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