A Mirror, the Sun and a Princess

 

I apologise if you’re expecting a fairy tale because it’s like a story from the Twilight Zone. There is a Princess, but she’s taken, there is a mirror and there is a happy ending. Do you have one of those mirrors that on the ‘a’ side portray you as someone acceptable, whereas on the ‘b side’ it magnifies every wrinkle, wart and blackhead? We have. img_0503 When we relocated to Beverley I created a dressing room for the aforementioned Princess  with a lovely view over the garden, the mirror (cue Twilight Zone music) sits obediently on the dressing table.

So last week darling wife is applying nail polish when she smells burning bakelite, this may be a new nail polish, but should it really smell like that? After a few more minutes a plastic coat hanger sitting harmlessly upon the window ledge started to smoke. When you are happily polishing your nails on a bright winter’s day this isn’t something you expect. That was the moment when she realised that the back of the mirror, as a magnifier, was directing the winter sun onto the coat hanger which in turn was about to burst into flames!

Of course this may be common knowledge, but I had never given it a thought before. It creates a whole new perspective of ‘Mirror, mirror on the wall’ 🙂

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16 Responses to A Mirror, the Sun and a Princess

  1. ateafan says:

    There is something odd about the chickens …

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  2. Carolyn Page says:

    And I can see this ‘mishap’ turned the chooks into a wild frenzy! Hopefully, their little hearts were able to calm after this excitement. And, hopefully, Princess also calmed and returned to a girl’s most important act… (Mine are also in need.)
    But, seriously, you aren’t pulling our legs… Are you?

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  3. Ha, yes a mirror powered laser zapping around the garden was most disconcerting for them. 😉

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  4. That’s amazing – never realised those mirrors could do that. Also never realised it was sunny in Yorkshire! 🙂

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  5. marisselee says:

    Awesome. I used to that trick as a kid…burning paper using the mirror’s reflection.

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  6. Gene Molloy says:

    Criminy, what sorcery is this??????????

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  7. u2hearts says:

    Happened to me with a prism and a mirrored frame. Just dumb luck and right angles and a whole in the carpet.

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