Cowart's Common Room
The great Spode War

I confess to a major addiction; I adore blue and white ware and particulary Spode Italian, so it was not surprising that while browsing around in TKMaxx yesterday my beady eye should alight on a tureen, a tea pot and a coffee pot and me without my card, and just the right amount in pocket for one item only.

OH, God bless him, having suddenly become invisible, I ascertained prices, like the best Marple fan alive, sauntered back over to the stand where the object of my desire was [nooo, the tureen not him], and got waylaid by a lady of substantial proportions who could either go back or forwards but around whom not even an adder could slip past. By back tracking I came around the stand from the other side and dear God, the tureen was gone, missing, kaput, invisible.

There, marching off, head held high, nose in the air was a female - bearing close resemblence to an adder that did slip by, and just as slim, and in her trolley? MY SPODE ITALIAN BLUE TUREEN!!! [by this stage I was feeling aggresively possessive!!!].

She turned and smirked at me, and said "oooh! had you your eye on this tureen? Pity then there's only one out on the stand and they have no more in stock.......I asked". Smiling at her through clenched teeth I wished her the joy of it, turned back to the shelf and....the coffee pot and tea pot were marching off in the possession of la femme substantial. What was this? A flanking action I asked myself?

May all the leprechauns in the bottom of my mother inlaw's garden swipe their trophies away from them I thought. Well, we think there must be leprechauns there, how else do garden implements wind up going missing or return themselves to the shed...or is that Mother in law coming up behind whoever is gardening and returning the tools without letting on?

Ah well, sure as Scarlett O'Hara said "Tomorrow IS another day", and I'll be back after Christmas, you'd never know, I might even pick up a milk jug!

Posted at 12th Dec 2008 - 01:24AM   Posted by Irish Eyes   The great Spode War Comments: 7

Frances's Avatar Irish Eyes, I read this in total appreciation sipping my lukewarm coffee from an undistinguished white mug that rested on an old Blue Italian saucer. I do mix and match.


Posted by: Frances on 12th Dec 2008 at 01:41AM

Camilla's Avatar I have been given some Spode china from a friend, I love china but I am seriously potty over rosebud or anything floral. Bought some lovely pieces of china a few years ago at a stately home summer fete, although two lids missing from top of coffee pots.


Posted by: Camilla on 12th Dec 2008 at 02:08AM

Faith's Avatar Oh Irish Eyes you poor thing! I hate that sort of thing happening.... those pieces obviously not meant for you. I am currently drinking tea out of old, but good 'feel' to it mug with a tele-pages logo on it - how did I end up with it? No idea! Em is using her Dirty Dancing mug. I do not like blue and white particularly - I'm a rosy girl like Camilla.

Posted by: Faith on 12th Dec 2008 at 08:52AM

Preseli Mags's Avatar Next time gather up ALL of the Spode into your trolley and then go and find OH! How tantalizing to see it all disappearing off with other people (but it did make me laugh though!) I like the idea of the leprechauns getting your revenge.

Posted by: Preseli Mags on 12th Dec 2008 at 10:05AM

Westerwitch's Avatar Hah now had I been there with my chainsaw YOU would now be the proud owner of everything - once we managed to make bail!

Posted by: Westerwitch on 12th Dec 2008 at 08:10PM

Cait's Avatar Oh I am sorry IE, I would have been as cross as you for sure.
If I win the lottery I will buy you a van load of Spode.

Posted by: Cait on 12th Dec 2008 at 08:16PM

Snailbeachshepherdess's Avatar Sadly the Spode factory in the potteries has now closed but I well remember whimpering over the blue and white rooms at the factory shop. My dresser groans with blue and white - i love it

Posted by: Snailbeachshepherdess on 12th Dec 2008 at 09:46PM

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