As of the end of this month, I will have been in my apartment for 15 years. I wish I could afford to buy it, but, I have probably paid for it many times over by now. In any case, it's comfortable. Today I decided to to some pre-spring cleaning. You know how that happens -- you start in one little corner, and then all of a sudden the whole place needs to be cleaned. The moral of the story is, never start in that one little corner. Anyway, as I was scrubbing out cupboards, I found some vintage dinnerware that my mother had purchased many years ago. The pattern is Pine Tree by Fine China of Japan. From what I understand, they were an English company and most of their patterns were traditionally British. My mother, however, was in love with all things Japanese, and this was her dinnerware.
I remember many wonderful Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving and birthday dinners enjoyed with these dishes. It seems to be such a shame that they have been sitting -- languishing -- on the top shelf of my kitchen cupboard for the past 15 years. Phinnaeus gave me some exquisite hand-printed Ajrakh serviettes from India for Christmas this year, and they would look spectacular with this china. And, along with the china, I found some wonderful silver serving dishes and a gravy boat. How could I have forgotten they were there?
At one time I used to love giving dinner parties and entertaining, but I haven't done any for a long time. It's about time I started again. Anyway, I need an excuse to use this beautiful china again. You're all invited.