Saturday, August 22

these are a few of my favourite things...

Im not really that into stuff, i dont have collections of things really, except books, and things get pretty dusty around here so i dont like to add to it, but here are a few of my favourite things that i enjoy, besides people and place.

These Martin Boyd ramekin dishes from my childhood. I dont remember using them very often as a kid but when we did it was always for the same dish; baked eggs with breadcrumb. B2 uses these to make wholemeal chocolate puddings; her signature dish to date! i love sitting down with one of these and a tiny spoon.

A Buddhist amulet from a Thai boyfriend 20 years ago. He gave it to me with a declaration that if i didnt return to marry him, he would become a monk. He is now living on London with his dentist wife! I wear it often.

Years old birkenstocks that will most likely not last another summer. I live in these when the weather is good. Can they manage a fourth resole?

A teapot that i bought in Nimbin with some of my first ever pay as a working person. I just loved how weird and organic it was, i still do. The trip to Nimbin was weird too, me and a colleague who had just had breast reduction surgery...lots of rocky unsealed roads the poor girl. It came with a set of four odd cups which are still intct but Im no so enamoured with them as I am pretty picky about a tea cups...i like a fine lip! who woulda thought?

Another bit of kitchenware from my childhood; a Marianne Westmann salt pot for rock salt or salt flakes. I love using it coz you can dig your whole hand in.

A set of reclaimed Huon pine salad hands - technically not mine as a I gave them to the Bloke a a gift...before these we had both lived without any salad utensils for ever. Great ergonomics, like prosthetics!

A set of Avery scales which weigh our favourite things.; rice for risotto, flour for pasta. Its a pleasure to use and is so sturdy.

A sugar caster! I love this as its just so useless, well for me anyway. It was a wedding gift from my ex-mother in law, along with a few other really useless sterling gifts which aren't my favourite, like a silver muffin dish with warmer!

A handmade pair of Chez Guevera earings that I bought from a great little shop on Brunswick St in Melbourne. They're my no.1

There's quite a few food related items in this list. Must do another someday without the food focus. I couldnt help it, really. Actually in reflection its all pretty utilitarian stuff. None of these things I would run into a burning ouse to save, but they make my daily life somewhat special.


Pip at Rest is not idleness said...

Funny, quite a few of my favourite things are also food related and I've had them for ages as well. Love my birkenstocks as well, I wear them everywhere, mine are in better nick than yours however (probably not quite as old)

Jacqui said...

Hmm, I'm coveting your Martin Boyd ramekins - lovely. But I have a thing for ceramics so that's not surprising. I really enjoyed reading this post - it got me thinking about my favourite things. There is nothing quite like the joy of using an object that you really love - a teapot, a piece of jewellery - it's the connection to the handmade for me.

Today I finally threw out a pair of old Blundstone boots that I've worn to death. I had them for so many years that they now cost more than double what I paid for my old faithfuls. I felt all nostalgic seeing them off. Like old friends.

greenfumb said...

Your "things" got me thinking too. I have an italian coffee set that my parents got as a wedding present, I loved it as a kid but we never used it. My mum gave it to me a couple of years ago and I never use it either but it is so beautiful, as fine as egg shells.

BTW I made your wheatie biscuits today - what a big hit they were - thanks :-)

Kel said...

pip- not funny! lol. i totally understand, i was a bit embarrassed when i realised ...birkies are now just as expensive to re-sole as buy new. sucks.

jacqui- i really enjoyed thinkin about what to include-it was an interesting exercise. glad you like it. yes, parting with a pair of old workboots is sad- when my dog ate my half of my fave rossi boots i was REALLY mad. boot

reenfumb- yay the biscuits..reminds me..! family coffee set! how wonderful thngs like that a bit of a sook for old family stuff..must be age!

Katrine said...

so much prettyness and so many lovely stories to go along with them. this was a lovely post to read with my morning cup of tea :)
i'm a sook for old family stuff too. especially the old family stuff that’s been passed down through generations. there's something special about holding an object a deceased relation, i've never met, held that I don’t get from photographs. I feel much more connected to their histories through the objects they used and admired than through images of them.

Boracay hotel package said...

Hmm... You got me thinking about what are my favorite things.Anyway, I love your colorful mugs. Very nice...

blue milk said...

I love this post. A fascinating little peek.