Thus, while the busy dame bustled about the house, or plied her spinning-wheel
at one end of the piazza, honest Balt would sit smoking his evening pipe at the other, watching the achievements of a little wooden warrior, who, armed with a sword in each hand, was most valiantly fighting the wind on the pinnacle of the barn.
A loud purr, like the singing of a tea-kettle or the hum of a spinning-wheel
, testified that she was as comfortable and happy as a cat could be.
Several clothes-horses, a pillion, a spinning-wheel
, and an old box wide open and stuffed full of coloured rags.
La Falourdel, don't use your spinning-wheel
too much in the evening; the devil is fond of combing the distaffs of old women with his horns.
The walls were black; there was an opening to admit the light above the worm-eaten door; and here and there were a few stools consisting of rough blocks of beech-wood, each set upon three wooden legs; a hutch for bread, a large wooden dipper, a bucket and some earthen milk-pans, a spinning-wheel
on the top of the bread-hutch, and a few wicker mats for draining cheeses.
I kept neither dog, cat, cow, pig, nor hens, so that you would have said there was a deficiency of domestic sounds; neither the churn, nor the spinning-wheel
, nor even the singing of the kettle, nor the hissing of the urn, nor children crying, to comfort one.