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Ghost Room [Jan. 9th, 2018|11:12 am]
Tony Grist
 Since my mother took to her bed we hardly use the living room. The TV's in there but if there's something to be watched Ailz and I watch it on our laptops. I go in in the morning to raise the metal shutters (like the ones they have on shops on run-down estates) and again in the evening to run them down and that's about it. It crossed my mind that we should start calling it "the ghost room".

We had a ghost room in my childhood home. The grown-ups called it the dining room but we only used it when my grandparents came over at Christmas. It was colder than every other room and I didn't like going in alone or even passing its open door. I don't believe there was an actual ghost in there, it just felt like there should be.

This house wasn't designed to accommodate a stair-lift. The stairs are in the wrong place and only just wide enough and wherever you park the chair is inconvenient. There are three possible positions- firstly at the top of the stairs, secondly halfway up-  in both of which it becomes an obstacle to be wriggled round if you're carrying a tray or basket of clothes- and thirdly at the bottom of its track where it completely blocks the doorway to the living-room. In the past we've always opted for positions one or two but if we're not using the living room why not go for number three? 
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2018-01-09 03:36 pm (UTC)
I grew up in a compact sort of house so there were no unused rooms. I rather like the idea of a ghost room.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-01-09 04:27 pm (UTC)
I grew up in an outer suburb of London. The house was pre-war, had three bedrooms and stood in about half an acre of land...
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[User Picture]From: howlin_wolf_66
2018-01-10 02:03 pm (UTC)
I suppose it does simplify the stair-lift situation!
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