A keen collector dubbed the ‘Ornimator’ has had to resort to cooking and doing his washing at his parents house because his own home is full of ornaments.
Lawrence Cobbold has filled his home, three sheds and a garage with 20,000 ornaments worth around £60,000.
The 43-year-old moved to a new house so he would have more space for his growing collection, but still has to cook and do his washing at his parents’ home because he doesn’t have enough room.
Lawrence started his hobby 30 years ago and now has around 14,000 thimbles, 2,000 paperweights, 1,000 fridge magnets and about 300 plates, as well as hundreds of pictures, mugs and jigsaws – all connected in some way to birds.
Warehouse attendant Lawrence, from Plymouth, Devon, previously owned a two-bedroom house before he moved into his father Tony’s old three-bedroom property so he had more room.
Tony, 65, even sold Lawrence his garage so that he had extra space to store his mammoth stash but his son still has to do most things at his parents’ house.
He said: “He can’t prepare any meals, or do any washing at his house, he has to do everything at ours.”
He added: “He used to sleep at ours as well and just have the house to show his ornaments but he’s managed to fit a bed into one of the rooms now.
“He can’t do any cooking because he doesn’t want the grease or dirt to damage his collection.
“He does have a kettle though so he can make a cup of tea or coffee.”
Lawrence said: “I’ve got a feather duster, but a lot of the pieces are too delicate to clean that way.
“The best way to clean them is to blow the dust off them and then hoover it up.”
Lawrence’s dad Tony, 65, used to keep budgies, canaries, cockatoos and finches and thinks that could be where his son’s interest with birds started.