|My first blue and white plate, on the bottom |
shelf, is still in my kitchen and has
travelled many, many miles with me.
As I raised children and lived on a budget, there wasn't much money left over for collecting anything, much less blue and white china. Antiquing with girlfriends was a favourite past-time though and I soon found something I could collect and the "budget" would never be the wiser--antique crescent spice cans. They were only a dollar or two each, but each one was brought home as a treasure.
And then I came to England. My very first trip was in 1994, and I still have the blue and white treasures I brought home with me. I'll never forget walking into the Crabtree and Evelyn shop on Cornmarket Street, here in Oxford, and seeing the blue and white transferware, which they don't even make anymore. I think I nearly fainted, or at least stopped breathing for a few seconds. A perfectly proportioned Crabtree and Evelyn teapot came home with me, carefully wrapped in my suitcase--and it's still in our breakfast room today.
|My kitchen sideboard.|