I used to have blue glass bottles in a window that needed to be screened from the road. That was until a game of corridor tennis brought the bottles to an early demise. So when I saw an antique abacus for half price at The India Shop that was closing down, I bought it immediately. I had admired this abacus for many years but somehow couldn’t justify buying it. Now I am delighted to own this slightly wonky wooden 100 year-old abacus from India. Not only does it act as a bead curtain but the children love counting the beads and playing school with it.

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