The Cross House
The first floor of the Cross House is blessed with a lot…a lot…of Lincrusta.
nuts afficinadoes across the land know that Lincrusta is a linoleum-like product embossed with patterns. But the general public has no idea what Lincrusta is. Thus, on numerous occasions when I have given tours to people, I hear: “You know, that is hand-tooled leather!”
When I gently point out that this is not correct, and explain that the wainscoting material is actually linoleum, I am met with sympathy and a shaking head, as it is obvious to them that I know nothing. “But, everybody knows that is hand-tooled leather!” When I further explain what Lincrusta is, the look of sympathy increases, combined with a hint of annoyance. And I can hear what they are thinking: This guy knows nothing! Geez!
In anticipation of a gala tomorrow evening in the house (my first!), I have been scouring and vacuuming and polishing and burnishing. As such, the Lincrusta has been assaulted with a toothbrush and a wet rag laced with Murphy’s oil soap.
Below is a dust-laden Before image:
It has been exhausting but pleasurable getting the house clean. Of course, this antiseptic state will last but briefly. No matter, for my memory of this temporary state will outweigh the reality of a few weeks hence.
Memory good! Reality bad!