up.. I'm pretty bummed out about all the things I left behind though.


If your house was burning, what would you take with you?


The Burning House

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  1. Crikey, thats a difficult question. The more I think about it the more I want to take. I have a beautiful scrap-book my mum made me for my 21st, its got lots of photographs and memories in it, and she got all of my grandparents and my great aunt to write me a letter each for it. That would be top on my list! I also have some books that I made for my grandparents in which they have answered lots of questions about their lives, it's like my family history so i'd have to take that. I'd also take my great grandmothers engagement ring which my great aunt passed down to me shortly before she passed away. I think i'd take my camera too! I use it nearly every day! :)

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    1. OH those are all really lovely things to take.

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  2. THE LAST UNICORN IS MY FAVOURITE BOOK OF ALL TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. IT IS SO SO SO GOOD and the animated film is wicked too. When Molly Grue cries I pretty much lose it every time.

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  3. You take such beautiful photos! I love the contents of your 'house-to-be-burnt' kit!
    ♥,
    Shari


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    1. Thank you very much, Sharina.

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  4. emilyjanesaysthings8/23/2013

    Oh my gosh this is so weird, I need to ask you something! That little devil guy who goes on a necklace - do you know what it is? My grandmother had one exactly like it, I found it in her purse and carried it around in my purse after she died, but I lost it somehow ages ago! I never saw it when she was alive so I've no idea what the story was behind it.

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  5. That's a Cornish imp :) My grandmother used to carry it around on her keys.

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  6. emilyjanesaysthings8/25/2013

    Oo cool, thanks! Glad I know what it is now x

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