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Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Rumford

The Rumford is a much more efficient way to heat a room than earlier fireplaces....
(Wikipedia on Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford, designer of tall, shallow fireplaces which are now known as the Rumford, was an Anglo-American physicist known for his investigations of heat)
Living in the tropics, I have been in close proximity with only three fireplaces in my life. There was an unused one in the home of my college professor in the Philippines. The other one from which I could feel the heat and see the fire dancing was in a hotel lobby in the Yorkshire Moors. Picture taking was quick. Two old ladies were having tea by it, but that was my first ever real fireplace experience, and I loved it. The latest I have touched is the one in Jane Austen's imaginary Northanger Abbey.
The fireplace, where she had expected the ample width and ponderous carvings of former times, was contracted to a Rumford, with slabs of plain though handsome marbles, and ornament over it of the prettiest English china.
Fireplaces. What charming spots they are!


This post is linked with ABC Wednesday.

17 comments:

photowannabe said...

Never really thought about people not being around fireplaces. It really is a cozy thing. Love your shot of this one.

Mar said...

And I am enjoying mine right now!! r is for...

Carver said...

Interesting post about the Rumford. I need to get a chimney sweep in as my fireplace isn't drawing well.

Rajesh said...

I have never experienced a fire place so far.

Roger Owen Green said...

We have a non-working fireplace. Meh.
This one's nice, though.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

anthonynorth said...

Oh, I'm used to fireplaces. I was born and bred just off those Yorkshire Moors.
Great words.

VioletSky said...

I've always wanted to live in a house with a fireplace. Central heating is very good, but you can't look at the vents and dream....

Meryl Jaffe, PhD said...

That is a beautiful fireplace. It oozes warmth. I love fireplaces and tending the fires in them. Alas, we moved and have no fireplace...

Jo Bryant said...

great post - never heard of these before

Berowne said...

Which one did Santa come down? :-)

Ms. Burrito said...

Very cozy fireplace!

My R is about Raking Leaves, please come and see.

Meryl Jaffe, PhD said...

Hi Hazel. Thanks for your comment on my blog post. I also wrestled with my son (who also didn't like going to school) - whether to homeschool him. In the end, I decided not to. I took A LOT of time looking into the schools in our town. I found two GREAT ones (elementary and high school) - middle school was horrible. I wish you a lot of luck and if you want to talk about options, I'd love to hear about it!

chubskulit said...

Wow sis, dami mong stored knowledge hehehe.

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jill said...

Hi,Im sat infront of mine now as I type this to you and in North yorkshire.Love Jill xx

Hazel said...

Awww how lovely, and very nostalgic for me. Thank you Jill xxx

mrsnesbitt said...

I too am by my burner - log burning Rayburn, also in North Yorkshire! How funny! lol!
Thanks so much
Denise ABC Team

Hazel said...

Wow this is getting cozier :) Thank you Mrs Nesbitt.