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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Farm House Sex and Other Great Stuff!

Deborah got me a new "Book of Everything" from Lee Valley. This coupled with my 1909 book of Household Discoveries will make me an "Expert" on old forgotten technology! We all know that an "Ex" is something that has been used up or worn out and a "Spurt" is a drip under pressure....

I can't find a recipe for "Farmhouse Sex" in either book but for some reason Google sends people searching for the ingredients to my site. Here is a good one though;

To Freshen Marble

Mix a bullocks gall with 4 ounces of soap lees and 2 ounces of turpentine, add pipe clay and make it into a paste. Apply it to the marble, and let it remain 24 hours: rub it off, and if not clean, repeat it till it is.


This leaves me with some questions and comments;
After 5 attempts, should I repeat? Should I actually use this, I can see someone saying "You've got a lot of gall using that stuff on your beautiful marble fireplace!"

I guess you shouldn't try this when daylight savings time begins, eh?

3 Comments:

At 1/17/2007 6:01 AM, Anonymous Patricia W. said...

I thought a bullocks was something you "freeze off" in the winter time. You know, "we're freezing our bullocks off out here".

 
At 1/17/2007 8:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hm, doesn't sound that bad... gall soap is the most powerful eco-freindly stain remover known to man (my mom gets almost everything out of her laundry using that and letting it soak overnight before putting it into the washing machine) and the pipe clay probably works as an abrasive and polish. And yeah. turpentine is quite some potent solvent for greasy residues...

greetings
Texas Ranger (same as Oldhouseweb ;-) )

 
At 1/18/2007 11:21 AM, Blogger Gary said...

Patricia, That's BOLLOCKS that you are thinking of. Good job the recipe didn't ask for bullocks bollocks coz that would be a mouthful! (groan, groan)

Ranger, I always wondered what they did with those left over bull parts. I guess it doesn't all go into dog food....

 

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