My first few ebay treasures have arrived:
Luckily the tea set isn’t ugly after all and will look very nice indeed on a gray table cloth. What’s truly splendid though is the platter (Johnson Brothers, Old Britain Castles), which I’ll use as a cake plate:
I love the unusual form and the beautiful red decor. A whole set of this china would probably knock you down, but if you use a few selected pieces (*cough*not just the platter-turned-cake-plate, but also the milk jug and the sugar bowl*cough*) with plain white china, I dare say the effect will be quite lovely. 🙂
This week winter arrived in Germany. Naturally, snow slush and icy streets resulted in traffic jams of epic proportions. And if that wasn’t bad enough, on Wednesday the regional train service to Frankfurt was interrupted for several hours. Oh what fun! I hope they won’t cancel any trains today as I’ll need to go to Frankfurt… Hmm.
Speaking of winter, I thought Enya’s new album, AND WINTER CAME, was somewhat bland and boring. If you ever put it on during dinner, all your guests will probably fall asleep. What a disappointment! :-/ Rhydian Roberts’s debut album by contrast is just wonderful (even if it contains neither “You Raise Me Up” nor “I Vow to Thee My Country” *sniff*)
Reading: Lisa Kleypas’s THE DEVIL IN WINTER (extremely suitable for this time of the year!)
Re-reading: Elizabeth Gaskell’s CRANFORD