Monday, January 28, 2008


.. and can teach us a lot, too. Bear with me, for I am going to have to do this post in two parts.

When Sicilians visit my apartment, once they have come to terms with Simi sitting on their heads and the fact that there are books everywhere, two of the items which fascinate them are my printers' trays, filled with nick-nacks, on the wall. Some of you will know that I am a lover of ornaments and little things, and I have possessions displayed in these trays that I have had since I was five years old, including the "hatbox" ornaments I used to save my pocket money up for, buying them in a dark little shop in Stapleton Road, Bristol. Then there is my "Coronation crown" which, like all good children , I treasured [till I found out that you could only become Queen if you married Charlie - how I cried at that thought!] and a child's dictionary given to me before I could even read. I love my mini-tea-chests and later I saved my political campaign badges. [There is a "Free Nelson Mandela" one which I can't take even a passable photo of because the background is white, a Greenham Common one and a "Don't Attack Iraq" badge - much good that did!] There have to be Sicilian carts, of course and I bought the silver one some years ago in Agrigento [apologies for the photo quality.] There also has to be a depiction of my favourite Dickens character, Mr Micawber [my attitude to money being perilously akin to his, reader] .

In the next post I'll get to the point.


Liz Hinds said...

I have Lady too and the Tramp! And a badge saying 'Greenham women everywhere'.

Whispering Walls said...

I used to have a bowl of favourite things when I was little. How amazing that you still keep yours going: very good!

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Wow WL you really are a collector!!!!I used to be like that. Then I changed, so I just kept some things. But what I do have is LOTS of books!!! Fiction, Facts, Travel..just need to sort the bookcase out.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Liz. I used to have "Tramp" too but it got broken! Ciao, WW and Anne: I am hopelessly sentimental, you see, so can't get rid of any!

PinkAcorn said...

I've got a printers drawer filled with goodies, antiques and the like...reminds me, I need to go get the

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, pink - yes, dusting is the drawback of such collections!


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