Monday, February 02, 2009

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things

Red summer fruits. Pomegranate anything. Texture and gloss. Green majolica dishes. Leaves.

I've had a rough week, mostly because it has been about being sick and also being super busy at work. Not a great combination. While I was at the doctor getting my gastro bug checked out I discovered my old buddy High Blood Pressure was back with a vengeance. Add another pill to the mix. When I dance I now sound like a maraca, but that's festive, right?

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things

Patina. Things with a past. Stories. Inscriptions*. Shine.
Leaving a lens cap and piece of fruit in shot.

Mind you, in amongst that there was mucho goodness. Haircut Day (back to super short), knitting with buddies and Opera In The Domain. Pagliacci, bitches! Even doing overtime at work has its upside, tell the man with the money to come and pay me. On the way home there were luscious fruits to buy, and one gorgeous pomegranate, solid and weighty with promise. Then I thought, maybe my favourite fruits would look nice in my favourite old silver plate pedestal dish. (They didn't, the fruits too big and the dish too small.)

Now, a guilty pleasure chick flick on the teev ("The Devil Wears Prada"). So this new week hasn't had a bad start to it after all. Maybe it'll be weighty with promise too?

[*It reads "Semaphore Carnival. 75 yds Sprint. 2nd. H.G.Toms. 26.1.31"

Updated
In the comments Cathy wrote:
Not sure if the cup is a family heirloom, but I would put money on this being the previous owner;

TOMS, HEADLY GORDON
Service Australian Army
Service Number SX3560
Date of Birth 1 Sep 1913
Place of Birth ADELAIDE, SA
Date of Enlistment 25 May 1940
Locality on Enlistment MILLSWOOD, SA
Place of Enlistment ADELAIDE, SA
Next of Kin TOMS, LINDSAY
Date of Discharge 13 Nov 1945
Rank Warrant Officer Class 1
Posting at Discharge 2 ECH AIF (ME)
WW2 Honours and Gallantry None for display
Prisoner of War No

I am just fascinated by old stuff....

Cathy, I think you are right. I bought the cup in Adelaide when I used to live there. Interesting fact, he enlisted in Millswood in Adelaide which is the suburb I grew up in! Plus, he would have been 18 when the cup was awarded, which was a good age to run a 75 yard sprint I think. Thanks for the research and for sharing!]

12 comments:

thombeau said...

Beautiful pics!

BTW, my friend Laura (La Diva Cucina) is going to Sydney next month! Read about it on her blog, then catch her on Facebook. You kids should hook up. You'd both have a blast!

Hope yer feelin' better...

Cathy said...

Not sure if the cup is a family heirloom, but I would put money on this being the previous owner;

TOMS, HEADLY GORDON
Service Australian Army
Service Number SX3560
Date of Birth 1 Sep 1913
Place of Birth ADELAIDE, SA
Date of Enlistment 25 May 1940
Locality on Enlistment MILLSWOOD, SA
Place of Enlistment ADELAIDE, SA
Next of Kin TOMS, LINDSAY
Date of Discharge 13 Nov 1945
Rank Warrant Officer Class 1
Posting at Discharge 2 ECH AIF (ME)
WW2 Honours and Gallantry None for display
Prisoner of War No

I am just fascinated by old stuff....

worldpeace and a speedboat said...

add some cherries and nectarines, you can have the lychees, and we'll fight over the pome and the plums ;-) they look stunning in that bowl!

The Other Andrew said...

Thom, I just left Laura a comment over on her blog. It'd be lovely if we got a chance to catch up.

The Other Andrew said...

Cathy, that sounds like our man! It would place him at about 18 in 1931, a good age to come 2nd in a 75 yard dash don't you think? Thanks, and well done!

Tom said...

My mother used to collect those green majolica plates. I was never a huge fan but they've grown on me over the years.

Cecilia said...

Sorry to hear about your week. And also sorry I missed the opera. Looked like a lot of fun. Must remember to plan trips better next year.

I spent tonight watching "The Devil Wears Prada" too! Fun. Love love love Meryl Streep! And even though I can barely make it out of my apartment in moderate heels, the movie gave me serious shoe envy!

And is there a more beautiful fruit than pomegranate?

Anonymous said...

Go one post a fab shot of your new haircut - you are such a cutie!!!!!

LaDivaCucina said...

Hello Andrew darling, La Diva here! I CAN'T WAIT TO GET BACK TO SYDNEY!!! We'll be renting a car and I think I'm borrowing a pre-paid phone from a friend. Drop me an email and we'll exchange info: www.LaDivaCucina.com

has my contact details! PS: Is that wonderful thai restaurant still going at the Bank Hotel? Soma lee I think it was.... Lx

The Other Andrew said...

Hi Laura, yes Summalee Thai is still under the Bank Hotel. The hotel and restaurant have undergone a multi million dollar refurb and the restaurant is wonderful. Especially if it is a warm night, they open everything up so you are dining under the stars. If you'd like to meet and have dinner there that would be wonderful, and the added bonus for me is it's only a few streets from home! :)

LynS said...

I have exactly the same green majolica plates - and love them. Hope you're feeling better.

Cathy said...

No problems Andrew! I also did the sums and thought that the age would be about right. I deduced that an athletic young chap would no doubt sign up for WWII which is why I checked the nominal roll - and bingo!
By the way, I really love your blog. I'm very envious of your knitting & costume-making ability!
With best wishes, Cathy
(an old Uni friend of James O'Brien)