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Found It!

This will be a short post this evening, but I wanted to tell you how delighted I am to have found the above cup and saucer.  I have been searching for it for several weeks … well, perhaps I exaggerate, a week or two.  I looked in all the usual places, including my Resources Cupboard, but what I’d not checked was a box containing a whole collection of Honiton pottery which my mother bought in a shop’s closing down sale in the late 1960s.  I don’t remember putting it in with the Honiton pottery, but there it was.

Many years ago we had a rather lovely china shop in our small town, the kind where you went to buy dinner services, both traditional or modern, and lovely tea services and even cut glass items.  Sadly the shop is no longer there.  One day my mother and I ventured inside, just for a look-see, as you do.  And on display were a series of very pretty cups and saucers.  We both fell in love with them but they were quite expensive, even in those days (I’m speaking of the late 1970s, maybe the early 1980s) I think around £10 – £12 for a cup and saucer.   Anyway, my dear Ma said she would buy one for me and asked me to choose one.  This cup and saucer is the one I chose.

It is by Royal Albert and the name of the range is Provincial Flowers and this design is Lady’s Slipper.  I  love it not only for the design (I love china with a black background; it makes the colours glow) but also for the shape.  And so, rather naughtily, I’ve looked for another cup and saucer from this range, found one on Etsy, and ordered it.  This is the first time I’ve bought anything on Etsy.  Once I have the pair I think I will be happy and curb my spending.  I might even display them on the mantelpiece for summer, not with tea in them, but flowers.

I have felt slightly better today, after having had gripes for a couple of days. I don’t wish to harp on about illness, it’s so utterly boring, but from time to time I have diverticulitis.  It’s nasty for a day or two and then eases, and it’s easing now.  And so, after husband had been cooking (bless him, he’s really kind but has a rather limited repertoire!) I decided to make lunch today and, instead of eating in the kitchen as we tend to do (it’s so easy and convenient) I laid up our dining table.  No, I didn’t pull the table out (which lives behind the sofa as a sofa table much of the time) for just the two of us, but just put up one leaf of the table. 

When we went to Waitrose last Friday I bought some lamb burgers.  We don’t tend to buy things like burgers, but we thought lamb burgers (and they were quite small) might make a nice change.  And so I cooked one lamb burger each, and served them with mayo for husband and mild chilli sauce for me (perhaps not the best thing following the gripes!) plus a green salad, some sliced beetroot, and tiny (and I mean tiny) roast potatoes (I par-boil them and, having drained off the water, I put a little rapeseed oil into the saucepan, pop the lid back on, give the potatoes a swirl, and then pop them onto a baking sheet and put them into a hot oven to roast.  This results in lovely, crisp roasties – I also sprinkle them with a little Malden sea salt flakes (which I’ve ground up in my small pestle and mortar), black pepper and some dried oregano.) And so husband had a rather nice lunch made for him today after all the help he has given me over the past two days (and 53 years!)

As you can see, the lamb burgers are very small, but they are also dense and extremely filling.  With the salad, beetroot, and potatoes we couldn’t have eaten two.

I said this would be a short post!

Until next time.

About Margaret Powling

Margaret Powling
Margaret’s main interests are her husband and family, her friends, her home, her garden, writing, literature, architecture, décor, social history, photography, historic houses and gardens, and towns, villages and the countryside. She writes about the things she enjoys: flowers, scent, fine soap, monthly style magazines, and other such small indulgences, such as afternoon tea or simply enjoying her summerhouse with a book. She invites you to enjoy this virtual visit to South Devon, England.

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  1. That cup and saucer are just stunning! So striking! I’m sorry you haven’t been feeling well – while I know about diverticulitis, I’ve never heard of “the gripes”. Hope you feel better and better every day.

    • Margaret Powling

      Hello, Jeannine. I’m feeling much better this morning (Wednesday, 9.20am as we speak) thank you. We sometimes call pain in the intestines/bowels “gripes” or, at least, I do! Sometimes, more indelicately, it’s referred to as “the trots” as you have to trot along quickly to the loo (or ‘bathroom’ as you’d day in America, although obviously a bath would be the last thing on your mind – we’re not keen on euphemism in the UK, but I don’t like the word ‘toilet’ either, which is very non-U … but there again, that perhaps requires another explanation which I won’t bore you with today!) But yes, I’m feeling better today, thanks.
      Glad you like the cup and saucer – I love it, but it’s not to everyone’s taste, I can understand that.

      • Now there’s a term I know! The “trots”! Haha! Thank you for always explaining your terms. I feel like a dunce sometimes, but then realize that differences in regions and, especially, countries is the reason for my cluelessness! Glad you’re feeling better

        • Margaret Powling

          I love the ways in which each country has it’s special words for certain things, but the ‘trots’ came about, I suppose, because of the need to rush to the loo! What we don’t call the smallest room, though, in the UK, is “the bathroom” because we don’t wish to bath. You are certainly no dunce, Jeannine!
          Yes, feeling much better, thanks.

  2. Love your cup and saucer!!! Diverticulitis – it’s so difficult sometimes dealing with these sort of things. But you are so gracious the way you handle things.

    • Margaret Powling

      Oh, Ratnamurti, you’d not have though me quite so gracious if you’d heard yowling with pain, rushing to the smallest room in the house! But as I’ve said to Jeannine, I’m feeling much better now, thanks. And at 9.26am on Wednesday morning here in the UK, although it’s very cold, the sky is bright blue and the sun is shining, which is lovely!
      Glad you like the cup and saucer.

  3. My Grandmother suffered terribly with Diverticulitis, and my mum had Crohn’s Disease.
    We joked that they suffered from illnesses which couldn’t be discussed in polite company, and they always described them as their ‘undercarriage problems’!
    I don’t know why people have problems discussing such illnesses, after all, we all have ‘bums’! I think as a country we’re becoming more able to talk about more ‘delicate’ things, but it’s going to be a long process, it’s all part of our English reserve!
    Your lamb burgers look like the Duchy Organic ones we get from Waitrose, they’re lovely in a brioche roll with mint jelly for a quick lunch.
    I love your cup and saucer, it’s beautiful!

    • Margaret Powling

      Oh, yes, how women used to refer to anything they considered taboo, medically, as undercarriage problems or even “down there”. But diverticulitis isn’t pleasant. I’m not just saying I have this because I’ve had awful cramps and the dashes to the loo, as I had an X-ray years ago and the problem was actually diagnosed, so I do know I have a problem, but mainly I keep it under control by not eating things which might exacerbate the condition. Perhaps having had blueberries on a waffle (the first waffle I’d ever had) for a breakfast wasn’t a very good idea! Anyway, something set it off and I’m just getting over it.
      Oh, that’s an idea. I’d never thought of putting lamb burgers into a brioche roll, which I’ve always considered a sweet thing (although I’ve had toasted brioche loaf with pate in an hotel for lunch). But such a good idea and I love mint jelly.

  4. So glad that you have found the cup and saucer Margaret, they will look stunning with flowers in.
    Am also glad that you are feeling better today after the gripes, how painful and inconvenient!
    What a clever way to roast the potatoes, I always heat the oil first in the oven but will try it this way.

    • Margaret Powling

      You can always put a little oil into a polythene bag, Elaine, and swish the potatoes around, but by doing it in the saucepan in which you’ve par-boiled the potatoes, you don’t use yet another item of plastic, and you need very little oil, too. I use rapeseed oil for cooking and salad dressings, which I believe is healthier than olive oil.
      The gripes are lessening, I’ve taken it easy this morning but I’m now about to prepare some lunch and once that’s done, do some ironing. I might to a chicken Caesar salad today as I have all the ingredients. It’s still very cold, but such a lovely day, bright blue sky, no a cloud up there, and glorious sunshine.

  5. Eloise. (thisissixty.blog)

    I do hope you are recovering well, Margaret. My son has Crohn’s disease and I know that such problems are very distressing.
    Yes, I agree that China with a black background is very attractive. I have few China pieces that I treasure. I’ve downsized on possessions a lot in the past couple of years, perhaps a little too much because I often think of something then remember that I got rid of it. Glad you managed to find the cup and saucer.

    • Margaret Powling

      Yes, thank you, recovering now. I never know when a bout will occur, or what has set it off, but usually I’ve had something different to eat, in my case I recently had blueberries and those might’ve been the culprits. Anything too acidic, or even nuts which are hard to digest, will start a bout of diverticulitis.
      I’m still thinking where on earth I put my two small white porcelain candlesticks with floral pattern on them. They weren’t precious, but just pretty. They will eventually turn up, but you’d not think in a house with few cupboards, apart from in the kitchen, you could actually lose things!

  6. Glad you are recovering and hope you will be fully recovered soon, Margaret. Your china cup and saucer is really beautiful and unusual and the gold adds to the effect. There used to be lots of pretty china and pottery sets around at one time in shops and department stores, not so much nowadays though. Yes it is frustrating when you can’t find things, so hope you find your candlesticks.

    • Margaret Powling

      Yes, it’s a pretty cup and saucer and in a fine china, not pottery. I’ve not continued my search for the candlesticks yet, when I feel more up to it, I might do that. They will re-appear one of these days, and then and only then shall I remember where I put them! I have, however, unearthed just one brass candlestick that was my mothers, a lone candlestick. She had several pairs of brass ones and, of course, in the days before vintage became so popular, I sent them with so many other things to auction – I didn’t want to spend my days polishing brass! I used to tease my mother that her epitaph would read “Here lies … who was so very good at polishing her brasses”! She took it all in good humour! Anyway, I might put that single candlestick somewhere now, it’s finding a suitable place for it.

  7. Glad to hear you’re feeling better.

    That cup and saucer is very pretty. I ‘googled’ Honiton pottery – I learn something each time I read your posts 🙂

    We also had lamb burgers/rissoles. Our local butcher shop has beautifully laid out shop and they make lovely sausages, rissoles, etc and freshly slice cold meats. They have a number of locally made salamis, chorizo and different cheeses. It’s much more inspiring than supermarket shopping. I went a bit overboard and bought enough to make three different dishes (and I usually make enough for leftovers to either eat the next day or freeze). The lamb burgers/rissoles are lovely hot (and we had our last night with fresh salad) or cold (in a wrap or on a sandwich for lunch). I was very industrious and also made a large pot of Italian- style meatballs in a tomato sauce yesterday afternoon for our dinner tonight. Some dishes are best eaten the next day to allow the flavours to really develop. Meatballs and spaghetti is real comfort food for us. One of my favourites.

    • Margaret Powling

      Oh, I’m glad you Googled Honiton pottery, Lara. It is pretty but not really my bag, as they say.
      We used to have some excellent butchers in our town but sadly only one now, one of a chain and not really where we wish to buy meat. Some towns, however, do still have excellent butchers, and not far there is a farm shop selling locally farmed meats. Yes, I agree, some dishes are far better then next day, meatballs, some soups, and curries especially.

  8. A beautiful cup and saucer and I love the way the black sets off the design. I’m afraid I sent my mother’s very pretty Royal Albert coffee set to the charity shop. It was just a little too decorative for me. One good reason why I had to buy the Wedgewood Summer Skies coffee set from 1957 when I saw it in a charity shop last summer. Does anyone else ever regret giving things away thus necessitating the re-purchase of something similar? You cook your little roast potatoes exactly as I do and you’ve given me an idea to go along to my butcher and buy a rack of Dorset lamb to have with mini roasties and the first of my allotment sprouting broccoli for a nice welcome home dinner for when my son returns from skiing tomorrow. There may even be rhubarb and daffodils to pick. Lent next week so spring cannot be far away.

    • Margaret Powling

      Oh, and before I forget, to add to my last comment, thank you for your kind comment in how my blog stimulates conversations between the readers. I do my best to reply to every comment – I’d not be able to do this if I had zillions of comments, but for the moment, it is something I like to do.
      Oh, yes, I’ve often regretted sending some of the things that belonged to my mother to the auction house, but it was impossible to keep everything. I don’t know Wedgwood Summer Skies pattern, so I must Google that.
      Oh, a nice rack of lamb would be lovely with those tiny roasties. Oh, to have home-grown rhubarb, too. No doubt rhubarb crumble or even braised rhubarb (I cook it with grated orange and the juice of an orange and, once cooked, add golden granulated sugar … lovely cold with ice cream.) Whatever you cook, enjoy your meal.

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