The ‘Antiques Road Trip’ crew visited Carningli Centre last week.

They were filming for a series to be shown in a few months’ time.

It is always fascinating to see film crews at work. They seemed to be under pressure to complete the work quickly – and yet it took several hours to film what will doubtless boil down to a few minutes at most in the final programme.

Beforehand, I was seized by an uncharacteristic urge to clean and tidy the shop – just could not help it. However, that is a real benefit of their visit. I loved our quarry tiled hallway and pretty staircase when we first saw the building. They were definite factors in deciding to move here. We have put time, effort and money into restoring them; undoing unsympathetic ‘modernising’ of previous generations, rebuilding the archway in the hall, painting the panelling and so on. So it does seem a shame that these special features are often covered in piles of stuff. It is not even always saleable stock – and if it is, it is sometimes difficult or impossible to see.

I took a few photos to record a moment that is already, less than a week later, fading into memory.IMG_5244

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