LAMP LIGHT

It was some time before my father was able to get a generator to provide electricity to our farmhouse when we were very young. Even then, the power was used strictly from when it was too dark to see indoors and switched off when my parents retired for the night – far too early for me, especially during my university holidays when I read late into the night by candle light!

My memories of the warm atmosphere created by oil lamps, and the Tilley lamps – sometimes even hurricane lamps – were brought to the fore by the sight of this oil lamp perched on the edge of a desk in the tiny museum at Calitzdorp.

How wonderful it would have been to have some of these during the many months of Eskom power outages! The lovely glow of lamplight in the farmhouse all those years ago seems like yesterday: no cell phones, televisions or iPads, only the soft light that brought the family together to read, play cards, or to write … conversations were quieter, communication was interesting and we grew to be unafraid of the dark.

I remember having to purchase new wicks, the task of keeping them neatly trimmed for a steady light … such warmth emanated from these lamps compared to the ice cold efficiency – and convenience – of LED lamps!

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12 thoughts on “LAMP LIGHT

  1. Jy vat my nou vêr terug! Ek onthou daardie gesellige dae langs die warm koolstoof, met net die lamplig en al die rustige gesprekke, sonder ander afleiding. Dit van die beste tye in my lewe!

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  2. A memory few people now have. In my teens, I visited an island off the coast of Maine that didn’t have electricity, so I got a taste of the life of which you write.
    I still keep oil lamps for power outages, as our upstairs isn’t powered by our generator. Truth be told, I really LOVE electric power – lol!

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