Tablescape Thursday…love being given a glimpse at your tables and a tiny bit into your thinking. My table this week is a collection of international keepsakes from years past.
The tablecloth is a Chinese minority batik cloth brought to me by Rob.
We are world travelers and as a result we have some beautiful items!
All the blue and brown pottery dishes came from the Czech Republic and Poland.
The soup cups are Czech purchased during a family vacation.
The blue Polish pottery was bought from a traveling salesman. My husband was assigned to Germany in the late 80’s, heady times for Europe. The eastern Soviet satellite countries were opening their borders. The Berlin Wall was still standing but its time was short. It was the times of the fall of communism.
Many folks loaded the trunks of their beater Fiats (just like the one above) and made their way into West Germany to sell their goods. The dollar was strong and they were resourceful. One fellow came regularly to our post with Polish pottery. I still love the rich blue. It is almost a symbol of freedom to me. His contact, a military wife would begin a phone chain and the word would spread of his impending arrival. No cell phone or twitter in those days.
Whatever you were doing, you stopped. He only had so many pieces and if you were slow, you missed out. We would gather our cash and go to the shed. Often I arrived before he had his trunk emptied. Working quickly he would place the blue treasures on the simple shelves for us to examine.
These dishes not only tell a family story but a story of a country.
I love pulling them out. The story telling begins, a page of a living scrapbook of a life lived.