We have had a spoiling ourselves time looking for little colourful household goods for our barn and farmhouse. We both inherited heirloom kitchen equipment from our parents – Brown Betty teapots, blue and white stripped milk jugs, Judge enamel pans, wicker baskets, pie dishes and cast iron griddles amongst them. We have a mixture of English and Romanian. Stalwart practical implements that have stood the test of time over generations.
The English revolves around pie making, pastry and cake bowls. The Romanian, polenta pans, herbal tea pots and wooden spoons. The local gypsy community provided the latter and hand hammered pots and pans. In the late afternoons you can sometimes hear them working away, beating out the brass still.
We have invaded charity shops for old spoons with their almost black patinas, crazed cake stands, water-filled rolling pins and stoneware cider kegs. There is a sense of history and nostalgia having this vintage in our modern world. Our grandmothers loved to cook. Somehow it jumped the 1960’s generation of our mother’s, but we are back preserving or canning as they say in the US, baking and nurturing sourdough.
Today we went chicken crazy. Bright colours and plenty to cluck about!