Of Doorbells and Stepping Out

Some years ago, I lived in a house with a passive-aggressive electronic doorbell. Not only would it ring when someone pressed the button next door, it would also reprogram itself. No matter whether you selected a classic bing-bong or something more reminiscent of Big Ben in a jolly mood, what you got, sooner or later, was Oh, Susanna. Which would insist on playing right to the very end, regardless of how soon you had opened the door, thus inhibiting conversation with the unsuspecting perpetrator.

Not surprisingly, this (and the other ills which electronics are heir to) rather soured me on electronic doorbells. Instead, I yearned for a classic old-fashioned mechanical doorbell, such as had resided on the door of our previous residence. This yearning only grew when we moved to our present home and discovered that you could still see the marks on the door where such a mechanical doorbell had previously been.

Türklingel Mechanik ca. 1894
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Restoration Day Gets Starred

Restoration Day has gained its first Goodreads review, from fellow author Barbara Howe. You can read the review here, or pop across to her site.

4 stars
Barbara gave it four stars (out of five), which is probably what I would have given it if I was prepared to negotiate the complexities of rating a book I’ve read in three separate versions which I now struggle to tell apart. (Stop me if I refer to Pwyll or Cashlin…)

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