Blue And White Haul……

Blue And White Haul……


In my attempt to make 2018 the year of de-cluttering and ‘less is more’, you can imagine my joy at unearthing this haul of blue and white Willow patterned china tucked away in the back of a cupboard.


blue and white china


It brought back memories of our first home together, bought almost 30 years ago before we got married and before our boys were born.


We bought it from an old couple who seemed very keen that we were to be married in the not too distant future if we were going to buy their house. I’m not sure in todays housing climate, you would even think to ask a prospective purchaser if their intentions were honourable!

However, we stretched ourselves, took on a HUGE (although tiny by todays standards) mortgage and took possession of our two up three down home of our dreams.

It really did have roses round the front door and cute cottage garden.  It also had no central heating or double glazing and a tiny bathroom situated next to the kitchen. Freezing doesn’t even begin to describe it.  Still, we were young and in love!!


Fast forward two years, and we transformed our little cottage into a fully fitted carpeted palace with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and all mod-cons.


Looking back, I have so many happy memories of our five years there.   We took great pride in updating and decorating our new home.  Mr Grey Monday eventually asked me to marry him, and both of our sons were born there.


Anyway, I digress……


blue and white china


Way before Farrow and Ball, we all seemed to just choose colours we liked, sometimes even painting rooms pure white.  Who would have thought a paint colour could possibly come without a prefix!

My kitchen – no brand name- was made of reclaimed pitch pine. Yes the yellowy orange one. At the window I had a festoon blind – remember them? – and, on one wall I proudly displayed my collection of blue and white plates. I thought I was the bees knees or at least Laura Ashley.


blue and white china


I know that none of this haul is worth anything at all, but I believe that most if not all of the china would have been given to me by my mum – who’s no longer with us. So now I have the dilemma of what to do with it now.  I’ve been using the cups and saucers for my afternoon tea, and as a purist fan of white bone china, it has been quite refreshing. I even found myself this afternoon looking on ebay for a blue and white willow patterned  tea-pot. The opposite act of a de-clutterer, I daren’t go down that path.


blue and white china


Whisper it…… perhaps I’ll just put it back in the cupboard and make that decision another time.


Have a lovely week,





  1. January 31, 2018 / 9:48 am

    It’s great to see your blue china – we have lots of that over here in the UK and some of the styles are known here as ‘Norfolk China’ – which is where we are in the UK but I know there is a ‘Norfolk’ in Virginia – so I’m not sure where it originates. To digress, our business is a florist shop here in North Norfolk and the Valentine’s preparations are in full swing. So it was good to see this post with flowers and Norfolk china! Best wishes from over here in the UK! 🙂

    • February 6, 2018 / 4:54 pm

      Thank you for taking a peek at the blog.
      Good luck for a busy Valentines day.

  2. February 8, 2018 / 12:22 pm

    I had a similar dilemma last year after clearing my parents’ house. I brought some china home and have found that the simple passing of time has made the decision to let go a very easy one. I have somehow absorbed the memories and no longer associate them with the objects.
    With larger items like furniture I found it helpful to ask myself ‘Would I go and buy this?’ If the answer was no, I should obviously let it go! Which avoided cluttering up my space with Edwardian and Victorian pieces. But I saved the auctioneer’s photographs so I can look at them if I want.
    Good luck with your newly unearthed china!

    • February 13, 2018 / 8:42 pm

      Thank you Judy, I must admit I have put the china back in the cupboard, keeping out a couple of cups and saucers which I am enjoying using.
      I really am supposed to be de-cluttering with the view to eventually down sizing, so I guess I will have to make a decision or have it made for me in the not so distant future.
      Thank you for taking the time to have a peak at my blog.
      Have a lovely evening,

  3. March 21, 2018 / 1:53 pm

    I think you made a brilliant decision to put it back in the cupboard. I’m a sentimental person , but also someone who doesn’t like clutter. But sometimes I come across something I’m just not ready to make a decision about. And I reckon that’s just fine too xxx

    • March 27, 2018 / 7:13 pm

      Little by little, I’m introducing the blue and white China into my daily life. I’m quite enjoying drinking my tea from an old China cup and saucer and eating my hot crossed bun from a dainty side plate. I know I might have to make a decision one day whether to keep it or not,but for the time being it stays !!
      Have a lovely evening,

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