Some of you will remember the wonderful vintage plate cake stand I was given by The Bert’s cousins for Christmas.
Anyway, I’ve been looking since I got it to try and find some tea plates to go with it. Not an exact match, but near enough in terms of style and colour. There’s a wonderful antiques shop in town which goes back for miles, split into different rooms. It’s a real treasure trove of items from the weird and wonderful to collectables, to things I recognise from my own childhood. Whenever I’m in town I pop in, to see if they’ve had new stock which might, just might, contain the tea plates I am after. No luck so far.
But last weekend, I finally had success! While my tummy was behaving, we headed to Burford for a bit of village shopping. It’s a lovely village with gorgeous houses, and a big wide high street of little shops to explore.
The houses are so picturesque (I naughtily snapped the picture above over the top of a wall – I just really wanted to know what was behind the big, wooden, gated entrance), and we even got to have a nosy in the garden of one of them as they had an open garden and a lovely plant sale.
One of the first proper shops that we went to on arriving in Burford was a little antiques shop, where it soon became apparent that I might, just might, find the tea plates I’ve been longing for. And I did! I was quite spoiled for choice actually, but settled upon two designs – one frilly plate with dainty little flowers around the edge and a second plainer plate with a larger floral motive.
It was only on getting them home that I realised what a perfect compliment they are to my cake stand: the frilly plates are from the same company, Royal Albert (what luck!), and the plain ones pick out the colours and roses perfectly.
actually, the dresser is getting a little cluttered what with all the lovely things I’ve been putting on it. I think I need to rationalise it a little and choose fewer things to prevent it looking messy. A job for another day!
For now, I’m just so enjoying my little tea plates, and thinking about the dainty cakes I could be serving onto them. As always, recipes suggestions welcome.
PS. No closer to finding out what my weird algal plant is. The Bert thought it might be brain fungus (never heard of it), but I’ve done a google image search (was a little afraid of what it might bring up!) and I’m not sure it’s quite right. The research continues!